July 2014 News – Party date set!

I’ve just emailed all members today (24 July) with most of the content of this post, so if you think you’re a member and you didn’t get the email then please get in touch.  It either means the email address we’ve got for you isn’t correct, or yours may be one of the forms we lost after the Three Rings of Shap – my fault, as I was too wiped out to remember everything!
Summer greetings to you all – hot isn’t it?  I hope your running is going well this year.  I’m back in action after my 4-month rest due to a shin stress fracture, but I’ve still got work to do before I’m back to full fitness.  The rest of your Runfurther committee seem to be running OK at the moment, with Nick about to head off for the Lakeland 100.

Runfurther Party Weekend, 29/30 November

We have set the date and location for the end-of-year AGM and presentations, and we’re planning on making a weekend of it.  The more of you turn up, the better Runfurther will get.  The AGM and presentations will start at 3pm on Saturday 29 November, in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District.  We’ll announce the exact location at the end of October.  The reason we can’t announce the location details now is that we have planned it to follow on from the Dark and White Mini Mountain Marathon, and the location for that is secret for now.  The Mini-MM is a 4-hour run round the hills trying to pick up as many points as you can by finding controls, and the race will finish by 2pm.  Full info about the race is here: www.darkandwhite.co.uk/challenge-events-outdoor-activities.asp?race_id=470.

After the presentations the committee is staying on, having a meal and a few drinks in the pub in the evening, and going off for another race on the Sunday.  The more of you join us the better.  There is another Mini-MM in the Peak District starting at 9 to 9:30am, which should make up a great weekend.  This one’s a bit shorter, with a 3-hour time limit, and it’s organised by Richard Patton, the Long Tour of Bradwell RO.  Again the location’s under wraps until a month beforehand.  The info about this one is at www.explorerevents.co.uk/.  If you’d rather something shorter on the Sunday, there’s also the Famous Grouse fell race near Hayfield – 5 miles, entry on the day, which Nick will be running instead as it’s one of his regular races.  Info on this is here: www.cs.man.ac.uk/~temples/hc/.

The pub where the presentations will take place is close to the event HQ, and there is camping very close by.  There’s other accommodation in the area too, and a month’s notice should be enough to find somewhere to stay at that time of year.  So: (1) get the date in your diary, and (2) book your place in one or both of the mini-MM races.  The Saturday race will probably fill up, so get an entry in now!  I’ve already entered both of them.

Runfurther in 2015 – which races do you want in?

We’re already starting to make plans for next year’s Championship.  We’ll have more sponsorship, so bigger and better prizes will be up for grabs.  We hope to be able to have spot prizes as well.  And of course we have to plan which races to include next year.  We’d like your input on that, so please let us know which races you think should be included in the 2015 Championship, and which you’d rather weren’t in.  We can’t please everyone of course, but we’ll do our best.  One particular race we’d like your feedback on is the Isle of Man Mountain Ultra (it used to be called the Manx Mountain Marathon).  Would you do it if we included it in the Championship again?  So – email me if you have any preferences for races for 2015.

There will be a committee meeting after Bradwell, at 18:00 in the Old Bowling Green Inn, Bradwell.  All members welcome.

I’m about to go away on holiday, so I won’t be able to reply to emails until after the Long Tour of Bradwell (9 August).  I’ll go through all your replies when I get back though.  See you at Bradwell!