February 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017.  We had a month off in January, as nothing much was happening.  We hope that you enjoy it.

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Coaches Corner with Sue Baillie

Blood Donation and Running

The more oxygen-rich blood available to your muscles, the faster and longer you can keep running!

So, If you do make the decision to donate blood, are there some things you should know before you go back to full training?

First some facts;

A recent study looked at the short-term effects of donating blood. Participants rode to exhaustion on a stationary bike before giving blood, & repeated the test two hours, two days, and seven days after the donation.

They analysed both time to exhaustion and maximum oxygen consumption and found VO2 max dropped by 15% and time to exhaustion decreased by 19% during the exercise test two hours after a blood donation.

VO2 max was still 7% lower than pre-donation levels at two and seven days post-donation.

Also in 2011 a study, suggested that VO2 max returns to normal (pre-test level) three weeks after the date of the donation.

When you give blood, specialised cells in the kidneys sense that the level of oxygen in the blood has decreased (due to the loss of red cells) and start secreting a protein that passes through the bloodstream until it reaches the bone marrow (which produces stem cells – the building blocks that the body uses to make the different blood cells – red cells, white cells and platelets).

This protein sends a message to the stem cells telling more of them to develop into red blood cells, rather than white cells or platelets, about 2 million new red cells are made every second, so it doesn’t take long to build up stores of them again.

There is an important link between your red cells and your health because its the red-coloured haemoglobin that carries the oxygen around your body to your muscles. This Haemoglobin contains iron, some of which is lost with each donation. So to compensate, iron absorption increases and your body utilises more of its stored iron.  Iron deficiency can result in reduced haemoglobin levels, and eventually, if not treated, in iron deficiency called anaemia. This deficiency can make you feel fatigued, which will be exaggerated by exercise.

After a donation, most people’s haemoglobin levels are back to normal after 6 to 12 weeks.

Conclusion:

Therefore you can see, blood donation will lead to a notable short-term drop in performance, but will return to normal after about three weeks, with the worst of the fatigue coming in that first week.

So if you’re a blood donor give yourself some days R&R and don’t plan a race for a couple of weeks if you’re chasing a PB.

Look after yourselves,

Sue B   X

Head Coach

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Cross Country Corner by John Palmer

A bright but chilly day saw Stanmer Park reappear on the Sussex Cross Country League calendar on 3rd December and despite some injuries & event clashes we had a junior runner, a totally changed ladies team and two men’s teams taking part including newcomer Rich Neal. Based on a bit of running around taking photos it looks like a nice course and I’m hoping it will stay on the schedule for me to have a go next year. My photos can be found here with the results being:

  • U13 Girls 3k: Rosie Beckett (24th, 15:18)
  • Women’s 5k (16th Div 2): Sharona Harrington (61st, 21:18), Emma Leeson (87th, 25:14) and a late starting Annette Maynard catching up to make up the team
  • Men’s 5 mile:
    • Team A (6th Div 2): James Collins (19th, 29:16), James Sorbie (106th, 34:42), Neil Grigg (124th, 35:50) and Andy Sayers (141st, 37:30)
    • Team B (17th Div 3): Stuart Condie (156th, 39:20), Ian Jones (157th, 39:22), Rich Neal (165th, 41:04) and Trevor Symes (170th, 42:40)

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By the time you read this the final league race of the season will have taken place at Hickstead. A report and news will appear next month.

On 21st January the Sussex Masters Cross Country Championship took place in Lancing with a good turn out from BHR in the men’s M50 & M60 events, run together over 5 miles:

  • M50: Andy Sayers (31st, 38:38)
  • M60: Team A (5th): Stuart Condie (11th, 39:53), Martin Skeats (17th, 41:50), Nigel Cruttenden (18th, 41:54); followed by Richard Light (73rd, 45:56)

So that just leaves the National, UK & World Championships to look forward to this season, if anyone fancies the challenge!:

  • Saturday 25th February; ECCA National XC Championships; Nottingham
    • 12km men, 8km women (team and individual completion); Entries open January, close 7 weeks before event
  • Saturday 11th March; UK CAU XC champs and world trials; Loughborough
  • Sunday 26th March; World XC Championships; Lampala; Uganda!

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Tadworth 10 – 8th Jan 2017 by Oli Jones

It was Sunday 8th January 2017. It was a bleak grey day and looked like it had the potential to rain at any point but I had a race to run.

I got in the car and setup my Satnav and off we went up to Epsom race course. The journey was pretty easy and smooth, didn’t realise there were so many speed camera’s up near the race course, luckily the Satnav alerted me to them.

Got to the race course in plenty of time to go and pick up my number and get changed. The start was out on the race course, you walk through the tunnel under the course to get there.

The race started at 11:30 and off we went across the race course. A dirt track went across the race course, after the race course there is a nice little open section of path and a few trees as you head down towards Ebbisham Lane and the long climb up the hill.

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The climb was long and gradual and pretty muddy at this time of year but I found the going okay and didn’t really hinder too much.

Once you got to the top you found yourself in Walton on the Hill, as you run through Walton village there is a nice duck pond to distract you for a moment with families out feeding the ducks and cheering you on.

You then ran through the outskirts of Tadworth town through some residential areas with big downhill section.

Down Epsom lane and then turned back into the countryside to start the climb back up to the race course. It was a bit slippery under foot as you approached the course from this side but manageable.

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Two laps of the course and that was the Tadworth 10. I enjoyed the race and I don’t mind the hills or the mud, I chatted to a chap who did it last year and he said it was torrential rain and windy so maybe I got good weather. Well marshalled and water stations as well.

I would do the race again, I know there was no bling but at the end of the day if you enjoy hills and mud and the 10 mile distance I think you will enjoy this event.

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Dark Star River Marathon – 29th Jan 2017 by Steve Bird

It seemed really odd tapering mid-January. Having read and heard the stories of mud and rain I was relived to look out the window at 6am Sunday morning to see no rain.

This was my first full trail marathon so I was feeling slightly nervous, however, it was such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere I needn’t have worried. It was really good to catch up with the other BHR runners beforehand, it always helps seeing some familiar faces.

This is a 28.2 mile trail marathon organised by Sussex Trail Events, starting and finishing at the Sea Scout hut in Shoreham. The course takes you up one side of the River Adur before joining the Downslink (for approx. 4 miles). You pass the Dark Star Brewery at Partridge Green before reaching the half way point at West Grinstead. Then you simply retrace your steps along the Downslink before heading back down the other side of the Adur.

It was a small field with 177 runners taking part. With the race brief over we all wandered towards the start, there’s no start corrals or different colour race numbers it’s simply left up to each runner to position themselves at the start sensibly and it worked brilliantly.

We were soon heading down the wobbly path with Shoreham Airport on our right, we then crossed the footbridge and continued along the Adur. The scenery was brilliant, I love road races but often find I don’t take the time to look at my surroundings.

After 10 miles of meandering along we turned left onto the Downslink heading towards West Grinstead and the half way turn. The aid stations were brilliant, everyone was really friendly. Rather than a cup of water / energy drink there was what is best described as a buffet selection including pretzels, sausage rolls, roast potatoes, bananas, watermelon, jaffa cakes, jelly babies. The half way point is also run by BHR runners and it was brilliant to see everyone, they were so supportive and it provided a massive boost as we headed back on the return leg.

There always seemed to other runners nearby during the first half and the multiple stiles you had to go over seemed easier than I was expecting. As I approached 20 miles things were going to plan, I’d been running with Sharona for a while which helped to keep the pace and momentum going. All of a sudden I heard the words “I think we’ve missed the turn”, we’d been happily chatting away and following some runners in front of us. We then realised we were approaching Henfield so we headed back hoping we’d not gone too far wrong.

I started to get some cramp and was to struggling as I had no idea how long we had to the finish. I find long distance runs a real mental challenge and like doing maths in my head to keep me going. The field was now a lot more spread out along the route and the stiles became a lot harder with 22 odd miles in your legs (there were some I’m sure Olympic gymnasts would have struggled with).

My run had turned into a battle to stop my calves cramping and I’d walked a fair bit which helped, the views were a real benefit at this point. James and I then met at the second last aid station and decided to complete the course together, after 3 or 4 miles of being on my own this was very welcome. We set off chatting and before we knew it we’d reached the final drink station and were back on the wobbly path next to the Airport. As we reached the end of the path we were met by Hannah who was quite simply brilliant. Simon had also caught us up so the three of us headed towards the finish line together. Hannah talked and encouraged us, letting us know how far we had to go which at that point was just what was needed.

Having spent 2016 chasing times on the roads, my 2017 plan is to focus on trail running and my first experience was brilliant. This event was everything I hoped it would be, I found it really tough but enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.

My main take away is the brilliant memory I’ll have of finishing the course with James and Simon with Hannah shouting encouragement to get us over the line together.

It was a good learning experience too – 1) Don’t assume those in front know where they are going, 2) Times really don’t matter so long as you enjoy yourself, 3) I don’t like stiles!!

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Country to Capital 2017 by Neil Dawson

It was dark outside, the frost was hard and it was eerie being out at that time in the morning when everyone else was still in bed.

The four of us took a taxi to the start in Wendover.  Given the state of Southern Rail, we really couldn’t rely on them getting us there on time.

The HQ for the race is in the Shoulder of Mutton pub opposite the railway station in Wendover.  It was perfect.  We were there early, so got a table and chairs to sit down for an hour to get ready.  They were selling tea and coffee and hot food.  Most importantly, the pub was really warm.  It soon filled up, especially when the crammed train arrived with the last of the runners to register.  The last runners were very quick to register and we were off pretty much on time.  Registration was quick, smooth and pretty impressive, given the time constraints after the arrival of the train.

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The race is chip timed and you have to attach the chip to your wrist and touch the electronic timing pad at each check point to register yourself.

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I really should have paid more attention to the race instructions.  We signed up for it on the recommendation of Philippe, as a great way to properly kick off the training for 2017.  What I didn’t realise was that the route is not marked at all and it is totally self navigated.  The race organisers supplied everyone with a map booklet, but with my new found middle aged short-sightedness, it was useless, as I had no chance reading it.  There was a lovely Irish chap in the pub who had done the race before and was a similar pace to me, so I decided to keep him in sight through the trickiest sections to navigate.

So, at about 9.40, we were off.  Hats, gloves and long bottoms were in order, given the freezing conditions.

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This is the profile for the first 56k of the race.  It looks a bit hilly, but there is nothing to be worried about and as soon as you hit the tow path, it is totally flat right to the finish.

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The first half of the race is lovely.  You go through fields, country lanes and bridal ways.  Initially it was all frozen, which made is so easier to run on.  We were advised to start a little more quickly than usual, as there are queues at the 6 or 7 gates and stiles, but we didn’t and lost probably 15 minutes waiting our turn.

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After the lovely countryside, you get the tow path for almost all of the second half of the race.  I don’t know why, but I had some kind of romantic idea of what the tow path would be like.  I was thinking lovely house boats, nice views of the countryside and maybe some wildlife.  What we got was mainly skanky house boats, industrial estates, blocks of flats, more empty cans of lager and bottles of vodka than you can imagine and rubbish in the water.  This added to the fact that this section was dull.  As flat as  a pancake and slippery in quite a lot of places.

The nicest views that we had were when we first joined the tow path.

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We were really pleased to see the sign saying 13.5 miles to Paddington (where the finish is), which meant that we were leaving the Grand Union canal towards central London.

So, a half marathon later, with the sun almost gone, I got home in 8 hours 16 minutes.

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I’m really surprised by that. I was expecting it to be a lot nearer to 9 hours, but if I hadn’t been held up at the gate/stiles at the start and if I hadn’t taken a detour, my finishing time may have started with a 7.

The learning curve continues and I keep getting things better.  The packing of my back pack was much better.  I had a small dry bag of spare clothes and another of food.  I had smaller bags of food that fitted into the front pockets of my vest, rather than having to reach into the back pockets to get food.  I also had the salt tablets and zero tabs in a more accessible place.  Anything to make life easier.

Now, the weather forecast was for sunshine and low temperatures and a little back wind.  What we actually got was cloud, then drizzle, then rain, then snow.  When it started to rain, I stopped to put the correct clothing on and then repacked properly afterwards.

The tailwind certainly worked.  I had a whole sachet in small Salomon flasks and sipped at them periodically.

There is certainly a question over footwear for this race.  There is an argument for both trail and road shoes.  I ran in road shoes and was slipping and sliding through certain sections.  I benefited at the end with the extra cushioning.

So, the race itself.  I’ve got mixed emotions.  I’m glad I did it and would recommend doing it as part of a training programme.  I wouldn’t do it again though.  I now know that I don’t like self navigation events.  I thought that the aid stations were basic, but maybe I’m spoiled by the offerings at the Centurion, STE and White Star events.  It would be really nice to have hot drinks at a couple of the aid stations at this time of the year as well.  The veggie sausages at one of the aid stations were a really good touch.  There was no shelter at the aid stations and nowhere to sit.  In an ultra it is good to be able to sit down to change clothes and tend to any foot issues.  The only option was wet walls or a very soggy floor.  The other thing I don’t understand is being told at the penultimate aid station that there was 13 miles to go.  Evidently that was not the case as we had passed the 13.5 miles to Paddington sign some time back.  It was a lot closer to 10 miles.  If you’re working to a goal time or just knackered, this could really hit your morale.  The volunteers were all fantastic, smiley (in some horrid weather) and helpful.  We can never say thank you enough to these people who make these events happen.

Finally, you get a lovely long sleeved non-technical t-shirt and a really nice medal.

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parkrun over the New Year 2016/2017 and my 200th! By Claire Giles

As you all know I am a parkrun addict – so it’s no surprise that I ran three parkruns over the New Year period. I carefully timed by milestone parkrun #200th – on New Years Day at my homerun at Brighton & Hove – Hove Park.

So New Years Eve, was a foggy drive down to Hove Park – looking forward to the weekend of parkrunning! Only time when you can get two times on the same day woo hoo! As I got down to parkrun HQ, was lovely to see friends – missed you all. John RD and Pete Vol Co had things under control as usual. It was great for me as I haven’t been able to run for a few weeks due to being RD and working, so was good to run – plus I know this weekend is a treat as I have my 200th back at Hove Park on New Years Day! So thank you to my fellow core team who have volunteered this weekend so I can run all three. Was so lovely just running in the park, hearing the plods, the breathing, the chats, the encouragement going on from the vols and me with my thoughts for the weekend and year ahead. Running is a great way to focus on the job in hand, plus it gathers your thoughts and put things clearly in your mind. Saw Liz cheering from my running club BHR, which was lovely. As I came into the finish boom! Run Save… As I took my token and made my way to be scanned, it was a bit damp in the air, but lucky it didn’t rain. I saw Lily, Becky and Helen from BHR, asked them how did they find it as I know it was Lily and Becky’s first time at the park – the obligatory pics taken!

New Years day double bubble parkrun treat, wet, and dry. As I made my way to Hove Prom for the first of the double, it was a wet ole start to the New Year. I parked up, and made my way to the start/cafe area. Saw Rick and Graham – Happy New Year and a lovely weather hey!! Then I saw Paula running towards me – happy new year – she had been running from the Pier – she said she has seen people coming out of the club! The weather wasn’t kind this morning on the coast – rain and windy – come on parkrun weather fairy. As we all make our way to the start, the RD Mark makes the announcements and kicks off the first parkrun – boom! Was so good to run on New Years Day, start the year the way we mean to go on! I felt fresh this morning, and excited to be running today – can’t think why!;) It is nice to be running alongside the sea, even if it was wet! Shingles, runners and thoughts.. Running down to the first turn saying thanks to the marshal. As I am running I get chatting to a few people, saying see you in Hove Park after. So I’ve just turned ready to come into the finish, nearly there, can see the cafe… volunteers are cheering! – boom! Run save… I take my token and one of the vols asks my name for their checker. I get scanned – yay 199th parkrun!

I find the troops parkrun round 2 – back at the ranch – sorry Hove Prom it is drier here up the road! I made my way down to HQ, and Brian was making his way towards me – I said great timing! Said Happy New Year to the team – Pete I believe felt a little delicate and said Happy New Year Claire – not too loud mind! Oopsy. I spotted a pink balloon! Ah thanks to the crazy gang for my balloon celebrating my 200th parkrun today Think I spoke too soon, as it did start to rain! We made our way to the start.. Pete made the announcements 321 Go!! Boom!! And we are off … So running with the balloon and after a parkrun already was good, it’s my 200th . As we run up just passed the tennis court, a runner fell over, we did stop and Brian said take this (pacer pole) and he went back and I carried on with balloon in one hand, pole in the other. I held the pole down as I wasn’t pacing. As I got to the start I shouted out about the runner. People did stay with him to make sure he is okay. The atmosphere was fab even if we are wet! – it’s so lovely to see you all, and being part of the parkrun bubble. It is great to be able to run this twice in a morning – be proud of your achievements. As I got to just past the tennis courts a few runners behind me asked if I was the 30 min pacer, I said no, they said ah that’s okay as you’re going to quickly! I explained what happened and then Brian caught me up, and I handed him back his pacer pole. On target! Then we came into the last bit, Brian giving me some encouragement and saying what time etc. As I saw the finish line – I only could manage a little sprint – boom! Run save! Yay 200th parkrun complete.  So again for all your stat junkies Brighton and Hove NYE 390 and NYD 418 – total 808 Hove Prom NYE 154 NYD 338 – total 492 Preston Park NYE 372 Bev NYE 42 Total 1714 across all parkruns.  So New Years Day 2016 we had – Prom 262 Hove Park 376 – total 638, Hove Prom NYD 338 Hove Park NYD 418 – total 756, so we had an extra 118 runners on New Years Day this year.  Amazing – see it’s the parkrun love. Packing parkrun away, and we ended on post run fizz and cake to celebrate New Year and my milestone.  Great way to start 2017.

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parkrun corner with Theresa Chalk

Moving nicely into 2017, I’m sure many of you are planning your running calendar filling it with lots of events. Hopping around the country trying out new races, different distances and chasing unusual bling.

The great thing about parkrun, no matter where in this country it is, it is always on Saturday morning at 9am. You just cannot forget. Ingrained in the brain.

So if you have never done one, take yourself along and try one out. parkrun web site will have all the info you need. And many of us at BHR have participated so ask around. There will be encouragement in abundance.

As always, a shout for help. Come along, be a marshal, bar code scanner and one of the other interesting jobs that need doing. You’ll never be asked to do something you’re worried about. Unless it’s me, then I’m always looking to encourage people to RD. It’s a role that means you can legitimately tell people what to do and gives you a great deal of satisfaction.

It’s good to have reports of parkruns far and wide and this month we have three.  Steve Roberts with Bevendean and Jill Bennett with Upton court and Barking.

From Steve Roberts

‘I went along to Bevendean Down parkrun on Saturday 14th January with Kim Gow. Bevendean Down is one of the most recent Brighton/Hove parkruns & is probably the least known event on Saturday mornings. It’s consequently a very small event. However, it’s perfectly formed I’d say. There is a very friendly crew running the event & the course is off-road throughout & on the Downs really as opposed to being in a local park.

So, to the course…it’s a tough one! 2 & a bit laps of Bevendean Down, running clockwise with  couple of steady climbs followed by a significant hill before a big sweeping downhill. You definitely need to pace yourself but once you completed the second lap hill climbs you know it’s downhill to the finish!

Parking might be a bit of an issue as you have to park on street in Bevendean but it wasn’t a problem at all for Kim & I. The organisers helpfully put arrows up from the “Bevy” pub to the start. There’s also good direction information on the parkrun website.

Apparently great coffee & cake & even a cooked breakfast is on offer at the “Bevy” afterwards but we had to shoot so didn’t check out these delights.

In conclusion Bevendean is a great parkrun in need of support. It’s tough & picturesque with great views of Brighton & as said brilliantly supported by its dedicated little crew. I’ll be back!’

And from Jill

‘Whilst enjoying a rare child free weekend away in a luxurious hotel in the historic town of old Windsor, the obvious choice is breakfast at 7am before a 10 mins drive to the nearest parkrun.

Upton court Parkrun is described as a grass course with gravel paths which may accumulate muddy puddles when wet; I wish I had read that before the off as I would have left my road shoes at home.

On this a slightly damp winters morning a few areas of the lovely flat course where very slippy indeed. I am sure during the summer months this is an enjoyable two lap course with views of Windsor castle. You are asked to use a car park on the opposite side of the park but the jog to the start provided an opportunity for a warm up.

We arrived at the rugby club starting point to find the core team in a muddle as the king pin with the keys was unable to attend. The greatest concern being the lack of the usual bacon sandwiches at the end. After a short brief on the start line we were off. It’s a small event with a normal field of around 90 people which proved to be a good opportunity for us to gain higher than usual ranking positions. A lovely course and definitely one to be repeated in the summer. Four Saturdays prior to this on New Year’s Eve, in the less idyllic setting of the urban suburb of Barking we found ourselves on another parkrun start line. Similar in participant size, Barking parkrun covers a two lap course around an incredibly flat park. We were warned about a hill though being seasoned Clair parkers we didn’t find it. The locals were incredibly friendly even the local geese community welcomed us with a formation flight along the slightly polluted lake. With no club house a large tarpaulin was provided as a bag drop area and left over mince pies on the finish line. We were made feel very welcome along with other tourists despite the threat of a new course record and no marshals to guide them round. The resident character here was most certainly Harmander Singh from Sikhs in the city. He chatted to us on the finish line, proudly sharing his record of consecutive VLM’s, training a 105yr old Sikh, guide running and pacing at London. Great guy! We topped off our visit and rewarded ourselves with a plate of pie and mash. Now that’s an experience. Happy parkrun tourism x’

Moving on now to Oliver Days parkrun FA cup update.

The tournament kicked off (or should that be run off) with an email in November, to which 18 Burgess Hill Runners tentatively replied showing an interest in taking part. Those 18 runners were then drawn to compete against another runner and Round 1 of the 9 pairings was started. During December the pairings went out and run their chosen parkruns, at a mixture of 6 different venues, in the best time that they could manage on the day and the starting 18 was whittled down to 9.

Round 2 was drawn at the beginning of January, where the winning 9 from the first round, plus a runner up, were drawn in to 5 pairings. These 5 pairings competed their parkruns at 4 different venues in times ranging from 19 minutes to 34 minutes.

Since the beginning of January, both Round 2 and Round 3 have been completed and the original 18 runners have now reduced to 4 semi-finalists. The semi-finalists are Dave Oldfield Vs Steve Roberts and Hugh Stevenage Vs Sally Symes. They are due to run at Brighton & Hove parkrun and Tilgate parkrun respectively and when completed the winners will progress to the final.

Well done to the original 18 for taking part in what a simple but difficult to explain competition; Stuart Condie, Eileen Adlam, Theresa Chalk, Alice Tellett, Mark Craigs, Jamie Goodhead, Oliver Day, Jay Wadey, Trevor Symes, Steve Roberts, Sally Symes, Catherine Kempton, Kim Gow, David Leen, Dave Oldfield, John Palmer, Malcolm Slater and Hugh Stevenage. And good luck to; Dave, Steve, Hugh and Sally, with your imminent semi-finals.

Onto our local parkrun at Clair park,

We have four ladies who have recently achieved their 50th milestone. Caz Wadey, Jill Bennett, Kirsty Armstrong and Nick Dawson. Well deserved. And a long time coming when so many more of your weeks are spent in a volunteer position.

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Now possibly by the next newsletter Dave Woodhouse and Nigel Cruttenden may have completed a whopping 100 runs. Will keep you posted.

I know to that Lynette Brown has been chomping at the bit, getting her parkruns times down at Clair, week after week. She never gave up and has made it finally in the sub 30 bracket. Maybe there something to be said for wearing great design leggings.

Now, if you have Steyning Stinger looming, remember our local parkrun at Clair park in Haywards Heath. The hills there maybe hilly and repetitive but it’s great for the body and the mind.

Until next time, keep warm, stay injury free and keep up the running.

Theresa

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England Athletics Portal by Andrew Baillie

Following is details of how to access your England Athletics information.

If you’re a member of the club, then you are affiliated to the EA, and information about you is stored on their database. The information is filled in by our wonderful membership secretary Dave, which he gets from your membership forms.

If you want to find out what is there, edit it, then follow these instructions:

Click on this link:

https://myathletics.englandathletics.org/portal/Members/Login

ab1You will need to know your Unique Reference Number – this is found on your EA England Membership card. If you’ve lost that, you can find it here:-

https://myathletics.englandathletics.org/licencecheck/

All you need is your name, and date of birth to obtain your licence (URN) number.

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Once you have your URN, you can log in. If it is your first time,  you’ll need to click on the “forgot password” link. Fill in the URN in the space provided, then submit.

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You will receive a link on a mail in your inbox from EA, click on this, create yourself a password, and then log in, using the password you’ve just created. If it’s your first time of logging in, you will be guided through some detail updates – some can be left blank if you wish – and you eventually get to your profile.

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Down the left side are sections that can be clicked on, reviewed, and in some cases edited.

  • Personal Details – you can change your name and address, religion etc., here
  • Contact Details – change your email and phone numbers, including an emergency contact.
  • Password & Security – change your password.
  • Subscription preferences – change how many emails you get from EA. Very helpful!
  • Athletics roles, qualifications and courses show you what courses you’ve attended, if any. They are information only pages.
  • Emails – this link shows you all the emails EA have ever sent you. Again, very helpful, as you can view them online!
  • Official Assessments doesn’t seem to have much in it.
  • Club Transfer – if you wish to switch allegiance from one club to another (assuming from another club to BHR! ), you can do that here.
  • Last but no least – BENEFITS! This gives you a number of discounts off suitable goods and services. New Balance, Sunwise sunglasses (I recommend! ), Sweatshop etc., have a look at the list and see what you think.

There is also an FAQ link at the bottom of the page, help, and the usual other links.

Please take a look; it’s a helpful resource.

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A big thank you to all of the contributors.  Please volunteer your race reports or thoughts on running.  This newsletter is only as good as the reports and articles that are submitted.  There are lots of really good races coming up, so we have lots to write about.

Thanks and take care, The Newsletter Team.

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