NEWSLETTER - February 2014

This is the fifth of a regular monthly newsletter to be published to club members providing summary key updates from the club.  

All official announcements will still be made available as ever on the club website:

January Member of the Month

Lisa Trendell was awarded the January Member of the Month for

being ever present in representing the club at all five of the Southern Cross Country league events to date.  Running for the club in the Ryde 10 mile race (HRRL event)  Supporting both HERC and SGR by marshaling at the Stubbington 10K.  Leading training sessions and group runs.  Encouraging new members that join the club and for her charity fund raising work throughout the year.  Phewww, well deserved Lisa.

2014/15 Membership

We will be opening up membership renewals for 2014/15 within the next week.  The objective of opening up the subs early is for those members that want to get their England Athletics competition license. The membership fee for existing First Claim members will be £25 for the period from 01/04/14 to 31/03/2015, however anyone renewing their HERC membership now will also get their EA license from now round to the 31st of March 2015. The cost of the EA license is included in the annual subs. For Second Claim members, the annual subs will be £20, pro-rata.

Charity Fund Raising

The club achieved its target of raising £5,000 for the MIND charity in 2013. This is a fantastic achievement for a new club such as ours and is a great reflection on the hard work and generosity of our members.

The charity of the year for 2014 is the Rainbow Centre in Fareham.

At The Rainbow Centre we inspire and support children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS and Parkinson’s disease and their families. Through a system of learning called Conductive Education we encourage and teach our children/participants to take an active role in their own development.

Club AGM

The AGM is scheduled for Tuesday the 25th of March.  As well as chance to review what the club did last year, elect new members to the committee, to give your opinion on what the club will do differently in the future and there is a good chance there maybe some cakes involved.  It is your club, make sure you have your say.

Club Championships

This years Club Championship event will take place at the Netley 10K hosted by Southampton Athletics Club.  The date is 18th May 2014 and the club is looking into the possibility of combining the race with a BBQ – watch this space for further details.

Salisbury 10M

Don’t miss out on the upcoming local race ‘Salisbury 10M’ which is a picturesque race through the countryside of Wiltshire with PB potential.

Race Leagues (HRRL,SXCL & RR10)

The club is entered into three leagues throughout the next few months “The Hampshire Road Race League” (HRRL), the “Southern Cross Country League” (SXCL) and RR10.

The HRRL is completed across various road race events and points are scored by the club and individually.  You enter any of the races as normal and by registering as a Hedgie runner you will automatically be part of the team depending on finishing position.

We are currently top of division 3 for both the men and ladies teams.  A full list of fixtures for both leagues can be found below.

The Southern XC League is run on a similar format to the RR10’s which took place through the summer, obviously with a bit more mud in the offing.

The RR10 league is a series of races organised by running clubs in south-west Hampshire for their members. The races are held on Wednesday evenings during the spring and summer. Entry is free. All of the races are 4-5 miles off-road. The standard of runners varies from 5-minute milers to 12+ minute milers so, however fast you are, there will always be someone to run with.

Upcoming Events

Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL)

Sun 9 Mar 2014    Salisbury 10 ­ ­

Sun 23 Mar 2014  Eastleigh 10k ­ ­

Sun 4 May 2014   Alton 10 ­ ­

Sun 18 May 2014 Netley 10k ­ ­

Sun 8 Jun 2014    D­-Day 10k ­ ­ (Portsmouth)

Southern Cross Country League

Sun 2nd Mar 2014   Staunton Country Park


Wed 23rd April 2014 Royal Victoria Country Park

Southern Cross Country - Race 6

Sunday 2nd  march at 11.00am. Final chance of the year to join the team for a FREE run in the woods and mud up the road at Staunton Country Park.  

Bernie’s Training Corner

The following are the interval sessions planned for the next month on Tuesday evenings.


Tuesday 18th Dowdes Farm Loops

750/800 intervals Advanced/experienced runners,

450 mtr intervals intermediate runners.

Tuesday 25th Shamblehurst Lane, Hill repeats.



Tuesday 4th  Turnpike Way/Upper Northam Drive

Group 1 200/350/600/900 metres intervals x2

Group 2 900 metres intervals x6

Tuesday 11th Turnpike Way/Upper Northam Drive

Group 1 900 metres intervals x6

Group 2 200/350/600/900 metres intervals x2

Tuesday 18th  Dowdes Farm Loops

750/800 Intervals Advanced/experienced runners,

450 metres Intervals intermediate runners.

All weather dependant as ever.