Club Run Tuesday 29 Oct 2013

Writer arrived late, so did the 10km route alone across the dark, cold and windswept terrain. Meanwhile a robust and energetic group of 17 runners enjoyed a variety of routes. Our chairman Rob was back on his feet for the first time since Loch Ness Marathon, struggling with shin splints. Gordon ran a short route, also fighting an injury. On the other hand, Steven seems pretty well recovered after his lay-off for an abs complaint and Jack’s calf muscle problem is but a distant memory now.

We are all that much more prone to injury in the colder months. My advise is to warm up properly before running, dress for the weather, plan a gradual strategy before ramping up your weekly mileage and more importantly to stop running if your body starts to hurt. A complete rest from running is usually the best solution if things do go wrong, to allow the body to heal itself. If you’re like me and mad about running, this can be the hardest thing in the world to do. Often our injury will actually heal more quickly when gently introduced to a different form of exercise during these lean weeks of abstinence. Swimming or cycling can be fun too.

Club Run Tuesday 22 October 2013

Strong field of 14 including Mark, Dave, Lesley, Gordon, Steve, Marc, Jack, Bill, John, Rick, Shirley,Ali, Katie and Paul. Pleasant October weather and a fine run for all. Good use made of all routes. ie. 5km, 6km, 8km and the new 10km which is quite popular with the writer.

Club Run Tuesday 15 October 2013

Helen, Nick, John, Jack, Steve, Gordon, Dave, Lesley, Bill, Marc, Rick, Shirley, Irene and young Lesley set off on a variety of routes from 5km through to 10k, which meant we all finished at more or less the same time. After the next time trial perhaps we should stage a club handicap that would see all of us crossing the finish line at the same time?

Club Run Thursday 10 October 2013

Steve, Gordon, Marc, David, Lesley, Morag and Jack set off from the Banchory Sports Centre using the various routes in reverse direction. We passed Nick who was also out on the road, running in the regular direction. I’m getting used to the new 10km option and even the idea of sharing the road with cars and other combustion things. A small price to pay, really, to be able to run in our lovely village where we strive to make use of the wide cycle routes, quiet roads and fantastic hills!

Club Run Tuesday 8 October 2013

A great turnout and a big welcome to Helen Everard who ran with us for the first time. Also rans were, Lesley Young, Shirley, Paul, Sandy, Rick, Marc, Steve, Gordon, Morag, Mark, Jack, David, Lesley and Nick. A new 10km option was tried out in place of the earlier 9.3km version. Others ran either the 8, 6 or 5km options.

After the run we talked about other races that are coming up, including the Fraserburgh Half on 17 November, which I like because it’s late in the year and fills the gap before Lumphanan Detox on 2 January and my own favourite being the D33 on 15 March.

Club Run Tuesday 1 October 2013

Fifteen of us welcomed in the winter running program at the Banchory Sports Centre. There were a few bikes and a hobbler, the aftermath of a tough marathon on Sunday, but between us we gave the new routes around the streets of Banchory a good testing. The 10km route sugested was ruled out because of an unlit section and instead a 9.3km variation is being tried. Bill has kindly offered to lead a run through Strachan and Scolty at the weekend to show interested runners this particular route that has been proposed for the 2014 Banchory River Festival.