Information about off-road group runs that are organised by the club.

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Headtorch runs

Please read the information below before arriving for the head torch run. Trail shoes are recommended for all runs.

Wittenham Clumps - 21 February

You will need trail shoes for this run, it is muddy around the route. Also bring spare shoes and socks if you want to come to the pub after the run.

From The Plough, Little Wittenham 6.50pm. Six miles around the Clumps. Food at the pub afterwards. 

What you need

In order to take part in the head-torch run, you must have a head-torch (or other running light device). It is recommended that you test the beam of your light in very dark surroundings as there are no streetlights at all on most of the route. The route is mostly off road and will likely be muddy so suitable footwear is a must. Familiarise yourself with the route before setting off.

How it works

You will be required to sign a register at the beginning of the run and then sign in again afterwards (to make sure we don't lose anyone in the dark!) The runs will organised in 'pace groups' to ensure that no one has to run alone. Further details about how this will work will be announced nearer the time.

Dates and routes for 2017

7 March - (chip Tuesday) from the Rye Meadow carpark at 6:50pm. Laps of Radley lakes.

Head torch routes

Wittenham Clumps

Boars Hill

Rye Meadow (Radley Lakes)

River runs

Long Wittenham

Starting from The Plough pub car park.

Dorchester

Starting from Fleur De Lys pub car park.

Radley

Starting from the Bowyer Arms pub car park.

Abingdon

Starting from the Rye Meadow car park.

Ridgeway runs

Ever fancied running on the Ridgeway but worried you might get lost? Well AAC can help, with our new series of led Ridgeway Sunday runs.

Signpost on the RidgewayEach run will start promptly at 9am from a location on the Ridgeway - maps will be posted here before each run. They will be pre-planned to allow runners to arrange lifts for car sharing (or where people don't have a car).

Next run

7 May - Stage 4 (in reverse): start at Swyncombe end of stage run back towards start at Lewknor.

Arrive 8.50am for 9am start 1hr out and back finishing 10am.

Distances are advisory for purpose of setting out maximum distance on Strava maps, what is important is the time spent running.

Timings

If running for two hours you will need two gels / or some energy fuel to keep going.

Please join us even if you can only run for one hour.

To see if you would like to take part and just enjoy a change of scenery in your weekly running schedule please come along to run part of a stage out and back.

See below for details shoes / what to wear.

Marathon training and pace

As these are long training runs we will be running at 1 to 2 mins per mile slower than marathon pace. Those taking part in spring marathons times will range from 8 min for each mile to 12 minutes. A link will be posted on our web page to sign up for the event, selecting one of the groups roughly paced at:

  • 8 mins 30 sec
  • 9 mins 30 secs
  • 10 mins 30 secs.

The intention is to run at a pace where it is possible to converse with a running partner.

Benefits

  • To encourage more club runners to take part in the Ridgeway Relay on 18 June 2017 (the runs follow the same route). Also to help planning teams for the relay. We hope to enter a minimum of two teams (20 runners).
  • These runs will offer the opportunity to run with a small group at a similar pace between 8 mins and 12mins.
  • To share long training runs with other members of the club as part of your own marathon training plan.
  • For marathon training up 50 + miles a week the benefits of running off road, is less impact on knee joints etc.

How this can help you

  • You'll gain a good knowledge of the Ridgeway Relay sections for taking part in the relay race in 2017.
  • You'll build confidence in running on uneven ground which will help you at Club Champs runs such as ‘The Dursley Dozen’ and cross country.
  • You'll be able to practice refuelling for longer races.
  • Runners can share advice with those wishing to enter longer distance runs for the first time.

What you will need

  • Trail shoes as many of the sections can be muddy and wet.
  • Water and energy gels as you will be increasing run times to 2hrs / 3hrs. Ideally after 6 miles (or 40 mins) most runners need to refuel.
  • A small gel belt is a good idea, however it is possible to attach gels to clothing with safety pins.
  • As it is quite exposed on the Ridgeway, long sleeve shirt under a t-shirt, gloves and a hat will help retain heat on cold mornings.

On the day

The runs will leave promptly at 9:00am Sunday, please check website for details about dates, routes and meeting place as this will change. The third of the series will be 3hrs. We will meet at the pub to celebrate the last long run before spring marathons.

All runs will be out and back, with an agreed time to meet up at the end of the run.

For runs lasting longer than 1hr, water and gels will be needed - NH will be willing to carry gels and water for a small number of runners in his ultra distance back pack (max of five runners).

If any member joining the group wishes to go further but would be happy sharing part of the run with other club members this is fine.

Bluebell runs

Runs leaving from The Black Horse pub, Gozzards Ford at, 6.50pm. If you don’t enjoy getting lost it is a good idea to print the map and instructions for the distance you will be running.

New Year's Day runs