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 –
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.
Last year’s was won by David Toms who put away loads of marathons apparently. The Final standings for the men 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
There will be two competitions again this year, but in an attempt to generate closer competition we intend to merge the women’s and men’s competitions. Instead there will be an overall competition for races you have entered and a second competition based around the monthly club 5k handicaps.
Importantly this year you will racing yourself!
2015/16 Races Competition
10 Points will be awarded for each race that you enter at a new distance for that year.
10 Points will be awarded for a beating your season’s best* at each distance.
5 Additional points area available each time you beat your season’s best. So your first season best nets you 10 points, if you beat that time it is worth 15 points and if you manage to beat your new best time you get 20 points and so on each time you beat your previous best time.
If you achieve an all time PB it is worth 25 Bonus points in addition to your season’s best points.
10 Points will be awarded for targeted races, watch the club calendar on the website for details of these.
Each parkrun on a new course will count as a new distance. So for example if you run Brandon PR one week, then Thetford at a later date you would get 10 points for the first run at each course and season best points thereafter.
Multi-sport events will count as long as they include a run element and will be awarded points in the same way. You will get 10 points for each event that you enter as long as the distance and/or combination is different.
The run element of multi-sport events will be measured against your previous season’s best for that distance. So if you compete in a triathlon with a 10k run, this will be judged against any other 10k you have done that year.
5k Handicap Competition
10 Points for every BFH 5k handicap that you run.
10 Points for beating your previous season’s best.
5 Additional points for each season’s best thereafter as per the ‘races’ competition – eg second PB = 15 points, 3rd PB = 20 points etc.
If you achieve an all time PB it is worth 25 bonus points in addition to your season’s best points.
Ken has kindly agreed to keep tabs on your results and achievements for the 5k handicaps but could you all please email Kevin & myself with your completed races along with any yearly or lifetime PBs. We will be able to check results for Brandon and Thetford parkrun but could you please let us know if you run any other Parkrun courses.
*For the purposes of this competition ‘season’s best’ will refer to the competition ‘season’ which will commence on 1st May 2015