Bosworth XC Cancelled

Regrettably we have taken the decision to cancel Sunday’s XC at Bosworth Battlefield.

Whilst the course is just about runnable, the field we use to park the majority of the cars in is saturated – with more rain forecast later in the week and the fact that it is on an incline mean that we cannot safely park cars on there.

In addition, both roads to the Battlefield Centre are flooded – just outside Sutton Cheney fully to a depth that smaller cars can only just get through – this has been the case for several days now, and also extensively around the railway bridge near Sutton Cheney Station.

The organisers have discussed extensively and we feel that we have no option but to cancel for safety reasons.

We have looked at potentially rescheduling, however with Bagworth Heath now being held on 22nd March there are no race free weekends before Easter (Kibworth 6 – 8th March, Ashby 20 – 15th March, Bagworth Heath- 22nd March, Desford 5 – 29th March, 5th April – Hose Half Marathon).

We are obviously gutted to have to cancel as not only have the team put in a lot of work in planning/course clearing, we are also aware of how popular the race is. 😒

We will be back next year….🀞🀞

Tuesday Training – 25 Feb

De La Bere Crescent, Burbage (behind the library). Paired ‘meet and greet’ session around the Crescent.
Partners will run hard up opposite sides of the Crescent until they meet, then recovery jog back down to the bottom the way you ran up; after 12-13 minutes, partners will swap sides and continue in the same way. Total session 25 mins continuous (with optional additional recovery before starting each loop again).
The diagram below tries to explain this!

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Please note, it is just under 2 miles from HLC to the session (warm up route is shown below which we will lead). We will need to leave promptly at 6:30 in order to start the session by 6:50pm.

For those who are going straight to the session, we would suggest that you arrive at 6:45pm and jog around the loop as your warm up – there is road parking on De La Bere Cresent and also on Lychgate Lane by the library.
Remember to dress to be seen!
See you there

Penny and Aly

Tuesday Training – 18 Feb

Harrowbrook Industrial Estate
It’s a square – (sort of! πŸ™‚)

So….. it’s a Pyramid session:
run 1 side, recover 1 side,
run 2 sides recover 1 side,
run 3 sides recover 1,
run 4 sides recover 1,
run 3 sides recover 1,
run 2 sides recover 1 etc.

30 minute session.

Meet at the Leisure Centre from 6:15 to leave at 6:30 or meet at the venue at 6:50 Harrowbrook Road

Please note this is a 2 mile run from the Leisure Centre

Dress to be seen please πŸ™‚

Charlotte

Thursday Routes – 6 Feb

Route W08

Long : 9.4 miles

Short: 6.5 miles

Remember to double click on the image below to see the route in detail and to enable you to ‘zoom in’ to see all the smaller roads too

6:20pm meet for a 6:30pm departure from HLC
Please dress to be seen in the dark!
See you there πŸ™‚

Penny

Tuesday Training – 4 Feb

Tuesday training session is at Sunnyside, near Asda.

Working in pairs of similar ability, first person runs at 5k pace for one lap. Second person rests at the start/finish. The session will be 25 minutes.

Meeting at the leisure centre for 18.20 and leaving at 18.30.

Dont forget to wear your high viz!

James

Thursday Routes – 30 Jan

Route W09
Our route takes us to Barwell, loops around the village and takes us back along the same way (with an optional loop past Green Towers at the end). The full route is 9 miles and can be reduced to 8 miles by omitting the Green Towers loop. If you require a shorter route, turn back at ‘Top Town’ in Barwell (the roundabout by the Blacksmith’s Arms) and return along the same route to give you around 6 miles.

Remember to dress to be seen and be ready for a prompt 6:30pm departure from the Leisure Centre. See you there πŸ™‚

Penny

New Standard Times

For 2020 the club is introducing a new set of target times for the Standard Times awards scheme, along with some other changes.

The basic principles of the awards remain the same, but scheme has been revised to meet the following goals:

  • A more consistent set of targets across all ages, sexes and distances. The new times are derived from the widely recognised age grading system (as used by parkrun and world masters athletics). It is also age specific and not by category, meaning you get a new set of targets every year instead of every 5 years.
  • To ensure the next standard is always within reach. There are new “plus” levels of award between the old levels (Merit+, Bronze+, Silver+ etc.) meaning the next standard should no longer seem so insurmountable.

Other things to note:

  • The scheme will now be based on your age on the 1st of January of the year. So you will have the same targets for the whole year. (Unfortunately you won’t get the benefit of your birthday until the following year!)
  • There are two new distances added β€” 9 mile and 15km β€” which gives more flexibility of finding races to enter. (It is still 5 distances for an award and 9 distances, including 10mi, half, 20mi and full marathon, for a distinction.)

So without further ado, to see your time targets for 2020 awards, look here:
Standard Times – New Edition (PDF)
(remember, your age on 1st January applies for the whole year)

These times are effective for your races in the whole of 2020 and will be used for the awards to be given out next year. All other rules such as race eligibility are unchanged.

For those new members unfamiliar with the scheme, you can read the full information about it here.

Thanks to Dave Masser for devising the new scheme. There are some interesting technical details as to how the times are all worked out and I am sure he be pleased will to explain more for those interested.