Hi all!

Happy Sunday evening!  I hope you are feeling suitably worn out but proud and happy!

It has been a brilliant week of running including races, volunteering, long training walks and runs, new to running runners heading out on their own and some familiar faces returning to Sunday 8 am sessions.

I realise the February newsletter is somewhat late so please accept my aplogies for this, I shall keep it to the point and not ramble (too much) (I know I am already) as there is lots to pack in!

Important dates coming up:

Tuesday March 8th – Oh Ladies Running Club is nomiated as ‘Club of the Year’ in the prestigous (okay, I might have made the prestigous bit up) Welwyn Hatfield Sports Awards.  Stand by for news from the red carpet from 7:30 pm.

Friday March 18th – Phab fundraising evening at The Wrestlers Pub in Hatfield to support our Phab marathon runners in reaching their fundraising target.  All welcome, please come along and join in the fun.  Bring cash!

parkrun GRADUATION FOR OUR LATEST NEW TO RUNNING GROUP will be on Saturday March 19th at Panshanger park at 9 am, meet at 8:45 am. 

If you are a new runner, register for free here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ and print out your barcode to bring with you on the 19th to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/panshanger/ at 8:45 am.  Lets get as many Oh ladies there as we can to support our new runners.

In other parkrun news a brand new Hatfield parkrun sponsored in part by Oh Ladies has been given approval with a launch date of May 21st at Ellenbrook Fields.  If you are inetrested in being on the volunteer register for this event please reply to Carriehudson@ntlworld.com, your friendly Event Director( I know!!!!Get me!!)

Sunday March 20th – clocks spring ahead 1 hour AND its the Welwyn half Marathon!!! We have lots of runners taking part and also the opportunity to earn some cash for cheers (if that doesn’t sound too scandelous!)

James at ActiveTrainingWorld is looking for people to help at the Welwyn Half Marathon on March 20th. You would be needed from 8:30 until midday at the latest. The race starts and finishes at Gosling Sports Centre. In return ATW are offering a £25 cash incentive plus a free ATW running race entry or alternatively a free ATW triathlon race entry. ATW will also provide you with food and drink on the morning of the race.  Contact james@activetrainingworld.co.uk to register your availability to help.

Turn Good Friday into Great Friday, March 25th – our marathon runners will be tackling their longest training distance on this day of 23 miles.  Please help them by cheering, running with, supplying drinks and jelly babies and meeting them at the end with open arms.  Its a huge distance and support from you will make it feel much easier.  More details regards route and timings will follow soon so please keep an eye out. Take part in the virtual Oh! Phab race https://www.facebook.com/events/1016913275033175/

Sunday April 17th – Dawn Andrews will be running at Brighton Marathon – big cheers please!

Sunday April 24th – London Marathon Day – Melanie, Paula, Donna and Natalie will take to the capitals streets for the best day ever! A cheer squad will be heading up in support!

Friday April 29th – Oh Ladies are hosting Ben from http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/ on his 242nd marathon – more details to follow on you can be involved.

Sunday May 8th – Oh track session followed by Bills brunch, all welcome to head down to the track for some ‘speed’ (all speeds are welcome) work in a safe comfortable(?!?) friendly environment

Saturday May 14th – Moonwalk Marathon

Saturday May 21st – Inaugural Hatfield parkrun sponsored (in part) by Oh Ladies Running Club

Looking slightly further ahead – A local team event to plan for:

The Relay Run is taking place at Hartham Common in Hertford on Sunday 12th June and here’s a little bit of details about what it is:

Run, jog or walk a total of 4 or 8laps between your team of 2,3 or 4 people. Each lap is 4km which includes 3 special cheer zones before running back to “Ignition Party Island” and your friends to pass your baton on! “what we start together, we finish together”

Visit the website to find out a bit more about The Relay Run and to see a video of last year’s event in action. I’ve attached a few photo’s too. http://therelayrun.com/

October 1st and 2nd Bournemouth Festival of Running Oh! weekend away!  http://www.run-bmf.com/

Be sure to book your place very soon if you plan on coming as rooms are going fast!  Pay your £20 deposit into the club account to book your place!

Pay with instant bank transfer to – Barclays Bank Sort Code: 20-92-54   Account No: 43553817

*UPDATE* on transport – The club had originally planned to fund the cost of transport but with the trip proving so popular and lots of ladies wishing to travel at different times we have instead decided to subsidise the cost of the trip so the price has in fact gone down to £70 per person for 2 nights stay, 2 breakfasts and a 3 course dinner Saturday night including entertainment at https://www.newwestcliffhotel.co.uk/the-hotel/relax

We will be staying over Friday September 31st and Saturday October 1st.

Did I ramble too much???

Have yourself a great week and hopefully see you soon!

Carrie xoxo