Doddler Update 8th March 2022

It’s been great seeing so many of you at races and at our various club training sessions. The Thursday training session, being tailored to upcoming events and suitable for all abilities, is increasing in popularity. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page for updates, notifications, and reports.

Club Membership for 2022

Just a reminder that club membership renewals are due by the 1st April 2022.

The England Athletics registration fee is increasing from £15 to £16. Competitive membership fees will therefore increase by £1 to £26. The club subsidises the affiliation fee by £5. The non-affiliated membership will remain at £15. 

Please pay your membership by BACS at Barclays Bank – Sort Code: 20:99:40, Acc. Name: Dorset Doddlers, Acc. No: 40411043. Please give your name as the reference on BACS payments so we know who you are!

Any questions please contact Julia Slade on membership@dorsetdoddlers.org .

Training Poll Results

We had many responses to our recent poll on Tuesday and Thursday training, so thank you to everyone that took the time to fill in the survey. For Tuesday’s sessions the majority voted to stay with a 6.45pm start with a few asking for a later start time. When the Shaftesbury sessions resume in October, we will now meet at 6.45pm for a 6.50pm start. There will be no change to the remaining sessions before the Summer Runs. The Thursday night sessions in Sturminster were hugely in favour of the current start time of 7pm, therefore we will be making no changes to these sessions. The comments we received were all extremely positive about the training, with many of you saying how they had improved your running overall. Ian and Paul have recently been on an England Athletics workshop to learn new techniques which will further enhance your training and running. If you haven’t been on a training session, they really are great…come along and give it a go!

Sunday Social Runs

The next Sunday Social Run is on 13th March from The fabulous Fox at Ansty, organised by Stuart MartinThe route will be ~12 miles of gorgeous trail with stunning views. The plan is to stop for hot or cold drinks at the pub after the run, and for those who would like to stay and eat afterwards The Fox serves Sunday lunch from midday ’till late. …you’ll need to book ahead.

If this doesn’t suit your training needs and you’re running elsewhere, please post details to Facebook so that people can join you. It’s absolutely fine if we have more than one social run on the same day, so please invite others whatever distance/pace you’re planning.

Shaftesbury Hills – Curry Night

We are coming to the end of the Hill Sessions in Shaftesbury, which means it is Curry Night! This year the final session will be Tuesday 22nd March, and we have a table booked at Chutneys afterwards. If you would like to come along to the curry, please let Paul know so he can add you to the list.

Couch 2 5k – Henstridge Parkrun (please come and support)

We are fast approaching Week 9 of our latest Dorset Doddlers C25K course. The group finishes their program on Saturday 12th March with a 5k at Henstridge Parkrun. It would be great if they could have some support on the day…that’s where you come in! We would love to see as many Doddlers as possible cheer them on. We are not asking you to run with them (unless you want to), just to give them a cheer as they pass by. If you could wear Doddler t-shirts or tops on the day then we can show them what a great, friendly bunch we are!

Club Championship Races for 2022

The next Club Champs race is Yeovil Half Marathon on 27th March. We then have the very popular Marnhull 12k on 3rd April and Broad Oak Hilly on Thurs 21st April (a club internal race in place of training).

Dorset Road Race League

Well done to all Doddlers who ran Lytchett 10 on the 13th of Feb. We would like as many of you as possible to take part in DRRL races to earn points for the club and for yourself in the individual rankings. The next race is Marnhull 12k on 3rd April, followed by North Dorset Village Marathon on 1st May, and for those of you who don’t fancy Wessex Ridgeway on the 22nd May, please consider entering May 5.

A full list of fixtures can be found on the DRRL website.

Joint Run Blandford and Dorset Doddler Event for Dorset MIND on Monday 18th April

The venue for this social event will be Blandford Cricket Club. With a fun relay event (names selected out of Duncan’s sorting hat), walkers and runners can also take part as individuals. Well-behaved dogs, families and friends are all welcome to come along. We also anticipate enjoying a game of rounders to keep us occupied during the running event. The bar will be open and we’re planning a BBQ and a band into the evening.

Your club needs you . . .

Sarah Perret is looking for volunteers to marshal at NDVM on 1st May. Please get in touch with Sarah or Ines if you or anyone you know can help out.

Please ask any member of the committee if you have any questions and they’ll be happy to answer or at least point you in the right direction. 

Keep running and look after each other!

Jane


Doddler Update 8th February 2022

It’s been fantastic seeing so many of you out running, with good numbers at various races, Parkrun and at Shaftesbury Hills. It would be great to see more of you at our coached training sessions on Thursday evenings. These sessions are suitable for all abilities and are really valuable to improve your running fitness, technique, and motivation. For more details see the training section of our website.

Club Membership for 2022

Just a reminder that club membership renewals are due by the 1st April 2022.

The England Athletics registration fee is increasing from £15 to £16. Competitive membership fees will therefore increase by £1 to £26. The club subsidises the affiliation fee by £5 (an offer you don’t get when you join other clubs). The non-affiliated membership will remain at £15. Please give your name as the reference on any BACS payments so we know who you are!

Any questions please contact Julia Slade on membership@dorsetdoddlers.org.

Sunday Social Runs

The next Sunday Social Run is due to be on 20th February. I am away in Wales but if anyone else fancies organising one, please let me know. Otherwise, please post details to FaceBook so that people can join you. It’s absolutely fine if we have more than one social run on the same day, so please invite others whatever distance/pace you’re doing.

On Sunday 27th February there’s a fantastic 12-mile trail race in the Pewsey Vale called The Terminator. We usually have a small team of Doddlers at this race. It’s a tough, hilly, and usually muddy route. You can still enter if you fancy joining us and please let me know if you’d like to join us for lunch afterwards. Enter via Entry Central. Race website.

Club races flier

We have a new club flier, designed by our very own Christine Willis, and kindly sponsored by Blackmore. Let’s make the most of these fantastic fliers and get them out to runners across Dorset and beyond. If you are attending a race, please offer to take a few along to distribute to runners.  

Club Championship Races for 2022

The list of races for this year’s club championship, together with details of how this annual league works can be found in the Results section of the club website. Please note an update to include The Beast on 4th Sept as Dorset Invader isn’t going ahead this year. Entries are not open yet but keep an eye out as it does sell out.

The next Club Champs race is Sika 10k on 13th Feb in Wareham. Unfortunately, this race changed its date after we’d announced the CC races, so it does now clash with a popular DRRL race – Lytchett 10. We apologise about this but as there are 12 club champ races (plus any 5k race/parkrun and any marathon race), you have plenty of opportunity to achieve the required 5 races if you’ve already entered Lytchett 10. We then have Yeovil Half Marathon on 27th March and Marnhull 12k on 3rd April.

Dorset Road Race League

Well done to all Doddlers who ran Blackmore Vale Half on the 6th of Feb, a great effort in strong winds and up that final hill. We would like as many of you as possible to take part in DRRL races to earn points for the club and for yourself in the individual rankings. There are 12 races and I think you need to do 7 of them to qualify.

The Dorset Doddler Men’s team are currently in 7th position in the highly competitive 1st Division, we will really need to score well at these races to stay in this division.

The Ladies team are doing extremely well and we are currently in 3rd position in the 2nd Division. We have high hopes for our ladies team this year, so keep racing and keep an eye on the leader boards.

We certainly have the talent for both men and ladies, so it’s all about getting full teams to all the league races. Nick Brooke and whoever takes over as Ladies captain will coordinate our efforts to make sure we get full teams at as many races as we can. Please support your club and get to as many as you can.

A full list of fixtures can be found on the DRRL website.

Joint Run Blandford and Dorset Doddler Event for Dorset MIND

We are planning a joint team relay event with Run Blandford to raise money for Dorset MIND, with runners donating their ‘entry fee’ to this very important charity. We hope to organise a BBQ and a band for the evening, and it should be suitable for the whole family. The date is to be confirmed but hopefully Bank Holiday Monday 18th April 2022. We will bring you more details as soon as we can.

Marshalling and helping out at our races

As a club we organise 4 races: NDVM on 1st May, Wessex Ridgeway on 22nd May, Stur Half on 7th August and The Stickler on 30th October. We need very few people to help at Wessex Ridgeway so that leaves 3 races where we will ask you to volunteer so that we can put these races on. Some of you are very generous with your time and help out every year at one or more of these races, and we are very grateful. Others leave volunteering until the last moment in the hope that they’re not required, leaving someone else to step in. We do know some of you support the club in other ways and we’re not directing this request at you. And we do understand that you love running and would like to do them all, but please could we ask that everyone makes a commitment to volunteer for at least one of these races. If you do wish to run in one of our own races, please ask your family and friends to marshal in your place. Supporting your club in the best way that you can is all that we ask.

Please ask any member of the committee if you have any questions and they’ll be happy to answer or at least point you in the right direction. 

Keep running and look after each other!

Jane


Qualified Coaches

The Dorset Doddlers Running Club now have two newly qualified Coaches in Running Fitness (CiRF). Shams Wahab and Paul Russell have both recently passed their England Athletics assessments after months of hard work and training, both within the club and individually.

Shams and Paul have both been members of the Doddlers for a number of years, and both were qualified Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF). By progressing to CiRF they now join Head Coach Ian Pollard as being able to coach runners in the club.

Being trained by qualified coaches means that existing members, or new members joining the Doddlers know that they will be taught the latest, correct, and safe techniques as recommended by England Athletics.

The assessment required 3 main areas to be passed. The coaches had to prepare a one-hour training session focusing on the main areas of coaching; a warmup followed by drills leading to a running focused main unit and finishing with a cool down. The second part of the assessment was an 8-week plan to improve an existing runner, with running form and a running goal being the outcome. Finally, Shams and Paul had to pass a knowledge test.


Doddler Update 3rd January 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL

We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to get back to a more normal routine, which hopefully includes some running.

Milborne 10

On Sunday 9th January we have an internal club race – Milborne 10, the first of our Club Championship races. This is an undulating 10-mile road route starting at 10am from Milborne St Andrews, 8 miles SW of Blandford Forum on the A354. Map of Route.

If you intend to run this event, please either comment on the recent post on FaceBook or contact me directly so that we have an idea of numbers. If you’re not able to run but are happy to come along to support/marshal, then please let me know. More details will be posted on the club FaceBook page.

Sunday Social Runs

We are looking to put on regular Sunday Social Runs, they will be informal group social runs, mainly on trail and of around 8-12 miles, there maybe longer runs but in this case a shorter version will normally be available. Runs will be organised by different people each week at various locations, and with potential for a pub lunch after the run. Once set up there will be a list of runs on this website but in the meantime keep an eye on FaceBook for details.

If you are happy to organise a run, please get in touch. We will run in social groups so no need to mark the routes or to provide maps, just pitch up and lead the run. If you’d like to organise a pub lunch to follow, it’s always appreciated but not essential.

Stonehenge Stomp

We usually get a good number of Dorset Doddlers and Run Blandford participating in Stonehenge Stomp on Sunday 30th January. The event offers distances of 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km on the ancient trails around Stonehenge. Everyone is welcome to attend, including runners, walkers, families, dogs are also welcome on leads. Entries are limited and there are no entries on the day this year. Website

Shaftesbury Hill Sessions every Tuesday at 18:45 

Meet in the top car park by the Kings Arms SP7 8JX at 18:40 for a 18:45 start. Paul Russell will be leading these sessions and usually posts details on FB each week, so please comment on FB or contact Paul directly if you have any questions about this session. 

Thursday Club Training from Sturfit, Sturminster Newton

Meeting at 18:45 for a 19:00 start. These coached sessions are led by Ian, Paul, or Shams, including a variety of focused training sessions to improve your running technique and fitness. These sessions are suitable for all levels from the novice runner to the grizzled veterans, whether you’re running at a steady pace or setting speed records. Come along and benefit from the vast experience of our coaching team, or just to catch up with your running buddies. 

Changing facilities and showers are available in Sturfit until 20:45.

Please see more details of our training sessions on the club website.

Couch To 5k

We are currently offering a friendly but structured Couch to 5k training program for those who would like to start running but are not ready to join the regular training sessions. Our friendly coaches will support you in your journey every step of the way.

Our next course begins Monday 10th January 2022. Due to limited numbers registration is required. To register or for more information please email c25k@dorsetdoddlers.org

For more details of our C25k courses, check out the club website Couch To 5k.

Club Championship Races for 2022

The list of races for this year’s club championship, together with details of how this annual league works can be found in the Results section of the club website.

The first race is on Sunday 9th Jan as detailed above, followed by Sika 10k on 13th Feb in Wareham. There are 12 organised races, 3 of which are internal club races (Milborne 10, Broad Oak Hilly and Stur 5) and 9 are external races for which you are responsible for entering. To qualify you need to complete at least 5 of the listed races, including your best 5k race (including Parkrun) and your best marathon race completed during the period to Sun 4th Dec 2022.

Dorset Road Race League

Your club needs you, The Dorset Road Race League fixtures for 2022 have been announced and we need as many of you as possible to enter to earn points for the club. Well done to all Doddlers who ran the Broadstone Quarter on the 1st of January, a great effort on the first day of the year.

A full list of fixtures can be found on the DRRL website.

Club Updates

Please check out our website for club updates, especially over the coming few months as events, social runs and other news will be posted here, in addition to our club FaceBook page. You don’t have to be an active member of Facebook, but it is worth checking the club page for notifications, reminders, and posts from our members.

STRAVA

And finally, don’t forget to join the Dorset Doddlers club group on Strava. It’s not essential but it’s a good way to see what fellow club members are up to, you’ll be ranked in the leader boards and can see how you fair on segments frequently run be members.

Any questions, please ask any member of the committee and they’ll be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.


Doddler Update 14th December 2021

Hello Doddlers


Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you all.


This Thursday  16th December is Christmas Cracker training, there will be chocolate! Meet at Sturfit 1845 for a 1900 start. Come along and don’t forget your Santa hat.


Sunday the 19th December Jane is organising a Christmas run  from Cerne Abbas 1030 start. Approx 12 miles. Lunch after at The Royal Oak, 1330. Please let Jane (j913ward@btinternet.com) know if you’d like to join the run and whether you’d like to eat. There will be a shorter route if anyone wants to walk.


Tuesday the 21st December is the last Shaftesbury Hill session before Christmas there will be the option for a Christmas Indian afterwards please let Paul Know if you want to eat (paulnffcforest@hotmail.com) .

The Christmas Party and awards ceremony was held on Saturday at the Coppleridege, a good time was had by all. A huge thank you to Ruth Readman for all her hard work and dedication in organising the night. 


Club Championship results were as Follows
1st Lady Flora Brooke2nd Lady Jane Ward3rd Lady Siobahn McFeely
1st Men’s Dave Jackson and Nick Brooke (tied)3rd Men’s Michael Peters


Keith Vine Handicap  Trophy
1st Lady Jane Ward2nd Lady Jill Watson3rd Lady Victoria West
1st Men’s Neil Cranidge2nd Men’s Nick Summons3rd Men’s Dave Jackson
Well done to all. 


Chairmans Award

2021 saw the inaugural award of the Chairman’s award presented at the chairman’s discretion to the Doddler who has made an outstanding contribution to the club. A wonderful shield crafted from a single piece of wood by our very own Matt Clayton was presented this year to Paul Russell. I can think of no one else more deserving , Paul does all the clubs media releases, takes Tuesday Shaftesbury hill sessions, is race director for the Stur 5, John Deacon Handicap, Wessex Ridgeway relay, runs the couch to 5K sessions and to top all that qualified as an EA coach in running fitness this year. Truly deserved, thank you for all your efforts Paul.

The last award of the year was the Dodo Award  for the Doddler who had made the biggest blunder of the year, I was proud to win the award for my failure to attend a single club race, AGM and only one committee meeting in person in my two year tenure. 


It was an honour and a pleasure to be your chairman, thank you to everyone who helped out over the past two years.  Please give Jane your full support as the club moves forward, I’m sure she will ensure that the Doddlers remain Dorset’s best running club.

Safe Doddling 

Dave


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