Autumnal greetings, getting back in to the busy season, October is a packed month. Starting, importantly, with cake....
This Thursday 1st October - Bake Off - Clubhouse from 8:30pm
Back for the third year, now. Improved for 2015 as it's a chance to combine baking with raising money for worthy charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (or Doctors Without Borders). All of the details are on the front page of the club website and also on Facebook. Whether you bake, simply consume, or both, there really is very little excuse not to get involved.
Sunday 4th October - Middlesex Championships 10km Race - Victoria Park - 10:30am start
Official entries have now closed but if any club member really wishes to run get in touch with me. I really need some helpers to come forward to make things run smoothly on the day. Specifically looking for folk to help set the course out (from 9am), marshalling the race (from around 10am) and closing down (from around 11:30am) and also a lead cyclist. Hope to hear from some of you soon.
DATE CHANGE Wednesday 7th October - Chingford League Race #1 - Hog Hill Cycle circuit - Women 7:30pm, Men 8pm
Due to a prior booking at the Redbridge Cycle circuit the first league race of the season will be on a Wednesday night, and not on the Tuesday as usual. Also note that at the cycle circuit fixtures men and women race separately due to volumes of participants. All details are on the noticeboard.
Saturday 10th October - Metropolitan League Race #1 - Claybury Woods - 1:55pm / 2:30pm
The Metropolitan Cross-Country League kicks off once again. The fixtures have been finalised and as usual all of the details are available on the Met League website. This is the best cross-country league in London and both our men's and women's team compete in its top tier. It will be our primary focus for cross country this season and members are asked to prioritise these fixtures. Our excellent junior squad will be there too, please make every effort to get there early and cheer them on from around 1:15pm.
Saturday 17th October - Chingford League Race #2 - Loughton - 2:30pm
Please keep the date in your diary for now. Full details will be posted in the usual places nearer the time.
Saturday 24th October - North of the Thames XC - Kingsbury 2pm Women / 2:30pm Men
This annual fixture takes place once again in the pretty Fryent Country Park. This is a pre-entry event and the deadline for applications is 15th October. I have posted more details on the noticeboard.
Thursday 29th October - Club Monthly 2.9 mile Handicap - arrive 7pm, starts 7:15pm
The first handicap of the season went well. All the results are on the noticeboard. October is no different, last Thursday of the month - what a great reason to get out on a cold Autumn night.
Saturday 31st October - Potential date for the club 3.5 mile championships
Given yet another full calendar this is a potential date for race #2 in the club championships winter series. Run on a nice flat course in the park I have earmarked this as a potential date. The race is usually held on a Saturday morning.
AGM + Fixtures Card
Look out for a separate mail in coming days regarding the 2015 AGM (including the most improved athlete awards, sure to be tricky this year) and a handy PDF winter fixtures guide. Bet you can't wait.
More great news. Long-standing club member Chrissie Ward (formerly Shepherd) gave birth to a little boy, named Alexander on September 17th. Despite what sounded like a very exciting birth, I understand all are doing well and a visit to the club may happen some time in the future. Congratulations from us all, Chrissie.
Club Secretary Rachel Morison and fellow club member Rupert Rowling were married in September in Northamptonshire, it's not clear how much running they did on their honeymoon but Rachel also picked up a few medals at the recent Isle of Wight fell running championships as well. Congratulations to you both!
That's it for now
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