As you will see, we have raised subs for this year, to help cover the increasing amount due to UKA.
Club officers have largely stayed the same, with Emma Morris becoming our new treasurer, Jo Tilby i/c club publicity and Theresa Jones our new Volunteer Coordinator. She will appreciate any offers of help for Shobdon Wood (May), the Shobdon off-road race (July) and the Croft cross country (November) – e-mail her at: email@example.com
We decided we would start offering specific training for juniors, run by Mark P, whose plans are outlined below.*
Sunday morning training has been abandoned as an official ‘fixture’, but any organised Sunday runs will be publicised on Facebook.
With increasing numbers running the handicap races, you will now have to inform Mike at least 48 hours in advance, from race 2 onwards, if you intend to run. This allows him time to work out a handicap time (this doesn’t apply if you run the first race, which automatically provides you with a time), which can be problematic if there is no previous time over a similar distance to base a calculation on.
Croft Ambrey Running Club has for a number of years encouraged junior participation, even if on a fairly unstructured basis, but with all necessary safeguarding procedures in place. As a result of interest from ever-younger children and a steady stream of enquiries, at the 2018 AGM it was decided to formally organise a Junior section of the running club with specific junior training sessions.
Initially these will run on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm parallel to the main and New 2 Running groups. The sessions will be led by one of the club’s coaches with, it is envisaged, parents/guardians/carers acting in a ‘volunteer assistant’ capacity on a rota basis.
For the junior sessions the coach to participant ratio is 1:10 so initially we will need to restrict it to 10 juniors on first come, first served.
Ages will be from 9 years and over, for several reasons. A key reason is that England Athletics have in place a ‘curriculum’ called Athletics 365 which is a development pathway from 9-18 which will form the framework for the sessions. This will then support/complement activities such as Sportshall Challenge and Super 8’s that may be available through their schools. As Croft Ambrey Running Club is running club rather than a track & field athletics club the sessions would not involve the jumping and throwing elements of athletics but will include activities known as multi-jumps and multi-throws as part of general athleticism development. These form the foundation of jump & throw sports as well as many team sports. Thus, the club focus will be on cross-country, fell and in, time road running.
There are specific criteria laid down by UKA concerning the distances various age groups are permitted to race over, and guidelines as to the distance per session and cumulative weekly distance, and these will be adhered to.
An ‘Information for Parents’ document will be produced shortly, and Junior Membership fee is to be determined, but in the meantime should you wish to express an interest, have any questions or feel you would like to assist in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org