A big week for the Fernhoppers got off to a terrific start last night (23rd June) with our Run Bike event at Brandon Country Park. There was a great turn out with many of the people who have joined us on recently joining in with this fun event. Some did very well, some had ‘mechanicals’, and some got lost (despite an excellent map), but thankfully not permanently!
Results to follow, but in the meantime here is some of the reaction on our BFH email list:
“What a brilliant evening thanks Helene for sorting that out… the best yet I reckon .. Cheers too to those that brought the food and refreshments.
Lets try and think of something else like that we could do…. “
“Seconded, thank you Helene. Lovely evening. Thanks also to Lynn and Lyn for the refreshments :)”
“Thanks to Helene for sorting it out, Paul for prizes, Lyn and Lynn for the important afters, Shane for being roped in to partnering me, Kate for encouraging me up the hills and everyone else for waiting fir me.
Looking forward to next year!”
“I too would like to echo my thanks to Helene.
Excellent turn out too…
From the longest server Fern Hopper, it is so nice to see that the club appears to be thriving once again. So much so, it is even beginning to lead me to want to get out there again and join you guys and girls.
So, not only is the current leadership attracting newbies, it may well be re-engaging with old has-beens as well.”
In just one weeks time we’ll be limbering up at the start line for the 2015 Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog. If you don’t have a place I’m afraid you’ve left it too late as the race is a sell out, but please register your interest for next years race here, and be the first to know when entries open for next year’s race.
The Fern Hoppers are looking forward to welcoming you to Thetford Forest.
Details of the new meeting place for the summer 5k handicap series have been added to the ‘Where We Meet’ page.
Don’t forget this is a separate club competition this year, with the winner presented with the trophy at the annual club dinner next year.
Fernhoppers were out in force to support the Lakenheath Library Quiz Night on Friday evening.
Ten club members turned up to represent the club and support Jean who is a trustee of the library; so eleven Fernhoppers in total! We formed two teams, ‘The Wibblers’ and ‘The Wobblers’, naturally!
The Wibblers came out on top by a margin of one point, quite remarkably close over ten rounds of ten questions each.
Both teams did the club proud however finishing second and third respectively in a field of ten teams.
As Lyn(1) observed the outcome was of course inevitable “as the ‘wibbles’ always come before the ‘wobbles’!”
Did I mention that our hen Squeak was named British Hen Welfare Trust hen of the month yesterday? You can see her in the banner on their homepage here. An egg-cellent day all round!:)
Three Fernhoppers made it to the Banham 5K on Friday evening.
Results were not available at the time of publication but these excellent photos were; we have our priorities sorted at BFH!
Paul Meader 43rd with 27.25 min
Helene Grandison 49th with 28.31 min
Lynn Gilyatt 63rd with 39.29 min.
There are a few features of the Hopper calendar which are not that obvious but which you might find useful when entering races. Here’s a very short video explaining what’s available.
We spotted this heron in Brandon Country Park on last Tuesday evening’s run:
It made a pleasant change from deer and squirrels, lovely though they always are! (Click on the image for larger version)
Please note that this weeks 5k handicap time trial will not be in either of the usual places but will instead be just outside Mundford.
Coming from Brandon, take the 3rd exit from the Mundford roundabout, towards Thetford then turn IMMEDIATELY left towards West Tofts.
Coming from Thetford, turn right into the West Tofts road just before the Mundford roundabout (if lots of traffic go completely round the roundabout and follow directions above).
Coming down the Lynn Road, take the 2nd exit from the Mundford roundabout, towards Thetford then turn IMMEDIATELY left towards West Tofts.
Go about 400m passing the two houses on the left. This is the start.
Drive another 400m to forestry fire road 38 on the right and park in the wide entrance – not blocking access please.
Warm up on the way back to the start.
First, slowest, runner away at 6:30pm