The big news of this week was our AGM where we have some new members joining our committee and where we chose the club’s charity for the coming year. Look out for the AGM minutes which will be published on the LFR website.
Leaving the committee this year was Dan. Thank you so much for your contributions to the committee and the club as Captain for the last three years. We are all extremely grateful for all that you have done and continue to do.
We have some continuing members and some new members to LFR’s Committee. Staying on in the roles are: Steve Ellerton - Chair; Sandra Dunsterville - Secretary; Andrew Heale - Treasurer; Jennifer Garner - Communications; Caroline Mann - Membership; Lindsey Rigby - Kit; Tracy Cardno and Michelle-Evans-Riches - Events & Fundraising; Matt Gilbert and Annis Turner - Coaches.
James Smith is now Captain James P Smith, moving up from Vice Captain to take on the Captain's role. And we have two new Vice Captains. Welcome to the committe, Emily McLelland and Chris Stenner!
The website will be updated in due course with confirmation of the above. Our webmaster is currently having all the fun on a mountaintop with a snowboard.
The club charity for 2019/20 was Reclaim Life and LFR are making a donation to them of £5,289.95. They have also received already £200 via Andrew Heale's fundraising and £635 via Katharine Smith's fundraising. We donated these amounts to enable their efforts to be match-funded by their employers meaning more funds for the charity!
We are also making a donation of £1,000 to KidsOut from the funds raised at Santa Dash.
Finally….we are delighted to announce that the club’s chosen charity for 2020/21 is the MK Hospital Charity - Cancer Centre Appeal. Every family has been affected by cancer and goes through the arduous and emotional experience of treatment. A purpose built Cancer Centre is being built at Milton Keynes Hospital for patients to receive their surgery and treatment. The Cancer Centre appeal is raising money to make the environment and experience much better for patients, families and friends. Many patients spend an inordinate amount of time receiving treatment, so making them feel more comfortable and relaxed is so important. You can view full information about the charity and their appeal on their website: http://www.mkhcharity.org.uk/cancer-centre-appeal/
Onto the running....
It was the annual pancake run on Tuesday. The Pace Groups all set off to the Green Family Kitchen to gorge on all manner of pancakes, vegan, gluten-free, gluten-full. Scrummy! Thank you, Greens! Wednesday had JK on the whistle dishing out the Fartlek fun, lots of spints and regrouping; Smiff was leading the Improvers for 400m reps in the park; and Jenny led another lovely social Friday run along the canal. Glorious.
parkrun day was also Leap Day which saw LFRs battle Storm Jorge at Milton Keynes (in reverse), Clevedon Salthouse Fields, Market Rasen Racecourse, Gnoll, Sewerby, Wendover Woods, Aylesbury, Houghton Hall, Linford Wood and Rushmere. At home in Rushmere, Ria Pugh was running her first EVER parkrun! Welcome to the parkrun fam, Ria.
It was a weekend of half marathons with Jo at the Wendover Woods Half; Nolan at The BIG Half (I don't know why it's so big) and Jen, Paul (and Erin!) and Anna (and the whole Mead gang!) down in Eastbourne for the Eastbourne Half! He is not in LFR, but he is an LFR friend - Billy Mead who runs for the other club ran the half in a superb time of 1.16...which got him 1st place! Swift.
There was some ultra marathon madness from Paul, Emma and Wes at the muddy LDWA Hannington Hike.
And finally Team LFR took to Berkhamsted for the Half Marathon and Five Mile Fun Run. I'm still unsure why it's called a fun run. I've done it twice. There's a mountain in Berkhamsted (this may, or may not, be correct). And they make you run up it. It's big. Anyway....a gaggle of LFRs took to Berko to take on this mountain and..well..they did have a lot of fun... well done guys!
That's all for this week. Let's all wish for a wind free weekend this week, yeah? Yeah.
Have a great week, LFR!