Striders enjoyed a structured training session with Andy Ward, a qualified coach with the Tuff Fitty Triathlon club, on Tuesday night. All enjoyed the session and pushed themselves that little bit harder! Thanks to Andy and to Steve for organising the evening.
Important Training Announcement
This Tuesday, 12th June, we will be happy to welcome back our guest 'Coach of the Month' Ironman triathlete and running coach, Andy Ward at the Lower Highdown Field, 6:45pm start.
Please meet at the club at 6:30 pm as usual if you want to run over the hill as a group to the training area, or meet on the field.
Andy has previously attended a running seminar with Jon Bigg, an Elite runner and husband of GB Gold Medallist, Sally Gunnell.
Jon Bigg is also “Head of distance running” for England Athletics and has been involved with training Mo Farah in Addis Ababa.
This is a “bring a friend opportunity” so if you know any runner that might be interested in joining our running club then please bring them along, hear the latest coaching techniques and ideas and participate in group training after a warm-up and some drills.
From beginners to experienced, all are welcome.
Worthing Striders were out in force yesterday, Sun 10th June, with 19 participants, and just as many supporters, in the “West Sussex Fun League” event at Hove Park, hosted by Arena 80 running Club.
367 runners took part on the 3.5 mile course, (3 x laps of the park) in glorious sunshine making it quite hot work, especially the last downhill stretch with the wind behind.
Deagun Beaumont was first Strider home in 23rd position in 21:57, claiming 9 points for the club and just missing out on 10 points by 2 places.
.On Sunday [3rd June] 18 Striders ran the Worthing 10K. In very hot conditions and with a large field, (over 2300 finishers) Striders were led home by Keith Fowler in a time of 42:32, closely followed by Steve Fryer in a time of 42:36. All enjoyed the challenge! Special thanks to all the non-running Striders and friends that turned out to cheer everyone on – much appreciated on such a hot day.
A group of more than 40 Striders enjoyed a tough training session with Emma Macready on Tuesday 22nd May. Pictured above is a tired bunch of Striders!
Worthing Striders are privileged to have back top local runner Emma MaCready for another expert coaching session on Tuesday 22nd May starting at 6:40pm on Highdown field.
Many of you know Emma, and her partner Martin Footman, from “YMN” … Your Next Move, Fitness Training, www.ynmfitness.com They run popular Saturday morning “High Intensity” interval running sessions at Goring seafront which could complement your Striders running.
Please bring a friend and we can all look forward to an exciting and motivational evening of fitness based exercises and running.
13th Sunday WSFRL Portslade Hedgehoppers, 5 miles … 11:00am
16th Wednesday WSFRL Arunners Beach Run, 5 miles …… 7:30pm
20th Sunday Bognor Prom 10k … 10:30am
22nd Tuesday Emma Macready, Guest Coach
23rd Wednesday WSFRL Chichester, Trundle Hill Run, 10k … 7:30pm
24th Thursday Joint Curry Night, Mahaan … 8:15pm
27th Sunday “Superstars Week-end” at WWTC, Tennis v. Squash players, culminating in 80’s tribute Band “Synphony 101” . Tickets £10, available from reception.
Worthing Striders enjoyed a great, although tough at times, evening with guest coach Jo Meaney last Tuesday [24th April]. Check out these photos to see how much we enjoyed the evening. Thanks to Jo and Ben for the photos.
“Guest Coach of the Month” is … Jo Meaney
on Tuesday 24th April.
Worthing Striders are privileged to have Jo Meaney
along as “Guest Coach of the Month” on Tuesday 24th April
starting at 6:45pm, Highdown field.
Please wear your Striders running top for the group photo.
Many of you will remember Jo as a member of Striders in the past.
Jo is a personal trainer with the “SussexFit” team. She lives her life through sport and fitness having worked in the industry for over 10 years.
Please bring a friend and we can all look forward to an exciting evening of running based fitness exercises etc. Worthing Striders
THINKING OF TAKING UP OR GETTING BACK INTO RUNNING?
What? A beginners’ running course, using the
“Couch to 5K” principle.
Where? “The West Worthing (Tennis & Squash) Club”
Titnore Way, Worthing, BN13 3RT.
When? Starts Tuesday 17th April at 6:30pm for 8 to 10 weeks.
Who? This beginners’ group will be led by a
qualified Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF).
Cost? £20 … (£10 Reimbursed if you join Worthing Striders).
To register your interest, and for more information,
please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
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Worthing Striders on Tour – Barcelona Half Marathon race report
[Report by Jo Turner]
On Sunday 11th February, 17 members of Worthing Striders Running Club took to the streets of Barcelona to take part in the Mitja Marató de Barcelona, better known as the Barcelona Half Marathon.
Despite snow fall two days before and torrential rain the day after, the day itself presented perfect racing conditions; a cool temperature, clear blue skies and a very light wind. With the race being at 8.30am, an early start was required and following a short metro ride to the start line, all of the Striders stood on the start line with 16,000 other participants.
The race began in waves with confetti and cheers of ‘Bravo’ as the Striders began to pick up pace and head to the “Monument a Colon” at the end of “Las Ramblas”. The 21km route continued to “Place Espanya”, past the “Forum”, “Port Olimpic” and along the seafront, finishing at the iconic “Arc de Triomf”.
The race saw a new course record of 59mins 44 Secs by Ethiopian Mule Wasihun followed by the first Strider home, Steve Fryer, in a fantastic time of 1:30:33. He was followed by the youngest Strider, Sam Scrimgour who was completing his first ever half marathon and finished in 1:38:53.
The race also saw a first half marathon for both club Treasurer, Karen Thomas who had a fantastic race despite suffering from tonsillitis and Sarah Baker who finished in 2:16:02. All club members enjoyed the experience and have started planning for another international race next year. Celebrations with Sangria, Tapas and Paella commenced whilst the Striders reflected on their achievements. Results for Barcelona Half Marathon were:
Steve Fryer 1:30:33; Sam Scrimgour 1:38:53; Neil Terry 1:40:52; Jo Turner 1:43:33; Neil Rabone 1:46:31; Kevin Valentine 1:51:35; Rod Baker 1:52:00; Tony Pearce 1:54:07; Helen Black 1:56:56; Liz Crockford 2:03:44; Sarah Baker 2:16:02; Jacky Brown 2:16:02; Craig Hawkins 2:16:08; Karen Godfrey 2:23:31; Dave Godfrey 2:24:10; Carla Tullett 2:26:00
Left to right, Kevin Valentine, Sarah Baker, Dave Godfrey, Jacky Brown, Tony Pearce, Karen Thomas, Rod Baker, Steve Fryer, Jo Turner, Craig Hawkins,, Sam Scrimgour, Liz Crockford, Karen Godfrey, Neil Rabone (also ran, not in picture, Helen Black, Neil Terry and Carla Tullett).
“Guest Coach of the Month” is Emma Macready
on Tuesday 12th September.
Worthing Striders are privileged to have top local runner Emma coming back for another expert Coaching session on Tuesday 12th September starting at 6:40pm, Highdown field.
Many of you have got to know Emma over recent weeks at her popular Saturday morning “High Intensity” interval running sessions that she runs with her partner Martin Footman at Goring seafront.
“YMN” … Your Next Move, Fitness Training at www.ynmfitness.com
Please bring a friend and we can all look forward to an exciting evening of running based fitness exercises etc.
Any Worthing Striders Fancy a Running Trip in Europe?
BarcelonaHalf Marathon Sunday 11 February 2018
Barcelona Half Marathon, next year takes place on the morning of Sunday 11 February 2018. Barcelona is perhaps one of the most vibrant of European Cities. There is so much to do. The course is a flat one (ladies World Record) and takes in many of the sights of the City.
Tony and Jacky are booked and plan to arrive on Friday 9th February and depart on Monday 11th - we have yet to book flights. The Course The Barcelona Half Marathon course offers the perfect opportunity for a new Personal Best Time. Indeed the Women’s World Record was set here in 2014 and again in 2015. Flat, and on wide boulevards, with buildings providing shade for the first loop, this is a fast course. It can best be described as a figure of 8 – great for spectators and supporters.
What to do next: Please go on the website for the Half Marathon and see if you would like to go! Just google Half Marathon Barcelona 2018. It is the Mitja Marato de Barcelona.
Entries are open now at a cost of 28 Euros for the first 12,000 after that the cost is 32 Euros.
Flights can be booked through Easyjet although many other airlines fly to Barcelona and there are many options to choose depending on what day and time you would like to arrive and depart. Cost is around £85 to £120 per person return to Gatwick.
Barcelona International Airport – the closest to the City at approximately 15 KM from the City Centre. Most Low Cost Flyers arrive at this airport.
Insurance is NOT included, but of course is a pre-requisite for any trip abroad. If you do not have your own policy then please search for suitable cover. Premiums are very competitive. It would be wise to also obtain an EHIC Card (Health Service Reciprocal arrangements). See the leaflet ‘Health Advice for Travellers’ available from major Post Offices, or visit www.dh.gov.uk/travellers or phone 0845 605 0707.
There are many hotel or apartment options available in the City at variable prices. Tony and I have found that whenever we go to a City in Europe for a running event it is more cost effective to book an apartment. These have small kitchenettes and dining areas as well as a sofa to relax and watch TV – obviously bed and bathroom are included! This gives you the freedom to shop cheaply at local markets and choose when you want to eat out or cook for yourselves.
I have provisionally booked through Booking.com with free cancellation – at the Feelathome Poblenou Beach Apartments from the 9th to 12th February at a cost of £182.00
This is a free cancellation cost but you can buy the same apartment cheaper if you don’t want the cancellation free option.
These apartments offer a shuttle service to and from the airport so if a few of us go we could share a shuttle.
Shuttle service is:
Up to 3 people = £32.70
8 people = £53.15
14 people = £73.85
If you decide to join us please add your name to the list on the Club Noticeboard or e mail me: email@example.com so I can send out e mails re Sunday long run training sessions and arrangements for who is on which flights and staying where etc. Who might want to share accommodation and anything else you can think of over the next few months. Hopefully, we can get together in Barcelona for a meal or a sightseeing trip, pre or post race drink/party etc.
Come - it will be FUN!!! :-)
“Guest Coach of the Month” is
Emma Macready on Tuesday 25th July.
This is a “Bring a friend” opportunity
Many will know Emma from seeing her out in front at local running races, like the Sussex Cross Country events.
She is a sports graduate/PE teacher and total all-round runner with sub 17 min 5k, and sub 3hr marathon races to her name.
One of her most notable achievements is a Bronze medal in the national 3000m Steeplechase British Champs in 2014.
Emma, and her partner Martin Footman, (a successful middle and long distance runner), run “YMN” … Your Next Move, Fitness Training at www.ynmfitness.com
Please bring a friend and we can all look forward to an exciting evening of running based fitness exercises etc.
Well done to Chris Lacey who completed the Chiddingly Half Marathon in 1:44:52. An excellent time with the majority of the race off road. Chris finished 6th overall and was the first O50.
Chris commented "I ran this race today, the half marathon is actually 13.6 miles, its not a easy course. The course covers all types of terrain, roads, gravel, paths, woodland tracks and fields. There are plenty of gates to open and stiles to cross, some of the paths are very narrow as they traverse across fields or around them so you have to really watch your footing. It is described as undulating and I cant argue with that. Overall a good course but don't expect a PB. I finished 6th overall and 1st vet 50 in 1:44:51"
Last night (Tuesday 23rd May) we had a guest coach, Andy Ward from Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club. Andy was very enthusiastic and put us through various warm up drills and a circuit on Highdown. The session was well attended and enjoyed by everyone.
Many thanks to Andy and for Steve Feest for arranging the evening.
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