Terry and Vanessa
Lots of people have asked me for this recently so here is a link to terry and Vanessa's just giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Terry-Welch1
Cotswolds relay June 24th
We still need quite a few more members to throw their hats in the ring for this fantastic off road relay on June 24th, we have entered 4 teams and want to get everyone at the club involved....
If you are available please let myself or any of the Captains know and let us know what stage(s) you want to run.
Ideally we want to get teams put together May bank holiday so there is loads of time for every entrant to recce their stage.
Wayne Ellis -07957 970548 firstname.lastname@example.org
on behalf of the Captain team.
May 11th-EGM and club awards night
The club awards night will take place on May 11th after the EGM at oldland abbotonians and will include an American supper and a quiz hosted by Tabitha Collins, there will also be a new award this year.
Welsh Castles relays open team
The Open Team (men's) squad sheet for the Welsh Castles Relay will be posted on the notice board at club tonight before the runs. If you are unable to get to club or if you would like to know beforehand please message us ( we will only confirm your stage or whether you are a reserve).
Wayne and I have tried to take in everybody's preferences for the team. However for the Saturday we are oversubscribed. The club is putting forward a very competitive squad of athletes for castles, which is something we can all be proud of. If you still wish to be involved please put yourself forward as a reserve.
In the next few weeks please let us know at the earliest availability if you are injured or no longer able to compete. We are oversubscribed and have people wanting to run.
Chris B 07871513817 and Wayne 07957970548
Cotswold Relay June 24th 2017
BRR do have another big relay event in June. It's the Cotswold relay on Sat June 24th....
If you've never heard of it check out the links below.
This year we have entered 4 teams- most ever I believe.
This means we need 40 runners to fill these places.
If you have already previously filled in the form that was on the noticeboard we just need confirmation that your circumstances haven't changed in last few weeks.
If you haven't and want to be part of this fantastic event please add your name to the new lists going up tomorrow in next fortnight or contact one of the Captains to let us know your available.
WOW what can we say THANK YOU everybody who helped out with this race what a fantastic day so PROUD to be a member of Bitton Road Runner what a great club we have and so many nice people. Be proud of yourselves you did BRILLIANT can't thank you all enough.
Thank you all again
Janet & Ian
Welsh Castles relays ladies team
We are aiming this at all Bitton ladies who have expressed an interest in running a leg of the Castles Relay - if any of you know of another Bitton lady who wants to run but hasn’t seen this please feel free to let them know.
The Castles Relay is being held over the weekend of 10th and 11th of June and is a brilliant weekend away! You can follow the whole race from the very top of Wales down to Cardiff or just run your own leg and go home, it’s your choice how much you want to get involved but if you choose to help support other legs you won’t regret it because there is always an amazing atmosphere.
The race isn’t a true relay race as a baton isn’t passed from one team member to the next. It is 20 individual races where all the times are added together to calculate the overall time of each team. Generally the idea is that the front runners of each leg are finishing at about the time the next leg starts. This means there are always people at the start of your leg to support you and at the end when you finish! We will also do our best to provide support along the route where we can.
To ensure we place the best runners on the most suitable legs we propose to hold a short meeting after club on Thursday 20th April after the club run (approx. 8pm). We know this will clash with the Sign Language event, however we need to get this done soon and will make the meeting as short as possible! This will be to double check that ladies on our list are still interested, confirm any preferences for Saturday or Sunday legs, see who will be available to help support runners, man the Bitton ladies drinks station and allay any fears regarding cut off times etc. If you cannot make it but have any preferences or just want to confirm you are available to run you can email either Lynette (email@example.com) or Jodie (firstname.lastname@example.org) with details.
We look forward to hearing from you
Lynette and Jodie
It is with great sadness that we have had to say goodbye to our lovely friend and fellow Bitton Road Runner, Kath O’ Connell - who was the longest standing member of BRR, having joined the newly formed ‘Bitton Puffers’ in the second week of its life in 1986
Kath was in her 40’s when she started running with Bitton, but her determination and her cheerful personality made her the best running companion. In her day, she ran many events including numerous half-marathons and 10ks and a full marathon in London. Training runs were always eventful and enjoyable and those long runs helped forge friendships that have lasted a lifetime. It was often mentioned that if there was less talking and more focus on the running then times would be improved!
Kath was probably the most well-known member of the club, having dedicated the last 30+ years to BRR. She was secretary for most of this time, only relinquishing the job in recent years - and was the first person we all met when we entered the club. She would welcome new members, making sure they were buddied-up and had someone to run with - and she must have taken thousands of pounds in 50ps over the years. She always had a cheery smile, even when life wasn't treating her so well.
About 10 years ago, Kath was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine check. Although this rocked her world she was determined to remain cheerful and conquer the disease. Following treatment Kath had a number of years in remission and although she never returned to running she was able to enjoy her other passions - walking with Terry her husband, a rambling group and the girls on a Thursday night. She loved to dance and in particular loved country music. Terry and Kath would often travel great distances to meet friends and dance on a Saturday night which they kept up until quite recently. She was an active member of the WI and would organise events and trips. She was an amazing flower arranger and her garden always looked beautiful. Kath loved to shop and always looked so stylish.
Last year Kath learned that the cancer had returned and this time it was in her liver and bones. She underwent severe treatment with quite aggressive chemotherapy and although she was in pain at times and felt fatigued she still made it to the club on a Tuesday and Thursday when she could, to collect the 50ps and to check in with everyone with a cheery smile. Recently Kath started to look much better and her new ‘Annie Lennox’ look was amazing - we were all so hopeful. So, it was with enormous sadness that we learnt that the cancer had taken hold once again and she had to start the chemo once more. This time she reacted very badly to the chemo and was admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with Sepsis. Sadly, Kath lost the battle during the night of Saturday 18th February Terry and her daughter Julie were with her.
Kath had 3 beautiful grandchildren - Amelia, Callum and Ethan, all of whom she was incredibly proud.
Words cannot express the sadness we all feel now. There will be a huge gap in the club, but we must remember the legacy she left - that of positivity, hard work and commitment to Bitton Road Runners. She was a dear friend and we will remember her often.
Kath, we miss you - Rest in Peace.
Kath's funeral will be on Monday 27th February at 2.45 in Westerleigh.
Race Of Eight 2017/2018
These are the races for the coming club year race of 8 competition. All the races have been chosen because they are local, support local running clubs or have been suggested by members.
You can do as many of them as you like but only your best 8 scores count for the competition and you must do at least 8 to win a prize. You compete against others in your age categories, ( ie fv50,) 1st in your category in a race gets 10 points, 2nd 9 points and so on. So a maximum of 80 points can be scored. Prizes are presented for 1st, 2nd and third in each category, that’s potentially 39 prizes up for grabs, good luck and we hope you enjoy the races.
2017 / 2018:
|April Frenchay 10k||9 April|
|May Hogweed Trot 10k||Mon 22 May|
|July Mob match 10k||(date TBC)|
|Aug Westonbirt House summer 10k||Friday 4 Aug|
|Sept Oldbury 10 mile||4 Sept|
|Sept Chippenham half||10 Sept|
|Nov Sutton Benger 5 mile||(date TBC)|
|Dec Xmas Cracker 10k||(date TBC)|
|Jan Riverbank Rollick||(date TBC)|
|Jan Doynton Hard half||(date TBC)|
|Feb Wiltshire 10m||(date TBC)|
|Mar Rodway 10k||(date TBC)|
|Bitton 5k||Fastest time from any of the 4 races|
|Weston prom 5 mile||Fastest time in club year|
Welsh Castles Relay
Entries for the Welsh castles relay open January 9th. They take place on the weekend of 10-11 June.
To get us better prepared we’ll be giving everyone plenty of time to let us know if they’re interested
From Thursday there will be a note up on the club notice board asking for your preferences for stages. Please add your name to the list or let Anneli / Andy know if you’re interested.
Also this year to ensure everyone feels supported for each of their stages we’d like you to be able to support at least one stage. This will also be on the form.
We will need to submit teams early March so please register your interest asap
Speed Endurance Sessions 2017
The Speed Endurance schedule for winter 2017 has now been updated.
Regular's to Tuesday's SE sessions, will notice some changes, as for the first time this year they have been built with the Castles and Cotswold relays in mind. Though, of course, they will still help you acheive better results all round.
You will find the schedule under the coaching tab above or by clicking on http://www.bittonroadrunners.co.uk/coaching/default.aspx
Bristol 10K/Half Marathon DiscountThere is a 20% discount for entries to the Bristol half and 20k if over 20 members want to enter, that's £22.40 for the 10k and £30.40 for the half, still more expensive than before but at least it's something, let us know if you want to enter.
Club Vests are now available from Chris and Janet Brown. Easy Runner no longer stock the vests. The vests will be priced at £16.00 (make cheques payable to 'Bitton Road Runners'). Please pre-order the vests, they will not be stored at club and will need to be paid for before you are given one. The vests are now made of a more modern fabric. Sizeing is the same as the old vests: Mens-XXL, XL, L, M, S Ladies- XL, L, M, S, XS,.
Club vests must be worn for all club competitions and team events.