This is the week that was…the start of a New Year!

What a busy festive period we have had.  Even with a break from the usual club runs! We replaced these with some glorious, muddy, trail runs on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.  Thank you so much to JK, Michelle, Tam and Karen for leading these.   Other members got together to run, others solo – including Nolan in his rather fetching Santa hat – and of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing lifetime member Pete’s Christmas Suit offering.  Remarkable.

Since my last write up (which was on the 23rd) we have had four – yes FOUR – parkrun days! Some members found a parkrun on Christmas Day; the usual Saturday parkrun took place on the 28th; New Year’s saw many parkrun doubles; and then we had the latest parkrun on the 4th!   And on those four separate parkrun days we had LFRs at:  Luton Wardown, Crystal Palace, Linford Wood, Houghton Hall, Aylesbury, Buckingham, Watergrove, Cassiobury, Portsmouth, Salcey Forest, Milton Keynes, Marston Vale, Exmouth, Ashford, Lydiard, Newark, Exeter Riverside, Queen Elizabeth, Horton Park, Rutland Water, Hogmoor Inclosure, Wendover Woods AND of course….Rushmere!  So many parkruns!  I would like to know where Lydiard is please, Andy, and also Hogmoor Inclosure, Mr and Mrs A.  Thanks!

I am sure there are many fantastic results from those four days, however please forgive me for only looking at the latest…at home in Rushmere: Ian Bisby, after cycling 5K up to Rushmere, came 6th AND ran a stonking PB of 21:25.  He then cycled the longer way (14K) home.  Duathlon training he tells me! Also smashing out some PBs at Rushmere were Steve Molyneaux and Catherine Thackray.  Well done!

The weekend just gone saw some racing from Team LFR….

Phil took on the second of the Thetford 10Ks.  He’s already done one and the third is in February.  Here he is cuddling up to the Gruffalo.  Great work, Phil!

Paul Little and Matthew Ma decided a marathon was the only way to shift any Christmas indulgence and took to the sticky, sloppy and claggy trails at the LDWA Stansted Stagger.  Wonderful stuff.

The day before this Matthew had also run with Team LFR at the Beds AAA Cross Country Champs - there’s no stopping this guy!

We had some great results from the Team at the champs: Mike Clark won the over 60’s; the men’s vets team came 3rd; and the men’s senior team came 4th!  Great running, champs, on a tough course.  Just look how exhausted our Chair looks….

Also some great results from a couple of mini LFRs (who are technically mini LBACS, however I am CERTAIN they will change allegiance once they are of age):  James Parker (son of David) won the U11 boys and Ana Green (the Captain’s daughter) came 4th in the U11 girls and won the team!

The festive period and the New Year saw lots of people heading out on training runs, first runs, getting back to it runs and it is wonderful to see so many LFRs out and about in this winter weather.  There are some big goals for some LFR folk this year: marathons, 5K, half-marathons, 100 miles, 10K, even some triathlon and cycling goals.  Whatever your goal for this year: whether to complete your first run at a particular distance; a particular race; to run a PB; or perhaps you simply want to keep on running…..good luck! It’s going to be a great year and I cannot WAIT to see what we all get up to.

That’s all for this week.

Happy New Year, LFR!  And Happy Running!

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