That’s a bit official ain’t it.
Anyway I have been busy not doing anything chairman wise for a couple of months so I thought seeing as the Queen is talking ga ga to her new grand child and Cameron is busy playing Monopoly it was down to me to address the good running folk of Brandon.
So in no particular order here is some ramblings.
Martin was better at this than me but has stepped aside so we can all see how good he was compared to some loony with a beard.
Thanks though Martin for steering the club when nobody else was keen to. We now have a great little club and I hope we can continue to build it.
Thanks too, I think, are overdue to Sandra who for many years did the sums in the background. She has now stood aside and we have Helene chasing us for invoices and receipts.
Last week several of us went to Haughley park as guests of Stowmarket Striders. This was a great evening and helps to build friendships. I hope perhaps we could too occasionally host the odd social run.
A chance for a social run occurs in June a few days before our Wibbly Wobbly when as a club we run the route. We have 7 or 8 members of Thetford that have said they will help with our race so of course they will be invited to our pre race run.
Talking of the Wibbly, plans seem to be well under way and whilst it seems ages away the next few weeks will fly by. This this year we have already sold almost 250 places and we hope to fill the rest. If you see other runners at parkrun, the gym or even at other races don’t forget to give our event a plug. also book the 26th of June on your planner to help out if you can.
Details of our race and entry forms are on our web site BFH –
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl
Mexican Dance, Mexican Music,Dance and Musica Regional Mexico, Chicago, Elgin, Mexican dancers.
NO NO NO NO thats not our site. Outlook autofill seems to have heard that I am fleet of foot and a graceful dancer. Anyway Google “running in Thetford Forest” and look for our link. (it will help with SEO)
Talking of the web site I think we need to just mention the for many years Ian Cooper ran the website and did an excellent job. In the days before Facebook it was always our only contact area. It still is the place to go for official stuff and the calender of events we need to keep looking at it.
Mr Brodie has taken over from Mr Cooper and been able to utilise recent developments in software and web development tools to overhaul the site. Take a look there are several news items. If you travel take your club kit and take a picture of you wearing it in exotic locations.
Other stuff to mention includes the new club championship, every year it has a shake up to keep things interesting and details are on the web site under ‘Club Championship’.
The winner of the ladies was Lyn1 who put away some good times and a bit of cake too. The Final standings are on the website here.
There is a separate competition for Ken’s 5ks. These are going to be held at Mundford this summer on what sounds like a flat straight course again, look at the web site for details.
There is loads of stuff I have missed but the sandwich van will be here shortly
This bit was due to be edited but he came, I ate and then one the “missing links” that works next door started operating his forklift and everything stops to watch that, so now I am at home finishing this off
In the same way your local pub football team dreams of playing at Wembley or the ladies at the village tennis club would jump at the chance of playing at Wimbledon us runners have iconic places that we would run. There’s the big ones like London and New York and then there’s the places that just appeal and we run just because they are there.
I recently went to America and took my running kit as usual. First stop San Francisco provided me with my first challenge. Everybody has seen the Golden Gate Bridge on the TV and when I found out there was a footpath the length of it I knew I wanted to run over it. So kit on and family in tow we grabbed a cab to the visitor centre. We walked up to the start of the path, I set my watch and was off. It was crowded literally hundreds of people taking selfies and just wandering along. Surprisingly there were also dozens of other runners all doing the same as me, The stretch over water is about 1.3 miles so I ran from the south to the north and back again. A total of just under 3 miles.
My next choice of run could not be more different. A place very isolated, a place where you are advised to register if you leave the safety of the hotel, a place that holds the record for the highest ever temperature any where on earth. Average rainfall is less than 2″ a year. The thermometer often rises above 120f but on the day of my visit it was a”cool” 80 degrees at 9.00 AM. Located at almost 300ft below sea level very little grows, water holes and lakes are just salt flats. The place I chose for my second run was in the desert, in fact it was in Death Valley.
We stayed in a town called Furnace Creek, with a population made up of 16 Native Americans and 8 others. It really is remote but because of a spring it has a golf course, a petrol station and a visitor centre.
At home running at 80 degrees does not pose a real problem, however I heeded the advice of the locals in the hotel that the very warm wind dries you as quick as you sweat and that you quickly become dehydrated. I set off ensuring someone knew where I was going and just ran along the road for half a mile, turned around and ran back. It didn’t seem too hot and I felt I had done the mile with ease. In fact I felt a bit of a slacker really when you consider every July a few select runners compete in the 135 mile Badwater Ultra that starts nearby. Upon reflection as I sit in my “I ran Death Valley” T-shirt I am pleased with my run, yes I only ran the mile and it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. I could have gone further, but more importantly I didn’t cause a major incident by biting off more that I can chew.