It is with great sadness to report that our club president, Charlie Burton, one of the founding members passed away last week at the age of 92. If it wasn’t for Charlie & Co and his love of running our club would not be here today.
Thank you to all of you that came along to training with donations and to Lisa for organising. We delivered this to our local foodbank last Friday and they were overwhelmed with the amount we arrived with. So a big thank you – it really does mean a lot to them.
Just a reminder that the AGM & Awards Evening takes place at Denmead War Memorial Hall on the 5th April. It would be great to see as many of you there to celebrate the previous years’ achievements and mix with your fellow runners.
Due to works being carried out along the pavement entering Berewood which are likely to last for several weeks, Gary has been obliged to change the training schedule for the remaining winter sessions.
Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that the remaining two time trials (#4 and #5) will go ahead but provision has been made for them to take place on 6th and 27th March respectively dependent on progress with the pavement works.
Please follow the sub -menus under the Training tab in the navigation bar to see the revised schedules.
After much deliberation we have decided to open entries for this years Denmead 10k to all club members. We are hopeful that we will still have enough volunteers/marshals/pacers to allow us to put on a safe and enjoyable event and are heavily reliant on you all giving up your time to help and we very much appreciate that. Entries are now open so if you want to run then please sign up on the Denmead 10k page. However if you want to volunteer to help then please let either Bekki Leaves or Paul Welch know. We always get the best feedback on how great our marshals are so would be great to keep that going
Minutes from the January meeting are now available for your reading pleasure
The 5th (and final) cross country race of the season will take place at Bourne Woods next Sunday, 18th February starting at the usual time of 11 am. Pease follow the link Bourne Woods XC for full details of the day’s event.
Unfortunately, Fareham RC had to cancel their race in the Holywell Estate due to lack of parking at the venue. This was scheduled to be the final race of the season.
As always, it would be great to field a strong team & go out with a bang!
Please follow the link Time Trial #3 results
The date for this year’s AGM and Awards Evening is on Friday, 5th April starting at 7 pm
This is always a most enjoyable evening and an opportunity to meet other members in “civilian dress” for a change so do please make a note of the date in your diary.
Please see Upcoming Events page for details of the evening’s proceedings.
For those of you that may or may not be aware your members reps are Steve Trevenna & Kimberley Churchill. They are always happy to receive any feedback from members and will happily feedback to the committee. They are also on hand if you have any questions and will happily help or point you in the right direction.
Just a reminder that membership annual subscriptions are due on 1st January 2024. Cost this year is increased to £30.00 (£12.00 for second claim members) for the year due to the increase in subscription to England Athletics. Club membership fee remains at £10.00. See membership information page for details of how to pay.
Following the trial run using the hill alongside Asda. I felt this was an unsafe venue and feedback also proved this feeling.
I am going to try a new venue using the hill along Plant Farm Crescent in the Berewood Estate. This hill will be used by the Level 1 and Level 2 runners. The faster Level 2 and Level 3 runners will continue to use the hill along Portsdown Hill opposite The George Inn pub.
The location of the Plant Farm Crescent hill is just under 1 mile from the Swimming Pool and we will jog there from the pool as a warm up. Please follow Hills_Dec2023 to view a document showing its location, which is approx. 300m from our usual starting point in Berewood.
Please follow the link to read the Autumn Newsletter put together by the lovely Dawn
Thank you as always to the contributions and as always if anyone would like to put something in for the next one please get in touch with Dawn.
Another summer over 🙁 and consequently, training in the lanes of Denmead is coming to an end 😥. Winter training commences on Monday 11th September.
With his usual efficiency, Gary our head coach has compiled a new winter training schedule well in advance so that you can all peruse to see what goodies lie in store for you over the coming months. Follow the link Winter Training 2023 for details. please note that not all training sessions start at Waterlooville swimming pool this year.
Please follow the following link to see latest results and all 5 races of this season.
Paul attended the SCCL AGM this week in preparation for the new season.
This means that some dates have been released for the six scheduled races.
Please put them in your calendar and don’t double book, we have a championship to defend !
Unfortunately, one (Lord Wandsworth) already clashes with the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon.
The current provisional list of races are as follows:
- Benyon’s Enclosure – 29 October
- Alice Holt – 26 November (all clubs are requested to supply volunteers for this event)
- Lord Wandsworth College – 17 December
- Chawton House – 21 January 2024
- The Bourne Woods – 18 February 2024
- Holywell Estate – 3 March 2024
Let’s do it again this season!
The lovely Dawn has put together the latest summer newsletter for your reading pleasure. Thank you to all of those of you that have contributed. It really does help Dawn when she is putting together, some great reads there too.
Please see photographs courtesy of Peter Maisey.
A big thank you to Rachael Harrison who will now be taking over the collation of results from Clare and a big thank you to Clare who has been keeping all the Striders’ results sheets up to date over the past months among her many other club duties. If anyone runs any races please let Rachael know and she can add to the results sheet for the week. This is particularly important for races outside the immediate local area of which Rachael is unlikely to be aware! The “Fastest Times” for individuals will continue to be published and you may or may not be aware of the “Power of 10” site:
Here, once you are are EA Registered, you will be able to look up your races and it details your PBs for every distance. Simply put in your surname and club and it will come up. Most races get logged on here although, unfortunately, not all e.g. those races organised by “Believe & Achieve which include the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon.
It has been noticed that the chatter whilst the coaches are trying to explain the sessions has started to creep back in. We are having fairly large numbers at training on a Monday & Wednesday and whilst you may think you know the session there are a lot of people that don’t. Please respect the coaches and leave your catch up until the session starts if you wish.
It has been a few years now since we have had a good old club photo and things have changed quite a bit since the last one. We will arrange this on a club night and encourage everyone to come in the Striders vests (or maybe just red if you don’t have one). I will give advanced warning on what date this will be and hopefully do it on a sunny day!
For those that may not have heard, I am very pleased to announce that Denmead Striders are officially SCCL champions for the 2022-23 season!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you that ran, volunteered or supported the team throughout the winter months to make this possible, you are all awesome!
Well done everyone, you should all be very proud.
For a small club we pack a pretty big punch!
I’ve had the provisional results from the Alice Holt XC, and they are very good !
Both the men & women finished 2nd, which means we finished 1st overall.
By my calculations that puts us top of the league, but by only one point.
I genuinely believe that with a strong team on Sunday we could go and win the league for the first time since 2003!
It’s a new course around the Holywell Estater, Swanmore, nice and local, so it would be great to get our biggest team this year and show everyone what “little old” Denmead Striders are all about.
Follow the link SCCL results to see the Alice Holt results along with all this seasons’s cross country results
The Winter Newsletter has now been published . Follow the link and enjoy! 🙂
Another excellent result at Bourne Woods XC on Sunday., Men were 2nd & ladies were 10th, giving a team result of 4th.Currently in a 3-way tie for first place in the league too!!
Well done to all 24 Striders who participated!
Congratulations to the Denmead 10 k Committee and all the marshalls for their superb efforts into organising another successful Denmead 10 k race this morning. 🙂
Results may be viewed from the following links:
and for those who prefer to view the results as a spreadsheet
Please follow link below to see the results from last night’s race. Winners from the overall season will be announced shortly
Please follow the link below to read all the latest news from our new editor, Dawn Banting
Well done to everyone who participated in last night’s 10 k club run and a big thank you to all the volunteer marshals who made sure that nobody got lost en route!
Results are now available – follow 10 k Club Run link