Read All About It – Weekly Update 12/11/23.
Yet again this week the weather is forecast to continue very unsettled with rain every day, sometimes showers and sometimes longer periods of rain. A moderate westerly will change to fresh for Monday morning with gusts of up to 50mph before returning to moderate for the rest of the week. Max temperature 11 to 14 and minimum night temperatures 6 to 11.
Road race results
Thursday saw the November Prom run. The weather was very wet at times and windy but that did not stop us having twenty finishers in the 2 junior races and 191 in the 5-mile race. The Icescape being back for the first time since the pandemic meant we were using the 3-lap course and thank you to everybody who helped in any way to make the race go so well in such weather. Darren Stacey was third overall and 1st V40 in 28.23, followed by Julian Forbes in 28.47 and Ben Haines in 28.59. Richard Goddard was 1st V60 in 33.39. Laura Fricker was 1st WAC lady in 32.35, followed by Alice Smith in 33.34 and Phillipa Stephens 1st V50 in 35.34
Off-Road race results
Friday saw Josh Harris start the first race on the new Dartmoor 100 round. This race is about 106 miles and Josh made the most of the clear weather on Friday although the wet conditions of the last few weeks made parts of the new 100 ring route into more of a bog. The tracker allowed people to follow Josh throughout the race on Saturday and see his progress toward the finish. Having completed a fantastic distance of 93 miles and going into the dark again the conditions forced Josh to retire but certainly a tremendous effort.
Saturday saw 8 WAC runners take part in two races in the Brecon Beacons. The Brecon Ultra 46 miles and the Trail marathon 26 miles.
The Trail marathon covered 4200ft of climb with Innes Mackay finishing in 6.29.41. Sarah Weare and Kat Louise tackled the route together and finished in 7.49.21.
The Ultra started much earlier in the day with two 23-mile laps to complete. Liza French Finished 3rd lady overall in a time of 9.41.25. Louisa Ansell, Casper Harvey, and Andy Galey had done much of their training for this event together and finished the route together in a time of 12.11.22. Paul Bird was well on his way to completing the event and had finished the first lap in 6.22.41, unfortunately he had a fall well into the second lap. Paul carried on until a personal longest ever 41 miles but had to drop out due to his injury at this checkpoint.
Sunday saw 9 WAC runners take part in one of the oldest established local multi terrain races the ever-popular Sodbury Slog 10-miles. The course was as wet if not wetter than normal so plenty of mud and fun looks as though it was had. Marc Whiting was 1st WAC runner in 1.23.52, followed by Marc Bostock in 1.31.30. The remaining squad of Ness Wilce, Rachel and Pete Stacey, Ann Clutterbuck, Nic Currell, Tarisa Barker, and Pete Bartlett finished together in 2.33.12.
Multi Event results
No races that we are aware of this week.
Information and help needed.
A new tab has been added to the website under members/2023 Championship which is a points summary. The latest summary will show the position after the Prom run on the 9/11/23.
A link has been added on the points summary page making it easier for you to find the detailed points position and list of the 2023 championship races.
Clevedon Parkrun on the 18/11 has been added to the list of races in the 5k category.
Remaining Championship Races
18/11 Clevedon Parkrun
19/11 Castle Combe Chilly 10K (replacement for Wellington)
26/11 Brent Knoll fell race – Short off-road.
3/12 Full Monty – Long off-road (Race full)
16/12 Weston Parkrun
17/12 Wellington Monument 10k (race cancelled for 2023)
21/12 Weston Prom run.
26/12 Clevedon Boxing Day 4 miles (miscellaneous)
Tuesday Seafront Training 14/11/23
Following the opening of the Icescape rink at the Tropicana until January 24 we expect the area in front of the Tropicana to become increasingly busy together with parking nearby. From this Tuesday 14/11 we will meet at the large square shelter 300 metres south of the Trop (enter Marine Parade via Royal Sands). Weather permitting there will be a choice of two sessions 10 x 2min 30 with rolling recoveries or 6 x 1k.
Xmas Cracker Task allocation
Nicky Baker has now posted the task allocation sheet for everybody to view. This has been posted to the WAC Social fb pages and a copy sent to the email address held in Membermojo of every member. (if you do not immediately see the mail, please check your spam folder, or drop Nicky a mail/message and ask for a copy)
This year, more than ever, many members will have at last two tasks so please take time to look and make sure that you know what your roles are and where you need to be and at what time. We understand that changes happen so if you are no longer able to help for part, or all, of the time please make sure that you let Nicky know as soon as you are aware so that she can manage the changes needed.
TWAC session this week 13/11/23 is titled ‘Winterhead TWAC’ meet 6.50 Penscot Inn Shipham.
Interval looped session with a surprise led by Sarah Weare.
Suitable for all abilities.
See TWAC FB for more detail.
The Wednesday swim sessions 20.20 to 21.30 at Burnham-on-Sea pool
Over winter is the ideal time to brush up and develop your swimming technique, ideal prep for next season. Suitable for beginners to seasoned triathletes, injured runners – develop your aerobic capacity and muscles you didn’t know existed
Sessions can be booked in blocks of five (£32.50) or ten (£55.00) ad hoc PAYG (£6.50) sessions occasionally available, for PAYG – please ask if there’s space prior to session
Contact Margaret Sills, Rachael Vincent or Nick Cook for further information.
The next block of sessions starts at the beginning of December but attendance before then can be arranged if space available.
You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions.
We have the November code for the 10% discount and free postage on orders from Sportsshoes (min order value £50). This code is on the WAC members social fb page for WAC member use only. Please ask Jim, Helen, or Julia if you do not access to fb and wish to put in an order with them. (NB Now includes Brooks shoes again)
This week’s schedule:
TWAC session this week 13/11/23. Meet 6.50 Penscot Inn Shipham see above and TWAC fb.
Tuesday session –Meet from 6.50pm on the seafront 300m south of the Trop. Rep/Interval session to be taken by Carol, Nick, and Jim – see above for detail of sessions.
Wednesday See above– Swimming sessions Burnham pool 8.20 poolside – See above.
Thursday – Group runs from Hutton Moor. Meet 6.50 in car park – route this week 4 Bridges.
No group runs from Hutton Moor on Prom run nights.
Saturday 8AM session – See WAC social for confirmation of meeting place and time later in the week.