Running Club News 15/12/14
This evening was the penultimate run before Xmas and a crisp December evening greeted the runners as they set off to repeat last weeks course. Sat Nav set off like a rocket this evening, as all good Sat Navs do he remembered the route from last week and with his new luminous birthday present jacket taking the focus away from his headband he raced to a 85 second improvement on last weeks run, well done!! Charles also had a great run this evening improving on his performance last week he came in 7 seconds quicker!! Sharon ran with Kat this evening. It was Kats first run with us since August and she did fantastic to get round a 4.5mile circuit non-stop. Also going for distance this evening was Nina. In a brilliant performance, she ran 4miles non-stop. This is the most she has done with the running club and the most since the GSR earlier this year! She is really building up to the Stubbington 10k well now and should have no-problems with that run!
Mike was back this evening and nailed an unfamiliar route for him in 7mins per mile, extremely quick as always! Alistair too was quick, starting fast and slowly getting faster he finished in 9m 13s per mile. Greg showed why he is MR. Consistent at the moment with another superb sub-10mins per mile run! He looked strong as well at the 4mile stage as he whizzed past me!
We will repeat these routes one last time next week before attending the Running Club Xmas Drink at the Silver Fern. All welcome!
Running Club News 8/12/14
The runners were given the choice of three routes – 3miles, 4.1 or just under 5miles this evening. The overwhelming majority was initially the 4.1, however a little peer pressure and they all ended up running the very enjoyable 4.8mile route. There were no complaints at the end either as a cold night provided perfect conditions for this evenings run.
Mike was held hostage in the Isle of Wight so Nick had a turn to lead from the front. It was cold so we had to run fast was the shout! As Nick finished in one of his best times of the year in probably his last run of the year, a 7m 48s average was fantastic! Pete was not far behind either. He is supposed to be easing his way back in to running but a 8m33s average is anything but easing in!! Well done Pete!
Sharon was representing the ladies this evening and did a fine job. She kept Carl going as well as the pair of them finished in 9m 23s per mile. Tom was running this evening with his new insoles, he has clearly got used to them as he finished just 6 seconds per mile off his PB! An 8m 56s per mile is only the 2nd time I believe he has got under 9mins per mile, brilliant. Sat Nav pushed him all the way as well, even with a slight detour (as always) at the end of Heath Road North, Sat Nav finished under 9 mins per mile.
Alistair had found a bar at the weekend selling Vodka and Redbull for £2! He certainly still had wings this evening, as he blasted through the course for an average just over 9mins per mile. Not far behind Alistair were Greg and Charles, Greg seemed to get faster and faster as he approached the finish, I really didn’t think he would stop. His 9m 37s was one of his fastest outside of a handicap run! He has certainly moved up a gear in recent weeks. Charles also is showing signs of improving. He has one of the most efficient running gaits of the club and will soon be challenging some of the front boys!!
Well done all, same routes next week!
Friday Running Club News 5/12/14
The turn out this morning was a little of a surprise as three, extremely cold, shivering gentlemen waited for the “go!” at the Warsash Running Club. Just as we were about to set off we spotted Pete driving by, he span his car round, parked up and said “you guys running, I’ll come!” No preparation, no proper t-shirt, and not in his running trainers…..but he did it!! and with an average of 9m 16s awesome! I think he would have done it in his slippers if he had those on!! So we were just about to set off again and up rocks Sharon, Jo and Sue. A little late, but they certainly didn’t hang around with the run – Sue had her best run since August in a sub-9 minute mile average and Sharon was also very quick with a 9:07 per mile!! Well done ladies. Jo had to retire early with a sore knee and we wish her well as she continues her recovery from the Great South Run!
Greg had a great run on Monday, his PB, and he proved it was no fluke as he kept up with Pete and Nick for the first half of the run (all uphill as well!). His average of 9m 23s was only 7secs per mile away from Mondays amazing run! Charles had a great run. He unfortunately missed Mondays session but made up for it today. The extra sessions in the gym seem to be paying off as he recorded his fastest run since September with a 9m 35s average, well done Charles!
Nick also had a fantastic run on Monday, today was more sociable, but a fast 2nd half secured an impressive 8m31s average as he finished the race a long way ahead!
Running Club News 01/12/14
It was a male dominated running club this evening with lots of male pride at stake for the 2nd handicap race with the Warsash Running Club. We reversed the route from last time and recalculated the handicaps!
It worked with all runners finishing within 2 minutes of each other……a very close finish!!
It was Alistair who finished top spot this evening, having been ill for the last few weeks, he recovered this evening to finish first and in one of his fastest times 0f 8m 52s per mile, his handicap was set at 9m 09s so we will have to chop him next time!!
The competition certainly brings out the best in people, with 3 out of the 9 runners all achieving Personal Bests this evening!! Greg had a point to prove, having come first last time he had his handicap cut. He even started this week in 2nd, he soon took the lead before Alistair overtook. Greg kept close though and in chasing Alistair he produced a 9m 16s average for a PB!! Awesome! Carl just caught Greg at the end as he produced another fine run with his 5th consecutive improvement to finish with his first sub-9 mins per mile run!!! He is now over a minute per mile quicker than when he started and in just 5 weeks!! Mike was the other person to set a record this evening. He started at the back again with a 13m 30s handicap. He managed to catch the initial front runner as he ploughed through the pack and he finished just 79 seconds behind the eventual winner! His average……..a phenomenal 6m 34s!! Nick loves the competition and he was determined not to let anyone pass him. He succeeded and that pushed him to his 2nd sub-8 min mile run in the last 2 weeks, not bad after the weekend he had!!
We had a few gentleman back this evening to the running club and their performances were fantastic after a break from the club. Firstly, Paul was back running for the first time since September. He had a great run, setting the early pace, his 41m 30s for the 4.2mile route was exactly his handicap!! Level Par I think that is in golf and very respectable. Pete had a last minute amendment to his handicap and he too finished very closed to his expected time. For Sat Nav is was a bit tricky to set a target as he has only run on his own twice in recent times, and we never really know his distance when he goes off route, but this evening he had a great run finishing in under 9 mins per mile!!
Well done to all the runners, a very enjoyable evening I think you will all agree. New routes for everyone next week as we start to look towards the Stubbington 10k
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Running Club News 24/11/14
A very cold 2C greeted this evenings runners but at least it was dry!! Mike wasn’t here this evening, no doubt practicing in preparation for next weeks handicap challenge!! This gave Nick a chance to come first, and he was certainly out the blocks quick. This was his final run as a 40 something and he did awesome, finishing 2m 23s ahead of last weeks time and averaging less than 8mins per mile, well done Nick and Happy Birthday for tomorrow!
Last week we were very impressed that Sat Nav completed the route without any detours, what we didn’t realise at the time was that he got lost driving home!!! So this week he brought his Tom Tom. Tom had a great run, he has just entered the Stubbington 10k in January, which will be his first ever event and he certainly worked hard this evening in preparation. He finished the 5.6mile route in 9m 35s one of his fastest runs! Sat Nav and Mags have also entered the 10k and they too had a great run finishing just outside the 10mins per mile average.
It was a massive welcome back to Annie this evening. She had graduated from the Warsash running club to the Stubbington Runners and has been performing very well! It was great to see her back for her first run since March 2012. She is much quicker too. Even though she managed to add on a little detour at the end she completed 5.2miles in under 9mins per mile average, that is over 40 seconds per mile quicker than the last run she did with us! Well done Annie! Jo was back following her leg strain and she, unfortunately, followed Annie on the slight detour around Thornton Avenue. The extra half a mile didn’t seem to matter though as she finished with an average under 9 mins per mile and hopefully a good leg!
Also running this evening was Sharon and Carl, they had a sprint finish at the end with just 1 second between them. The sprint finish certainly helped Carl as he achieved another PB, his 4th in a row. This time he took off 20seconds per mile, Awesome and well done to Sharon for motivating him at the end!!
Sandy was also back this evening and crossed the finish line with Charles. This completed a great evenings running with Sandy, Charles, Maggie, Sat Nav, Jo and Annie all finishing within 30 seconds of each other! Well done all runners, next week we are revisiting the handicap hurdles!!!
Running Club News 17/11/14
A big turn out this evening for the Monday Night Running Club in Warsash. The weather was dry but there was a definite chill in the air! There were three routes to chose from this evening ranging from 3miles to 6.1! Nina was first back after the group started together, she completed her route in sub-12mins per mile to set herself a new PB with the running club, well done Nina. Her husband, Carl also set a new PB as our two latest recruits to the club show great progress. Carl took a massive 20seconds per mile off his previous PB, awesome!!
We had both Mike (Sat Nav) and Greg running this evening, and with a slightly confusing route, it was expected that someone would go off track at some point. Both were kept on the straight and narrow though. Although Mike needed to sort his headband out as it was the wrong way around the Nike tick more like a frown than a tick!! Both had great runs though, Greg finished under 10mins per mile for the third consecutive week showing he is now becoming consistently fast and Mike, running with Mags for the first time since the GSR, completed the run in under 11mins per mile, well done Mags!!
It was great to have Nick C with us again this evening and he flew out of the blocks, our one hope of keeping up with Mike!! His leg was in good form as well as he finished in close to eight and a half mins per mile! Mike was still untouchable though, even though he finished 10seconds slower than last week (slacking!!) he still averaged an amazing 6m45s over the 6.1mile route!
There was a little group that finished together in the middle of the pack this evening, and it was clear from the sprint finishes that they had motivated and pushed each other all the way round. Firstly, Alistair crossed the finish line in 42m48s, with Sharon 11seconds behind and Carl 1 second further back. Charles and Mandy also pushed each other through the route with Mandy accelerating away just at the end. It was good to see her leg better from last week, well done you two.
Next week we are running the same routes for the last time.
I have been a bit concerned that some people are too dark when running and may not be seen by other runners, bikes and cars. I would recommend all runners wear something to stand out while we are on the roads. I have placed a few suggestions on the New Life Training Shop page - http://nltraining.co.uk/products-page/exercise-equipment/
For example, these are only £5.99 and would make a great Xmas present!!
Friday Running Club News 14/11/14
The rain has been coming down so bad this week that the weekends football matches have already been cancelled as the ground is sodden. It is that bad that Greg brought his swimming hat along this morning to run in! Although it was wet under foot the weather was once again kind to us as we ran in sunny conditions round the 4.6mile route. Gregs hat was very streamlined and helped him to a sub -10min per mile run. He kept up well for the first half of the run with the ladies, Sue and Sharon. Both had great runs finishing in a very impressive 9m17s per mile. Juliette built on her first run back at Mondays running club improving by 2secs per mile. well done!!
I was asked today to look up the Marwell 10k for 2015. According to their website it is suspended for the next few years while they develop the zoo. So make sure you book in for the Eastleigh 10k instead - http://www.runningmania.co.uk/
Running Club News 10/11/14
It was the start of a set of new routes this evening and with 3 to chose from we are now catering for all levels and abilities. The majority of this evenings runners opted for the middle of the road – not running down the middle of the street but more the middle distance route on offer. It was a tough route though and there was still some hangover from the Great South Run. Jo, for example, had a sore knee following the GSR and so couldn’t make this evening and Mandy was also suffering with sore knee’s. She managed to get round though with the help of birthday girl (tomorrow) Sharon!! I believe new trainers are in order for Mandy having completed 2 GSRs with them now I think they probably need hanging up next to the medals. Well done on getting round though ladies!
Mike found the routes challenging as he took on the longer 6.1mile route. This meant he was always trying to catch the others up, and this motivates him more! A great run again, averaging under 7mins per mile again, only 10s per mile off his PB, set on a much shorter circuit. Well done Mike.
There are a few colds etc going round at the moment as the weather has changed and the nights become cold and damp. Alistair still turned up though and with the coughing and spluttering before we started I wasn’t even sure if he’d make it to the end of the road. He completed the run though and his 9m 20s was one of the fastest of the night! Kill or cure I guess
Carl was back for more this evening after his first ever run with the running club last week. He was beaten at the post by Greg, but between Carl, Greg and Charles the three of them had a great run together, finishing just 7 seconds apart. All three averaged less than 10 mins per mile, so a great pace and the three were clearly pushing each other on! Finally, it was good to see Jules back this evening with her first run in 4 weeks. A good average of 10m 17s was not bad after a break, well done!
Quick reminders on some dates for the diary -
We have the same route now for the next 2 weeks.December 1st will be another handicap run!!
December 22nd will be a running club xmas social at the Silver Fern.
See you all next week
Running Club News 03/11/14
It was the handicap hurdles this evening! The first real run since the Great South, so we added a little bit of fun along with some competition, add in some very cold weather and it was the perfect recipe for a great evenings running.
The idea was to take peoples averages over the last few runs, calculate the time it would take them to complete the 4.3mile route and then set them off at intervals based on everyone finishing the race at the same time!! It meant that some people were being chased round the circuit trying to ensure no one beat them, while the others were working hard to catch those in front. I wasn’t sure if it would be like the hare and the tortoise or more like a greyhound race. Greg was more the Rabbit than the Hare though as he set off first and at a pace that certainly shocked a few people. May be it was the psychological advantage that Greg needed. As he complete the race where he started it… in 1st place. He certainly was pushed hard being chased and his 9m 25s per mile was his fastest average since May, proving he really didn’t want to get caught! At the other end Mike had to wait 16minutes before we let him set off. He was determined to get to the front and did fantastically well to catch up with most people. His average…an amazing 6m 33s was a PB!! I think he enjoyed the chase!
We had two new runners this evening, a big welcome to Nina and Carl. Not to be outdone by the event they teamed up with Mark and Sharon respectively. Carl and Sharon flew round, I am not sure who was pushing who but they finished with an average of under 9 mins per mile to equal Sharons PB of 8m 56s!! Nina did fantastic completing a 5k route non-stop and in a very respectable time too! Well done guys, I hope to see you back next week.
In the middle of the group we had Charles and Alistair. Alistair found the cold weather tough on his asthma this evening, but his 9m18s per mile was still very impressive. Charles was caught just on the final stretch by Mike, but the extra competition saw Charles achieve his best time since August!
All in all, the extra edge and competition pushed everyone a little harder this evening and it was pleasing to see a few new Personal Bests there this evening. Next week we start the preparation for the Stubbington 10k!! Watch this space!!
Great South Run 2014 Results
New Life Training is a Running Club based in Warsash, Hampshire. For the past 5 years we have been training people up to run 10k races throughout the year with the focus on Achieving the Great South Run. This year we had the biggest turn-out from the running club ever with 24 people running the Great South Run associated with New Life Training. You can find out more on the Running Club at http://nltraining.co.uk/running-club/
New Life Training was formed in 2010 to help a couple of people prepare for the Great South Run. It was great that one of those people came back to NLT this year and once again ran with the club. Julie had a great run too. She has had little opportunity to prepare for this years run but with the assistance and motivation from Nic and Georgina, they all completed the run in style, with quite a few laughs and dances along the way! Also back this year was Sharon, she last ran with New Life Training at the GSR in 2011. She has been back to the club this year though and has been training hard at the Monday and Friday Run clubs. The training all paid off as well as she achieved her PB this year, taking nearly 11 minutes off her 2011 time. Sharon had a fantastic run and actually finished just 83rd in her category – BRILLIANT!!!
One of the best stories of the day was for Sue and Jo. Mother and Daughter finished just 1 minute apart, with Sue achieving an amazing 117th place in her category! It was at the finish line where emotions are high that they spotted Jo’s sister – Jess. She had flown in that morning from Canada to cheer them on at the finish line!! Neither Jo or Sue knew she was coming and it was a fantastic way to finish the race.
Lee had a great run with us this year at the GSR, but he couldn’t steel the limelight from his kids who participated in the Junior GSR the day before. Both Rue and Sophia were invited up to the gantry to help with the warm up before the race started and the family were invited to VIP hospitality over the whole weekend – Sophia has an amazing story to tell, which you can read HERE.
The running club had 4 entries in the Orange wave, the “elite” wave. Only 3 ran in this wave though after Lindsey realised she had missed off the 1 hour part of the 1h 45mins on her application form! She decided to drop back in to the white wave and had a great run in there. She ended up 3 minutes ahead of her plan and 4 minutes better than last year to achieve a new PB for the GSR. In the Orange wave the 3 boys were being very competitive. Nick had an amazing run, finishing in just 85 minutes in the first 10 mile run since his last GSR adventure in 2012! This time was made all the more remarkable after he pulled his calf muscle at mile 2!! He still managed to get round in an awesome time. Rob had a fantastic run too. He was determined to beat Mark and his 79 minutes was brilliant. Mark felt the pressure too though and with Rob breathing down his neck (at the start line) he had to pull out his PB to make sure he wasn’t beaten.
Nicks son, Henry, had a great run this year too. He beat last years time by just 23 seconds and still managed to post a “Selfie” on social media at every mile. I think a combination of his training partner and running partner on the day was something to do with the fantastic time Henry produced!
Charles has been with the running club now for a few years and has progressed brilliantly. It was a surprise that this was his first GSR, but he has always managed to get out of it with holidays abroad etc! This year though he was there and he enjoyed the day hugely. His 1h 45mins was very quick, but not as quick as the first celebratory drink afterwards! Well done Charles. For Greg, this was his 2nd GSR having caught the running bug last year. His training has been fantastic this year and he was well prepared. Gregs pace setting was fantastic and he averaged 12mins per mile, just as planned! He set himself a new PB by taking a huge 17minutes off last years time which placed him just 201st in his category. Well done Greg!
Alistair was another one to set a PB today! Alistair has run the last 4 GSRs with New Life Training, but this was by far his best! Smashing last years time by 8 minutes!!! Nearly a minute per mile quicker! He averaged under 10mins per mile this year which will be tough to beat next year Alistair!!
Sat Nav ran with us again this year, his first GSR since 2011! He ran alongside his daughter, Mags, whose preparation for the run had been full of incidence! A fall three weeks ago whilst out running almost forced Mags to withdraw after she damaged shoulder ligaments. Then a stomach bug last week forced her to curb her training again. She did brilliant though, making it round the 10mile course in style to complete her first ever GSR and have a huge sense of achievement!! Well done Mags and Mike!!
Sandy is another long standing member of the running club and has been attending for nearly 4 years! This was his first GSR since 2011 although he did take some persuading this time round!! Sandy, as always, was brilliant. He motivated anyone within ear shot of him as he completed the 10 miles with a great big smile on his face – the way the GSR should be run!!
Mandy is relatively new to the running club, having been invited along by Sharon she has shown a steady but consistent improvement at the Friday and Monday clubs in preparation for this years GSR. Her last run 3 years ago was 1h51m, so imagine her delight when she completed this years run in just 1h 37mins – fantastic – that’s over a minute per mile quicker this time!!!
We had a few runners associated with the running club for the GSR this year as well. Jody has been training alongside Mags and has been to the Box circuits class this year to get fit for today. I am sure she was very pleased with her 1h 44m. No pain no Elaine! also attends the NLT circuits class each week – Click HERE for details – her 1h 43m was superb and a new PB for her, beating last years time by 63 seconds. Kat has been to the running club a couple of times and it showed in her 1h 49min run, well done Kat! We also had Kevin and Ollie join the NLT team on the day. Fantastic run gentlemen!!