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VCAC: Your name?
HW: Helen Wood.
VCAC: Which sport(s) do you, or did you participate in?
HW: Road Running.
[Many thanks to Alastair McLaughlin for this fantastic report and photographs]
A Coventry Way is a full circumnavigation of the city of Coventry in Warwickshire. It was started in the 70s, and thrashed out over decades of path finding (literally thrashed out in some places) by some local runners who were training for mountain marathons by running in the countryside around the city. You can find a history on the association’s home page.
Yes, spring is definitely in the air and bringing with it the usual crop of early-season races. Two of these had club representatives amongst the entrants: but at rather different ends of their respective fields…
[Thanks to Simon Cope for this fascinating race report.]
This race takes place around Bledlow Ridge, a couple of miles from my home, so knowing what the terrain is like, I’d avoided it until now!
In a sudden burst of enthusiasm, however, I decided to chuck in my application form and go for it.
Here’s how it panned out…
[Thanks to Alex Kiel for this report]
Last Sunday (5 March, 2017) will, I have no doubt at all, go down as a memorable day in my running journey. Not only was it my first half marathon, but it was also my first time racing for the Vegetarian Cycling and Athletic Club.
The race …. Haweswater Half Marathon.
[Thanks to Guy Riddell for this report. The event took place on the 26th February, 2017]
This was a cracking race, and it was great to catch up with Graham Tracey again: and finish in front of him for the first time.
We had a fair amount of rain in the week leading up to the race, and although I had been assured road shoes should be fine, I gambled on lacing up my trusty Brooks Cascadias on race day. They have seen me round a one hundred mile race on a variety of road/trail/muddy field; so really not much of a gamble.
The last two months have both set records for the number of people visiting the VC&AC website, and the number of pages read. The image below shows some of the statistics that we collect about the site.
Athletes of all types have seen or heard advice to make strength training a part of their regular training, but how many take any notice?
In this post I reflect on my own recent experiences when undertaking strength training for the first time: my motivation, the results so far and my plans for the future. I also invite comments from readers of the post; especially those interested in sports other than running.
(This article contributed by Simon Graham)
The North East Marathon Club (NEMC) runs a series of events during the winter months called the Winter Wonder Runs. On the 31st December I took part in the second event in this series. These are not races as such and have the feeling much more of a group social run, doing as much or as little as you want.