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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)

Regular Sessions
Coaching Sessions with Lee Avery

Coaching Sessions with Lee Avery

Carol Yarrow


Over the last couple of months, a group of Finch Coasters, myself included, have been ‘enjoying’ taking part in coaching sessions on Friday nights with UK Athletics coach Lee Avery. I, for one, have found these coaching sessions to be highly motivating and rewarding. You feel great afterwards anyway!! Lee has managed to introduce a great variety of training sessions and techniques for all abilities and has pushed us hard. She has a knack for staying inside your head and encouraging you even when she is not actually there... – watch out for those of us that are now equipped with an ‘inner Lee’ pushing us up those hills in the XC season!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 17:39
Results of July Handicap

Handicap times for tonight. Well done to all who ran in the wet weather.

Name                   Actual Handicap   Elapsed Time    Actual time    Proposed Handicap
JOHN HENNESSY -  00:02:00           00:27:03          00:27:03       -00:02:00
CHRISTINA ANSELL -00:02:00         00:27:03           00:27:44       -00:02:00
JOSH SURPLICE       00:04:00         00:22:44           00:16:44       00:06:00
PAUL EATON          00:03:00         00:26:05           00:24:05       00:02:00
STEVE FORSTER     00:07:00         00:26:20           00:20:40       00:05:40
ANDY SURPLICE      00:07:00         00:26:10           00:19:50       00:06:20
Ian Hogg                00:07:50         00:24:44           00:16:44       00:08:00
MIKE MCCLANCEY    00:07:30         00:25:08           00:17:38       00:07:30
CAROL YARROW     00:07:50         00:25:25           00:17:35        00:07:50
Rob Harris              00:07:00          00:25:50           00:19:20        00:06:30

Handicap runs

During the summer we run a series of handicap runs. These are held on the last Thursday of June, July and August from Finchampstead Sports Club. We start by St James Church and complete a loop of just over 2 miles with runners starting time handicapped to get everyone finishing together. The aim is to try and improve your handicap over time or to finish as close to your handicap as possible. Prizes are awarded at the end of the series for the fastest overall handicap, biggest improvement in handicap and the closest to handicap over the 3 races. The final handicap in August is followed by a barbecue with family welcome to attend.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:30
Hill sessions


Every other Thursday in the winter we partake in a hill training session. Although these seem like self-inflicted torture sessions, they are actually very good for improving your running. They help to build strength and stamina on the hills which is then directly applicable to flat running too. So a bit of pain and hard work can really pay off for your running – honest! These start from Morgans Rec in Crowthrone at 7pm on a Thursday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:26
Night Runs

From October to March we also embark on off-road night runs. These are held on the first Thursday of every month, either from Morgans Rec in Crowthorne or Finchampstead Sports Club – see the news section for the location. Head torches are required as we head off-road following footpaths and bridleways for a run of about an hour. If you need to borrow a headtorch, please send an email out beforehand as we do have some spares. We run these as a group to make sure no-one gets lost so we will stop and wait for any stragglers!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 18:29
Reading Road Runs


From September to March we do a speed session called the Reading Road Run. This takes place on the first Tuesday of each month with everyone meeting at St Crispin’s as normal. We then run as a group to the Queens Head Pub at the Wokingham end of Reading Road. The run then consists of a 20 minute run out along Reading Road, running as hard as you can. After 20 minutes you should stop and have a 2 minute rest before turning around and running as hard as you can back to the Queens Head Pub where the club will re-gather before heading back to St Crispin’s. The objective is to try and reach the Showcase Cinema roundabout which is 3 miles down Reading Road. This will then give you a good training session for a 10k race. It also allows you to measure your progress and challenge yourself to get that bit further down the road.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 18:26

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