Hello Hedge End Ladies!
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend! Hopefully many of you managed to get out for a run and enjoy the sunshine.
It was, as ever, great to see so many of Hedge End Running Club at the Netley Abbey Parkrun yesterday. Sometimes I wonder how the event ran before HERC was established as we seem to provide lots of volunteers as well as runners! Well done to Claire Powell, Emma Davies, Ali Morant and Claire Cooke for their PBs at Netley yesterday morning, and welcome to Kate Rampton and Samantha Dunn who completed their first Parkruns!
If you haven't yet experienced Parkrun then summer really is the best time to give it a go! Royal Victoria Country Park can (and does!) get very wet and boggy in the winter months so if you've been thinking about trying it, do it sooner rather than later... that way when you are hooked and trudging through the mud in the winter months you can reassure yourself with the knowledge that it's much nicer in the summer! Before you do your first Parkrun you will need to register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ and print off your barcode. This will need to be brought along to every parkrun you take part in, to ensure you are given a time and position for your efforts. You only need to register once and it really is very simple and we would love to see you there! If you've run but not volunteered yet then I can tell you it is (almost) as good as running in the event - it is great to cheer people on and see it from the other side. It also makes you appreciate how much organisation goes into making parkrun such a success. If you haven't volunteered yet and would like to, then check out the Netley Abbey Parkrun website for the future roster or email firstname.lastname@example.org
RR10s - free races open to all club members
We are now approaching our third race in the RR10 series (of which, as the name suggests, there are 10 races...) The next race is to be held this coming Wednesday 22nd May at 7.30pm at Wilverley Enclosure near Sway. Each course we do is between 4 and 5 miles and off road. Results are based on finishing positions, not times, and are grouped into 3's within the running club (so, for example, the first 3 HE Ladies to finish are the A team, followed by 4-6 as the B team, 7-9 C team and so on). The races are challenging, but fun, and it is - in addition to Parkrun - a great way of getting that 'race' experience for free.
There is no need to commit to all races - we would just love to see you there when you can make it. Some races are nearer home, so I'm hoping at those events we can get a really good turn out (and possibly go for food/drinks afterwards).
More information can be found at http://www.rr10.hampshire.org.uk/
If you intend to go to any of the races we have car shares in operation from HE Train Station - for this one we are meeting at about 6.20pm. If you are able, check to the facebook page for more information, or if you are not on facebook please email me and I will confirm details for you.
Our ladies 'A' team currently stands in 10th position out of 62 clubs, with 'B' 20th, 'C' 49th, 'D' 50th
We still have one place available for the Endure24 event on the 8-9th June and Sarah and I (the only females currently on the team!) would love it to be taken by a lady! This is a Team 24 hour endurance race. Each lap is 5 miles, and it is done as a relay over 24 hours - from midday Saturday to midday Sunday. The cost is £30 per person, including camping. You may arrive on the Friday night if you wish and family are welcome to camp with you. In fact, family to cook our meals and make us cups of tea would be extremely welcome!! If the weather holds out I think it is going to be a great event. Some people are camping from Friday night and intending to visit a local parkrun on the Saturday morning, just because clearly 24 hours of running isn't enough?!
Let myself or Alex Johnson know asap if you are interested - any speed/experience welcome! More info here: http://www.endure24.co.uk/
Just a little bit to say I am loving the enthusiasm of all the HE Ladies. This was particularly evident at the Marwell 10k with all the marshaling and cake baking that went into making it such a success, so a BIG well done to those who helped out. I'm sure you'll agree it was a day that made you proud to be a Hedgie! We had a few entrants in the race - so well done to Kirsty Shannon (who was competing in the Hants Police 10K Championships that day) and Claire Powell, Louise Heslop, Emma Lewis and Anna Smith-James who entered the race before joining HERC - all achieved really good times and were spurred on by the fantastic support from their fellow Hedgies.
I look forward to hearing the results from Netley 10K and no doubt celebrating some successes. Good luck also to the lovely Carol Sergeant who is heading north for the Edinburgh Marathon next weekend - we'll all be rooting for you:-)
Please get in touch if there is anything I can do to help you, or if there are any races you fancy entering as a team - always open to suggestions.
Have a great week whether you are racing, training or resting (all of equal importance to your success and enjoyment of running).
Well done to everybody who took part in the Marwell Wildlife fun run, everybody should be proud of their efforts. The first person across the line in each age category is shown below:
5-6 years Finn Weeks
7-9 years Cameron Coveney
10-11 years Thomas Haskell
5-6 years Jessica Dodd
7-9 years Siena Millen
10-11 years Alicia Hill
A message from the mens captain
Hello HERC Members!
Hope this finds you all well,
We have just enjoyed our 2nd ever HERC RR10, which was muddy but fun and very good training.
For those of you who don’t know the RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members.
The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer. Entry is free.
All of the races are 4-5 miles off-road. The standard of runners varies from 5-minute milers to 12+ minute milers so, however fast you are, there will always be someone to run with.
While it is preferred that you wear your HERC vest, for those without please wear a red t-shirt/top.
The RR10 3rd instalment is on Wednesday 22nd May @ Wilverley, Sway & the race starts at 7.30pm.
There has been car share assistance at Hedge End railway station or alternatively meeting point at the red HERC flag near the starting line. RR10 Wilverley car park, Sway is 36 minutes from Hedge End, so for those offering, sharing lifts or just would like to travel together we are meeting at 6.15pm at Hedge End Rail station for car sharing, for a 6.20pm set off.
It is a proven fact that you run faster/harder and train better while having some racing focuses while doing these types of events. It is fun and the buzz of representing your running club is something very special. Lastly but not least the more racing experiences and exposure you give yourself the better equipt, the better running trained and the more confident you become. A real no brainer!!
We are also very proud of the great early racing efforts of & just to name a few fast racers: Stephen Kivlochan, Alex Johnson, Mick Chappell, Charlie Cooper, Ben Turley, Gavin Rampton, Neil Heslop & Owen Davies who have all become much faster and very confident speedy runners and HERC racing team members who are becoming inspirations to us all. I’m more than certain that all of the above would be delighted to share their speedy tips or alternatively I can speak to Bernie Dutton our amazing Coaching Director for your suggestions on bespoke training advice etc.
I am happy to try and answer any of your questions or queries and I will be at training on Tuesday & Thursday.
We hopefully like to see you race and join in with our racing fun for your running club.
Please could you email me on email@example.com if you are “definitely” or “potentially” wanting to race on Wednesday 22nd May.
Men’s Team Captain
PS we even go for team bonding post running race drink in a local pub near the race full of other club runners.
A selection of HERC photos.
Full set of 2,000 here.
If you wish to add a photo to this slideshow for others to see, tag it within flickr.com 'hercmarwell13'.
A quick reminder for anybody who feels motivated after marshalling today to get out racing some time soon, the Royal Victoria Country Park 10K race at Netley is next weekend, 19th May.
Entry is now open online only, or possibly on the day of the event if the maximum limit is not reached before.
Previous years results can be found here.
3 first timers and 5 PB's amongst the 13 members running at Netley Parkrun on Saturday. As ever a huge thanks to the marshals and supporters that were out in force from the club as well. In addition, Gordon picked up his sweatshop award of the month for April, hugely deserved for all his support and marshalling come rain or shine.
The Marwell Wildlife 10K is now only a couple of days away, I hope your training has gone well.
For those that are running just a few things to note:
Full race information can be found here.
Even the weather is looking pretty good for Sunday morning at the moment. Have a great run and I hope you enjoy the event.