Clockwise from top: Everyone bright eyed and busy tailed on Saturday morning, Sue and her HIIT survivors, Karen Read demostrates some self massaging techniques to Diana, The group takes a break from contorting during the Yoga session and Ant Gritton leads the Run Camp.

Running Weekend

Over the past few months, Kylie and Gemma have busy organising the very first Totton Running weekend. Saturday and Sunday saw all the hard work come to fruition, with members engaging in a host of running related activities. All completely free of charge.

 

On Saturday morning, there was a Run Camp session with Ant Gritton, looking at basic running technique to improve performance and reduce the possibility of injury. In the afternoon, this was followed by a High Intenstity Interval Training session led by Sue Tizard and then some more sedate but no less challenging exercises with the Yoga Garden. Amazingly, some members manage to complete all three sessions, although they spent the rest of the day grumbling about aching joints.

 

By the evening, everyone was ready for a lively social event and we discovered the answer to the question, "How many men does it take to light a BBQ?" (four or at least, three offering advice and Sean actually doing the work). Thanks to all those who bought food - there was no doubt that any calories lost during the day's activities were sufficiently recovered.

 

On Sunday morning for those still standing, we held a running endurance event with members trying to compete as many laps of a three mile course from Bolton's Bench during 3 hours. Sean Driscoll was victorious in the solo event, the duo event was won by Kevin Gardener and Neil Vincent, while the trio champions were Rene Pilbeam, David Pilbeam and Jon Marsden.

 

By the afternoon, everyone was ready to sit down and let someone else do the work and we had some very instructive presentations on self massaging by Karen Read and nutrition by Gareth Allen. This was followed by some club members sharing their own experiences; Dave Murray talked about staying postive once the PBs stop coming, Tony Kendrick looked back over his 20 marathons across 30 years, Alice Burch reflected on her amazing Polar adventures and then looked ahead to her 60:60 Challenge before finally Nick Buis shared some of his techniques for perfect performance.

 

All in all, a fanastic weekend. Thanks once again to all those who offered their help, support and services and thanks to all those who participated and made all the effort worthwhile!

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