During the light evenings, from early April to early September, we are based at Bramcote Leisure Centre which gives easy access to off-road runs. During the dark evenings period, from mid September to early April, we are based at Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QH, UK, Aerial view, which gives easy access to the road. We offer training for everyone whether in a club or not. We have regular runners who are members of established affiliated clubs and others who are unattached to any club.
There are two groups, the Fast group, who do, for example, 10 miles at a strong pace which is for those whose times are below 37 - 38 mins for 10k, 62mins for 10 miles 85 mins for a half-marathon or run on the fells. The Intermediate group is for slower paced runners, down to very roughly 50 mins 10K, 70 mins for 10miles, 105 mins half-marathon and who would like to improve. These are often steady sessions up to 9 miles, but vary both longer and shorter to suit the group. Both groups do fartlek sessions occasionally again when it suits the groups.
There is now a Facebook page also.
New runners are very welcome to just turn up and run. Check with the blog or the Facebook page for any late changes to the blog postings which we like to keep to an absolute minimum. Alternatively you can use the contact form if you prefer to make prior contact or would like further information.
There are no charges for running with us.
Following British Athletics rules for road running the minimum age for joining either group is 17.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Langdale Horseshoe 2009 (English Championship Race)

Fantastic weather for the weekend and Great accommodation at the Old Dungeon Ghyll promised that this weekend would be a good one!

Choosing trail shoes for a slimy wet course was a mistake. The start from the hotel saw 400 runners jostling like sheep in a trailer for the first mile until the sharp climb to Pavey Arc. Elbows were everywhere on the ascent.

Soon after Pavey Arc runners could be seen dancing across the bog on the top of the hill. When I got there my first step ended with me in a hole up to my armpits - just a head sticking out. I was more embarrassed than concerned. No-one helped me out choosing to laugh instead.

Sliding around on greasy rock and wading through bogs for the next 7 miles brought me to Crinkle Crags and I followed all the crinkles on the ridge route. It was then, I saw emerging from the mist below me a snake of sleek runners zooming off into the distance ahead of me.

Another descent and ascent to Pike of Blisco and a greasy slide down the rocks in my sleek trail shoes until I finally hit a rock that did not give way and sliced a neat door into the top of my knee. Race-over! And within site of the finish. After many hours with the NHS I managed to scramble back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll for a lock-in and a game of Charades!