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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)


Section for all race informaiton.

has results, cross country, local races.

Dinton Pastures


This is a two mile loop of the lakes for teams of 3. However, teams have to estimate the time each person will take to complete the run, with the winning team, being the one closest to their predicted time, no matter how fast or slow it was.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:19
The UK Challenge 2011

Once again this annual competition for Business Teams came around, this time based in Minehead, Somerset and using the hills of Exmoor to test the 85 teams taking part. This is a 4 day event starting on the Wednesday evening and finishing on Saturday afternoon with teams facing running, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, problem solving and other team working exercises to test them across 8 stages.

We’d grown the reputation of our AWE team steadily over the last few years by winning the event in 2007 and then second place for the last two years so other teams were aware of what we could do. So there was some expectation on us for the event, not least from ourselves who wanted to win it rather than collect another silver medal!

The weather for the four days was pretty horrible for June with high winds and heavy rain – not nice for adventure racing, but you just have to get on with it!

We started on the Wednesday night with a couple of hours running around very sharp hills playing Boggle. Essentially visiting checkpoints to collect the letters and spell the words. After some good words and one small mistake we were in first place. Onto the next morning and we had a 5 hour bike stage ahead of us with a very complex strategy that took several hours to plot out the night before.  Weather conditions were pretty horrendous out on the Crossocks. The stage was based on the film Inception and is far too complex to explain here.  The planning time was well spent as we again won the stage, extending our lead.  Heading into the evening we had a build stage ahead of us. Normally its just about trying to survive these as we set about building a device capable of picking up 4 wooden blocks and placing them in a stack.  We only came second on this stage, though but still kept our overall lead.

When Friday dawned the weather was still pretty terrible and we were told that our planned canoe stages were cancelled. This was pretty disappointing as canoeing was one of our strengths. Fortunately the organisers sorted out some back up stages, the first of which was a championship of losing draughts. Basically you play draughts as normal but the aim is to lose every game. This is actually harder than it sounds as if one of your pieces is in a position to take another then you have no choice but to take it. As teams were pitted against those teams closest to them in the competition and with 20 minutes bonus available per game, winning games was important to retaining the lead. We knew the basic strategy to this and managed to get through this normally high stress event by winning 3 out of 5 games.  

The organiers then converted a canoe stage into a run stage but as we knew we had running the next day we backed off a bit on the strategy, thinking this would be a hard stage. As it turned out we could have cleared the stage, as other teams did and we dropped to second place by 6 minutes as we failed to collect some of the big bonuses.

This may or not have been a bad thing as Saturday dawned with more torrential rain as we headed to the highest point on Exmoor.  Another complex strategy stage (and another late night working through the strategy for it) but we nailed it despite the tough hills making it too difficult for us to achieve our full plan. However, those teams who’d beat us the previous day suffered badly and dropped back down again, allowing us to regain our lead.

Heading into the final stage which was a straight race involving running, then biking up a big hill before running back down and across the sand to the finish. Of course it was never going to be that simple as we had to solve puzzles at regular intervals along the route. We pushed hard up the hill and solved the puzzles pretty quickly putting us several minutes ahead of the other teams and enabling us to come in first. As this was the stage that gets shown on Channel 4 we were pleased to do so well in it. As we crossed the finish line it was good to have our overall win confirmed.

The UK Challenge is an excellent event and if you get the opportunity to take part then grab it as you’ll find its one of the most exhilarating events you can take part in.

Congratulations to the Coasters who attended the Love Life Love Running weekend

A full report will follow with pictures but just a quick congratluations to all those who took part in the various races.

We had 36 Coasters take part in the Charity mile - well done to all the kids who ran/walked it.

In the 10k on the  Saturday we had some great times on a very tough course with Carol Yarrow winning first female home and 13th overall.


On the Sunday 6 hour relay we entered several teams. Andy Surplice put in an amazing effort to take on the full 6 hours solo, completing 8 7km laps. This is a hilly course and the heat of the day didn't help so this was an amazing achievement.

Our team of 2 Paul and Sarah Evans came second in the mixed category completing 5 laps each.

OUr team of 4: Carol Yarrow, Becky Wood, Andy Elliott and Chirs Aitkin won the mixed 4s category compeltign 3 laps each.

We then had two teams of 6 who battled it out throughout the 6 hours for the top prize. It all came down to the last runners with only 2 minutes between the two teams at the end - a spectacluar effort, particularly as the teams were only 1 second apart at half-way. The winning team was Lousie Mander, Rachel and Rodger Duckworth, Simon Crute, Paul Jenkins and Claire Elliott. The second placed team were Andy Yarrow, Phil Surplice, Josh Suplice, Nathy Feely, Claire Foster and Steve Wood.

The weekend isn't jsut about the races as its very family oriented with lots for the kids to do. The kids also seemed to get on well with one another which was very helpful! There was plenty of beer and wine floating around and a large event shelter for us to congregate in to aovid the rain on the Friday evening.

Bramshill Forest 10k


Bramshill Forest 10k

Due to only a limited entry for this race over the last few years we have decided not to run the event this year.

If you enjoyed the race, why not join us on one of our Woodland 5 races, run throughout the summer on a Wednesday evening?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:17
Cross Country


The club participates in the Thames Valley Cross Country league throughout the winter. Races are run approximately every fortnight from October through to March with 13 clubs taking part over 8 races. Each club is expected to put in a team of 6 men and 3 ladies, of which at least 2 men and 1 lady must be veterans (over 40 for men, over 35 for ladies). The races themselves are between 5 and 6 miles in length over a variety of terrain. These are usually good fun and a good way of comparing your progress against similar runners that you will see at each race. The organising club also puts on a spread of sandwiches and cakes at the finish – sometimes we even get hot soup!

The club usually meet at the Two Poplars pub on Finchampstead Road, Wokingham before driving to each of the races. This means we can car share as there is sometimes limited parking and helps build camaraderie. Races start at 11am and the club will pay the entry fee for its runners.

Finch Coasters organises one of the races, usually the 3rd Sunday in January with the start located just off Bramshill Road, near Eversley.

More information can be found at the Thames valley Cross Country website.


The 2010/2011 season fixture list is confirmed as:

14 November 2010 Datchet
28 November 2010 Sandhurst
12 December 2010 Handy Cross
2 January 2011 Reading
9 January 2011 Tadley
23 January 2011 Finchampstead
6 February 2011 Metros
6 March 2011 Bracknell

Pop the dates in your diary now!

More details can be found on the events page.


Cross Country Championship

The club runs a competition for those taking part in the Cross Country League. A trophy is awarded to the best performing lady and gent in the cross country league. Points are awarded for each race a person takes part in and their position within that race. More points are awarded for races entered than position, so if someone does all 8 races they will beat someone who did seven, even if they won all of them. The prizes are awarded at the club’s Awards Dinner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:09
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