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.
Track session/Aztec 5km-Feb 28th
It has been decided that as attendances tend to dramatically drop off at Track sessions when the Aztec 5km has taken place on the same night the last 2 months, that It makes more sense to cancel the 5x1km session next week and replace it in the Schedule with the Aztec race.
Track wIll be back as normal the following week.I hope that is ok with everyone,
The latest edition of Footprint is now available here.
Pre registration for the Westonbirt 10k (which is part of the race of 8 series) on August 4th is now open.
It is likely to fill up very quickly so pre registering to get entry in early is advised.
New editor for February Footprint
Just to let you all know that Katy Shoesmith is taking over as Footprint editor.
I will still work on it for this month with Katy to help her get started and just ask that any regular or feature articles with photos are sent to us by Feb 8th latest.
The contacts are either firstname.lastname@example.org
Or just fb either of us.
I'm sure Katy will take Footprint to another level and everyone at BRR will support her to do this.
Lastly I want to thank everyone who has helped me with Footprint in the last year and a half.. it is very much appreciated.
Club Members Survey
We have put together a quick survey that we have emailed to you as we want to make sure our club is the best it can possibly be. We need your views; particularly what you like and dislike about the club. Your input will be invaluable and help us to shape the future of the club.
Please complete the survey, giving as much feedback as you can in the comments, as this will probably tell us much more than just ticking the boxes. All responses are completely anonymous, so feel free to say what you think. Thank you for your participation! If you haven't received the survey email let us know and we will rearrange sending it
Bitton Road Runner's Committee
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
HANHAM HORROR 2017
Start your Easter Sunday (16th April 2017) with a well marshalled, multi-terrain race over 6 miles through woodland tracks and towpaths along the river Avon, including the 100 steps and a steep rope climb to finish. The course is undulating, potentially wet and muddy and will suit all abilities and beginner friendly a must for any runner will make your Easter. NEW for 2017 Tec-shirt to all finishers.
Online entries are now open on http://www.fullonsport.com/event/hanham-horror-2017/profile
This race SOLD OUT in 2016 so enter early to avoid disappointment tell your friends and family and anyone you know or even a total stranger.
For more info go to http://bittonroadrunners.co.uk/events/horror.aspx
or Hanham Horror facebook page.
London Ballot Draw Result
The result of the London marathon draw is that Michelle Silsbury Basey And Mick Payne Have the two available places. The reserves in order drawn are Andy White, Pete Hopes, Nicholas Carnall, Andy Blacker, James Wade, Chris Palmer, Emma Hoare, Jude Latham Timmins, Sandra Mylchreest, Richard Kershaw, Andy Mining, Katy Shoesmith, Dave Waters
Race of 8 amendment
Due to the cancellation of the hemington 10k the club captains have chosen the slaughterford 9 as a replacement race, it wasn't an easy choice to make and it won't please everyone but it's difficult when races fill up so fast, there are now 5 events left so as long as you've done at least 3 it's all still to play for.
Gloucester Cross Country
The cross country (XC) season is nearly upon us again. Many members will have experienced multi-terrain events and for those who want to combine their strength and stamina with speed, XC offers great opportunities. For those who haven’t raced off-road, cross country often offers a chance to run quickly without the impact of a hard road surface.
Suffice to say, most of the worlds top endurance athletes have participated and benefitted from cross country.
The Gloucestershire Cross Country League is our ‘local’ event and the dates and venues are as follows
Sat 15 October; Little Rissington, Bourton -on-the –Water.
Sat 5 November; Blackbridge, Gloucester.
Sat 17 December; Wotton-under-Edge
Sat 18 Febuary; Cheltenham Full details of the league can be found at https://www.athletics4u.co.uk/cross-country/
Entry can be made in advance or on the day. There are a couple of us planning to go to the first event; we’d be delighted if more people could be persuaded to form a team(s).
Please let me know if you’d like any further information.
Hugh Burchard email@example.com
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.