July 2018

Stroud Half Marathon training schedules

Here are a couple of suggested schedules for runners looking to run the half in 2:00 hours or 2:15. As ever, these schedules should not be treated as rigid plans but a structure to build your training around. They incorporate the essential long, slow distance run at weekends and a mixture of hills, speedwork, fartlek and tempo during the week for variety and interest. The fourth session is usually cross training (swimming, cycling, walking, gym or Parkrun) and the three rest days are very important for recovery - particularly as the mileage grows.

Stroud Half Marathon training

It is 12 weeks to Stroud Half - traditionally time to dust off the training schedules and start to build the mileage gradually to peak on the 21st Oct and enjoy a great race. Here is a sensible schedule for those relatively new to Half Marathons or perhaps running their first Half this year.

Great turn out at the the 3rd Pilot Inn 5k

At last nights Pilot Inn 5k, hosted by Severn AC, we had a great turn out of Stroud runners.

The race is set over a competitve 5km distance and is aimed primarlily at fast club runners with only 60 places available. Even in the heat last night everyone ran really.

Lee Stopford set a new course record of 16:00 to claim 1st place and the prize of 3 packs of biscuits.

Half Marathon seminar Wed 18 July

With Stroud Half Marathon just 14 weeks away, Bill Chandler is offering a training tips seminar this Wed 18th July 18:30-19:00 in the Jack Russell room at Archway School. This is aimed primarily at first time or relative newcomers to the sport who are looking to improve their performance over the half marathon distance. Karen Saunders Will also be on hand to demonstrate some yoga stretches which will help all runners cope with the demands of running higher mileages.

Club Sports Day 8th July - field events results

A big part of our annual Sports Day is the opportunity for everyone to try some field events - long jump and throwing mini howlers, javelin, shot and discus. This is mainly for fun but an element of competition always creeps in! Thanks to Steve Carr for organising the events and to all who helped supervise. If you want any more information about the Club's throwing activities please contact Steve.

1. Long Jump winner - Anaya Powis 4.00m. All results by age group:

Age 6: Sam Fortnam - 2.00

Age 7: Oliver North - 2.65

Annual Club Sports Day 8th July - the Race Results!

We had an excellent day in the sunshine on Sunday. A big thank you to everyone who helped to plan and organise the day and deliver a very enjoyable event. There were some terrific performances to enjoy and we all had fun!

1. The day started with a new event - the Ruscombe Rampage off-road 5k:

1st - Ian Cutler (course record) - 22:12, 2nd - Michael Stevenson - 22:19, 3rd - Ben Lowe - 22:49, 4th - Adam Tavner - 23:29, 5th - Gill Tavner (first lady) - 25:58 , 6th - Mark Calverley - 26:29, 7th - Rob Case - 27:00

Annie Testar and Ruby Brook at English Schools Championships

This is the largest annual athletic event in the world and the 4th largest of all athletic event behind the Olympic Games, World championships, and the Commonwealth games. Each of the 45 English Counties sent teams of boys and girls in 3 year age groups, 8/9, 10/1112/13. Counties are split into large, medium, and small. Gloucestershire is a small county and can only take a maximum of 25 athletic across the gender age groups, which covers the 97 events.

Club Sports Day 8 July

Looks like we will have a nice sunny afternoon for our Club Sports Day on Sunday! Please come along with your families and friends, bring a picnic and join in the fun. We have ice creams and refreshments and a water station where you can fill your own water bottles, so please bring them along. Portable gazebos can provide some useful shade so feel free to bring those too! Races start promptly at 1 pm with the adults' Ruscombe Rampage 5k.