Ian Mansell wins at Kingsbury today. Well done !!! Ian's also won Park runs at Braunstone, Brueton, Conkers, Leamington, Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton . Marvellous :)
Hi All, its time again to think about doing the Grizzly, a 20'ish miles around some tough terrain in wonderful countryside. The date is Sunday March 9th 2014 and the cost is £28, however there is a smaller race called the Cub and that's just a mere 9'ish
miles and costs £18. It's not for the faint hearted or the new to running but if you think you would like a real challenge then have a go. This year they have changed the method of being selected. Instead of a free for all on a particular day they have decided that they would operate it a bit like getting into London. The process is either a block booking that gets everyone one in or not, as the case may be, or individual applications that would mean that some may get in and others not. The seasoned campaigners i.e. the regular Grizzly runners from the Striders have decided that we only want either all in or all out. So if you wish to have a go and want to be with the team that is "all in or all out" then let Julie Messenger know by next Thursday the 16th her email address is email@example.com. Julie will then add you to her list and enter us as a block booking. All entries
have to be in by the end of August and the lucky ones will be advised on the 15th September.
if you wish to enter as an individual then that's fine but you will have to do this by going onto the Axe
Valley Runners website before the end of August and entering yourself as an individual. You will be advised on the 15th September as to whether you are successful. The rules for applying are clearly detailed on the Grizzly website so pleased DON'T APPLY AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND THEN ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR BLOCK BOOKING as this will have our booking blocked as well as your own.
As in past years I will try and secure the Dolphin hotel if we are successful. However sadly if we are not successful I will not be booking rooms and hence will not be able to do so or those that have entered as an individuals and have been successful. If Julie doesn't hear from you by the 16th August then we will assume you are not going.
So we all get the chance to refresh our kit and look as wonderful as
possible when running we have a special offer for you....order a club vest
and/or T shirt (limited 2 items in total) by the end of August and they
will be just £10 each, instead of the usual price £16 and £17. A great saving!
Place your order with our kit man Steve Bailey, and it should be with you by the
end September. Any questions feel free to ask or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like the date for this year’s Round Leicester Relay is Sunday 15th
September. There is information on the following website, http://www.round-leicester-relay.info but basically it’s a team relay consisting of 13 stages around the footpaths and roads of
Leicestershire, roughly following the path of the Leicester Round. Each leg is between 5.5 and 8 miles long.
It starts at 8am and finishes around 6pm. Obviously you only need to be their for your designated leg, but supporting your team mates is encouraged.
It would be great to get a couple of teams out and is another really good day out. It also provides a different challenge to the usual league races. The logistics of getting people around the county and if possible checking the route prior to the race is often a challenge but we realise its not always
possible. So if you want to run but don't want to travel too far to run, then let us know. I’m sure we’ll be able to accommodate most request, especially if you get in early!
As I said we’re looking to get at least a couple of teams out and if you’re even half interested it, have a chat with a committee member or someone in the club who has done it. Ask around. We’ll quite happily explain it to you and look forward to a good day out. If your interested or if you need more details can you please drop us an e-mail or mention it to any committee member. Gary Grimsley has around 8 or 9
names so far but he and Graham Hobbs are more than willing to take on more runners, so please get in touch.
We will also be looking to resurrect the post RRL meal, so suggestions of where we could go would be appreciated. Perhaps even a bbq? Let us know what you think.
A field of more than 100 runners of all ages
and abilities completed Leicestershire's newest road race at the weekend (7 July) on one of the hottest days of 2013.
The inaugural Big Charity Event, organised and hosted by Desford Striders Running Club, saw 119 runners complete one of two routes around Desford and Peckleton. The event, which superseded the Club's
long-running ladies-only Run For Your Man race, offered competitors the choice of a 3.5-mile or 7-mile course and also served as a fundraising, raising money for DELTA (Deaf Education through Listening and Talking).
A total of 77 runners took part in the seven mile race and Desford Striders' Ian Mansell and Emma Marvin ensured the silverware did not have far to travel this year. Mansell was the first over the line, clocking up a quite convincing win in 40:48, with nearly a three-minute advantage over his closest rival, while Marvin - the 2012 Run For Your Man Champion - took the ladies' crown in 46.50.
Beaumont RC's Phil Critchlow claimed the runner-up spot in a time of 43:34, while Quentin Henry of Sphinx AC was hot on his heels, running home in 44:45 to secure the final podium place. Desford
Strider Ryan Pegg was not far behind, crossing the line in 46:02 to take fourth.
For the ladies, Helen Tromans of Dudley / Kingswinford ran home in 51:00 to take second place, while the host club's Katie Beaumont was third in 53:34.
Meanwhile, two of the top three places over the 3.5 mile course were taken by ladies. Fifteen-year old Alex Percy of Wreake RC enjoyed a convincing victory, crossing the line in 25:41 to take the crown,
but Heather Thornton and Helen Russell were not far behind, running home in 27:41 and 31:23 to secure second and third respectively and the top two women's places.
Louie Rossi in 31:53 and Newcastle (Staffs) AC's Luke Robertson in 32:57 were the second and third men home, while last year's Run For Your Man runner-up Laura Rossi of Desford Striders was the third
lady in a time of 32:01.
The event, sponsored by Cherry Tree Gifts, AW Physio, Ask Accountancy and Little India restaurant, is set to return to Desford next year.
Just wanted to say thanks to Mr Bailey :) It's been great using the track and Steve organised it for us. Thanks also to Andy for taking the sessions :)