The 2016 will take place on Tuesday April 12th at 19.00 in the SOC clubhouse, Richmond. The agenda can be seen in the Members Only area, under Notices.If you are a member but have not yet requested a password, please e-mail Liz.
Sunday 7th February 2016
The Mitja Marato de Oliva is the flattest half marathon in existence, but it is not without its challenges, namely it can be either very hot or very windy. This year it managed to combine both and was very hot and very windy!
I was surprised when I realised that I hadn’t done a road race for a year, so I had low expectations of this race. My sole aim was to run at about 5.30 minute kilometre pace, to see if I could keep up some consistency, something that can be difficult in off road and ultra-running. As it is a two lap race, it’s quite easy to monitor progress too.
As I set off around the streets of Oliva I could feel the temperature rising. By the time I reached the quiet roads around the orange groves on the edge of town I was frying. However, once I reached the sea front and turned to run along it, the wind made itself felt and for the rest of the lap I had to work really hard to keep to my planned pace in the strong headwind.
There is also a Quarter Marathon going on at the same time, finishing after the first lap, so it is important not to get caught up with the Quarter Marathoners as the temptation is to increase speed as they start tearing past. It’s a much lonelier road once the Quarter Marathoners have been funnelled off to their finish line, but it was back into the hot lanes again. I was aware of some strong gusts of wind, but wasn’t prepared for how much the wind speed had increased as I turned along the sea front. From about Km 16 it was gruelling, not just coping with the head wind, but also sudden, strong gusts funnelling down the side streets. I worked hard though, managing to pass a few runners who were also struggling. I managed a strong last kilometre and sprinted for the line, relieved to be able to stop fighting the wind at last.
The post-race refreshments were absolutely perfect for the conditions; a slice of melon, half a cup of lemon slush puppy and a cold beer! And if that weren’t enough there was an extremely generous goody bag which was so impressive for a low cost race that I feel compelled to list the contents! The bag itself was a good quality shopping bag and contained:
A quality long sleeved technical t-shirt, a buff, a bag of oranges, a carton of fruit juice, a bottle of water, a carton of soup, a cake, a packet of bread sticks, a packet of nuts, post-race muscle rub and a running magazine. Cheers Oliva!
I ran slightly faster than my goal, but managed to retain the consistency I was after (averaging 5.19 per km), finishing in 1:52.18, 7th Veterana C, 257/393. Neil, battling with two painful feet this time, finished in 1:40.06, 24th Veterano C, 145/393. Just to prove how fast a course it can be, Estaban Perales Montesinos produced a winning time of 1:11.18!
The results for the first two races are now available: see under competitions above. Many thanks to Julia Spittle who is helping me with the 'number-crunching' this year. So far 10 club members have got off the starting blocks, but there's plenty of time for the rest of us to join in.
How often do you look beyond the first page of the website? Thanks to Robbie Kelly the race diary has been updated, giving you quick links to all kinds of races on the road, trails or fells. Under the competitions tab you can find the latest information about both club championsips as well as club records and trophy winners. (If you know that club records have been beaten, please let me know.) There is a tab under about us called members' profiles which is still blank: would you like to be one of the first to be featured? In the same area you can see pictures and contact details of the committee. The members' area lets you see the minutes of meetings and will soon feature the AGM agenda. You can also communicate with other members on the forum. If you do not already have a password, please let me know. In galleries you can see photos of the presentation evening. Thanks to Mike Keavney we can all keep up to date with races that club members have done, but it is always great to be able to read personal reports from other club members. Please send in your race reports, long or short, with or without photos. Last, and certainly not least, information will be posted about our 10K, under Richmond Castle 10K.
For information on any of the above or on any issues concerning the website, please contact Liz Sowter.
Congratulations to Zoe and Chris Mason on the birth of their son Owen. "Owen Edward was born on the 20th Dec weighing 6lbs 14oz. We are immensely happy and proud of our little boy! Owen is 8 weeks old tomorrow and I'm hoping to venture out for a speedy run whilst Chris keeps Owen occupied and hopefully not wanting a feed for an hour! So whatever the weather I'll be seizing the opportunity! I have a Swaledale Marathon entry so that's my goal now! Will definitely be walk and run if I'm up to the distance by then."
The rearranged presentation night is now on Thursday 28th January at the club house in Richmond. People can still go for a run beforehand. Jess will be running her normal structured training session but will start slightly earlier at 6.30pm so we can get everyone back to the club house for about 7.30pm. We will be having light refreshments, then the presentation of awards will start by no later than 8pm. There will be a raffle, so if people can bring a raffle prize that would be great.