This Saturday, 28th April, we will be having the senior monthly parkrun (5K) at Banstead Woods. This has now become an annual fixture due to the magnificent display of bluebells in the wood.
We would love to see some juniors there. If you can’t run, and have an U11 who wants to do it (11 and upwards can run without supervision), let me know and I’ll try and pair you up with one of the seniors. I will be there, but my speed will be about 28-30 minutes!
The course is 1 3/4 loops. You start at the top of a short sharp hill which you have to negotiate on the second loop. The plus side is that you have a great downhill sweep to the finish. Personally, it’s my second favourite parkrun (after Bedfont Lakes).
If you haven’t done a parkrun before, and would like to, just ask (via enquiries) and I can give you instructions on how to register.
The first of this season’s monthly Junior Handicap races takes place at The Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH. It is a 7:30pm start time, but please get their around 7 especially if you haven’t registered in advance.
This is just over 2 km on the grassed playing field in front of the Hawker Centre. It consists of 4 laps of the perimeter of the grass area, which will be marked out. After the end of the fourth lap the runners will cross the finish line and go down the finish funnel in the order in which they crossed the line. Minis run one lap of just over 500m.
New or inexperienced runners, if they find 2 km a bit far, can run one lap – they will be given a time, but their results will not count towards any individual or team scores. The event is open to all up to 17 years old.
Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to register if not having done so before. Registration can be done via your parkrun barcode if you have one, or by filling in a form on the evening.
Commencing on Thursday April 26th, two of the Junior UKA qualified coaches, Louise and Steve (Oldfield-McDuell Running Fitness), will be hosting a weekly junior track club on the Barn Elms Sports Trust track (the normal Sunday track) from 5pm to 6pm. This session will be charged at £7-50 per session, which includes track fees.
If you are interested you can call Louise on 07769 906625, or leave a message here and we will pass it on, or via the Oldfield-McDuell Facebook page.
The senior Sheen Shufflers will be doing their monthly parkrun at the new course, Hazlewood, in Sunbury on Thames this Saturday. 9am start. Details on the course can be found here:
It would be good to see some of our juniors taking part. If the parents would like their young athlete to be a part of it, but are unable to do so themselves, if you mail me firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll see what I can arrange. All athletes under 11 have to be accompanied.
Remember – there is no athletics on Sunday at the track.
There will be no junior athletics on Easter Sunday. We will reconvene at Barn Elms track on Sunday 8th April at 9am.
Introducing a new leasing scheme for kids’ bikes.
Kids Bike Xchange is a whole new approach to kids cycling. Instead of buying a brand new bike each time your kid grows out of their old one, KBX will lease you a bike which you can exchange for the next size up the moment you need it. No longer does your child have to put up with a bike that is too big or too small – with KBX, child and bike are always a perfect fit. And that’s more fun for them and more cost effective for you.
All KBX bikes are premium brand, fully serviced, second hand bikes for kids aged approximately 3 to 12. An annual lease costs from £55 to £95 depending on the size. There’s a one-off joining fee of £30 but Sheen Shufflers can save £15 off this fee when you lease your first bike. Use the code SSHUFFLERS15 at the checkout to receive your discount. This code is valid until 30 April 2018 – just right to get your kids ready for spring cycling.
For more information and to browse bikes see the Website www.kidsbikexchange.co.uk/ or contact us at email@example.com, tel 020 3002 0904. We’re only just down the road in Twickenham!
It’s my turn to host a Street-O on behalf of South London Orienteers, so it’s on my home patch of New Malden, the venue being The Royal Oak, 90 Coombe Road, Kingston KT3 4RD.
I hope that plenty of you will come out to support the event – it’s not that far away. You are more than welcome to run with your offspring and also run in groups. All children must be accompanied. If you are not sure what you are doing, let me know and I’ll arrange an impromptu guide to Street-O before the off.
As it’s electronic you can start anytime between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, but you only have one hour to find as many of the clues as possible (each clue has different values). Cost is £4 and £2 for Juniors. You will need to bring a torch or head torch, so you can read the map, see telegraph pole numbers etc., a pen (plus spare) and a decent timepiece so you don’t go over the hour (as this incurs penalty points).
They are really fun events – like a glorified treasure hunt!
Hopefully see lots of you on the evening.
If you need any more information – please ask.
It has just been announced that Sunday’s Downs Cross-Country League fixture at Epsom has been CANCELLED!
That was the last fixture of the 2017/18, our inaugural, season, so well done to all our Juniors who took part. We’ll be back again next season.
Just a reminder that there is cross-country this Sunday on Epsom Downs.
The weather is supposed to improve as the weekend progresses, so we hope that you will all come out to support our final fixture of 2017/18.
The first race off is at 10:45.
If anything changes weather wise – we will let you know as soon as we do – otherwise, we’ll see you there!
Well done to all those who took part in the third of the Junior Downs Cross-Country League fixture last Sunday 18th February. It was certainly a cold and blustery day.
Here’s the results:
Under 13 Boys
18th Hamish CHAPPLE 13:58
22nd Oscar BUTTLE 14:41
The Under 13 Boys finished 9th out of 12 teams.
Under 11 Girls
18th Jaiya SAKHARET 14:30
19th Emily BRINDLE HOUGH 14:46
23rd Siri SAKHARET 16:22
The Under 11 Girls finished 6th out of 10 teams.
Under 11 Boys
29th Verdaant SAGGI 13:06
36th Sebastian MANO 14:12
37th Ferris CHAPPLE 14:32
The Under 11 Boys finished 8th out of 9 teams.
The next fixture is this coming Sunday 4th March. Details will appear here on this fixture later in the week. Needless to say, as it is the last of the four 2017/18 fixtures, it would be excellent to have a big turn out!