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Woodland 5 On the day entries available.

The first race was a huge success (full results here) and we have plenty of spaces for the next two events.

The dates  are:  26th June and  31st July.

entry form here (pdf or doc)

Race reports
Handy Cross

The Handy Cross cross country event was as tough as ever this year. Approximately a 5 mile course, with three major climbs (and decents) on it. Over 500ft of height is gained and lost, including a nasty cross slope downhill section. Conditions underfoot were somewhat muddy, but not as bad as it could be.

You can see the route of the race here.

It was great fun :)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:18
Camping at Cannock Chase


Im 85 years old now and the memory is fading a bit and I thought I should recount the yarn of how the 2010 Finchcoasters went camping one July.

It all started with Louise Mander deciding to join a friend for a 10K run up at Cannock Chase. She, being a chatty sort of lady, well chatted, and several others thought they would give it ago. So all booked up and off they all went in separate cars. 7 of them.

Mind you, one family so enjoy the buzz of actually setting off on holiday, that that Friday they did it THREE times! I cant say who it was but Isabel said Mum forgot her wooly PJ’s and Oli said actually Dad forgot his shorts and shoes!

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 January 2011 22:26
Beachy Head Marathon Report

Three Rusties go to the Seaside (or Beachy Head Marathon Report 2009)


Saturday 24th October


This is a story, based upon actual true events. Any resemblance to living individuals is purely incidental, and probably true (in most part).


For as long as they can remember (about 5 or 6 years) the old rusties had gone to the seaside with their friends. For most this would have meant knotted hankies, paddling, cups of tea and of course fish, chips and bingo. For them though it was slightly different as they belongs to those strange (mad) group og people who actually LIKE to go outside in the wet and cold and RUN. (well they think its running, some people uncharitably call it jogging or walking even, which sometimes is nearer the truth).


Last Updated on Sunday, 09 January 2011 23:22
The Wessex Relay

A Day at the Dentists

a Tale of Two Teams. The Wessex Relay Sunday 23rd May 2010

Recruiting the Team. John needed volunteers to discover whether relay running is more painful than a tooth extraction. He achieved this by the application of critical dentist timing. Wait till patients are lying down, mouth wide open and you have various implements in their mouth, then persuade your “patient” that its in their best interests to take part in the team.

Campaign HQ. Well, team recruited, now the Dentist, became the General, planning his campaign. Napoleonic by nature, good food and wine came first, followed by a large map filled room. Orders were given and detailed tactical plans of the route distributed – a la Bonaparte.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 January 2011 23:19
Atlantic Coast Challenge 2009.

Thursday 24th September

I drove down to the event campsite at Hayle near St Ives and joined the 210 others there. I was allocated to a caravan sharing with a chap called Dan. Dan it turned out is a Royal Marine. His training has consisted of doing 20 miles running a day in 2 hours 20mins!!! Unsurprisingly he was one of the top 3 runners till he pulled something on the last day.


Last Updated on Sunday, 09 January 2011 23:21
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