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General Discussion / Re: Thursday's Training
« Last post by Sharon Foster on June 02, 2015, 09:17:09 AM »
Hi Christine
This Thursday is a speed session at the track at 6.30.  It is for anyone to go along and complete the session at their own speed and is for all abilities
That's great,  thanks to you both.
I'll be in touch
General Discussion / Thursday's Training
« Last post by Christine Ansell on June 01, 2015, 10:05:02 PM »
I came tonight for the first time and joined the novice group and really enjoyed it, so have just joined.  Is there a group I can run with on Thursday?
My aim is to do my first 10k race this year.

Many Thanks

General Discussion / Re: New Person
« Last post by Sharon Foster on June 01, 2015, 02:49:56 PM »
Hi Glenn and welcome

Monday nights we meet at Charles Dickens School in Broadstairs and leave at 6.30 for a run of about 60 minutes.  There are 4 separate groups so there will be one that will be the ideal pace for you.  Thursday nights alternate between the old swimming pool in Ramsgate and the Marlowe track - this week it will be the track - again at 6.30.  The other runs are Friday night at 6.30 from Hartsdown Swimming Pool and Sunday mornings at 8.00 from Hartsdown Road.  Just turn up and say hi  :)
General Discussion / New Person
« Last post by Glenn Day on June 01, 2015, 01:04:03 PM »
Hi everyone, I have just signed up and joined your team.(Fantastic price), I decided to join as I enjoy running but my friends don't. I have completed the London Marathron which I loved and have take Part in a couple your half Marathrons. I see you have different training sessions which I would like to take part in, could you please advise me how I go about this? Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and look forward to some successful and fun running with you all.

Best Regards
Hi Bonkers

Mark and I will take up the challenge to ring you - I think you have Mark's contact details
Morning all!

This is possibly the strangest request you will get today, but also one of the easiest!

At the end of June I am taking on a little race called the Thames Ring 250, which is a 250 mile, non-stop ultra...starting on Wednesday 24th June at 10am and a cut off of Sunday 2pm (about 100 hours or so). 
See for details (places are still available!)

There are aid stations every 25 miles, and you are only allowed support at these aid stations....nothing in between.  No buddy runners, no being spoon-fed hot ravioli every 6 miles (like I was when I did the GUCR last year), and no randomly jumping in a car to warm up/be sick/sleep.

On the positive side, I'll be able to eat my own body weight of food, provided I can carry it (or starve until the next aid station) and I won't need to pay out good money on mind-altering drugs as apparently the hallucinations by the second and third night are pretty extreme.

On the negative side, here is a link to the pictures of the finishers feet from 2013..

So what do I need your help for?  Well, it's very simple.  I want to get as many phonecalls as possible over the last 2 or 3 days as possible, including the over-nights, with the aim of keeping me awake.  This means phoning me up, and making conversation (I suspect I won't be very coherent towards the end) to keep me awake/motivated/amused/sane.  I honestly don't know whether I will be able to talk back much, so I'm relying on you to talk about what was on telly last night, what you're having for dinner, your crazy neighbour, and probably a bit about running too (but perhaps not too much, eh?).  You may only get grunts in reply, but you may get a monologue from me about how much I hate running/not sleeping/ children/ canals /coffee/running/walking/my feet.  Or you may have to console me when I start to cry like a little girl.  Or phone the police when I fall in the canal.  Who knows??

It doesn't matter if you don't know me - I'm pretty confident I won't be 'with it' so you could say you're the queen and I'll be quite happy.  You just need to be able to make a little conversation, and then put the phone down (thiking, I'm going to do that next year!).

I'm thinking at the moment, that I'd like volunteers for calling me overnight (say 11pm to 6am) as I will schedule people in for every hour to ensure I get a reasonably spread chain of calls.  For the rest of the daytime,  I will just have a list of people that will call me throughout the day, but it would be good at this stage to have some idea of how many people.  Although I havn't really got my head around the details, I may ask you to put something on twitter (if you can) or facebook to say how I'm doing/feeling, but I havn't really got that far yet.

So, the request...can you commit to phone me sometime on Thursday 25th June, Fri, Sat, Sun, perhaps saying a 3 hour slot that you will try to phone in?  If you are really mad, can you be one of the people that will call me overnight on Thu, Fri, Sat night?

Could you send me an ....or reply to this forum message.  Include your email address if possible, and I will put together a 'newsletter' for all the volunteers  :)

I should stress, guys, please don't think you're signing up to anything serious here.  It's not a problem if you can't make the call, or if I'm not very chatty.  I'm purely speculating that having a friendly conversation might help when I am at my lowest point and want to cut my own feet off with a penknife.

Thanks for reading this,

P.s. If anyone that doesn't have anything better to do wants to come along to the aid stations for the last few days, to watch me fall apart, they are more than welcome.  It may give you a bit of insight into ultra-running, it would help me to know that someone is up ahead with a hot meal, and it would mean that my long-suffering wife would not have to worry quite so much (haha).  Obviously, I would pay any/all expenses.  Just a thought!

Races / Re: Ramsgate Rotary 10K off?
« Last post by Ed Heardman on May 22, 2015, 07:42:11 PM »
Thanks Rick - shame a nice local run is now off the cards. Removed from the calendar now.
Races / Harbour Wallbanger - RACE FULL
« Last post by Sharon Foster on May 19, 2015, 10:14:34 AM »
Thanks to everyone this event is now full.  There will be no entries on the day
Races / Ramsgate Rotary 10K off?
« Last post by Rick Ryder on May 15, 2015, 12:24:53 AM »
from the Rotary webpage
The Club has cancelled this year’s 10K road run, due to be held on June 7, because of difficulties concerning the technicalities of arranging road closures.
It is however determined to keep the event going and has  decided that it will take place next on June 5 2016.
The man behind the original idea, Simon Wallace, last year’s Rotary Club President said: “Naturally we are very disappointed having to make this decision but in order to ensure the repeat success of the first race last  year we  had no alternative. The safety of the public, as well as  the runners, has to be paramount.”
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