Running Club News 27/3/17
Friday March 24th
Running club this morning wasn’t quite as eventful as last week. No one got lost, but we did change the route in advance. The lanes were too wet to run through so a repeat of Mondays routes was accepted as a good alternative. For Richard this meant upping his miles even further, the 5.5mile route is now officially the furthest he has run and he did it in a fantastic time too, just 2 seconds per mile off his PB. It was a fast run for most of the participants today even though the route has some step gradients. For Mandy it was the fastest run since June last year. Sharon was with her all the way too, in one of Sharon’s fastest recent runs!! We knew the girls were quick today as they were passed on Church Road on Monday and today Richard had to really work hard to catch them by the last corner in to Warsash Road! Nick was super quick too in a sub 8mins per mile and Greg had an awesome run in sub 10s!! Well done team, this Fridays route is weather dependent.
Monday March 27th
An absolutely beautiful evening for a run. With the sun setting over the clock tower in the village center on our return made for a very picturesque finish. The weather and our first daylight evening run of the year certainly brought out the runners too. Although there was some debate whether to wear hi-viz or if the white legs on show were enough reflection for oncoming traffic!
We welcomed a new recruit to the running club as Larissa joined us for her first run. She did fantastic too, completing the 4.3mile route non-stop. She had previously completed a few park runs in 35mins and she was on 32mins at the same distance today to show she was going even faster!! We also welcomed back Louise, she has been recovering from a nasty injury and was suppose to take it steady this evening. Along with Gemma the pair managed to completed the 5.5mile route in a very good time to show she is well on the mend.
There were some very fast times this evening too. Carl finally smashed his Personal Best, having been very close 3 times in recent weeks this evening he annihilated it! His 8m 23s is a very fast new PB and on a long 5.5mile route too, well done Carl!! It must be those superman leggings!!
Also setting a new PB was Lydia, having run her fastest PB at a Park Run on Saturday she replicated the feat this evening on a 4.3mile route. Just 2 seconds outside the 11mins per mile barrier, I reckon you can get under 11 next week Lydia!! Thanks to Mandy for encouraging her round the route this evening too, that helped! Nina had a great run too. Her 4.4miles was a little further than everyone else after she ran after a football someone had kicked over a fence and returned it. Even with this distraction she managed to put in her fastest time since August 2016!! Rose was just behind Nina in her fastest run for over a month.
Sharon ran with Jo and put in her fastest lap in a month, and Pete was on fire this evening as he took 90seconds off last weeks time! Charles teamed up with the new superfast Rich after his PB achievement last week. The pair of them were really quick, Rich just missing out on new PB by just 5 seconds per mile, and Charles running his fastest lap since June 2015!!!! And only 10secs outside his PB as well!! Great run lads!!
Same routes next week for the final time and a chance to improve those PBs
Quick reminder that the Tough Mudder challenge is coming up very quickly. I will be looking to organise some training days shortly but for now Charles has kindly put together a quick practice route. It would be great to get the tough mudder team together in advance. Charles is training at Holly Hill, meeting in the car park 8.30am on a Sunday morning. All are welcome. If you were thinking about completing a Tough Mudder you can find out more information here – http://www.nltraining.co.uk/tough-mudder-2017/
Running Club News 20/3/17
Friday 17th March
A very eventful Running Club this morning. To start with we had a lot more participants than a normal Friday. The beautiful spring sunshine clearly brought out the “fair weather” runners. The route was apt for such a day with some cross country and country lanes to contend with. So 10 runners set off, and for the first time ever only 9 returned!! We lost our first runner ever. Now we all know Greg has been close a couple of times but he has always made it back, this time Nick disappeared. Granted, he is not from the area, but he actually ended up at Solent Breezes Caravan park, that is someway off the course!! I had run up and down Warsash Road several times, with others out in their cars looking for him before he was finally found, 1hour 23 mins after starting. We will never actually know how far Nick ran as he left his phone behind, but he did run continuously and actually thoroughly enjoyed his route!! For me, I needed a lie down to recover!! Well done to all the runners today, sorry I didn’t get all the times from you. Less excitement and more running next week please.
Monday March 20th
A gratefully less eventful run than Fridays fiasco. However, there were some great achievements. Well done to the girls – Mandy, Sharon, Lydia and Nina, who seem to be teaming up well each Monday evening, motivating each other round. This week the girls ran even further now clocking 4.3miles without stopping and still at a fantastic pace too. Well done Ladies. I ran with Carl to start with which was annoying as I was half-way through a conversation when we had to split, Carl taking the longer 5.5mile route. It was obvious that Carl wanted to hear the rest of my story so he put his foot down for the 2nd half of the run to match is 2nd ever fastest average! Well done Carl…..and we did managed to finish the story although the punchline wasn’t really worth waiting for. After leaving Carl I teamed up with Pete and Rich. We attacked the hill at Lockheath Park Road well and managed to catch our 2nd wind enough to put on a sprint finish for the last mile. I was really impressed with Rich who kept up all the way, hitting a 8m 18s final mile!! And finishing with a Personal Best average pace, even with the big hill in the middle!! Well done Rich, your first run under 9mins per mile. Great Achievement!!
Nick had another great run this evening, following his sub- 8mins per mile run on Friday he smashed the 5.5mile course this evening too. He was clearly being chased by Ghosts! But Pac Man kept them away for another day! Greg had a great run too, this after finishing the Eastleigh 10k in an hour just yesterday!! Well done Greg!! Well done also to Lisa (59:55) and Alistair (53mins) who completed yesterdays Eastleigh 10k. A big well done also to Gemma who completed the Reading Half Marathon in less than 2hours yesterday, a well deserved day off today!! These times show that the running club is really helping and I am glad to see so many doing these challenges!!
Same routes next week team!
Running Club News 13/3/17
Friday 10th March
A big welcome to Lindsey who attended her first running club with us today. She was brought / dragged / encouraged along by Mandy B who ran with her for the 4.2mile route. They both had a great run too, with Mandy clocking her fastest run on this route so far in her 3rd attempt. For Lindsey it was obviously a PB as it was her first run, but a 10m 42s average is a very good start. The two ladies were also joined by Sharon, no doubt motivating the pair all the way round.
Richard had a great run today, he teamed up with Nick to demolish the 5.1mile route in under 43minutes. This was a PB for Richard, now running at 8m 25s average per mile, alot faster than his first run of 3.2miles just a few weeks ago. For Nick it was decision time, does he run best in the morning or in the evening. From looking at his times on this course, 2 evening and 2 morning runs so far, I would suggest you go for midday Nick!! ;0)
Nick B was back to running club today for his first run this calendar year and not a bad effort too. His sub- 9min per mile was fantastic! Alistair was also back today, having enjoyed Mondays return to the club so much he made it to a Friday run this week as well. A good run too!!
Lisa had a great run too, upping her miles from the last two weeks she also upped her speed. A big improvement, taking nearly a minute per mile off her 1st run back just two weeks ago. Well done Lisa!!
Monday 13th March
I was trying to decide the name for a group of ladies running. You have a heard of cows, a gaggle of geese and a flock of sheep. They decided a group of ladies running on a Monday night should be called MAD!! Anyway, 5 ladies set out together and all finished within 30seconds of each other. For Mandy B, Lydia, Sharon, Nina and Rose it was a great run, all finishing around the 12min per mile rate and all upping the miles to 4.2 after last weeks slightly shorter route. Well done ladies.
Charles set off with Greg this evening and so they completed half the run well, Charles then took the shorter option, as he was looking for a quick get away to pack for Vegas tomorrow. Greg went for the longer route, but somehow ended up finishing the route from the wrong direction. He still managed 4.2miles, just a different 4.2 to everyone else. A good time nonetheless!
Carl had a great run too, starting off socially with Pete, who continued down the 4.2mile route to finish with his fastest run of the year so far, Carl went for the longer 5.1miles. He pushed himself well. And I must learn that if someone says they may be sick it isn’t necessarily a metaphor. So Carl finished a couple of pounds lighter having almost relieved himself of his tea up Thornton Road. It was worth it though to record his fastest run since October!
Finally Nick will be glad this was the last time on this route having now completed it 5 times in the last 3 weeks. His time this evening his second fastest of the 5 and a very impressive 8mins per mile. Well done Nick!! New routes next week!!
Carl Sick, fastest since Octber, Group of
Running Club News 6/3/17
Friday March 3rd
A very wet start to the run this morning which put a few people off attending. It did brighten up as the run went on and the rain kept the dust down! Theresa was back for her 2nd Friday since June 2016 and showed a huge improvement on last week, finishing nearly a whole minute quicker, well done T! Mandy showed she is definitely a morning runner as she took off over 3 minutes from her time at last Mondays running club on the same route. Well done Mandy, even quicker next week! Lisa also improved 2 minutes from last weeks time as she returns to fitness from her 5 weeks off. Greg had a great run last week and so upped the distance this week, his average speed was similar to last week even with the extra mile. Well done Greg! Rich also upped the miles and he completed 5.1miles for the first time ever and in a great time too. The shy and retiring Richard also stopped to do some star jumps in the middle of Warsash village and finished in style with a quick tribute to Mo Farah! Nick also had a great run finishing in a sub 8 min mile average for the first time since the Stubbington 10k!! Well done Nick!!
Monday March 6th
Some impressive performances this evening. Especially Carl, who ran with Pete for much of the route, but when Pete turned for home at Church Road, Carl had the bravery (stupidity) to turn left and do the longer route. His determination paid off though as he smashed a 8m 46s average!! His fastest run since October!! Awesome Carl, well done! The girls, Sharon, Nina and Sharon teamed up and helped each other round the route. On the final straight up Thornton Road Jo was catching them, not wanting to be beaten Sharon made a bolt for home, and “Speedy Sharon” as she should now be known finished very strong, with neither Jo or myself able to catch her!
Alistair was back to the running club for his first run with us since the Great South Run. He has been running on his own and it showed as he sped off from the start and kept with the front runners for the majority of the run. His 9m 12s per mile was extremely impressive for a first run back and we look forward to seeing him again next week.
Gemma has been doing a huge amount of miles recently as she prepares for her half marathon in a couple of weeks. The miles are telling though as a few little niggles are creeping in. She did well this evening and acted as a pace setter for Charles who was chuffed to bits with his 9m 20s per mile average. A 7s per mile quicker than last week! Well done!
Nick followed up his impressive Friday run with a solid performance, deducting 2 mins from last Mondays time! It was Pete’s first time on this route and he didnt shy away from it, achieving his best time of 2017!! So some great performances this evening team, well done!
Last time on these routes next week.
Running Club News 27/2/17
Friday February 24th
It was a beautiful Spring like morning for running club today. It was great to be able to welcome back some previous members for today’s run. Lisa was back from illness for her first run in 5 weeks, her 4.2mile run was a great way to get back in to the habit, well done, she even admitted that she had missed it!! Also back today, was Theresa, having not run since last June but now preparing for the moonwalk. She completed the 3.2mile circuit non stop and in a great time too, well done Theresa!! Running with Theresa and back after 2 months off was Mrs Motivator, Sharon, she has been missed massively by the club and it was great to see her back running again. For the run itself, Richard had to go out on his own early due to work, but completed the run non-stop for only his 3rd ever lap. Sarah was also back this week and put in a great time keeping with Lisa all the way round. Greg ran with myself for the first time in a good few months, and we managed to put the world to right, as well as a sub-10min mile average. Well done Team, same routes next week.
Monday February 27th
In stark contrast to the beautiful run on Friday, this evening was dark, cold and in freezing rain to start with. The rain did ease up but the cold wind cut to the bone this evening. We have experienced a few injuries at the Enjoy Club over the weekend and I was keen to ensure no further injuries occurred this evening. I was too late though as Gemma walked in with her bright bottoms / classic top combo and Charles’ eyes were damaged forever. It was fine though as Mandy’s jacket was bright enough to divert planes from Southampton Airport and with a pair of ping pong bats she was able to land a helicopter to evacuate everyone. Admittedly I did make a mess of the route description before we departed this evening, however, less than half the runners actually got it right. For Greg it is acceptable, his 4.4miles was a little further than most, but everyone else has no excuses!! A few took the Crofton Road route rather than the Thornton circuit, however there was not a lot in it, and everyone seemed to enjoy the run which is the main objective.
Mrs Motivator was back this evening, Sharon took the girls, Mandy, Lydia and Nina round the 4.2mile route in a fantastic time, well done ladies. Jo, Gemma, Carl and Nick opted for the longer advertised 5.3mile route, to find it was just 5miles via Crofton and 5.1 via Thornton, still good times, with all runners finishing close to 9mins per mile average. Charles and Rich pushed themselves well with Rich just 2 secs per mile off his PB time!! Next week Rich!!
Finally, Greg had a great run despite missing Greenaway Road totally. Slightly slower than Fridays run but the conditions were very good on Friday. Same routes next week team, keep up the good work.
Running Club News 20/2/17
Friday 17th February
Jo has run this route a few times now, so we agreed for today she could do the route in reverse order. It proved quite motivating as she passed Rich and I on a couple of occasions for “high-fives” as we passed in opposite directions. It proved helpful as Jo smashed her previous best on this route and delivered her fastest run of the year, well done Jo! Rich had a good run, we had agreed to do the same route as last week, but a faux pas by myself meant we went on a detour and ended up doing 3.7miles, So Rich ran further (0.5miles) and faster than last weeks run to set a new PB! Well done Rich! Need to book that Great South Run now!!
Monday 20th February
It was the last time on these routes this evening and a chance to put in a good time. However for a few people it was there first attempt on this run. Greg was back from his holiday and although suffering from a bad leg he put it in a great performance. He, of course, did what Greg does best and took a detour from the advertised route. He still completed 4.5miles and a great 1st run back. Well done Greg!! Also back this evening was Lydia, back with a new found focus for running she has also got a new found running buddy in Mandy! The pair of them tour up the 3.2mile route in a very quick time, Lydia’s 2nd fastest ever!! Well done ladies, and welcome back! Rose also joined the two ladies initially before putting in a sprint finish to try and work off her mini-cruise from this week. Carl was also focused on removing some cruise calories and his fast 5.9miles would certainly have burnt a few off! Good time too Carl, well done! It was also Charles’ first run on this route, he teamed up with Rich and the pair of them had a great run, finishing with a 9m 38s ave! Awesome!
Gemma had a good run this evening, made all the more impressive as she had completed a 14mile run just yesterday, the furthest she has ever run. Her legs were a bit heavy this evening but with the brightest leggings ever they felt well enough to impress with a 9m 36s average on a 5.9mile route. Fantastic!
Also running well this evening was Pete, he ran on his own for the majority of the run, until he came within visibility of Brooke. Pete but his foot down and was catching Brooke along Church Road, but Brooke was able to muster up some energy, even after his Personal training session this morning, and finished strongly with a sub – 9 min per mile average! Well done gents!
New routes next week!
Running Club News 13/2/17
Friday February 10th
We welcomed Rich to the Running club today for his first run with us. He hadn’t really run before but was a natural completing the 3.2mile route in a sub-9 min mile average!! Awesome. He did find the “travellator” tough going up Pitchponds hill at the end but said he will definitely be back for next week.
We also had Sarah back today, she hasn’t run with us since the Great South Run, but you couldn’t tell, she finished the 5.9miles in just 8m 08s average. Although she did need a navigator in Nick to make sure she went the right way!
Jo also took on the longer route today and did magnificently, completing the route in just 9m 24s per mile. Well done!!
Monday February 13th
Jo took on the same route as Friday and absolutely smashed it this evening. She took 49 seconds off Fridays time and looked strong at the finish. Carl also looked strong this evening, his sub 9-min per mile coming off the back of a PB at the park run at the weekend, well done Carl! It was Alex again this week who shone brightest though. Unfortunately for me, with the routes as they were, Alex managed to pass me twice this evening! You could almost say he lapped me!! His 6m 04s per mile on a long 5.9mile route is amazing and only the 2nd fastest run recorded for the club! (Alex also holds the record). Great preparation for his upcoming event! Gemma had an interesting run this evening. The pre- and post- run weigh in showed some significant differences which the race stewards will have to look in to (but not too closely). She did manage a good 5.2miles though and in a good time as well. Well done Gemma! Finally, Pete had a good run this evening, and a good catch up too, which did slow us down a tad!! Well done to all the runners, last time on this route next week!
Running Club News 6/2/17
Monday 6th February
With 5 minutes to go to the start and the weather looking a bit rough I was content to see 4 smiley faces awaiting the start of this evenings Warsash Running Club. The door then flung open and a sudden influx of people arrived ready to run. I was running with Brooke and Rich, as we were approaching Peters Road Rich said with real optimism, I think we might miss the rain this evening……with that….queue downpour!! It rained for the next 4miles until we finished…..and then it stopped!!!
So 9 very soaked runners completed this evenings routes in some style. Half way round, Brooke, Rich and I were passed by an grey object flying through the air. It passed with so much velocity that it literally span me around and dragged us all forward in the tail wind. It wasn’t a bird, or a plane but Super-Alex!!! Not quite beating his club record of 6mins per mile, but damn close. We even presented him with a Running club vest at the end as he now holds the club speed record. Well done Alex. The three of us continued only to be passed again, Jo!!! She always seems to catch and overtake people on the hills!! This time it was Pitchponds! Brooke had a valiant effort in trying to keep with her along Newtown road but to no avail! Rich obviously did well to slip stream a couple of the fast pacers this evening as he produced his Personal Best with the Running club. His 9m 25s per mile beating his previous best set last November, well done Rich!!
By this time, Pete had already finished. His 8m 48s further improvement on the last two weeks and a return to near his best! Carl and Rose had also finished, it was Roses’ fastest ever run with the club surpassing her 10m 52s set last February. Carl and the wet weather I think were the motivators in getting the run done quick. Great time though Rose, well done!
Nick was the only one to have completed this course before, having been the lone entry in to the Friday running club on the same route. He did take a minute and a half off his Friday time though this evening, so evenings seem to be better, or his Chinese was getting cold??!!
Well done to all the wet runners this evening, same routes next week.
Running Club News 30/1/17
Friday 27th January
It was a cold fresh start to a Friday morning, but with little air around it felt hard to breathe. It meant for a struggle of a run for all involved. Except Joanne, She wisely chose the shorter route and decided to go for it!! And she certainly did! Completing the 3mile circuit in a record speed of just 9m 33s per mile, wow!! Well done Joanne.
Pete was slightly worse for wear! (Massive understatement). He managed to keep up with Jo for the first mile and a half before fatigue or alcohol fumes took over and he dropped back. Jo pushed on and recorded a great time, well done!
I ran with Lisa and struggled with a bad leg, we both bailed at the end of Fleet End Road and took a short cut back to the club. Still, a sub 10-min mile run was still very good, well done Lisa!
Monday 30th January
It was a light fine drizzle this evening, the kind of light rain that soaks you through to the skin without you even realising its raining. I was drenched on the front half and still dry on my back at the end. Still the weather didn’t put people off as they came along to try and run a course PB as this was the final attempt at this route. Rich definitely achieved his course PB this evening as it was the first time he had actually run the course. Infact his 9m 47s per mile, was one of his fastest overall runs. He was joined on the route by Charles who kept him motivated right up to the final strides.
Alex and Nick set off on the 5mile route, and kept together for the majority of the run, before a sprint finish ( a couple of miles out) saw Alex finish with another fantastic split time and Nicks wasn’t bad either!
Gemma arrived a little late for the start but once she had sorted herself out, plugged in her ipod, set her sat nav, tied her laces, brushed her hair and applied her lippy she was off. She started at the back and used that to motivate herself, overtaking people as she went, she worked her way right through to the front by the time Enjoy Fitness was in sight. The result was a super quick time, her 2nd fastest ever with the club and a 8m 52s average! Well done.
It was Maddies last run with us this evening as she disembarks on a 6months position at sea. She had already run 2.5miles today, just a warm up it seemed, as she flew round the course to record her second fastest ever run with the club as well. Her 9m 10s per mile was very impressive and much better than the 10m 11s from when she first ran with us. Great improvement Maddie, well done and good luck in the future. Her great time was in part due to the competitive running with Pete, Gemma, myself and Jo. We all finished within 20 seconds of each other with Jo often pace setting for the group. Jo’s 9m 10s per mile was her fastest on this route by far and you can see the improvements she is making week on week. Although the majority of the group finished together it was Carl who finished first. He was a blur this evening, a shinning light in the distance! His 8m 54s per mile, was by far his fastest on this route. Well done Carl!
Pete was back running this evening and on form. It seemed he had much better preparation this week than from Fridays run and that showed in his performance. As Gemma strode past him he put his foot down so not to be beaten, and although he was nearly sick, he produced his best performance since rejoining us this year!
New routes next week which I will promote in advance on Facebook later this week.
Running Club News 23/1/17
Friday January 20th
A last minute accident prevented me from running with the club on Friday. So Joanne, Lisa and Greg set off on their own. With no one to motivate her Lisa did exceptionally well, pushing herself to a new personal best speed of just 9m 38s per mile, shaving 4 seconds per mile off her previous best. I am not sure how Joanne finished but she was looking in good form before she started! Greg had a slight detour ( no surprises there) and ran 5miles in just 51minutes! Well done guys, sorry to let you down at the last minute, see you this Friday!
Monday January 23rd
It was an extremely foggy evening. But not as cold as expected so it was declared safe to run. After last weeks recording breaking performance from Alex, I decided, along with Brooke, to run with him to gleam some tips on how to run fast. Alex said he ran the Lee-on-Solent Park Run on Saturday. I said wow, that’s not much training just a couple of miles, Alex “No, I ran to the Park run!”. Ah, I understand now!! Just 6miles there, a quick 18minute Park Run and 6 miles back, no problem!! Brooke and I ran with him and felt we were tiring him out, then Alex put on a sprint for the last mile, I was going to keep up but my shoelace came undone, really unfortunate timing!
It was great to see Pete back at the running club this evening. He has decided to start working off Christmas, not bad really seeing as January is nearly over. He was pleased to be back though and I am sure we will see a bit more of him in the coming weeks. Pete ran with Carl who put in a good time of 9m 22s per mile. Maddie had been spotted doing some extra running in during the week, which is helping her consistency at the moment, running alongside Charles this evening she nearly matched her last weeks time.
Same routes next week for the last time.