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Wibbly Wobbly- One Week To Go!

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.

If you’re one of the lucky 350 that do have a place please make sure you have read the pre race info here. Or check out our whistle stop video of the course here!

The Fern Hoppers are looking forward to welcoming you to Thetford Forest.

Lakenheath Library Quiz Night

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!:)

Club 5k Handicap

Well Ken has certainly found a good route between Mundford and West Tofts. It’s not entirely traffic free but it’s quiet and very scenic.
It has a bit of a hill but nothing to worry about, and it’s fairly straight with line of sight for at least half a mile, if not more. The next 5K is in four weeks, so try and make it if you can.
Don’t forget that the club 5k’s are now a club competition in their own right, with a trophy for the winner at the end of the year! See details here!

5K Time Trial Thursday 21st May

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.


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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

Lynn’s London Marathon

Lynn Gilyatt at London Marathon 2015
Lynn Gilyatt at London Marathon 2015

Massive congratulations to Lynn Gilyatt who completed the London Marathon for the Fernhoppers on Sunday 26th in a time of 6:27:18!

She  really epitomised the spirit of the club with a tenacious approach to her training and the race itself.  In short she short did us proud!

More pics of our day out supporting her when I get some time later in the week.

Globehopping in the USA

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.

Paul on Golden Gate Bridge
Paul runs across the Golden gate Bridge in San Francisco

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.

Paul runs in Death Valley
Paul in Death Valley

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.