Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

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Yesterday Richard Quartermaine and myself participated in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon. As the name suggests the race follows the coastal path for an out and back course. Although gusty in places it is a flat, scenic course with only about 4 miles on road. Due to the tide times it was a reasonably early start – 8.45am – thereby necessitating a very early start from Tunbridge Wells! The race was well organised with very efficient, friendly marshals. Indeed there was quite a lot of crowd support. With 1250 runners, it’s a popular race. The only disadvantage was that the paths were very narrow in places which made overtaking very difficult.

Unfortunately I had quite a nasty fall only 2 miles into the race. It was on a narrow stretch of beach. A woman had chosen that time to walk her dog on the same stretch of beach (with 1200 runners running towards her!) and in the process of avoiding the aforementioned dog, I tripped over a rock and landed on the shingle lacerating my hand and both knees! Still I managed to persevere and finished 6th woman in a time of 3:26:33 ( 2 minutes faster than last year!). Despite it being off road, I reckon it’s a club record in my now older age category! - Continue Reading -

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South of the Thames Farthing Downs

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After an early morning trip to Cheeky’s to pick up a pair of X-Talons for Jillian we had a surprisingly traffic free journey round the M25 to Coulsdon for the South of the Thames Cross Country Championships race.

Despite being the Saturday before Christmas a field of 284 runners turned up to race, including three Harriers who said they had been entered but weren’t on the list! After an extra 2 mile run down to race HQ from the top of the Downs and back again, and some serious grovelling, the race director agreed to add them to the programme, with Peter Nuttall having to undergo a sex change to accommodate Sarah Lavender. - Continue Reading -

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South of England Inter Counties and Masters XC

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On Saturday, Eric and I travelled up to Oxford to compete in the South of England AA Inter Counties and Masters Cross Country Championships. The Masters’ events were incorporated in the same meeting as the SEAA Inter Counties Champs in which Alice was competing for Kent in the senior women’s event.

Although a bright sunny morning, it was still hovering just above freezing when we arrived, and the sports fields around the athletics track were frosty and rock hard. Any opportunity for a decent warm up or course recce were curtailed by the one-man-in-a-portacabin registration system and the fact that the hilly part of the course up in Brasenose Woods hadn’t yet been marked. - Continue Reading -

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Dublin Marathon 2014

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As I lined up in the starting zone and reviewed my pacing plan, hydration, nutrition etc. for the tenth time, I paused to breathe deeply and remind myself of my goal. It has taken three years to get here. I had a great run at the Beachy Head marathon in 2011, finishing in 11th place, and after chatting to a few of the guys I’d been racing that morning I realised they were all “sub 3” runners on the road. At the time my road PB was 3:13:59, and I preferred trails. However, I was now convinced I could go faster, so I entered a spring road marathon and started training again.

A combination of injuries, illness and idiocy meant that almost three years to the day I was still chasing the same goal. However I knew it would be different this time. I felt as fit as I had at London in April, where I had cruised to 23 miles at target pace before my own stupidity ran me into the wall and onto my arse. That was a painful lesson, but fast marathons are not the same as ultras and need a different strategy. - Continue Reading -

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Great South Run

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A few deckchairs ventured slightly further down the south coast from Beachy Head today for the 25th Great South Run [10 Mile]. The morning started blustery and chilly such that Amy Ginman resorted to sporting a fetching black binliner in the start pen – so fetching in fact that it attracted comment from a gentleman wearing very similar attire!

Amy and I pushed forward at the start to the “fast club runners” flag – well if the cap fits – and crossed the start line only 2 minutes after the elite men. Amy and I ran together for the first few miles during which my legs and head were saying “why on earth are you running this a week after Amsterdam marathon” especially when we passed the TV cameras when I realised that I was clearly cramping Amy’s TV style. - Continue Reading -

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XC Somerhill 2014

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Last Saturday saw the second of the four crosscountry league races at Somerhill. The marmite of the XC season! The ladies course remained the same as the previous years but the men’s course had a slight change to include yet more hills.

Personally this is my favourite of all the league races. The grounds at Somerhill are beautiful and the course interesting with ups and downs and twists and turns but then again I only had to run 5k rather than the gruelling 10k the men had to run (other than Tim who opted for the ladies distance). Also, given that it’s such a local venue there is always lots of support which is brilliant especially on those lung burning hills. - Continue Reading -

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Newsletter 2014 – Oct

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THE DECKCHAIR NEWS
October 2014

Editor Comment
The last race of the Kent Grand Prix over and the men finally finished 4th , not bad. However the ladies finished the highest ever I believe in 2nd place. Well done ladies and maybe next year they can bring the Ladies Cup to Tunbridge Wells. This month is a bumper edition as I have included the report from Chris Frost who won the ITU World Paratriathlon in Brazil.

Club Runs Training Sessions
The weekly Wednesday evening run from the Nevill, Pre run info starts at 19:30 !!. Allan Cheek our Club President leads the Sunday morning group out from the ‘Running Hub’ departing at 08:30 unless otherwise advised. Monday Track speed sessions – 7.30PM @ Tonbridge School track, parking is available adjacent. Nominal cost of £2. Tuesday night training sessions at Tonbridge are on Wheatsheaf Way off the Shipbourne Road behind the Sainsbury’s Local 18:30 for 18:40 start. The Thursday evenings – circuit training at Rusthall Village Hall start from 19:30 led by Claire Hayhurst. There is a nominal charge to help cover costs (£2.50) Saturday mornings a group go out on Ashdown Forest at 07:30 contact Guy Gracey or Alan Collard for details.
Don’t forget if you are injured or would just like to walk there is also a walkers group that goes out Weds evening from the Clubhouse. - Continue Reading -

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Amsterdam Marathon 2014

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So our second international marathon and half marathon tour have come to an end and I ‎would like to thank the 28 Harriers who made it so successful.

Also thanks goes to our supporters, those in person and those virtually via ‎Facebook with lots of likes and postings, I hope you have all enjoyed them and of course the photos! - Continue Reading -

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XC Swanley Park

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Last season’s XC finished at Parliament Hill with the wettest race I have ever had the pleasure to compete in. Swanley Park started the 2014 season in the same fashion, with a very wet week and overnight storms combined to a torrential downpour during the U20 women’s race. With a drenched team, kit and flag, a number of the team then joined us having sheltered in the car park while we set up for them, drawn out by the sunlight.

Needless to say, the course was eventful, with bollards and slippery slopes causing a number of falls in both the senior men’s and women’s races. Mud was king, but it did make it fun on the new, slightly longer course. 27 harriers competed across the 2 events, with a big showing from Blackheath and Bromley changing up the field this year. - Continue Reading -

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2014 Eridge 10 Results Available

Eridge 10

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