Here is your overdue May newsletter. Your patience may be rewarded with plenty of events this month, next month and beyond. Get comfortable...
Thursday 28th May - Monthly Club Handicap - from 7pm
We had a fantastic showing of juniors, seniors and helpers at the April event. Let's hope we do even better in May. All the details and results are available as usual on the noticeboard, please see this post. For May I need 4-6 helpers to marshall and to timekeep for the event to go ahead, please get in touch if you can spare an hour or so. I'm particularly keen to hear from new members.
Saturday 30th May - Southern Men's Athletic League - Mile End Stadium
Fixture 2, and the club will be hosting this 'home match'. As ever we need athletes to compete in all events but particularly seek some of the Road & XC men to put their marathon training to good use in the 1500m and 5km events. Since it's local you won't need to travel far. Keep an eye out on Facebook and the Noticeboard for more details. Please contact Men's Athletics captain Tony Macdowall if you'd like to compete [ t_macdowall |at|hotmail.com ]
Thursday 4th June - Assembly League Race #3 - Battersea Park - 7:30pm
Don't forget the third race in the greatest summer race series of them all. Keep an eye on the Noticeboard, Facebook and the excellent Assembly League Twitter feed nearer the time for details. This is always a very high quality fixture with the added bonus of a high quality trip to the pub afterwards :-)
Saturday June 6th / July 4th / August 1st - Orion Harriers 'Forest Five' - Epping Forest - 10am Start
A great series of races in Epping forest, often popular with club members. Easy to reach via the Chingford Line, advance entry is recommended as it's a bargain compared to entering on the day. A nice course and a warm welcome is always guaranteed at the events (+ one or two hills). More details and online entry at this link. See you there!
Saturday 6th June - Southern Women's Athletic League - Fixture 2 - Guildford (afternoon)
We had a slightly reduced turn out at the first fixture and as ever the club needs more women to get involved in this great league. Transport is provided. We are particularly keen to hear from women who normally run distance events to take part in 800, 1500 and 3000m events. Please contact women's athletics captain Charlotte Nicholls [ nicholls.charlotte |at| gmail.com ] or Alf Vickers if you'd like to compete.
Friday 27th June - Fast Friday - Walthamstow Track - from 7pm
A date for your diaries, similar to the recent Night of the 10000m PBs held at Highgate, but more inclusive and with both 5km and 10km events., Orion are staging their Fast Friday event once again. Please click here for more details if you'd like to run. The organisers are looking for a few faster pacers to get involved, I'm told this will be in return for some free Indonesian street food.
A message to Relay to you all.
Many club members took part in in some great relays last summer, and this year should be no different. Westminster Bridges Relay (2.3 miles per leg) is on Wednesday 17th June. If you'd like to run you need to let Rob Pitkethly know ASAP, as deadline is 20th May. See the post on the club Facebook page or let Rob or I know this week. There's also the Sri Chinmoy Battersea Park 1 mile relays on Monday 20th July and Monday 10th August. You can enter those on the night but get the dates in your diary.
Congratulations due (or overdue!)
Congratulations to club members James Bewley and Lady Charlotte Maile who celebrated the birth of their first child, baby Edward at the start of March, and also to fellow club members Dan Mutlow and Lady Rachel Thomas who celebrated the birth of Raphael also in early March.Both Dan and James went on to run the London marathon a few weeks later.
More recently club all-round legend Tom Heslop recently celebrated his marriage to Charlotte at the end of April. They honeymooned on a Greek Island but Tom kept in shape in time to return to race 10km on the Parliament Hill track on Saturday. It's good to see club members maintaining their priorities! Congratulations to you all.
Men's Road & XC Captain