When the world champion and world recorder holder is facing you in your first year as an u20 what do you do? Buckle under the strain or rise to the occasion? This was the prospect Alice Hopkins faced in Sheffield last Saturday as she settled into the first of her 5 pentathlon events drawn next to Morgan Lake in the fastest 60mts hurdles race. A false start did nothing for the nerves as Alice has twice before fallen foul of the disqualification rule (in Sheffield!!) thankfully this time it was someone else!
Round 3 of the Oxfordshire XC League takes place on Sunday at Horspath (OX4 2RR) which is near the Eastern bypass around Oxford. The event also incorporates the 2016 Oxon XC Championships.
Be aware that the event clashes with the FA Cup fixture between Oxford United and Swansea City – it kicks off at 12 noon. All roads in the Horspath area, the ring road in particular, will suffer from congestion on the day plan to arrive 45 minutes earlier than normal.
The Club will be running a lucky ball competition and would like as many people as possible to take part. Each ball costs £2 with draws taking place four times a year (first training night after 5th Jan, Apr, Jul & Oct).
(Expected) prizes are:
1st - £60
2nd - £40
3rd - £25
4th - £15
5th - £10
See the lucky ball administrator, Alex Ahmet, for payment details or further information. Get your first number before 27th December!
Any profits will go to Club funds.
As it is now December, Christmas and the new year are almost upon us. Tilsley Park will be open during this period but please take note of the opening hours listed below:
Three Radley athletes, Josh Cumberland, Will D'Arcy and Johnny James raced at Solihull on Saturday 28 November in the British Biathlon Championships (800m run / 50m swim). They formed a team and competed for Radley AC and came second overall which is a great achievement. Individually they came 4th (Josh), 5th (Will) and 14th (Johnny) with Will coming 2nd in the run.
The 2016 Championships will be combined with the third Oxford Mail Cross Country League fixture on 10th January at Shotover Hill, Horspath, Oxford Oxon.
More information and entry details are available on the new Oxfordshire AA website here (which I am running).
This year's AGM is on Wednesday 25 November at Tilsley Park (Bar), Dunmore Road, Abingdon at 7.30pm, Club members are encouraged to come. The draft agenda is as follows:
1. Apologies for absence.
2. Matters Arising from 2014 AGM
3. Chairperson's report
4. Treasurer's report
5. Election of officers (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer)
6. Election of Committee Members
7. Election of Club Captains (male & female)
Ellie Smith, a Radley member, is taking part in a World Challenge Expedition to Thailand in Summer 2016. World Challenge is a 1 year programme to ultimately take part in a 2-week educational expedition to Thailand, which will involve trekking through Thailand and working on a community project. Ellie has the task of raising £2,400 through fundraising to cover all her costs for the expedition. Her main fundraising event is a Masquerade Christmas Ball at Long Furlong Community Centre in Abingdon on 28th November, (flyer attached).
October marks the start of the new athletics season. Club fixtures for winter leagues have now been published; the first Sportshall event is on 11th October and cross country starts on 1st November. Happy Winter training.
Also approaching is the cold, cough and Flu season (unfortunately). Some of you might like to know that off-the-shelf and over-the-counter remedies may contain prohibited substances. More information about this is available on British Athletics.