Newletter 19th April 2020

Newsletter – 19th April 2020


These are normally collected from 1st April.  England Athletics have extended the deadline for England Athletic Membership to 31st August 2020 .  Sue has been unable to do the electronic membership entry form for this year so we are back to the usual paper-based method.  The form is on both Facebook and the Club Website.  Please make sure that you use the updated form and that you have the correct bank details on any BACS payment you make.  Any queries, please let either myself or Sue know.


Get to know your Committee and Lead Runners!  This week is it is the turn of your committee.

Sue Kirk – Membership Secretary and Lead Runner


When did you start running? 1995 at University

Why? Went to Loughborough University the home of athletics so though it would be rude not to join in!

First Race? I think it was the Bath Half Marathon in 2001 though may have done something before this.

Favourite distance? I’ve done everything from 5K to Ultra distance and triathlons over the years but don’t really have a favourite.

Favourite place to run? Eastnor Park and the Malverns

Music or not when you run? Occasionally when out on my own

Favourite local event? Fforest Fields Cross Country

Best tip you were given about running? If you’re new to running then keep talking, that way you will know it’s a sustainable pace.


 Jo Taylor-Greig – Social Secretary

When did you start running? I joined Couch25k in spring 2018.

Why? I was looking for a way to get some exercise that was outdoors and sociable. I was new to Ledbury and had come through a bad spell of back pain and unhappiness (probably linked) Within a few weeks of starting the course I began to feel so much better. I’m afraid to give up now!


First race: Newent 9 in 2018 was not only my first race but also the first time I’d ever been given any sort of medal for sport. That’s the reason for the big grin in the photo!


Favourite distance:  Actually it’s 100 metres. I love to sprint but I can’t keep it up for very long.


Favourite place to run: I like the countryside pub runs the club organizes in the summer although I find the soft ground more challenging.


Music or not? I haven’t used music up to now because I like being aware of the sounds around me but I think it might help me keep going – I have a bad habit of stopping for a rest on hills.


Favourite local event: Newent 9. I repeated the event in 2019 and improved my time but the best bit was being part of such a large, friendly group of Harriers.


Best tip you were given about running: Loads of runners have given me advice, especially Kate, all of it helpful but the most memorable was from an anonymous park runner who said “No-one ever finished a run and said their arms were tired!”, i.e. use your arms more.


Greetings from the Groups!

Gilly Powell

When I was a little girl, many years ago, I remember running around and calling to my mum,

‘chase me!’

‘Don’t be daft,’ she shouted, ‘I can’t run.’

I was horrified. How terrible to be a grown up and not be able to run. Fast forward a few decades and I realise I’ve turned into my mother!

Staring at the Couch to 5K poster at Ledbury swimming pool, that memory stirred. I signed up to Tuesday nights straight after work, in the cold and dark in January – with some trepidation.

Everyone I mentioned it to said what a friendly, encouraging bunch Ledbury Harriers are. It’s true. At first it was horrible: hard, breathless and frustrating. But the Group 3 leaders and my running companions were complete stars. I kept up thanks to Louise muttering, ‘if I stop, I’ll never get going again.’

Now, much to my surprise, my Tuesday ‘runs’ are still sacred – along with Thursdays and Sundays! I slip on the trainers I bought especially, ditto my luminous jacket and head down to Putley church. One day I’ll make it back up the hill. I’m very lucky to live in glorious countryside. What’s wonderful is that I see my neighbourhood from angles I’d never knew existed. (See photo – spotted through a gap in the hedge.)

Thanks to everyone involved – your encouragement and support was hugely appreciated. When I’m flagging, in my head I hear Jayne shouting, ‘ruuuuuun!’ and I’m off. No-one will be more surprised to read this than Sally when, I can’t quite believe I’m writing I actually enjoy it. Bring on that graduation Park Run!



Some suggestions from Sally this week:-

  • Variety is the spice of life. Vary your route – copy someone else’s, share your route with others, run out for a time (say 20 mins) and try to return faster, choose a random route by running right then left etc until you need to turn round and try to retrace your steps,
  •  Covid ’19’

Use the number 19 to give a structure or challenge to your training.

  • run a total of 19 miles each week for the next 3 weeks
  • 19 secs up a hill – repeat 6 or 8 or 10 times
  • 19 mins harder than usual
  • 19 mins out and turn, try to run faster on the way back
  • during a run – sprint  for 19 secs
  • during a run – sprint for 19 secs, recovery jog, sprint 17 secs, recovery jog…repeat coming down 2 secs at a time.
  • 19 miles long run (not one for me! – only for those who run have done a 17 miler in last month)
  • run continuously for 19 minutes

Choose one challenge that is achievable but not too easy. Lots of the above would suit most of us from the harriers. Share your challenge with a friend and catch up later via social media. (or the telephone!) You may want to choose 3 of the above and do one each week. Don’t do a ‘hard’ session every day!


Ledbury Harriers Virtual Challenge

 Tony and I have put our heads together and come up with a Virtual challenge for people to take part in if they wish.  Details will be put in a separate post  on Facebookd and via the Harriers email system.  Watch out for it shortly!


We will keep you updated on when we are able to meet again but in the meantime, please keep well and safe.