This is the week that was…

…all about the London Marathon Ballot.  On Monday we had a flurry of members confirming they’re in the London Marathon!   This continued all week, and with our good for age entries and charity entries, it looks like we’ll have a great number of marathoners.  Don’t forget to contact our club coaches for a training plan whether this be your first marathon, you’re gunning for a particular time, or you’re attempting a three-legged world record.  You can contact the coaches by email here: Coaches Email  Please let them know by 31st October 2018 if you’d like their help.  All those who were rejected in the ballot, remember to keep hold of your rejection emails/magazines/etc as you will still get a chance to enter the club’s ballot if you’re an EA member.  Full details of when this will take place will be published nearer the time (November/December).  In the meantime, you can check the club’s procedure on our website here: LFR VLM Ballot

Back to running this week.…Tuesday we had pace groups in the town and Ian’s headtorch trail run in the woods.  Thank you to all our run leaders for taking the club out.  If any members fancy taking a turn at leading one of the pace groups and showing the club your own routes, do let Captain Dan or Vice Captain Alice know.

Captain Dan took over the Whistle of Pain on Fartlek Wednesday and was leading again putting the Improvers through their paces in the park on Thursday.  And finally Jen took out the LFR Shufflers and Michelle for the Friday morning run in the wind.  Thankfully it didn’t rain….mother nature saved that for the weekend…

On parkrun day we had runners getting rained on at Linford Wood, Houghton Hall, Gadebridge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Great Denham, Wendover Woods, and Rushmere.  At home in Rushmere, Andy, Jamie, Ian and Paul were all in the top 10 with Jamie and Ian running PBs and team Green were running their 50th parkrun together.  Great running, guys!

We had LFRs all over out racing this weekend, even in the downpours!   Martin and Gill were at the Herts 10K where Gill was testing out a new coat for the rain.  It worked well!    Sally completed the Great Eastern Half, taking solace from the rain in a portaloo.  Why not? Jen, James and Diane were at the Royal Parks Half Marathon.  Diane was completing her first half marathon as an LFR member and took 8 minutes off her PB!  James also ran a superb PB coming in at 1.34!

Mark was at the Manchester Half Marathon as was new member Nolan who bagged himself a seven minute PB! Barbara was at the Wimbledon Half Marathon.  And the legend they call JK was of course completing another marathon at the Founders Challenge.

The biggest event of the weekend was Team LFR at The Ridgeway Run – a fantastic 15k trail race put on by Tring Running Club.  It rained, it poured, there was mud, there were hills and there were smiles (and some questionable hand signals) all the way round.  Superb work from all of you!  Well done for getting out there and doing it.

Also a huge thank you to Claire and Jane for coming out in the weather and supporting the runners!  It really makes a difference to see a friendly face, particularly in those conditions.

And we even had runners out on their training runs in the rain all the way from 5K to 32K.  Excellent running.

You are all automatically epic heroes for running in this weather.  Well done, everyone!

That’s all for this week.  Happy running, LFR!

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