Update From The Club
The club is continuing to subsidize circuit training sessions at the Training Shed on a Monday and Wednesday evening. They take place on Mondays at 6.30pm and Wednesdays at 6.00pm. We need there to be enough people attending to make it viable. There are still some places available, particularly for the Wednesday sessions – see Yvonne Barber for more details. Check out the glowing reviews from the current attendees.
The club has also paid for a month of pre-training leg massages provided by a Training Shed masseuse. These are available from 6.30 to 7.00 on a Tuesday evening – again, check out the comments from those who have used the service.
This race is now traditionally a warm-up for the London Marathon. It was pleasing to see the yellow vests of Harborough AC to the fore and winning the team competition with fine efforts from Sean Fenwick, Matt Driver, Gareth Wood, Andy Meads and Tom Ward.
Whilst we congratulate all our competitors who completed the London Marathon, special mention must go to Gareth Wood for his exceptional time of 2.42.53.
Tuesday, June 13th sees the Harborough 5 take place at Foxton Locks. There will be no training that evening but the organisers (, David Ward) would be pleased to have the assistance of anyone not competing in the race. This is our main fundraiser of the year and we need it to run smoothly – there are many opportunities to assist, from manning the water station to looking after the car parking to marshalling.
Track and Field
The track and field season is already in full swing and the captains, Tom Ward, Marise Taylor and Lianne Brooks, would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to compete. We take part in four leagues – Midland League for men and ladies; Midland Masters for Masters men and ladies; and Heart of England and YDL for juniors. If you would rather have a go first, why not join John Thompson at Kettering track at 9.00 on a Saturday morning.
The committee would be pleased to hear from anyone who feels they have a little spare time to take on the role of Social Secretary.
Club vests can be purchased from the club for the sum of £15 – it is mandatory to run in a club vest in any UK Athletics recognized event. Please see Yvonne Barber for ordering.
For those of you new to competition, other than parkrun, it may be useful to have a few tips to make race day more enjoyable:
- Don’t arrive at the last minute. Aim to get there around an hour before race time. This allows you time to register, find the toilet, walk the course, understand any specific rules, e.g. handover for relays. If it is a relay, more importantly be there in plenty of time to assist the team manager’s sanity.
- In most cases, don’t run the day before a race so you are fresh on the start line.
- Drink plenty of water (or isotonic drink) in the week leading up to your race.
- You may want to consider racing shoes which are lighter than ordinary trainers.
- Allow time for a warm-up jog, some stretches and a few strides.
- Ensure you wear appropriate kit for your race – usually shorts and club vest – remember you are soon going to get warm!
- Remember to bring safety pins with you to attach your race numbers.
- Ensure you have warm clothing for when you have finished your race.
- It is a good idea once you have your warm kit on to have a warm-down jog – this will help you limit stiffness the next day.
The committee would be interested to learn of anything that members would be interested in to improve their athletic performance, e.g. nutrition, stretching, drills, etc. Please feed back to the committee through your group leaders.