Steve Feest and Paul Hurley attended the fun run league AGM and Steve has done this write up on how we did thid year.
We improved our position in the League to 13th ... (last year we were 16th).
Going up 3 places in the League is a fantastic achievement, what can we do in 2019?
We had an improvement in “points per race” in all but 4 of the races, one being the “Hangover 5” on New Year’s Day … let’s see if we can get a few more out for this race in 2019, although it’s perfectly understandable if you can’t make it!!! Don’t forget you get points for turning up
Another race where our numbers were down was the new “Great Walstead 5” in October. Those that took part say this was one of the most scenic, pleasurable runs wit ample parking; maybe another to put on your target list for 2019?
In the meantime thanks go to Paul Hurley for co-ordinating our entries, racing in each race AND getting the T-shirt!
For more information and all the facts and figures please go to the WSFRL website.
The new 2109 fixture list is due out shortly, we’ll keep you informed.
“West Sussex Fun Run League” (WSFRL) events started in 1983 and take place at locations over the County. They are run by local running clubs with the emphasis on “fun” in all the races!
The WSFRL is currently made up of 18 member clubs from around Sussex.
The races are between 5km and 10km and cost just £3 to enter.
Each club holds an annual event which is open to any runner regardless of whether they are affiliated to the league. A lot of the races are run over the stunning South Downs National Park.
Runners from member clubs are awarded points for participation as well as position.
Clubs accrue points over the year and compete for the Norman Crook Memorial Trophy.
This years dinner was held at the Vardar club in Littlehampton who did us proud with a good meal well stocked bar and a disco with even the most reluctant dancers cutting a rug. The evening went well and the secret Santa proved a fantastic source of comedy.
After the meal was the draw for the London marathon place. This year it was decided by the runners in the draw there would be no draw and that the place would be given to Sarah Richards who is raising money for the Royal Brompton hospital who have been involved with the screening of her son Reggie following the tragic loss of her other son Max earlier this year . We wish Sarah well in her training and hope she enjoys the race and is able to raise a lot of money on the way we are all behind her. Samantha Morfee was drawn as the reserve runner.
A big thank you to Mary Crabb for all her hard work and time in putting on the event and making it a great night.
The second cross country had a change of venue from lancing manor leisure centre to Stanmer Park and followed the same course as the first event .
Striders fielded a ladies and mens team on what was a very difficult day for running horrible drizzle and very muddy and slippery underfoot . The ladies did two laps one small loop and one large loop with the gents doing one small and two large laps with a lot of climbing my Strava counted 751 feet in 5miles .
Saturday 8th December is our Strider's Christmas Meal at the Vardar in Littlehampton. For all those that attending, it has been agreed that we should all purchase a unisex gift up to the value of £5 that we can add to Santa's sack. Everyone attending the meal will then have an opportunity to choose a gift from the sack at some point in the evening - fun and creative gifts very welcome!
We are also hosting a Christmas raffle this year and will be selling tickets at both the Christmas Meal and our festive running evening on the Thursday 13th December (information below). The raffle and the festive running evening will be to raise money for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Trust Charity. This is a charity that has been chosen by Sarah Richards in memory of her Son Max who sadly died earlier this year. We would like to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause and to let Sarah, her husband Jamie and other Son, Reggie know how much we have thought about them during this incredibly difficult time.
Sarah said about the charity 'The Royal Brompton have really helped us with screening of Reggie and also in finding out the true cause of Max’s death. Without them we would still not really know what happened. A gene was responsible and Jamie & I were both carriers. With their ground breaking research we would not know this. They also do amazing work in treating people with heart & lung problems.'
Please join in showing your support and giving generously. If anyone is able to donate a raffle prize, we would be very grateful.
So, on to the festive running evening. On Thursday 14th December, we will be inviting all members to run in festive wear and contribute £3 each on the evening for our chosen charity. We will then be holding a 'Christmas jumper' drinking session in the bar. Everyone is welcome. We will be drawing the raffle on this evening.
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