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A Winter Traverse (OR NOT!!) of the Welsh 3,000s: Saturday 20th January 2007

­NOT REALLY THE TIME to be playing in the mountains is it? Middle O’January? Not if you feel the cold, can’t read a map, run on roads, have an ounce of common sense or are jus­t­ plain soft. No, it’s more the time to be knocking out road sessions on the dark nights, racing cross-country, thinking about the challenges of the coming summer, or just thinking bugger it and staying inside! But then I think we’ve always liked to set ourselves apart in Mercia haven’t we?

Don't be a bum - carry your bag!

­A personal plea from Tim Werrett, as a result of one or two incidents at Shropshire races over the winter for which friends of ours (who we are all indebted to for their services to fell running) bore the brunt.­

NOTES ON TRAINING

­Running is a simple sport that people can make too complicated; the basic fitness for any distance runner comes from just going out and running for relatively long distances, on a regular basis, as you have been doing. There will always be days when you feel good and push the pace or run with someone else and get competitive, and this, combined with longer, steadier ­runs can be very effective. However as we discussed on Saturday all serious distance runners include at least one specific workout per week, similar to the one you did on Saturday.

Terry Davies South Shropshire Round - 18th & 19th July 2003

­Great achievements deserve a little recognition, and I'm sure Terry will no­t mind us spread­ing the word about his successful completion of a South Shropshire Round last weekend, Terry is the first person to complete this round (to our knowledge) which was specially devised for him ­as an alternative to the classic ountain rounds of Wales and The Lakes, the route started at The Ragle­th Pub in Little Stretton and followed the checkpoints of the longmynd Hike as far as Corndon then picking up the Shropshire Way at Rock House near the Stiperstones, The Shropshire Wa

Running Away

­­Two ‘out of area’ recommendations; one race and one run

1. The Sussex Fells

Well ok, not quite, but the ‘Jack and Jill Challenge’ is in the FRA fixtures handbook and 1000’+ of climb is 1000’+ of climb wherever you do it. The race is run in conjunction with the somewhat more d­emanding 30m ‘Downland Challenge’, although being that I competed during a visit to family in the Brighton area, the 5.5 miles of the Jack and Jill appeared a far more socially responsible event to enter (phew!).