Summer 2010 Page 1
Windle Valley News
Issued to all Members of Windle Valley Runners
Inside this issue: The AGM for the running club but will look at the way we
will once again be held at the promote the event, suggestions
W in d l e s h a m T h e a t re o n for increasing the publicity of the
Wednesday 27th October, first event would be welcome.
Page 1 drink on the club!
The agenda for the AGM has It is encouraging to be able to
been emailed out together with include a large number of race
Page 2 the notice of the meeting. results in this newsletter, this
However there are several items suggests that many club
Race Results which the committee would like members are representing the
to discuss at the AGM under club in both local and not so
Page 3 AOB. These will be emailed out local events. Well done to all
to you in due course so that you those who have represented the
Race Results will have time to consider your club at any race this year.
Page 4 Our membership is starting to
The majority of the committee grow again and we are
Club Member Profile
Keith Hull are standing for re-election but approaching the 100 mark, this
our Ladies’ Captain, Katie helps with regard to club
Page 5 Cousins, is resigning and so we marathon entries, although does
will be looking for a new Ladies’ cost more in subscriptions.
Adventure Racing Captain.
Lucy Allen It is hoped to show new sample
The Annual Dinner/Presentation items of club clothing at the
Page 6 Evening is booked at Chobham AGM. We still have some old
Golf Club for Saturday 22nd stock to sell and this will be
Captain’s Report January 2011. More details to available at the AGM.
follow. This will be one of the
items discussed at the AGM, so Club training schedules have
if you have any views please try been published and emailed to
to be there. all members, the newsletter will
be emailed out and posted to
Unfortunately the club run Relay those few members who are
Marathon had to be cancelled. unable to access the internet.
The number of entered teams at
the closing date made the Barry Andrews
running of the competition un-
economic . We hope to be able
to run the event again next year
EDITOR Barry Andrews, 12 Osborne Drive, Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5QU
01276 473757 email@example.com
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Race Results Wargrave 10k 13th June
Shinfield 10k 3rd May 59 Laura Hales 42.03
66 Keith Hull 42.25
162 Chris Dent 46.15 166 Gordon Trout 47.27
177 Chris Dent 48.09
365 Dave Pearce 57.31
Dorney Dash 10k 8th May
63 Keith Hull 41.28 Alresford 10k 13th June
301 Colin Woods 52.07
121 Richard Sherlock 52.47
Marlow 5 mile 9th May
QMR 10k 15th June
32 Rob Batchelor 29.31(sc)
17 Laura Hales 42.18
62 Chris Dent 48.29
Bracknell half 9th May
QMR 5k 15th June
30 Peter Mannion 1.27.28
418 Robin Wakefield 1.50.53 5 Peter Mannion 19.11
12 Laura Hales 20.47
Staines 10k 16th May
Forest 5 16th June
23 Laura Hales 40.34
31 Keith Hull 41.24 35 Ian Lee-Emery 32.55
50 Geoff Williams 42.54 57 Keith Hull 34.35
254 Colin Woods 54.10 140 Lucy Allen 38.58
145 Elaine McEvilly 39.06
198 Mark Coxhead 42.36(sc)
QMR 10k 18th May
19 Laura Hales 41.58 Richmond 10k 20th June
QMR 5k 18th May 421 Colin Woods 52.41
10 Keith Hull 20.24
Great Sam 10k 27th June
Woodland 5 26th May 26 Laura Hales 42.25
29 Keith Hull 42.37
24 Laura Hales 37.11 124 Sabine El-Bacha 55.08
25 Keith Hull 37.20 133 Mark Coxhead 55.37(sc)
73 Mark Coxhead 43.41(sc)
78 Robin Wakefield 44.40
85 Nathan Green 45.24 Woodland 5 30th June
22 Laura Hales 37.27
Yateley 10k 2nd June 23 Keith Hull 37.31
63 Mark Coxhead 45.42(sc)
60 Peter Mannion 40.50
75 Laura Hales 42.02
93 Geoff Williams 42.52 Tadley 10k 4th July
250 Robert Littlejohn 47.41
303 Chris Dent 49.27 87 Chris Dent 46.39
452 Colin Woods 53.36
501 Nick Cook 55.42
Cranleigh 10k 4th July
70 Richard Sherlock 50.51
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Yateley 10k 7th July
Thanks to all members who helped with this edi-
111 Geoff Williams 43.02
tion. Any contributions are gratefully received.
209 Chris Dent 46.38
However, please be aware that work may appear
244 Mark Wye 47.31
on the internet and the Editor reserves the right to
286 Robert Littlejohn 48.21
alter it. Unless otherwise stated views are those of
362 Richard Sherlock 50.38
the editor. Please notify me of any mistakes or
411 Colin Woods 52.17
omissions. Thank you. .
473 Nick Cook 54.16
QMR 10k 13th July
19 Laura Hales 42.17
46 Chris Dent 46.50 CHAIRMAN
QMR 5k 13th July Ken Anckorn 01276 855205
9 Peter Mannion 18.43
Barry Andrews 01276 473757
Elmbridge 10k 25th July firstname.lastname@example.org
135 Laura Hales 41.20 TREASURER
172 Keith Hull 42.43
Jon Vickery 01276 502969
Woodland 5 28th July MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
27 Laura Hales 36.50 Keith Hull 01276 24077
31 Keith Hull 37.25 email@example.com
89 Mark Coxhead 45.49(sc)
Chris Dent 01276 25108
Wedding Day 7k 30th July Cjdent@ntlworld.com
273 Richard Sherlock 35.29 Katie Cousins 01344 302842
393 Colin Woods 40.58 Kt_si83@btinternet.com
Yateley 10k 4th August
Bob Webb 01276 473202
55 Peter Mannion 38.56
79 Laura Hales 40.38 Jo Smith 01276 472904
115 Geoff Williams 42.46 firstname.lastname@example.org
220 Chris Dent 46.12
323 Mark Wye 48,53 Dave Pearce 01276 856349
357 Richard Sherlock 49.25 email@example.com
473 Colin Woods 52.47
Tony Sheridan 01276 471931
Dunsfold Park 10k 22nd August
Christelle Gental 01276 28262
51 Chris Dent 46.35
Bridget Morris 01483 466320
Dunsfold Park Duathlon 22nd Aug
Jill Hopkins 01276 472509
90 Martin Cox 1.14.55 Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org
Burnham Beeches half 22nd Aug Lucie Dennison 01344 426587
573 Mark Coxhead 1.57.52(sc)
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KEITH HULL : Profile
Born : 6th December 1948 Lewisham, London
Occupation : Retired Airline Pilot
PB’s : 10k 38.02 1989, 1993, 1994 : 10 Mile 62.05 Woking 10 1994
Half Marathon 1.22.35 Wokingham 1994, Fleet 1994
Marathon 2.59.20 London 1994
When/why did you start running: 1983 Age 35. I needed a new sport to keep fit & had an excellent running partner
[my boxer dog].
Enjoy/dislike most about running : I enjoy most aspects but I’m not keen on long races in hot weather .
How did you hear about the club: I knew several WV members while running for Camberley A.C. and joined the
club when I was last man standing at CAC.
Most memorable race: 1996 (100th) Boston Marathon. A great event with 38000 runners including at least one who
ran the whole way backwards!
Recommended event: London Marathon or for those with masochistic tendencies, the Beachy Head marathon &
Favourite event: London Marathon – fantastic atmosphere & organisation from start to finish.
Least favourite event: Marathon des Sables (looks horrendous -haven’t done it & never will).
Favourite training run: I enjoy most runs – even hard sessions. In my job I was fortunate to be able to run in
fantastic locations around the world.
Best race performance: 1994 London Marathon. I ran an even 6.45 minute mile pace to 24 miles & then I could
enjoy the last 2 knowing I would finish in under 3 hours.
Worst race performance: Windsor half 2004. I started with a slight muscle injury (which worsened) in hot/humid
conditions – not an enjoyable experience.
Running ambitions: To continue to enjoy running as long as possible and not slow too much each year.
Best Championship position: 1st 2002
Running tips: Don’t race with an injury - rest (or easy runs if you must). Use Vaseline to prevent blisters on your feet
( or anywhere else).
Typical training week: Sunday – club run or race, Monday & Wednesday – Look Out, Tuesday – club run, Friday –
gym/swim, Saturday – Steve’s run at the Look Out.
Marathons & half marathons run: 18 London Marathons, 3 Beachy Head and 1 Boston marathon. 100+ half
Sporting Heroes: Haile Gebrselassie, Paula Radcliffe, Jonny Wilkinson.
Favourite Shoes: Have tried most brands. Presently using Nike racing shoes and Asics for training/off road.
Favourite pre-race food: Pasta) the night before. Porridge, 2-3 hours before a race.
Participation in other sports : Swimming and hill walking (recently completed the 3 Peaks Challenge together with
WV members, Laura Hales, Jo Obertell, Elaine McEvilly and Chris Drew).
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Redwood Creek Green Belter – Saturday 4th September following purpose built mountain biking trails around the
At the last committee meeting I told Barry that I’d write Forest created by a local mountain biking club which
about my 1st ever triathlon for the next news letter. were marked as “difficult”. In actual fact the trails were
However, last weekend I completed the Redwood Creek fab! They were technical (as promised) with bridges, a
Green Belter Adventure Race and loved every minute of few drop offs, fast descents and some steep climbs but
it so thought that would be more interesting to write they were also great fun! And, I only came off 3 times!!!
about, and hopefully to read about too. To keep my Plus, 2 of those “graceful dismounts” were due to
promise to Barry though, a quick overview of my 1st, and “technical malfunctions”. Keeping within 50 m of your
possibly only, triathlon goes something like......came partner in the pairs category can become quite a
close to drowning in the swim and finally hauled myself challenge when one of the team keeps being catapulted
out of the water fairly well down the pack (all part of my from their bike into various hedges and trees due to
race plan....), then managed to overtake almost all of the gears and pedals jamming! To his credit though, my
competitors on the bike and catch a few more in the run, team mate was very patient, although offering to help me
despite the post-cycle jelly legs. To my surprise, out of whatever contorted position I’d landed in rather
considering the shaky start with the swim, I managed to than giggling uncontrollably might have been more of a
end up 5th in my age category. I’m glad I finally got to help!!!
tick “complete a triathlon” off my list of things to do
before I die but I’m not sure how I feel about doing more. So, covered in scrapes, bruises, mud and bike chain oil,
Maybe this winter I’ll focus on my swimming but I’m sure we returned to transition and set off, with heavy legs, on
I’ve pretty much made that same resolution for at least the final run section. The start of the run wasn’t great as
the last 2 winters! we ended up running through chest high ferms but
eventually it opened out onto wider but undulating trails.
The Redwood Creek Green Belter Adventure was held Within a few km we reached our 1st “challenge”....a 400
at Bedgebury Forest in Kent, and was organised by the m wide pond....that we had to wade round. David
Rat Race team. This event is one of a series of seemed to find the best route whilst I, at one point,
adventure races held this summer called “Green disappeared off an unmarked underwater ledge and
Belters”, which also now includes the event held around ended up to my armpits in cold, muddy water. It was
Bracknell Forest in July that was previously called the nice to cool the legs off a bit though, and the
Ace Race. The Redwood Creek event was the last in photographer sat on the far bank seemed to be having a
the series for this year and, as the name suggests, was great time laughing at everyone.
sponsored by the wine producers Redwood Creek!
Wine tasting before the start of the race was a nice
addition to the event village, but in the interests of
personal safety, I decided to wait until the post-race
celebrations to indulge. The race format was a short 1.6
km off road run followed by a 13 km mountain bike
course with a final 7.5 km run. During the final run
course there were also a few added “challenges” and a 1
km kayak section. There was also the added excitement
of two celebrity competitors in the form of Matt Dawson
and Mitch Tonk (apparently he’s a celebrity chef!!!!!).
You could enter the race as a solo competitor or as a
pair. The only difference between the solos and the
pairs is that the pairs have to stay within 50 m of each
other, and paddle a double kayak rather than a single. I
entered as a mixed pair team with a good friend and
previous work colleague/ running buddy. Despite
everyone’s nerves, and the Race Directors’ attempts to
increase the tension with threats of technical mountain
biking single track, undulating running routes and
insurmountable obstacle courses during the race
briefing, the atmosphere at the start was very light-
hearted. My only aim for the race was the beat Matt
Dawson – which turned out to be a bit of rubbish goal
since we overtook him and Mitch within 400 m of the
start, and he finally finished about an hour after us. In
his defence, apparently he was having to hold back to The next challenge, apart from trying to run with soggy
wait for his team mate Mitch, who had possibly being clothes and heavy trainers full of water, was to scale a
doing too much cooking and not enough running. 10 ft slippery wall and then we were into the kayak. The
The first run section was uneventful and soon we’d location of the kayak section was beautiful, not that we
swapped our trainers for our bikes, and suddenly my noticed too much of it though as our heads were down
heart rate had sky rocketed at the thought of the scary trying to catch some of the pairs in front of us! We didn’t
single track ahead of us. It didn’t help that we were manage to catch anyone in the water but did pick off a
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few people in the last part of the run. As we reached the Captain’s Report
top of the final hill and were heading back into the race
venue there was a definite feeling of relief at being so Summer is over and we are now about to start our
close to the finish as the run had been quite tough. Tuesday and Thursday Winter programme from Prior
However, the relief turned out to be short-lived as we Heath Car Park. I would like to thank our leaders and
were suddenly faced with the final challenge - the Green trainers for all their hard work on our summer sessions.
Belter obstacle course! The obstacle course is a series The turnouts for Tuesdays have been consistently good
of cargo nets, walls and inflatables that you need to but the numbers on Thursdays have been a little
scramble under, climb through or get yourself over! The disappointing at times. Any suggestion for next summer ?.
“highlight” – possibly for the spectators more than the
competitors – is a 10 ft high inflatable square “box”. The Congratulations to all who have been racing this summer.
idea is, you climb in one side and then get yourself out Barry and I have try to identify as many race results as
the other. The only drawback to this is the lack of hand possible and have been posting them onto the website on
or foot holds on the way in, and only one – which is at a regular basis. If we have missed any then please contact
above my should height – on the way out. Watching me and we will get them added to the publication.
later from the sidelines there appeared to be lots of tired
competitors disappearing into the box, several screams Just a reminder to anyone who has changed their email
of “ouch, I’ve got cramp” and not many people appearing address to contact either Keith Hull or myself so we can
out the other side! amend our records accordingly.
Once we’d successfully got ourselves, and another solo Chris Dent
female competitor through the obstacle course, it was
just a gentle 10 m stumble towards the finish line. At this
point we were met by screams of “we got our first ladies NEW WEBSITE CLUB CLOTHING
finishing” from an overly excited and precariously ADDRESS AVAILABLE
balanced Race Director who decided to base himself on Men’s Vests
Don’t forget that up to the
the top of one of the inflatable’s! It turned out that I was M/L/XL - £12.00
minute information is
the 1st female to finish and therefore David and I were available on our website XXL - £12.00
also the 1st mixed pair – which won us a new pair of New which is produced by Phil
Balance off road trainers each and several bottles of red Morley. We now have a Ladies Vests - £12.00
wine! Happy days! new address which is T-Shirts - £14.00
much easier to remember:
Contact Katie Cousins
Could members taking part in
events who would like details
mentioned in the newsletter
please send them to me.
For all training
check club website
Ring Chris Dent or Katie Cousins
Your “Windle Valley News” was very kindly
If anyone is considering doing an Adventure Race, I can
highly recommend this Green Belter series, particularly CHANCELLOR & SONS
for beginners. The courses are challenging but short
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so no chance of getting lost, which is always a bonus! 26 High Street, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3RS
Lucy Allen Tel. 01276 401500
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