Club mail No. 39 - JANUARY 2007


HAPPY NEW YEAR
CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE
NORTHERN CROSS COUNTRIES
LONDON MARATHON PLACES
ROMBALDS STRIDE
REMINDER ON DARK NIGHT SAFETY
NEW MEMBERS (WELL SORT OF!)
NEWS FROM HEREFORD
JANUARY RACES

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HAPPY NEW YEAR
First of all, a Happy New Year to all Kirkstall Harriers and your families. May 2007 bring health, wealth, fitness and PBs by the sack full.

CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE
Well done to all who ran in the first race of the Sport Direct XC league at Shaw Cross in Dewsbury on Sunday 17th. Whilst results are not yet available – well I couldn’t find them anyway – there was a reasonable Kirkstall turnout for both men’s and women’s teams.

The course was a challenging 4.5 mile gently undulating course with lots of muddy sections for the mudlarks amongst us. It would be such a lovely course…… in July.

The overall turnout was surprisingly high – it’s amazing what people will do to get out of Christmas shopping – but hopefully the final count of both teams will have got us off to a reasonable start in the campaign to avoid relegation from the top division, but we were without someone the faster men and women so hopefully we can improve in the next races.

For those of you that were disappointed not to make it, the next 2 races are on the 7th and 28th January at Meanwood and Otley Chevin respectively.

Races begin at 11am and for those wanting lifts and directions meet at the LPSA at 0945 prompt.


NORTHERN CROSS COUNTRIES

This will be on Saturday 27th January in the afternoon at Heaton Park, Manchester. We have entered a male team of 7 places, so all those who would like to run please pass your names to Peter Branney or Peter Hey.

This will be a higher standard of cross country to the Sport Direct league, but should still cater for all abilities, despite the frenzied elbows at the front of the field.

Please bear in mind that this event is the day before the Otley Chevin Cross Country.

LONDON MARATHON PLACES
The club’s 3 places this year have been awarded to Collette Spencer, Sheila King and Jill Barron. Well done to these 3.

We’re sure you’ll all do the club’s vest credit and we wish you luck in your training. If you want help with long training runs, several people from the club have well trodden long run routes up to 20 miles so if you let us know your plans there’s sure to be volunteers to come out and run some or all of your long runs with you to keep you company.

This year’s club places were hotly contested, with 11 people with London rejection slips wanting places. This meant the committee delving into the rule book in order to allocate the places in the fairest way possible.

Hopefully it won’t happen, but if for whatever reason you cannot continue the training we have until 10-Feb-07 to transfer a club’s place. A draw took place to decide the first standby runner and this went to Paul Luxton who’s advised the 3 with the places to “watch their backs” over the next month!!

ROMBALDS STRIDE
The date for this event (you cannot seriously call it a race!), a nice challenging off road 22 mile run / jog / stroll through Esholt, Baildon, Ilkley and Otley (with tea and biscuits included en route at the check in points) is 3rd February 07. Subject to demand, we maybe organising a recci run of the last 14miles on Saturday 13th January.

Please let Peter Hey or Tony Downham know if you’re interested.

REMINDER ON DARK NIGHT SAFETY
Even though the night’s are now drawing out now we’re past the shortest day, we’re still going to be training in the dark for a few months yet so just a quick reminder to you all to please wear light or preferably high visibility clothing when training at nights. An extensive range of high visibility club kit is available for those of you, who for reasons best known to yourselves still haven’t purchased such items. See Carol for more information.

NEW MEMBERS (WELL SORT OF!)
Claire and Stuart Rayner gave birth to their second son, Sam on the 30th November. Sam weighs in at 9lb 3oz and all are doing well. Congratulations to you all, and Claire you have permission to take a couple of weeks off running.

NEWS FROM HEREFORD
For those of you who remember Stuart and Rebecca Moore who left Leeds for Hereford, via South Africa, they have announced that they are expecting their first child in June of next year. Well done Stuart and good luck Rebecca! Could this be the first Kirkstall Harrier to play for Hereford United in the Premier League! We wish you both all the best.

We will hopefully sending down a team to run the Crocodile Run in May, so hope to see you both on the start line!!

JANUARY RACES

Sunday 7th January – Sport Direct XC League, Meanwood
Sunday 21st January – Brass Monkey 1/2 Marathon – EVENT FULL
Sunday 28th January – Sport Direct XC League, Otley Chevin