As there are so many 'big runs' this weekend, Rhayader, Stafford and, of course, the Potter, there will be no organised marathon training session this Saturday. -07/03/14
As you know, we have a series of Alternative Runs on eight Wednesday evenings in the summer. They are arranged by members who sort out a few routes and a suitable venue for drinks and food afterwards. The first and last are Haughmond Hill and Chris Woods is doing those so we are looking for volunteer organisers for the others - the dates are :-
23rd April Haughmond Hill, Uffington Village Hall
10th September Haughgmond Hill, Upton Magna Villagge Hall
If you fancy organising one of the Wednesday evening runs or would like some more details of the arrangements call Chris on Shrewsbury 358113 or email him by clicking here. -05/03/14
As the weather forecast doesn't look to good for the weekend, this week's long run will go from the sports village at 09:30 and not as some of you were told in the week. We will do 18 - 20 miles. The route will be on road. -27/02/14
This week's marathon training will be starting at the Sundorne Sports Village at 09:30. The longer run will be 16+ miles and the shorter one 10-12 miles. -19/02/14
London Marathon Weekend
Boultons London Marathon Weekend, Saturday 12th to Monday the 14th of April, A package suitable for runners or spectators, ( or a London weekend!). Two nights B & B at the Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf. Pick up points from Church Stretton, Shrewsbury and Telford, transport to exhibition to collect numbers. Transport to start and drop-offs for spectators. £140 - 00 sharing a twin or double, single supplement of £74 - 00 For more info. contact Boultons on 01694 771226 -10/02/14
Tonight's training session (Monday 10th) will be from the other side of Porthill Bridge as the normal meeting place is under water. -10/02/14
This week's marathon training will be starting at the Men's Cub on Essex St. in Church Stretton at 09:30. Distances will be 7 to 15 miles, mainly on roads -05/02/14
Keith Ivison Memorial Carnival Race
Please make a diary note for Saturday June 14th for this year's Keith Ivison Memorial race. It will be a four mile race starting in the Quarry and taking the Carnival route through town and back to the Quarry. There should be plenty of spectators for the Carnival and all proceeds will go to the Severn Hospice and RSH Neo-natal unit. -03/02/14
The shorter Saturday run will be about 8 miles, meet at the Shirehall at 09:30. The long one will be 20 miler (with optional cut off to make it shorter) from the medical Centre in Cressage (SY5 6DH on the Sheinton Road) at 09:30 -30/01/14
The Shufflers have announced a BRAND NEW RACE to be held on 22nd May at Attingham Park. It will be a relay race for teams of three runners, each of whom will have to run a two mile loop with chip timing. Put a note in your diary now and WATCH THIS SPACE -29/01/14
Wrekin Orienteers have organised a 'Come And Try It' event for inexperienced or non-confident runners who would like to improve their map-reading skills. It's at Nesscliffe on Saturday, 25th January and coaches are available (that's orienteering coaches not buses) Find out more by clicking here.
This weeks marathon training will again be two groups Norman will take an 18 mile run with the option of a twelve mile cut off. Starting at 9-15 from the sports village.
Dave will be taking a shorter run up Haughmond Hill which will include some off road work again starting at the sports village at 10-15 all welcome. -21/01/14
This year's AGM will be held at the Cricket Club on London Road on Tuesday 18th February at 19:30 hrs. Please come along and hear about how the club is doing, and raise any issues that concern or interest you, there's a free buffet too.
The agenda and last year's AGM minutes are available by clicking here. -17/01/14
This week's Saturday marathon training will be split into two groups. There's a 15 miler starting at 9:15 from Dobbies car park and an eight miler starting at 9:30 from the sports village. -16/01/14
Our website is now ten years old and needs an update ! We are looking to set up a small group of web-savvy members to help us decide on a format and the contents of a new shropshire-shufflers.org If you are interested in helping us develop an even better web presecnce, please email me by clicking here. -13/01/14
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SHUFFLERS
First training run for a Spring marathon is Saturday 4th January, at 09:30 hrs from the Sundorne Sports Village. All abilities, 7-10 miles -31/12/13
Now we are in the holiday season again, I hope everyone had the running pressies they wanted. New Year is upon us so Happy New Year to all Shufflers. One resolution could be to join the Shufflers' Spring Marathon Training Sessions. We shall be starting it very soon, watch here for details or follow us on Facebook to catch the latest. -31/12/13
Membership renewals for 2014 are due now and everyone should have had an email from Brian with the link to PaySubsOnline and your log in details. Unfortunately their website had a few glitches yesterday but all seems to be sorted now. If you haven't received an email or have experienced any problems please contact Brian by clicking here. -07/12/13
May 22nd next year will be a memorable occasion because it is the inaugural running of a NEW RACE. It will be a relay race at Attingham Park with 2 mile laps, three runners per team, total six miles. Please put it in your 2014 electronic diary today or if you use a paper one, make a note to transfer it to your new one when Father Christmas brings it. -07/12/13
Freezing cold weather means several things, firstly, don't forget your hat and gloves at training sessions as there is always some waiting around. Secondly - beware icy pavements. Thirdly, and most importantly, don't rush off at breakneck speed to get warm. Your body needs to warm up gently before you start sprinting and doing efforts. Stress your muscles before they are warmed up and they may react by tearing and no runner wants a torn muscle even on a microscopic scale. -07/12/13
Sarah Williams & Mark Perez have recently finished their in Club Mentoring & Training to become Club Coaches and will shortly be joining the Coaching Team in independently leading groups on Club sessions - please wish them the best of luck when you see them -21/11/13
Thanks to Carol for a highly successful awards night last week. The awards were :
Tudor Trophy (Most Outstanding Performance) Kate Whitfield
Barrett Cup (Most improved runner)Louise Woodvine
Ron Morgan Trophy (Seniors Award) Dom Jones
Terry Campion (Vets Award) Paul Gresty
Dave Suttcliffe Shield (Beginners Award) Julie Jones
Keith Ivison Shield (Services to Club) Brian Morris
Runners' Runner Paul Bowes
Coach’s Award James Craig
Coach’s Award Sue Wigley
Coach’s Award Steve Price
Male Paul Gresty
Female Carole Morgan
We also held a draw for London Marathon places and the lucky (?) winners were Elliott Jones, Richard McKenna and Juan Reyes
And Paul Rushworh amazed us all with his Magic
Pictures at here. -21/11/13
Club Championships and Records
The last races that count towards the 2013 club championships have now been run so the computer is working frantically to determine this year's winners. The announcement will be at the club awards dinner on November 15th of course. The first race to count towards the 2014 championships will be the Little Stretton to Stiperstones Time Trial on November 24th. For more details click here.
The new Shrewsbury parkrun has been hugely successful and is responsible for six new club 5k records - click here to jump straight to the page.
The latest results have been included in the club championship tables - to see them please visit the championships page or click here. If you can't see your best time listed please let me know by clicking here. -04/10/13
London Marathon Places and Awards night
We have been allocated 3 club places for next years London Marathon.
If you would like to be placed in the draw for one of the places the criteria are:
1. You must have been a club member when you entered the marathon - i.e. you must have entered as a Shropshire Shuffler.
2. You must have a rejection letter or notice of rejection that usually comes with your rejection magazine.
3. You must not have had a club place last year, to give other club members the chance of obtaining a place.
If you meet all of the above criteria please email Liz by clicking here and Liz will email you details of where to send your rejection slips. Please indicate on your rejection slip if you have ever run the London Marathon before as we will have two draws, one for those who have never done London before followed by another draw with everyone's name in it - this is to give those who have never done London before a extra chance of getting in. The draw will take place at the Shufflers awards night and dinner on 15th November.
Runners Runner award
The runners runner is the award chosen by you the club members and is presented at the club awards evening. We are therefore looking for nominations from you for someone who YOU think is deserving of the award. It could just be someone you run with who has encouraged you over the past year - any reason at all.
Please send your nomination to my email address above with the persons name and a brief reason why you are nominating them.
Shufflers Awards and Dinner Night
Your invitation and menu for the above is in your latest edition of the Shuffler Magazine which you should have now received. Please send back your selections as soon as possible to Carol Beard at the address indicated on the menu. Tickets going fast! -04/10/13
The pictures from the Severn Bridges race (10k and Fun Run) can be found on our Flicker page here. -22/09/13
As the nights are getting darker we shall meet at the playground instead of by the bandstand and Dingle. First date for the new venue is September 23rd. Please remember to wear light or reflective clothing -12/09/13
11th September - Haughmond Hill Alternative run from Upton Magna
28th September - First Shrewsbury parkrun in the Quarry
15th November - Awards dinner at the Lord Hill -04/09/13
How good are you?
If you want to know how you rate as a runner, Alan Hartley has suggested that you might be interested in the records that UK Athletics keep on all registered runners. You can start by clicking here. -30/08/13
We are trialing a new calendar with more functionality - take a look by clicking here.Thanks to Dave and Dom for setting this up -23/08/13
The Severn Hospice have ten places for the London marathon. To apply please visit their website by clicking here. -19/08/13
The annual Seven Bridges 10k race will be taking place soon and once again, Shropshire Shufflers have agreed to provide the marshalling. The race is organised by Shropshire Council and takes place on Sunday 22nd September, with a 10am start. As with any race, it can't operate without a willing team of marshals so Nick is looking for lots of volunteers. He needs at least 40 people so please don't think your help won't be appreciated! You would need to be available on the Sunday morning from 9am to about 11:30 (once the last runner has finished). There is no setting up involved - the council do all that - you simply need to stand on a corner a repeat an instruction. Feel free to cheer and otherwise encourage runners too, if you wish. This year, I've been asked if we have a willing cyclist to ride the lead bike at the front of the race, so if anyone would be happy to do that, let me know. Contact Nick by clicking here. -19/08/13
The club championships page has been updated to July 26th without (unfortunately) the parkrun numbers. The parkrun 5k races are eligible of course, so watch this space ! To see where you stand please click here. -26/07/13
Lone Pine Run
The third of Alex's Lone Pine Runs will be from the Shirehall at 18:20 hrs on Wednesday, 7th August. The coach will drop runners off for 9, 6, and 4 mile runs to the Ragleth Arms for sandwhiches and chips. The coach will then return runners to the Shirehall. Cost will be £5 for the coach and food, please let Alex know if you want to come along, tel 07816 034520 or email by clicking here. For more details please click here. -26/07/13
I hope you are aware that we have a Facebook page where lots of other announcements are made - would you believe the page is called Shropshire Shufflers! -26/07/13
Don't forget that this Wednesday, 10th July, there is a meeting at the Admiral Benbow pub in town to discuss the proposed parkrun for Shrewsbury - if you can, come along for 19:30 hrs to support this venture. -09/07/13
The next three alternative Wednesday training runs are
17th July - Phil Hammonds run
7th August - Alex's Lone Pine run
21st August - Jane Cole's Stanton run
Notices with details will be handed out on regular training nights. -03/07/13
Free Mud Run Entry Draw
There's a local Mud Run race at Hawkstone Park on 28th September and the organisers have offered two FREE places to Shufflers. All you have to do is to register your interest by clicking here, and filling in the form. -28/06/13
So many races taking place at the moment, it's hard to keep up. Firstly though we must congratulate all the Shufflers who ran in Shrewsbury last Sunday. The course was not one for PBs and (looking at the blogs) the organisation could have done with a little teaking at the finish. This doesn't belittle the great achievements reached by the runners, congratulations to all of them. -25/06/13
Shrewsbury parkrun 5k
parkrun is a 5k race taking place simultaneously every Saturday morning at hundreds of venues round the world - and now it is coming to Shrewsbury. The races are timed and free, you can run as often as you like, they are organised by volunteers, you can also volunteer as often as you like. To learn more about parkrun visit their website by clicking here. There is an initial meeting on Wednesday 10th July at 19:30 hrs at the Admiral Benbow in Shrewsbury. Make a diary date now to come along and hear all about it, we are looking for volunteers! -19/06/13
Off Road and Track
The next off-road session is Monday 17th June, when we meet with the Olympians at Nesscliffe at 19:00hrs, followed by chips at the pub. Everyone is welcome, it's not a very mountainous session but plenty of hilly woods and good company.
With the athletics season in full swing, the track will not be available to us next Thursday but it will be ok the following week on the 28th. Then the following two weeks (July 4th and 11th) the track will be used for athletics meetings so will not be available for Shufflers' training those evenings. Mind you, if you turn up you might be tempted to throw a javelin or do a high jump with the best of the area's twelve tears olds.
The club championship has been simplified a bit for this year as we announced a few months ago. At last the computer has caught up with us and the results so far are up in the 'Championship' section. Just to recap, five types of race are offered and the results from the best three count towards the total. You may notice that the All Stretton to Stiperstones time trial is included but, because of timings, we are counting the 2013 tt results towards the 2014 result which means that this year there are only four distances from which to choose the best three. If you have done a better time than the ones shown in either a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon, please let me know by emailing me here. -13/06/13
Lots of members have joined our FaceBook group where announcements, news, stories and comments can be found in the normal FB manner. If you haven't already joined up why not take a look at it by clicking here. -06/06/13
Alternative run on Wednesday, 26th., June, 2013 from the Meadow Inn, Ironbridge. Choice of distance: 4, 5, 6.5, 9 or 10.5 miles. All routes are set out with distance check points so if you have a Garmin or similar bring it along! Route descriptions available from 6.00pm on the night. Gourmet sandwiches and chips available after at about 8.15pm: cost as ever £2 to club members. If you are able to come please email Dave Humphreys by clicking here or ring 01743 365163 and leave a message. -01/06/13
to Catherine Voyce who won her category in the Shropshire 4, the latest in the fiercely competitive Sexarathon Series. Congratulations too to the other Shufflers who raced last night. -06/06/13
Two alternatives to normal training this week. Firstly, the off-road group will be running from Stiperstones pub on Monday. Secondly, there will be no regular club run from the Column on Wednesday, instead an alternative run has been organised from the Tankerville Arms in Longdon Village, starting between 18:30 and 19:00 This event is for all abilities so come and join us in the beautiful countryside for either a 8 mile route or a 4 mile alternative.(Walk or run). The adventurous may want to do both - start early if you do. The route is mainly off road so be prepared for a little bit of mud and occasional puddle if the weather has been unkind! Sandwiches and chips will be served in the pub afterwards from 8.30pm so please allow yourself enough time. -01/06/13
Congratulations to Val Swingler, first lady home at the Sheriffhales Shuffle yesterday, and to Alan Morris who won his category. -20/05/13
Off Road Mondays
The off-road Monday training sessions are every fortnight, the next one is next week, 20th May, at Bridges, setting off at 19:00 hrs. Refreshments afterwards in the pub. -19/05/13
Records tumbled in yesterday's Market Drayton 10k. Andy Galbraith picked up his second club record in two weeks with Paul Gresty and Nicola Davies breaking the old club records in their categories. Of course, they were each placed in the top three in their age groups as were Catherine Voyce, Jacqui Hendrie and Rosemary Davies. Meanwhile, on the fells, Dominic Jones showed his form by coming third in his category and 4th finisher overall. Congratulations to all of them - brilliant running for the Shufflers -13/05/13
Well Done the Shufflers who ran the Caradoc Classic fell race last night, especially to Val Swingler for winning her category and Tim Jones and Dom Jones for being placed in theirs.
Next Wednesday (15th) there will be no formal training session from the Column as there is an alternative run from the New Inn at Hadnall from 18:30hrs. These alternative runs are always great fun with a variety of distances offered, there will be a nominal charge of £2 towards the cost of food after the run.
Last Monday we held the first of the summer off-road Mondays, this one from the Little Stretton, the next one will be on the 20th from Bridges at 19:00hrs. If you haven't been off-road why not try it as it is much kinder on your legs than pavements, there's lovely scenery and air and there's a pub at the end. We are not all mountain hares either, some of us are slow moving bunnies!
Keith Ivison Memorial 5k
Lots of PBs this morning in the Quarry in the race organised and run in memory of of one of the original Shufflers, Keith Ivison. Provisional results can be found by clicking here . Photographs of the race are on Richard Bishop's site here. -05/05/13
London training and the marathon itself usually bring some new club records and 2013 was no exception. Congratulations to Libby Collinson who broke the 20 mile record at Rhayader and the marathon one too. Paul Gresty and Val Swingler also set new cluib records at London. At the other end of the distance scale Richard McKenna, knocked a few seconds of the 5k record in the Telford 5k Park Run recently. Congratulations to all of them. -29/04/13
As many Shufflers know, we run an alternative off-road training session every other Monday in the summer. We are a bit late starting this year - but so is the summer! First meeting will be at the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton, on Monday 6th of May, ready-to-run at 19:00hrs. There will be a slower group and a faster group and we shall have chips in the pub afterwards and discuss venues and leaders, so come along and enjoy the Shropshire countryside next Monday. -29/04/13
There is no official run from the Column this week (24th) because it's our first Alternative Run around Haughmond Hill. Meet just before 19:00hrs at the village hall in Uffington, chip butties afterwards in the hall - and remember, it's all free !! -22/04/13
Congratulations to the nine Shufflers who completed the London Marathon today
Val Swingler 2:58:34 and 5th in her category
Paul Gresty 3:11:50 and 26th in his category
Nicola Davies 3:22:23
Libby Collinson 3:28:31 and 12th in her category
Sarah Williams 4:21:04
Shaun Perry 4:18:30
Phil Roberts 4:27:37
Steve Price 4:51:47
Ruth Lovett 5:08:41
Some fantastic times there, you should all be so proud of your achievement, after all it's the best race in the world and you have completed it. -21/04/13
As I am sure everyone knows, it's the London Marathon on Sunday, with lots of Shufflers competing. Good Luck to all of you, we shall be watching out for you on the telly and cheering you on. I hope everyone achieves their individual goals and comes back pleased, proud, happy and tired.
Whilst we are talking marathons, congratulations to Andy Prosser who did the Worcester marathon last weekend, Keith Silvester won his age category in the half. And there's Shakespeare and Abingdon to come too, with Shuffler presence - good luck to everybody doing these and other marathons this spring.
Richard has asked me to remind members that dogs and headphones are not allowed on club training occasions. This also applies to the alternative events, the first of which is Haughmond Hill on Wednesday 24th starting from Uffington Village Hall.
Don't forget to enter the next official Shufflers' race - the Keith Ivison Memorial 5k in the Quarry on May 5th. You can enter on line by clicking here . -11/04/13
As most members know, and many have experienced, we run a series of Beginner classes in the summer for people who would like to run but have no experience, no confidence or no opoportunity. The first one this year will be in the Quarry (as usual) on Monday 6th May, the day after the Keith Ivison 5k, which I hope everyone has entered already ! -05/04/13
Forgotten when you are next taking a group out? No excuses now as the latest rota is up on the website under Coaches' Corner, or you can click here to go directly to it. -05/04/13
We try to make the Cub Championships fair to all by age adjusting everyone's times for various races, and allowed the best four results out of seven categories to score points towards the final figures. We have had to modify the system because of the demise of the time trial and the fact that Mad Jacks is too late this year so we have decided to make a radical change to how the club champions are determined. Firstly, because of the change in how EA control Race Licences, the championship is open to all members whether or not they have a race licence. Secondly, we are making it the best three results out of five categories. Thirdly, I am not calculating everyone's age adjusted time for each race they do, the age adjustment will be made to your fastest time in the season in each category. The categories will be 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon and the Little Stretton to Stiperstones Time Trial. I think this gives everyone a chance whether they are 5k sprinters, endurance marathoners or fell specialists. I hope this makes sense ! -04/04/13
We now have two fully qualified Coaches in Running Fitness as Tony Welsby successfully completed the course recently. Congratulations and thanks to Tony for putting in the time and effort to achieve his new qualification. If you think you might like the idea of putting something back into the club, why not have a chat with the coaching co-ordinators, Dave and Richard, or Tony or any other coach - the club relies so heavily on its coaches and we couldn't exist without them. -28/03/13
Apologies to all those runners who intended racing last weekend and expected to find news here, unfortunately I was away and couldn't access the website. There is a Facebook group called Shropshire Shufflers which would do for postings in future - make sure that you are signed up. Lillieshall Monumental was cancelled, no update yet from Newport. The Ironbridge half has been rescheduled for Easter Sunday (after the clocks change)weather permitting but check Telford Hariers website. I haven't heard of a new date for the Wrekin Fell Race. -28/03/13
Tomorrow's Saturday run will take place but because of the weather the venue is the Sundorne Sports Village at 09:30 instead of Church Stretton. The distance will be decided by the group. -22/03/13
Not really a running announcement but lots of Shufflers also go out on two wheels so Alex has organised a "ride around the pointy bits of Wales'. It takes place on Sunday, 12th May and to find out more please click here. -20/03/13
Recent Shufflers' successes include Maria Spurling, 3rd in her category at the Carding Mill Canter and Paul Furber, 2nd in his age group in the Ellesmere 5 miles. In the Ellesmere half marathon, Richard Hunter was 3rd home and Chris Myles was 2nd in his category. Well done to all of them and also all the Shufflers who did the Rhayader 20 miles yesterday.
Places are filling up fast for the Market Drayton 10k in May, don't delay, enter now!
The Sexarathon series of races is now taking entries, find the link here.
Due to a recent incident involving a “near miss” between a car and a runner from another Club we have decided to publish this as a reminder to all.
Occasionally, during a Club session, due to circumstances beyond our control e.g. parked cars, bins on pavement etc., we are forced to actually run on the road. We often do this, but it does have obvious but often overlooked implications for safety. Although your group leader will do everything they can to ensure that your session is as safe as possible, there are a number of things that the individual runner can do to make things just that little bit safer.
Don’t wait to be told by the group leader to be more observant and careful, just do it, take responsibility for you own actions, slow your pace if necessary! Frustrating at times but better than an injury. Always take into account other road users, pedestrians, drivers etc., they have as much right to be there as we do and if in doubt give way to them. If you are 'cut up' by a driver who hasn't seen you then do not allow frustration and annoyance to cloud your better judgement, and certainly never react in what could be considered an aggressive manner! Smile sweetly!
Finally always wear hi-viz or reflective, light coloured clothing – this is not only a Club Rule, it is Common Sense and a potential life saver! BE SEEN – BE SAFE. -06/03/13
Park Runs 5k in Telford
Last Saturday a new tradition was born - Shropshire had its first Parkrun 5k race. In case you don't know about them, Parkruns are run every Saturday at venues everywhere and the new one is in Telford. Parkruns are FREE, but you have to pre-register on their website here. You can be fast, slow or middling, no problems, it's just you against the clock. Keith Sylvester, Louise Woodvine and Geoff Kinlen were Shuffler pioneers in the first one, why not join them and a couple of hundred others any Saturday at 09:00hrs? -18/02/13
Most members now know that the new emergency mobiles phone number is 112. But do you know where and when and how you can use it in an emergency? There's a good video explaining it all which you can see by clicking here. Do it now, it might help you save a life. -18/02/13
The postponed Severn Loop 5k saw lots of Shufflers enjoying themselves and posting brilliant times. Andy Galbraith, Gill Welsby and Susan Reynolds won their categories with Steve Price and Joanne Radings being placed in theirs.
At the Wyre Forest mudbath Nicola Davies stormed home to an outright win with Janet Edwards winning her category and Norman Titley being placed in his, Congratulations to all of them.
Free Drink n Food
Don't forget that it is the Shufflers' AGM on Tuesday evening at the Boathouse pub, starting at 19:30hrs. Come along and voice any comments you feel need airing, meet other Shufflers and have a free drink and buffet on the club. -18/02/13
Shuffler official training sessions are for an hour, which normally limits the distance to about six miles. For those who want to run a bit longer and further, or maybe are training for a spring marathon, we are starting Saturday morning sessions from Sundorne Leisure. First one is on February 9th at 09:30 hrs and the distance will be 8-10 miles. All speeds will be catered for, so shake off those winter blues, get out there and just do it ! -01/02/13
New Diary Date
The inaugural running of the Keith Ivison Memorial 5k in the Quarry is scheduled for Sunday 5th May. As you know, the Haughmond Handicap race has been discontinued and this new 5k takes place on the same day in memory of Keith Ivison, one of the original members of the Shufflers. -30/01/13
Couple of Things
Our coaches are, as has been frequently stated, our most valuable asset and we are always loking for more volunteers. After basic training in how to be a coach or group leader, the newly qualified guy is let loose on a group on a training night. But they are not thrown in on a 'sink or swim' basis, there is always a mentor that goes out with them for their first few sessions. Being a good mentor is a skill in itself so Richard Paddock, our coaching co-ordinator, has written an aide memoire about mentoring. To take a look please click here.
Many Shufflers pop in to the Boathouse pub on a Monday night to use the facilities there and then pop out again. This is a bit cheeky and the staff there have asked members not to exploit their friendliness in this way. The Boathouse have always been most generous to us with Chip Butties and the AGM room without charge and it is important that we remain good friends with them. So please remember to take a pee before leaving home.
If you are doing London this year or would like to be a spectator, then Mick Boulton is running a weekend trip from Shropshire to London. Tou can find the details by clicking here. -28/01/13
Do you have a dog as a running partner? Would you like to be photographed running with your dog in the Quarry? If you answered 'yes' to both of these questions then you might be the person a local photographer, Jason Hornby, is looking for. If you are interested, please drop him a line by clicking here. -25/01/13
Another new local race has been announced, this time the Powis Castle half marathon on June 2nd, organised by Craig Owen. For an entry form please click here. -22/01/13
It looks as though the snow and ice will be with us for a while so it may be that the coaches decide on the night that it is too risky to have a normal training run. Under these circumstances there will be no formally led groups and if members do go for a run it will be at their own risk. I am sure that this will not deter members from having a run, but please take extra care on slippery surfaces. The coaches have asked me to thank everyone for wearing light or reflective clothing on training runs as it makes their job so much easier and makes you safer too. -19/01/13
I guess many members will have heard about chi running, if you haven't, then just Google Danny Dreyer to find out more. Many people swear by it as a route to injury free, fast running, but it is a bit daunting trying to learn it from an instruction book. We are thinking of running a one-day workshop in Shrewsbury with a qualified instructor some time over the next few months. The event will cost between £70 and £90 per perticipant to cover all the costs including tuition, expenses and venue hire. If you might be interested, please email me by clicking here. There's no commitment at this stage, this is just to gauge the interest amongst members to see whether it is worthwhile taking it further. -15/01/13
Severn Loop 5k
Do you remember that haze between Christmas and New Year? Well, there was a 5k race organised in the Quarry which had to be postponed because a lot of the course was under two feet of water. The organisers have now booked the race for Sunday, 17th February. If you pre-entered the race, then your entry number is still valid, if you would like to enter then a form can be found by clicking here. -15/01/13
All members are invited to the AGM at 19:30 hrs on Tuesday, February 19th at the Boathouse. There's a free drink for each member attending and after the formal AGM there will be an open discussion and a free buffet. So, please come along and air any comments you may have about the club, training, racing or whatever you want. For the formal calling notice and agenda please click here, and to read last year's miutes click here. -11/01/13
Dates for your Diary and other Stuff
Quite apart from the Shrewsbury half and full marathon, we have some more important events coming up soon.
Shropshire Shufflers present the Keith Ivison memorial 5k run in aid of the Severn Hospice and the Neonatal Unit at a date tba in Spring.
Quite a few members have not yet renewed their membership, please do so urgently, if you leave it too late you will have to pay an extra fiver !
First Haughmond run is on 24th April.
The AGM is at the Boathouse on 19th February.
We regret that the Haughmond Handicap Chase will not take place this year as entries have declined too far over the past couple of years
Yes folks, it's official! Shrewsbury will be having its own marathon on 23rd June. For details please click here. -10/01/13
Park Runs 5k
Many of you will know about the 5k Park Runs, run on Saturdays around the country. They are free to enter and take place all over the world. A group is setting one up in Telford and a proposed first event is February 16th. To keep up to date with them and maybe enter one click here, to visit their Facebook page. -07/01/13
Rights of Way
Most Shufflers enjoy Rights of Way in the County whilst out training, especially if it is off-road. Shropshire Council are interested in our viewpoints to enable priorities to be set in these hard times. Please take a few minutes to visit their questionnaire website by clicking here. -07/01/13
X Country Success
The New Year started with the County Cross Country chmpionships yesterday and team captain Nick tells me that the Women's team came second in both the Senior and Vets categories, well done Nicola Davies, Catherine Voyce and Alison Preece. The mens team came third with Norman Titley, Paul Williams and Nick Pollock counting for the team. Congratuilations to all of them and the others who ran as Shufflers. -06/01/13
What's the best way of spending a wet Saturday - no, not running - planning your races for 2013. Or in my case, updating the Diary page on the website with new race dates for 2013. I am sure that there are some errors (as usual) but I rely (as usual) on other members to email me if they see any so that I can correct them.
Provisional date for the postponed Severn Loop 5k is 17th February
Happy Christmas to Shufflers and their families and friends everywhere. -25/12/12
The Severn Loop race on the 27th December has been postponed because the registration venue and half the course is under water. -24/12/12
Some fiendishly fast times were run in Telford last weekend in the 10k. Andy Galbraith won his category and Paul Gresty was placed in his. An early Christmas pressie to both of them in a high class field. -22/12/12
Track and Circuits
Tonight's track session is the last of the year, next one will be January 3rd.
Martin's Circuits have finished for the year, they start up again on Friday 4th January at 19:00 hrs
It's that time of year again, when Wrekin Orienteers invite Shufflers to complete the ChocO challenge. They give you a starting point and a grid reference to navigate to, where you will find a peg in the ground with the next G.R. and so on until you reach the hidden treasure! It starts on the Mynd and to discover more please click here -18/12/12
I went on a First Aid course yesterday and we were told that there have been some recent incidents of chewing gum sticking in throats and causing asphyxiation. Apparently if your throat/mouth is slightly dry (common in running) chewing gum can stick to it like the proverbial. This causes a blockage in the system which is tricky to remove. If a runner is chewing gum and has a stumble then the gum can lodge in the throat and they can't breathe. So, the recommendation from Jenny is that you shouldn't chew gum on a training run. I know a few people find that it helps in stopping their mouth from becoming dry so it's members choice really, a possible blocked wind-pipe against a dry mouth - I think I know what I opt for! -12/12/12
Monday the 17th is the night when we all assemble in the Quarry for a Christmas run followed by drinks at the Boathouse. Everyone is encouraged to dress appropriately! This means that Santa hats, antlers, tinsel, flashing lights and red noses will be there in abundance. We had planned for Chip Butties but the new landlord there has not confirmed it yet, watch this space.
The following two Mondays (Christmas and New Year's Eves) and Boxing Day Wednesday there will be no official traiining sessions, but I am sure that plenty of runners will come along for an ad hoc group. We shall be back to normal on Wednesay 2nd January with training sessions to burn off the Christmas excesses.
Mortimer Forest race is a popular one amongst the off-road aficianados and lots of Shufflers trek to South Shropshire to run it. Yesterday, Val Swingler was second lady home and first in her category. Well done again Val. -10/12/12
It's that time of year again - December means Shufflers Membership Renewals Time. Emails and letters should be arriving now at all members' homes so don't just put it in a pile to be dealt with later, fill it in now and send it back to Brian straight away so it's something you won't have to remember later. As you have seen, the EA have massively increased the fees for a race licence, so we had two options, increase the membership fees for everybody or charge extra for those who wanted to race. WE thought the latter was a better route rather than relying on all members to subsidise the racers. This means that if you want a race licence which will allow you to get discounted race entries, then you will need to pay £10 for it on top of your club membership fee. If each member of a family needs a licence then £10 is the fee for each one. Sorry to complicate things but we really had no choice. So, don't delay, fill in the form and you will get a warm glow of satisfaction as you tick yet another job off the to-do-list. -8/12/12
Helen Tipping etc.
Two Shufflers dominated their age group in the 10k at Wrexham yesterday. Barbara Cole and Gill Welsby were 1st and 2nd in their age group. Congratulations to them both especially Gill who did a PB (which just shows the benefit of track training)
Meanwhile, on the hills at the Cardington Cracker, Val Swingler was third lady home and first in her category. Alan Morris got a category win and Nicola Davioes was 2nd in her category. Congratulations to them all.
No, not Martin and Sue's monthly two miler round Shrewsbury, but a fell time trial where runners set off at intervals from Little Stretton and find their own way via the Long Mynd and Shepherds Rock and on to Stiperstones in the fastest time. This race was held on Sunday with many Shufflers taking part and quite a few getting awards. Dominic Jones was third man home, Val Swingler and Alan Morris won their categories with Neil Postans and Paul Bowes winning the Male Pair. Congratulations to all the Shufflers who managed not to get lost en route and commiserations to those who did, but special applause to the award winners. -27/11/12
Last night's pictures can be seen by visiting our Flickr site here. -24/11/12
Friday night at the Lord Hill means Shufflers Awards Night and the London draw.
Tudor Trophy (Most Outstanding Performance) Will Harris
Barrett Cup (Most improved runner) Sarah Williams
Ron Morgan Trophy (Seniors Award) Nicola Davies
Terry Campion (Vets Award) Libby Collinson
Dave Suttcliffe Shield (Beginners Award) Jo McKay
Keith Ivison Shield (Services to Club) Alison and Co – Starfish
Runners' Runner Richard Paddock
Coach’s Award Tim Jones
Coach’s Award Emma Whittall ne Haywood
Coach’s Award Andy Galbraith
Male Keith Sylvester
Female Catherine Voyce
We also had the draw for the four London Marathon places and these went to
Congratuilations to everybody, pictures from last night will be on the website later today together with the final spreadsheet for the club championships.
We have often said that at the heart of the Shufflers is a fantastic team of coaches, members who agree to put a bit back into the club by traning to become leaders and coaches. Without them we wouldn't be able to function so we are always especially pleased when new coaches succeed by passing through the official EA system, take out groups (wearing L plates of course :-) ) and eventually get awarded their official 'coach' jacket. Norman Titley earned his jacket a few weeks ago and is already respected by the groups he takes out. This week Nicola Davies joined the coaching team, so congratulations and thanks to her too. If you would like to talk about the possibilities of your becoming a coach, have a chat with Richard Paddock on a club training night and he will tell you all about how you too can put a bit more back into the Club to make it even better. -20/11/12
Too Late !! If you have booked a place at the awards dinner next Friday then you are in for a great evening. If you haven't, well, I'm afraid you've missed your chance as Carol tells me that we are fully booked. Martin has been in touch with a few members who should be there and they're ok but that's it ! A full list of the award winners will be on the website the following morning (but not too early ! ) -16/11/12
Keith Silvester ran his first marathon last weekend and smashed the club record with a winning time of 3:09:23. However, on the same day, Phil Wilson beat Keith's 10k record time with a storming time of 35:54 down in Leatherhead. Congratulations to both of them. -15/11/12
Well Done to all the Shufflers who did Mad Jacks today with special congratulations to Nicola Davies, Catherine Voyce, Keith Silvester and Alan Morris, all of whom won their categories, and Richard McKenna, Norman Titley, Paul Gresty, Mac Bardsley and Andy Galbraith for their second category places.
To see pictures of the runners in the pond go to our Flickr site by clicking here.
1. If you have had a rejection for the London Marathon you may be eligible for a place through the club draw. Details of how to enter the draw and to see if you are eligible are below. The draw will take place at the club awards evening on Friday 23rd November, if you haven't had a reply to your application for a place in London by this date please let me or one of the committee know before the draw takes place.
2. As mentioned above the awards evening and dinner is on 23rd November at the Lord Hill Hotel, if you wish to attend please let Carol Beard have your menu choices as soon as possible. Details of this event were in the last Shuffler magazine. To see the menu please click here.
3. Still on the subject of the awards evening - if you wish to nominate anyone for the 'runners runner' award please email me the name of your nomination with a few words about why you are nominating the person by clicking here.
4. Its great to see so many people complying with the club rule of light or reflective clothing during the dark nights, but one of two are still turning up in dark clothing - please remember to wear a reflective bib if you don't have a light top, it's for your own safety as well as others.
Mad Jack's is the last race in our club championships and it promises to be a great race. I have it on the best authority that the "water feature" is fuller than ever so get your entry in soon, the race is on 10th of November. -25/10/12
William Milner, a local student, is doing a project on sports snacks and athletes' opinions of them. He is looking for volunteers to answer a short questionnaire to help the project. If you would be happy to help just click here to send him an email for further details. -18/10/12
Fell Running Relays
Mercia Fell Runners hosted the 2012 Relays this year, with over 1000 runners plus their supporters descending on Church Stretton for a glorious day of racing. This is the furthest south that the relays have ever been held, normally it is over the rugged mountains of Scotland or the Lakes, but the Shropshire Hills caused quite a few problems for the teams. Six runners in each team went out and for the first time the Shufflers had a team entered. Tim Jones took the first leg, with Tim Devanney and Dominic Jones taking the second. Clive Richardson and Paul Bowes took the navigation leg and Will Harris ran the last, solo leg to bring them home in 53rd place out of over 150 of the UK's top teams. A brilliant result, congratulations to all of them. -15/10/12
As you know, each year we get some entries for the London Marathon and we normally give them to people who have had a rejection from the race, with the lucky names being pulled out of a hat. A few members have been lucky in this draw several times so this year we are splitting the draw into two, those who have never had a club place first, followed by a main draw for all the others. However, if you ran the 2012 race with a club ticket, please do not enter the draw for 2013. So, if you have a rejection slip from the organisers and if you were a Shuffler when you applied and you didn't have a club place in 2012, you qualify for the draw! Send a copy of your rejection slip to Liz Hird, 7 the Maltings, Bayston Hill, SY3 0QE with a note to say when you have previously done London with or without a club place. Sorry if this sounds complicated (it is! ) but we think it's the fairest system to let more Shufflers experience the greatest marathon in the world. -12/10/12
One of the most gruelling races on the calendar is the Long Mynd Hike, covering 50 miles, over 8,000 ft of climbing and eight summits, and it took place this weekend. Congratulations to everyone who finished it. Official results aren't out yet but we believe that Shufflers won both the Men's and the women's races. Val Swingler won it outright last year and this year she was first woman home in a new record time, and Tim Devanney was equal first man home in one of the 10 fastest times ever ! Brilliant result. -07/10/12
We have had a few enquiries from members asking whether we allow dogs to run with their owners on club training nights. Unfortunately this is not possible as the risk of runners tripping over leads is too great. So, sorry you dog owners, you will have to do an extra training run with your pet! Whilst we are talking about bans, we also have a ban on headphones and dark tops on gloomy nights; these are both common sense safety issues so if a coach has words with you about them, please co-operate - it is for your own safety! -03/10/12
Shufflers provided the marshalling at the Seven Bridges 10k race on Sunday and many other Shufflers were in the race too. Andy Galbraith, Steve Price and Katharine Weaver all won their categories, Richard Hunter was 5th overall and Richard McKenna, Paul Bowes, Norman Titley were all placed whilst Nicola Davies stormed home to second woman over the line. We have had confirmation that Val was first woman home in the Stretton Skyline but TAC still haven't published the full results. -19/09/12
What a Weekend
Three important events in one weekend (not counting the paralympics) with Wistanstow, Vyrnwy and the Skyline all being held. Results are out for the Lake Vyrnwy half-marathon showing over 40 Shufflers runners with Pete Booth and Malcolm Bardsley taking the first two places in the MV60 category and Lorna Yale coming 3rd in the juniors. The Stretton Skyline is a tough fell race, 19 miles with 4500ft of climbing on a hot summer's day. Rersults aren't out yet but rumour has it that Val Swingler was first woman home in a classy field. Watch this space for the Wistanstow results and confirmation of the Skyline. -10/09/12
On Wednesday evening, the last of the Sexarathon series of races was run, the Harper Scarper 5km. Keith Silvester won his category and won the overall series. Pete Booth carried on his unbroken winning streak by winning his category and also the series, amassing maximum 600 points. Catharine Voyce was second home and second in the overall series. These are fiercely contested races with 250 entries for each one, so many congratulations to the winning Shufflers. -06/09/12
I know that it is very tempting, but giving your race number to someone else is NOT a good idea. Firstly, if there's a medical issue then the wrong people will be contacted and secondly, the person you give it to will be timed as you and you might find that you have won an embarrassing trophy, with the real winner justifiably peeved! Final reason is that lots of race organisers these days will ban you from entering future races if you have swapped numbers. If you find that you cannot do the race, of course it's a shame to waste an entry, but please do it through the race organisers. -05/09/12
For those beginners who were away for their first 10k, the alternative will be on Saturday, 8th September at 10:00 hrs at the Porthill Bridge
Martin is away soon so his circuits classes for the 14th and 21st September are cancelled.
Each weekend Shufflers run races and win prizes. Last weekend Pete Booth won his category in the Ellesmere 10k and Catharine Voyce and Gill Welsby were placed in theirs.
This weekend there's the Shrewsbury triathlon in the Showground on Sunday, if you would like to volunteer as a helper, contact Janice by clicking here.
Last weekend saw quite a few Shufflers in amongst the prizes. The Neil Howels Memorial race in Montgomery is a great little race and Nicola Davies was second lady home. Dom Jones and Maria Spurling each won their categories whilst Joe Seager was 6th home overall.
Mac Bardsley was second in his category in Race the Train.
At the Ragleth Race yesterday, Dominic Jones continued his successes by coming 6th home and third in his category; Paul Bowes won his category, Maria Spurling and Janice Curtis were third in theirs.
Jerry has reluctantly had to cancel the Mawddach Meander as there weren't enough people to fill the coach. Sorry Folks. -16/08/12
The Oswestry Olympians have suggested that a few Shufflers might like to join them on their Yorkshire Dales weekend on 26th October. Suitable for all abilities and the bunkhouse charges just £15 per person per night. If you would like to know more contact Lauren by clicking here -16/08/12
Well Done Kate Whitfield, first vet and 4th lady home in the Stourbridge Stagger last weekend.
Don't forget that there's a time trial this Wednesday, meet at the Column as usual.
The next alternative run will be on August 22nd from the White Horse in Pulverbatch. Please email Helena by clicking here to register. Two off road routes from 18:00hrs, discounted rate of £2 each.
Wrekin Orienteers are having a good event on September 2nd on the Long Mynd. There are several courses with different length and difficulties but there's a special one for non-orienteering off-road runners - like most of us! For details click here.
The annual Seven Bridges 10k race will be taking place soon and once again, Shropshire Shufflers have agreed to provide the marshalling. The race is organised by Shropshire Council and takes place on Sunday 16th September, with a 10am start.
As with any race, it can't operate without a willing team of marshals so I'm looking for lots of volunteers. I need at least 40 people so please don't think your help won't be appreciated! You would need to be available on the Sunday morning from 9am to about 11:30 (once the last runner has finished). There is no setting up involved - the council do all that - you simply need to stand on a corner a repeat an instruction. Feel free to cheer and otherwise encourage runners too, if you wish.
This year, I've been asked if we have a willing cyclist to ride the lead bike at the front of the race, so if anyone would be happy to do that, let me know.
If you are able to help, please email Nick Pollock by clicking here.
I doubt if there's a club member anywhere that doesn't know Derek Lloyd, who retired this week from being a Shuffler Coach. Derek has been a Shuffler for 24 years and when his 75th birtday came along he decided to slow down a little and let the younger coaches take over. We all wish Derek a long and happy retirement, we know that he will look back on so many happy Shuffler memories and he will be missed by all, especially his own special Monday night group. -03/08/12
And the winners are...... Sarah Williams and Jane Wheeler, aka Williams Wheelers. Well done also to other Shuffler teams known as Just the Two of us, Eileen's Midnight Runners and the Shropshire Stumblers. -02/08/12
I hear on the grapevine that two Shufflers won their category last weekend in the Thunder Run. No results on the official website yet but if anybody has some details I can announce them here ! -31/07/12
There were some awesome challenges out and about last weekend.
Over on Cannock Chase Paul Gresty and Norman Titley were running a six hour race and managed 84km before they were timed out; this was a 'Love Life Love Running' event.
Around Much Wenlock, lots of off roaders were enjoying the mud in the 50 or 100 mile WOW event organised by the LDWA. No results as yet but I see a few Shufflers' names in the entry list.
Meanwhile, last Wednesday in Telford, the usual suspects were doing the Vic Musgrave Fast 5k and Keith Silvester, Catherine Voyce and Pete Booth were all placed in their categories. In the Sexarathon series, with one race to go, Pete and Keith are leading their categories and Catherine lies second in hers.
Jerry Kurek is organising a run for Saturday, 1st September near Dolgellau, with a Boulton's coach from Shrewsbury. For details click here. -21/07/12
Chris Myles was at Rick's Relays too - but as a photographer - and the results can be seen here. -13/07/12
Fell Running Relays
Well Done to the two Shufflers teams that hit Carding Mill Valley last night for Rick's Relays. Teams of four did a leg each up Stanyeld, Burway, the valley and Bodbury in the setting sunshine. Wayne, Nicola, Janice and Paul narrowly beat Tim, Maria, Geoff and Dom and pictures can be seen buy clicking here, or some more on our Flickr acount here. £96 was raised for the Human Givens Trust in this great fun event. -12/07/12
Shufflers win Olympic Medals
We all know that the modern olympics started in Shropshire and last weekend the Wenlock Olympian Society presented a half marathon race. Silver went to Nicola Davies and bronze to Libby Collinson. Furthermore, Libby, Mac Bardsley and Carole Morgan won their categories and Gill Otto, Bridget Pocock and Eileen Williams were all placed in theirs. There's a Star report and photograph here. Congratulations to them all and all the other Shufflers who took part. -10/07/12
If you are thinking well ahead, the local Red Cross are looking for runners in the Paris Marathon, 7th April next year. If you are interested click here for details. -10/07/12
Sixty Shufflers braved the rain last night and went on Phil Hammond's Alternative run from Harmer Hill. Thanks to Phil and Sylvia for brilliant directions for the routes and above all an excellent spread of grub for us all at the end. -05/07/12
Richard has asked me to remind runners about the protocol if they become unwell, or get injured during a training run. If any member feels that they have to pull out of the group for any reason, then they must let the coach know. The coach or leader will then offer to find someone in the group to return with the runner back to their car or home as appropriate and if you are unwell, you should accept this offer just in case things get worse. This will allow the rest of the group to continue with their training session happy in the knowledge that you are being looked after. Please don't try to be a 'hero' or feel that you are a burden - these incidents can happen to any one of us at any time but it is the club's aim to get back the same number or runners after a run as set out at the beginning! -05/07/12
Fell Runners Needed
Next Wednesday, the Annual Stretton Relays are held, a great fun, low key, relay race where each team member has to run a short leg near Carding Mill Valley. We could do with some Shuffler teams as we have lots of good fell runners in the club. If you fancy having a fun time shouting at the other three team members (and doing a bit yourself) please email me by clicking here. -04/07/12
Firstly, belated Congratulations to Pete Booth (1st) and Catherine Voyce (2nd) in their categories at the Ironbridge 4 last week.
At the Pontesbury Fell Race the same evening, Val Swingler and Maria Spurling won their categories whilst Tim Jones and Colin Williamson were placed in theirs.
Then, at the wet Shifnal half on Sunday Val Swingler and Paul Gresty both won their categories and Val was 3rd Lady home.
Whilst all this was going on Martin and Sue Ottey were running up and down the Wrekin (8 times in under 8 hours) for the charity MIND
Finally, good luck to all the Shufflers on the Wenlock Over the Edge runs this weekend and those doing the Whippet Relays tonight.
Wednesday this week is an Alternative Run night so there will be no formal run from the Column. For Phil's Alternative, meet betweeen 18:00 and 19:00 at Harmer Hill Village Hall, various distances off and on road, then refreshments in the V.H. Please book your place by calling Phil on 01939 290202 or emailing him by clicking here. There will be a cherge of £2 per person for the food. -25/06/12
Yesterday, about 50 Shufflers boarded one of Mick Boulton's coaches at 07:00 to go to Anglesey and run one of Alan Morris's famous Coastal Canters. The weather and other arrangements were superb and we ran up to 22 miles along the coastal path of one of Britains most scenic areas. Some pictures by Sue can be seen here, if anyone has any more please email them to me by clicking here. -25/06/12
Don't forget that there is no track session tonight, similarly we cannot use the track on the 5th or 12th of July
Next Monday's off road group will meet at the car park near Nesscliffe for a joint meeting with the Oswestry Olympians, followed by chips at the pub. Everyone is welcome, it's not a very mountainous session but plenty of hilly woods and good company.
Gill Otto reminds me that the Shrewsbury Triathlon has grown to be a Quadrathlon and takes place on September 2nd, and now includes a kayaking leg. Click here for more details.
Last week was a GOOD WEEK for male Shufflers. Not only did they shine at the Severn Loop, but Paul Gresty won his age category in the Park Hall 5k.
Please note that there will be no track session this week, Thursday 21st June. There will also be another two dates, probably in July when we shall not be able to use the track.
Whilst most of England was glued to the TV to watch the football, Shuffler men were in amongst the award winners in the fast 5k Severn Loop race in the Quarry on Friday evening. Congratulations to Richard McKenna, Keith Silvester, Colin Williamson and Steve Price for winning their individual categories. -16/06/12
Wednesday's alternative run from the Hand & Diamond pub was, as always, a brilliant affair with lots of Shufflers enjoying the weather and excellent food afterwards. Many thanks to Bernard for the usual high standard ! -15/06/12
Don't forget that there is no formal run tonight (Wednesday)from the Column as it is Bernard's Alternative run from the Hand & Diamond. -13/06/12
Well Done to Keith Silvester at the Abersoch multi-terrain 10k (including a mile on the beach) - Keith came 2nd Vet in a brilliant 36:33
Colin Timmis is working away from town and cannot get to regular training sessions, if anyone else runs at the weekend, please let Colin know and maybe you can form a small group. Contact Colin by clicking here.
Don't forget bthe Whitchurch Whippets team relay race on July 4th, each of the three team members runs 2 miles, click here for details.
There are quite a few videos about the Olympic Torch on U-Tube, the best is one all about Shuffler Tim Jones, you can view it here.
Road Running Risks
Most Shufflers run on the roads around Shrewsbury on one of our regular training sessions, and there is always a trained leader or coach with them. Part of their training is an understanding of the risks associated with road running, how to minimise those risks and what to do in case of an incident. We have developed a Risk Assessment which I encourage all members to read and all leaders and coaches to read again as a refresher. You can access it via the Coaches' Corner or by clicking here. -05/06/12
25 Shufflers (and friends) celebrated the Queen's jubilee with a run over the Long Mynd, some refreshments at the Ragleth Inn, then up to the top of Ragleth to watch the beacon lighting. The weather was brilliant (if chilly) and we watched beacons and fireworks burning all over Shropshire. To see a few photographss click here and then click on the set. -05/06/12
Shrewsbury Urban Orienteering
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the last day for entries in next Sunday's event, 4-10k with 15-30 checkpoints around Shrewsbury and relatively easy navigation. If you have never tried it, why not have a go with the other Shufflers who enjoy it? Details at the Wrekin Orienteers website here. -04/06/12
The Newtown Carnival 5k race is on June 15th and not the 8th as we originally had in the diary, although the Carnival itself is still on the earlier date. The Newport Carnival 10k was run on Saturday and congratulations go to Dominic Jones, Paul Gresty and Chris McDonald, all of whom were placed in their categories. -04/06/12
Racing Shufflers were out again last night. At the Batch Bash Val Swingler won her age group and in the latest of the Sexarathon Series, the Shropshire 4 Mile Race, Keith Silvester and Pete Booth won their age categories. Congratulations to them all. -30/05/12
Congratulations to Shuffler Tim Jones who carried the Olympic Torch yesterday along the Wenlock Road looking like this
Club coach Jerome Nogues is doing the Nice Ironman on 24th June and raising funds for the Severn Hospice. If you would like to sponsor him on this very worthy cause, please click here. -28/05/12
The pre-registration site for the Long Mynd Hike is now open here. -24/05/12
Congratulations to Gill Welsby for succesfully passing her Leadership in Running Fitness course last week. After a few mentored sessions, Gill will be on the club rota and will take groups out for training sessions. Meanwhile, Tony Welsby is well on his way to becoming a qualified 'Coach in Running Fitness' and two more members are listed to do the next LIRF course available. The club relies tremendously on the coaches, without them we wouldn't be able to have training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, so THANKS to all of them. If you would like to put a bit more back into the club by becoming a coach or a leader, why not drop an email to Richard by clicking here. -24/05/12
Bernard's Alternative Run
The next alternative Wednesday run is Bernard's on Wednesday, June 13th. Meet at the Hand and Diamond pub, Coedway, from 18:45 to 19:00 hrs for a 4, 6 or 8 mile run. Please let Bernard know you are going by filling in his flier given out on Mondays in the Quarry or by emailing him by clicking here. -24/05/12
Bluebells & Stuff
Thanks and congratulations to Alex for organising last night's Bluebell alternative run. The routes and directions were excellent and the weather brilliant, summer running at its best !
The Club Records are all listed on the website, and I update it with any local race results but, of course, I miss a few. If you (or someone you know) breaks a club record, please let me know so the achievement can be recorded.
Monday, June 4th, is Beacon Lighting Day as part of the Queen's jubilee celebrations, and beacons will be lit all over the country. Some of the Monday offroaders are running that night from the Ragleth pub, having some refreshments, then climbing Ragleth hill to help celebrate the lighting of the beacon. Come and join in if you fancy it, headlamps required as the beacon will be lit at 22:30hrs! -24/05/12
Those who train on a Monday evening from the Quarry know well that we send out quite a few groups. There is always a bit of interest in who runs with which group and we do try to group members according (loosely) to ability. Richard has described how they work for an article he has written for the Shuffler Magazine, but we have also put it on the website. If you look at our front page menu, you will see a new link marked 'Coach's Corner'; click it and you will find a link to the groups structure.
Newport Running Club put on a race called the Sherifhales Shuffle yesterday and it is maybe appropriate that Shufflers did well there. Congratulations to Keith Silvester and Pete Booth for winning their categories.
Tim Jones will be carrying the Olympic Torch into Shrewsbury along Wenlock Road to Sutton Road at about 12:30 on May 30th, if you can make it, why not join the crowds and support a fellow Shuffler
Congratulations to Keith Silvester and Pete Booth who each won their categories last night in the Phoenix Flier 5k, part of the TAC Sexarathon Series.
Club records tumbled yesterday with Pete Boot and Val Swingler both setting new 10k club records. Keith Silvester and Val won their categories with Paul Gresty and Pete being placed in theirs. Congratulations to them and all the other Shufflers who did the race.
MK 10k place
If anyone wants an entry to the Market Drayton 10k, then Geoff Kinlen has a spare one for official transfer. Call Geoff on 01694 722250 if you are interestyed, or email him by clicking here.
ho ho ho
We don't allow adverts in this News section, nor non-news items but I am going to break the rules and recommend anyone who has ever run a marathon to listen to the Marathon Runners Prayer by clicking here . It's very funny, even if you haven't done a marathon.
Alex's annual Bluebell Run is on Wednesday 23rd May, there will be no official run from the Column that evening. For information on how to book your place on the coach please click here .
Charlie Leventon took a lot of pictures on top of Haughmond Hill, they can be seen by clicking here .
Results can be found by clicking here .
Brilliant race today at Haughmond, with the sun shining on over 100 runners in the Haughmond Handicap Chase. The results should be here tomorrow but you can view the pictures at the finishing line by clicking here .
Guinness Book of Records
A team organised by Sue Whittingham is running the Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury leg of the Relay GB event to be run next week.If you fancy organising part of the next leg from Shrewsbury to Chester then act straight away by clicking here.
The run last night was excellently attended with about 80 Shufflers doing either a 4 or an 8 mile run from Longdon and having refreshments afterwards at the Tankerville Arms. Congratulations and thanks to Pete and Liz for organising such good routes (and the weather).
The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon entry forms are out! However, there is a problem with their website so Shufflers can download an entry form before anyone else by clicking here. Yet another brilliant benefit of being a Shuffler!
Don't forget that there's an alternative run tonight from the Tankerville Arms so no official run from the Column.
Cathy Hammond would like to run during the day and is looking for a running partner. If you already run with a daytime group or just fancy going out with someone rather than running on your own, why not drop Cathy an email by clicking here. -30/04/12
No sooner than one London marathon is over, we start to think about the next oe. the 2013 Ballot is now OPEN here.
Just a reminder that the 2012 beginners' group starts tomorrow, Monday 30th April, at 19:00hrs from the Bandstand in the Quarry. Wouldn't it be nice if the rain held off for an hour or so too, but, as one enthusiastic runner once said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing'. Hmmmmmm. -29/04/12
Fancy being part of a Guinness Book record and doing a run for charity at the same time? There's a continuous relay running round Britain in early May and they are looking for runners to help between Bridgnorth and Chirk, via Shrewsbury. Teams of up to four runners do from 10k each to do 26 miles in a total of four hours. For more details visit their website by clicking here. -28/04/12
The first of the summer series of the Shropshire Fell Race series was on Wednesday with a speedy gallop up and down the Wrekin, luckily bertween rain showers. Val Swingler was first woman home and Tim Jones fresh (??) from London was 2nd in his category.
The results were also announced for the winter series, Val won her category, Dave Woodvine was 4th in his with Paul Bowes, Andy Barton, Janice Curtis and Liz Salisbury coming home 5th in theirs.
Congratulations to them all. -27/04/12
The Whitchurch Whippets are organising a relay race round Dearnford Lake on July 4th. If you've never done a relay, they are great fun, all you need is a team of three runners, each to do a two mile leg, and of course you need a good name for the team. If you fancy having a go click here for the Whitchurch Whippets website. -25/04/12
If you fancy a walk for charity, how about walking or running from the the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to the RSH in Shrewsbury on behalf of the Lingen Davies Cancer Relief Fund on 24th May. If you do, then please click here. -22/04/12
Well Done to all the Shufflers who did the Virgin London Marathon today, especially Carole Morgan, 9th in her age group and Libby Collinson, 14th in hers.
Huw Dolphin 3:17:13
Paul Gresty 3:18:17
Richard Hunter 3:19:46
Tim Jones 3:35:12
Libby Collinson 3:38:03
Paul Carroll 3:42:30
Dave Perry 3:53:32
Lorraine Richards 3:55:02
Chris Wood 3:58:51
Sharron Richardson 4:03:23
Carole Morgan 4:10:57
Juan Reyes-Montes 4:31:41
Neil Davies 4:36:05
Nicholas Hardman 5:49:13
Well done to all of them, they ran the best race in the world and came out smiling! -22/04/12
First, let's all wish 'good luck' to all the Shufflers who are doing London this weekend, we hope you all beat your target times and come back happy, tired and un-injured.
Secondly, I have had a very unusual appeal for financial support for a Cheshire runner who went to Greece earlier this month to do a marathon, and disappeared whilst running it. If you would like to help his distraught family, please read this letter from the Sandbach Striders.
Third, Liz and Pete have asked me to remind everyone that their alternative run is on Wednesday, May 2nd from the Tankerville Arms in Longdon. Please read all about it by clicking here.
Fourth, congratulations to Pete Booth in winning his age group at the Lilleshall 5 last night and to Keith Silvester in being placed in his category. -18/04/12
The charity fundraising season is here with more members needing support on their various charitable runs. Please help them by signing up on their 'Just Giving' sites
To support Juan Reyes-Montes at London click here.
To support Kristan McKenna in his 2000kmn cycle ride click here. -17/04/12
The first of the monthly 2012 Time Trials will be on Wednesday 18th. If you haven't done one before, it's a measured 2 mile course, nice and flat with plenty of time to warm up and cool down. It is also a brilliant way to measure your fitness compared with last year or to watch your progress as the training this year pays off. Meet behind the ShireHall as normal at just before 19:00hrs -17/04/12
Two Brilliant results today
First of all, at the Great Welsh Marathon, Val Swingler was 4th overall and first woman home in a record breaking 2:59:22, first time a Shuffler woman has beaten the three hour barrier!
Secondly, the Ennstone 7 mile race saw Shufflers taking first and second places overall ! Keith Silvester was first and Richard McKenna was second. What a brilliant racing Sunday for Shufflers -15/04/12
Beginners and other stuff
Yesterday evening's Haughmond Hill run from Uffington was an excellent night, thanks to Chris and the team for all the organising, bread and butter, drinks and of course, chips.
This year's beginners' course will start on Monday 30th April, in the Quarry as usual. Minimum age is 18, pass the message on to anyone interested as we shall not be advertising it in the local papers this time.
Alan Morris is looking for written articles, letter, photographs, etc., for the next issue of the Shuffler magazine. Amongst 439 members I am sure we have many who could write an item connected to running. How about a trip down your running Memory Lane, or your report on a recent race? Go on, click here to send an email to Alan to tell him you will have a go at something; he is waiting for your email ! -12/04/12
Don't forget that this Wednesday, 11th April, there is no official run from the Column as it is the first Haughmond Hill run. Meet at Uffington village Hall for a 19:00hrs start, several groups will be available. Then it's chips in the village hall afterwards - soft drinks will be provided too. -10/04/12
Off Road Mondays
The off road Mondays are continuing throughout the summer and the venues are all listed in the Diary section. If you don't see the one for tonight (Mytton Arms at Habberley) please click on your 'refresh' button. -09/04/12
I am sure that lots of Shufflers are doing London (and other marathons) again this year and now that the bulk of the hard training is done, they are concentrating on raising sponsorship. I am happy to publish their appeal details here, Cheryl and Jane's is below and Alan Roberts has let me know that you can help him support the Hospice by clicking here. -07/04/12
A couple of members are organising events to which all Shufflers are invited
Alex is a keen cyclist and has a bike event for like minded Shufflers around the pointy bit in Wales (including Snowdon) for May 27th. For more details click here
Cheryl Wilde and Jane Coles are doing the London Marathon and have organised a fund-raising walk to support their charity for 15th April. For more details click here -05/04/12
Well Done to all the Shufflers who excelled themselves at yesterday's races. In the Ironbridge half marathon Janet Edwards and Libby Collinson won their categories with Lorraine Richards and Tim Jones second in theirs.
At the inaugural Mynd Mac fell race in Church Stretton, Dave Woodvine was 5th home (and 3rd in his category) whilst Alan Morris led home his supervet category. -02/04/12
Off Road Mondays
The summer Off-Road Monday training sessions will start on Monday, 2nd April, the venue will be the Ragleth Inn at Little Stretton. We shall start at 19:00 hrs and return to the pub about 65 minutes later for refreshments. There will be the usual faster group and also a slower group, for whom no experience in the hills is neeeded. Trail shoes are an advantage but not absolutely necessary, no headlamps needed but please bring a wind/waterproof top as it can get fairly chilly on top of the Mynd. We intend making this a fortnightly group but if there is the demand and interest then we shall do the off-roads every Monday with a different venue each time. -29/03/12
The Lilleshall Monumental 10k was on Sunday and congratulations to Keith Silvester and Alan Morris for winning their categories, especially to Alan who set a new club record. -27/03/12
Don't forget the Quarry venue from tonight is the Bandstand, and Porthill bridge is still closed.
Lots of races last weekend, well done to the Shufflers doing the Stafford half and to Val Swingler who was 3rd home at the Wrekin Fell Race (and, of course, won her category). Results not out yet from Lilleshall, but prizewinning Shufflers will be listed here shortly. -26/03/12
The clocks change this weekend so next Monday we shall meet in the Quarry as usual, but by the Bandstand instead of by Porthill Bridge.
The off-road Mondays will start again on April 2nd, first one will be from the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton, full list of venues will be on the website soon. -22/03/12
Shuffler Tim Jones will be carrying the Olympic Torch through Shrewsbury on the 30th May. The full list is on the London2012 website. -19/03/12
Last weekend Janet Edwards showed her brilliant current form by smashing the club record and being first woman home at the Ellesmere Half Marathon, Norman Titley was placed in his category, with Tony Welsby first home in his category in the five mile race.
Janet followed up with a storming result at the Rhayader 20 miles yesterday, where she won her category, breaking the club record at the same time. Tim Jones and Malcolm Bardsley also broke club records at Rhayader where Malcolm also won his category, and Lorraine Richards was placed in hers.
Congratulations to all of them.
At last TAC have announced the dates of the Sexarathon series so the Diary has been updated accordingly. If anyone finds any errors in the Diary, please let me know as I am sure there must be some somewhere! -18/03/12
It is said that there are three types of runner, those who are injured, those who are just getting over an injury, and those who are just about to get injured! Well, for the first group there's a new website to help you self-diagnose with suggested treatments. I spent a happy hour going through old injury symptoms and came up with the same answers that the physio did at the time, so, with the normal caveats, it works! There are lots of categories and diagrams and videos to help with both the diagnoses and the treatment. Click here for the website. -14/03/12
I hear that the Market Drayton website is now open for their 10k and already lots of Shufflers have signed up.
Early warning that this year's Awards Dinner will be on the 23rd of November at the Lord Hill, make a diary date now as numbers will be limited to 80.
If you haven't received your copy of the brilliant Shuffler magazine, it could be that you didn't renew your subscription, make amends immediately and send a cheque off to Brian.
Chips and Results
The racing season continues with the Kidderminster & Stourport Multi Terrain 8, where Richard Hunter came a brilliant 3rd home and Keith Silvester was 6th overall and 2nd in his category.
Over in Carding Mill Valley a dozen Shufflers did the hilly Canter on Saturday. Val Swingler won her category and Dave Woodvine, Maria Spurling and Colin Williamson were placed in theirs. Congratulations to all of them.
Reminder that Monday is Chip Buttie night down at the Porthill after training. -04/03/12
Records & Stuff
Congratulations to Val Swingler who broke the club record by winning her category in the Nick Beer 10k in Llandudno last weekend.
Don't forget the Shufflers' AGM next Tuesday, 21st at the Boathouse. Your first drink and a buffet supper are free to all members. We could do with a few raffle prizes, so why not bring along that unwanted Christmas pressie for a good cause.
The Porthill Bridge is sceduled to close on March 12th for about five months. I am told that there might be a 50p ferry alternative, but please be prepared to run over one of the other bridges if you normally use Porthill.
The Wyre Forest 8 is a popular race amongst Shufflers and some were in the prizes yesterday. Keith Silvester, Shaun Perry, Malcom Bardsley and Libby Collinson each won their categories with Tim Jones, Janet Edwards and Martin Ottey being placed in theirs. Congratulations to all of them and especially as our teams were 3rd in both men and ladies. -13/02/12
We've just had the Long Mynd Valleys race as part of Mercia Shropshire fell running weekend. Val Swingler won her category in both the races and Tim Jones and Andy Barton were placed in their categories. If you fancy the idea of sliding down a snowy hillside take a look at Fellrunningpictures.co.uk by clicking here. -07/02/12
Don't forget that tomorrow night (Monday 6th Feb) is the first Chip Butties night of 2012. For anyone who hasn't been before, it's after training and at the Boat House pub. Chips butties are free but you have to buy your own post-training drink. For those who have been before, see you down there ! -04/02/12
The Shufflers are the biggest and best known running club in Shrewsbury and as such we have a responsibility to other residents and footpath users. A few weeks ago we had to issue a reminder about too much shouting when training in residential areas and now we have had a complaint about members 'hogging' the pavement when we are in a group. Please remember that pedestrians and other groups of runners have just as much right to the pavements as we do, so please do not run two and three abreast when other users are being passed. It's no problem to drop to single file under these circumstances and to issue a polite 'thanks' when other users do the same to let us pass. The Shufflers' good reputation is really important to us in the town, let's keep it that way. -24/01/12
The original club rules were written in 1981 and have been updated occasionally since then. A modified set has been prepared and its adoption will form an agenda item at the AGM on the 21st of next month. A copy is available here. -17/01/12
Sarah Hayward is looking for some company on the first weekend in March as she has entered an LDWA event in York. If any other female Shuffler fancies sharing the trip and expenses then Sarah would be delighted to hear from you. Her telephone contact is 07789 384978 or 01743 235934 -15/01/12
At the coaches' meeting last night several safety related items were discussed,
Firstly, headphones, these are not allowed on club training sessions as they impede your hearing traffic, coaches' instructions and other Shufflers being sociable, please leave them at home!
One of the groups tried a test recently by putting runners wearing different coloured vests in the shade, yellow and white ones could be seen but the pink ones became invisible. Worth bearing in mind next time you buy a new top, safety is more important than fashion (there's a provocative statement!) Best of all is to have one of the slip-over, yellow, reflective, mesh type vests that don't really add an extra layer of warmth.
Some of the Monday training groups have been too large recently whilst others have been much smaller. The maximum group numbers should not be over 20 runners so if a coach asks you to join another group, please co-operate as much as you can, it means we can all get away quicker with less hanging around waiting for groups to be sorted. -11/01/12
Couple of things.
The Shropshire branch of the British Red Cross has a couple of London places going for £2,000 spoonsorship, if you are interested please phone Emma on 280078
There's a runners arranged Quiz Night at the Affcot Lodge, (just South of Little Stretton) on Friday 20th January, all proceeds to Cuan House Wildlike Rescue, more details from Pauline on 352387
Steve France, Libby Collinson, Helena Bramwell and Keith Silvester have broken club records recently and are now on the Records page, if you think you have bettered any of the times up there, please let me know and your name will be entered in its rightful place!
The AGM is on February 21st, at the Boathouse, the calling notice and agenda is here -08/01/12
Belated New Year Greetings to all - hope 2012 running is all you plan and also injury free - well, we can hope can't we ?
And of course, a new year means that SUBSCRIPTIONS are due. Please make sure you send your renewals to Brian, if he doesn't hear from you by the end of the month, you will be struck off his list!! If you have lost the renewal form you were sent, then just download an application form from the website, fill it in and send it to Brian.
A new year also means that an AGM is due, the date is Tuesday, 21st February at the Boathouse, free drink and buffet supper to all members who turn up. The official invitation and agenda and proposed modifications to the Club Rules will be on the website shortly.
Advance notice that the Porthill Bridge will be closed from March to April.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all Shufflers, their families and friends, wherever they may be. Who cares if it takes about two miles of training to burn off a mince pie, Christmas is a time for indulgencies, the training can resume in a few days but if you feel guilty you can run the Boxing Day Dash up the Stiperstones or on the 27th, there a good 5k in the Quarry. -24/12/11
London Marathon Training
Christmas is the ideal time to start training for the London Marathon in April, so Chris Wood has arranged a schedule and will take a training run every Saturday at 09:00hrs from by the Column, dates/distances as below:
24 Dec - 10 miles
31 Dec - 10 miles (to be arranged by the participants - Chris is skiing)
7 Jan - 11 miles
14 Jan - 12 miles
21 Jan - 13 miles
28 Jan - 14 miles
4 Feb - 15 miles
11 Feb - 16 miles
18 Feb - 17 miles
25 Feb - 18 miles
3 Mar - 19 miles
10 Mar - 10 miles
17 Mar - 20 miles (Rhayader Road Race)
24 Mar - 15 miles
31 Mar - 20 miles
7 Apr - 15 miles
14 Apr - 10 miles
22 Apr - 26.2 miles - London Marathon -21/12/11
Congratulations to Libby Collinson for winning her age group at the Telford 10k yesterday and to Keith Silvester (our club champion) and Pete Booth, placed in theirs. Lots of other Shufflers ran the race in cold, icy conditions.
Don't forget that it's the Decoration Run tonight, see below.
The ever popular annual Choc-O challenge by Wrekin Orienteers is open now, visit here for details. -19/12/11
Next Monday will be the last training run from the Quarry before Christmas so it is our Christmas Decorations Training Run. Please come dressed with whatever costume or decorations you feel like, even if you have to run a little slower. Afterwards there are free chip butties at the Boathouse so why not replace some lost calories there with lots of other Shufflers. -15/12/11
The Mortimer Forest race used to be a big favourite amongst Shufflers, maybe the weather yesterday put people off. However, Carol Morgan won her category and Val Swingler was 2nd in hers. Our men ran well but as far as I can see in the preliminary resultd, none were in the prizes. -12/12/11
The Shropshire County Cross Country Championships take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Saturday 7th January 2012. Senior races start at 1:30pm. The club will pay the entry fee so if you would like to run off your Christmas excess, please let Nick Pollock know before Thursday 8th December, email him by clicking here. -06/12/11
Apologies for being so late in congratulating all the 28 Shufflers who successfully found their way from Little Stretton to Stiperstones in the recent Time Trial. Well done Tim Devanney and Keith Silvester for the first male pair home and to Val Swingler for second woman home. -06/12/11
Sorry, but with the excitement of the awards last Friday, I forgot to mention that the draw for London Marathon places was made and the lucky names drawn out were: Neil Davies, Juan Reyes-Montez, Chris Wood & Dave Perry. -22/11/11
Well Done to the brave Shuffers who completed the Wrekin Wrecker today, Val Swingler won her category and was third lady home. Lots of foggy pictures at our Flickr site by clicking here . -20/11/11
Congratulations to all the award winners last night
Tudor Trophy, most outstanding performance to Martin Ottey for his 110k, 24 hour Thunder Run
Barrett Trophy for the most improved runner to Diane Jacks
Ron Morgan Cup for the outstanding senior runner to Richard McKenna
Vets Rose Bowl to Keith Silvester
Keith Ivison award for services to the club to Colin Williamson
Dave Sutcliffe award for the best new beginner to Susan Bursnell
Three coaches awards to, Tony & Gill Welsby, Ruth Lovett and Jackie Weaver
Cock Up award 1 to Natalie Busby for getting so lost on Phil's alternative run
Cock Up award 2 to Mike Powell and his group for avoiding paying at Mr Bun in Church Stretton
Runner's runner voted by members to Alan Morris
Club Champions for 2011 were Helena Bramwell and Keith Silvester
Lots of photographs which you can see at our Flickr site by clicking here . -19/11/11
Ninety Shufflers and friends wined, dined and enjoyed themselves last evening at the Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Evening at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium. A full list of the winners, with photographs (!!) will be on the website over the weekend, together with the complete listing for the club championships. -19/11/11
Well Done to all the Shufflers who did Mad Jacks today, the last race in the Shufflers Championships and the race that decided who the 2011 champions are. To find out you will have to wait until the Awards Dinner when they will be announced - yet another reason why you should send off your cheque to Carol right away. Congratulations to Libby Collinson, Keith Silvester, Dave Kerr and Alan Morris, all of whom won their categories in the race and to Paul Gresty and Pete Booth who were placed in theirs. As you may know there is an exciting water feature (pond) at the end of the race which provides an excellent photo-opportunity and some shots not to be missed. You can see them at our Flickr site by clicking here . -06/11/11
Gotta rejection slip from London? If you have and you still want to do the race then there are some club spaces available. All you have to do is get your slip to Liz by clicking here. The draw will take place at the Awards Dinner on November 18th, if you haven't already booked your place, hurry up ! -02/11/11
Well Done to the Shufflers who ran the Chester and Snowdon marathons recently. Special congratulations to Jan Edwards who celebrated moving up an age category by winning the new one at Snowdon. -01/11/11
Today Keith Silvester and Helena Bramwell continued their recent storming race successes by each winning their categories and Helena also being the fastest lady at the Firworks Five in Telford. Keith also broke the club record for the distance.
Now the clocks have gone back, the training evenings will be completely dark and it is essential that everyone wears light colours or ideally a reflective bib or jacket. The coaches will nag you of course, some may even admonish offenders but it is your own interests to be seen by drivers. We have also had a complaint about Shufflers and coaches shouting too loudly in residential areas, please remember that local residents deserve peace and quiet in the evenings, and we certainly don't want to tarnish our good reputation around town. -30/10/11
If you would like a chance to be first over the line at London 2012, you can enter a ballot here.
Brilliant run yesterday 'Over the Edge', 18 miles along Wenlock Edge, good to see lots of Shufflers there walking as well as running.
Well Done to Keith Silvester and Libby Collinson for winning their categories in the ever-popular Bells of Pattingham last weekend.
Off Road alternative from the Red Lion in Wellington and over the Wrekin in the dark tonight (Monday). -24/10/11
Shuffler Natalie Busby is running the Birmingham half marathon this Sunday and is looking for some friendly Shuffler to run with her and maybe share transport. If you are doing it and fancy some company, contact Natalie on 07845 340158 to discuss. -19/10/11
The club championships are hotting up, especially amongst the men! At least five men are up there with a good chance. Don't forget the 'season' finishes with the Mad Jacks race on November 6th, and there's plenty of time to do that other fast race you've been building up to. At least three fast women Shufflers have scored lots of points but not many have done the maximum of four qualifying distances. To see how you are doing and to see the rules and scoring method, click on the 'Championship' link on the home page. If by any chance your name isn't there in the listings, it could be because I've made a mistake and inadvertently ignored you, or maybe you don't have a racing licence number, but if you drop me an email I can investigate. -09/10/11
Diary Note please, the annual Awards Night is Friday, 18th November, booking forms and the menu will be out very shortly. If you have been before you will know what a brilliant event it is, if you haven't, then make a resolution to come this year, enjoyment guaranteed!
London marathon rejection slips are dropping through letterboxes now but all is not lost, we shall have some club places available again (we hope). To be included in the ballot for these please let Liz have a copy of your rejection note but please remember that you must have been a Shuffler when you originally applied for your place. -07/10/11
Val Swingler WON the Long Mynd Hike this weekend !!!! The LMH is Shropshire's toughest trial; over 50 miles in length with 8,000 ft of climbing overall including eight of Shropshire's tallest summits. The afternoon high temperatures forced many runners and walkers to retire and with little remission as night fell only the toughest competitors managed to finish. Shuffler Val Swingler battled throughout and was first person home, not just first lady, she was the outright winner, the first time ever that all the men have been beaten. Major congratulations to Val.
Pictures from the Hike are at our Flickr site here . -02/10/11
to Val Swingler who broke the record at the Powis Arms Bury Ditches race last weekend.
Good luck to all the Shufflers doing the Long Mynd Hike this coming weekend, Val broke the record there last year too, let's see what this year brings. -28/09/11
It is Autumn and the nights are getting darker and maybe cooler. Don't forget to wear reflective clothing or light tops when you are out training. To compensate for the weather we are recommencing the popular Chip Buttie Evenings. These are after Monday training and all are welcome to have a drink and FREE chips at the Boathouse. The dates fixed are
19th December - Christmas chips ! -26/09/11
Congratulations to all the 11 Shufflers who braved the Great North Run, especially Richard Hunter who had a great run, just missing the club record by a second !
Congratulations too to Keith Silvester who is really flying at the moment, for coming third man home in the Colemere 5k, and of course winning his category. -26/09/11
Thanks to all the Shufflers who helped with the marshalling at this popular 10k race this morning, an Up & Running voucher will be won by the marshal whose name is picked from a hat on Monday. To see photographs of this race (and the teeny boppers fun race) visit our Flickr site here . They are split into three sets, fun run, near the start, and Porthill Bridge. -18/09/11
Monday Training Sessions
Now the nights are getting darker, from this coming Monday, we shall be meeting in the Quarry, but down near the kiddies playground and Porthill Bridge and not the Bandstand. Please congregate near the lampost by the playground and don't block the roadway near the Porthill Bridge! -16/09/11
Whilst so many Shufflers were running round Lake Vyrnwy on Sunday, back home in the Shropshire Hills one of the toughest fell races was taking place - the Stretton Skyline. 19 miles and 4,450 ft of climbing. Val Swingler was not only first lady home but did so in the 4th fastest time ever. Only six women have ever beaten three hours in this race and Val's time was nearly five minutes inside the three hours. Truly a remarkable achievement, Well Done Val. -16/09/11
The results from the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon are now out so we can officially congratulate the club members who won awards. Keith Silvester was the first Shuffler home in a new MV50 club record of 1:23:05, coming third in his age group. Carol Morgan won her age category and also broke the cub record. Lorna Yale was 2nd in hers whilst Bridget Pocock and Richard Bailey were 4th and 5th in theirs. As the Vyrnwy half is one of the best half marathons in the calendar and attracts a huge field, these results are really brilliant. I am sure lots of other Shufflers did PBs and achieved other goals at Vyrnwy, it is a very popular race amongst Shufflers, so Congratulations to all. -15/09/11
Don't forget that this Wednesday, Martin and Sue will be organising the last of the 2011 time trials. So, last chance to do one of the Club Championship events and to see how much you have improved over the summer months. Meet at the Column as usual just before 19:00hrs. -13/09/11
Well Done all the 68 Shufflers who did Vyrnwy yesterday, lots of photographs on our Flckr site available here and more following later.
Congratulations too to Keith Silvester who won his category in the Madely Matchmaker last week and clinched his Sexarathon Series win. In the Matchmaker, Helena Bramwell won her category and Pete Booth was placed in his.
It's very rare that a husband and wife team each win the same race, but the Wistantow 26 miler on Saturday saw Clive Richardson romping home forty minutes ahead of the second placed runner. Not to be outdone, Sharron was first lady home (jointly with Helena Bramwell). I don't know what the Richardsons had for breakfast on Saturday, but I'd like the recipe! -12/09/11
The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon is one of the most popular races on the calendar, and it's this coming Sunday. Over 70 Shufflers have entered the race and I hope many more will go to support them. We shall have a 'team photograph' as usual at 12:30 on the playing field, with luck an announcement will be made on the Tannoy system. Don't forget your club vest and Have a Good One !! -08/09/11
The more eagle-eyed members will have noticed that the site has changed a little bit, all because of a recent discovery. Founder member Ron Morgan discovered an old scrapbook, created by Wendy Morgan in 1981, which explains how and when the club was born. Wendy kindly has given us permission to reproduce the scrapbook on the website and we have also acknowledged her and Ron's involvement by changing our Home page. If you would like to take a nostalgic look at the book then click on the bottom menu item just to the left. -07/09/11
Couple of ideas for something different for a change.
Firstly, there is a Social Celebration of Shropshire fell running taking the form of a supper, bar and ceilidh at Church Stretton School on Saturday 10th September. If you are interested please contact Charlie Leventon by clicking here.
Secondly, how do you fancy doing the Welsh 3000ft peaks (14 of them) in 24 hours, or over a weekend, next summer in a group with a leader? click here for more details. -29/08/11
Next Wednesday, 31st August, there will be no official training from the Column as it is the second Haughmond Hill outing.
Martin tells me that the monthly time-trial is hotting up and that the last one for this season will be on the 14th September, not 21st as originally planned. See how you have improved over the year or set a marker for next year but don't miss it as the results are entered in the club championship. -25/08/11
Once again the club has agreed to marshal the town's Severn Bridges 10k race so Nick Pollock is looking for volunteers to help out. The race takes place on Sunday 18th September and you would be needed between 9am and about noon. No experience is necessary - just a friendly disposition and the ability to give out a simple instruction are required. Along with the Haughmond Hill race, this is the Shufflers' chance to reciprocate for the all the local races which other clubs marshal. If you need further incentive, Shropshire Council have arranged for an Up and Running gift voucher to be raffled to one of the marshals. Please email Nick by clicking here, or speak to him on a club night if you can help out.. -21/08/11
Wrekin Orienteers have arranged a relatively simple orienteering event over the Shropshire Hills for the 4th September. There are three courses, 8, 12 and 16km and Clive tells me that the controls are really easy to find. Sounds like a good fun event, for more details please click here . -15/08/11
I know we don't normally carry adverts on the website, but just in case any member is a new parent and would like a 3 wheel buggy so that training (with baby)can continue, then Helen Blowers has got one for sale. Click here for details. -15/08/11
Shufflers have been enjoying the summer weather in races recently with excellents results. At the Gyrn Gallop Dave Woodvine was 2nd in his age group, at at Tenbury, Paul Bowes was 3rd in his group in the 10k. The Ellesmere 5k was run yesterday and saw David Kerr and Paul Gresty winning their categories, with Richard McKenna, Joe Gresty, Alan Morris and Fiona Hamolton all getting placed in theirs. Congratulations to them all.
Tonight's off-road group are meeting at the Carding Mill Valley lower car park at just before 19:00 hrs. -15/08/11
Many thanks to Alan Morris for organising another Coastal Canter, this time to the Coastal Path on Anglesea. Shufflers ran, jogged and walked between 10 and 26 miles in glorious weather and finished with a brilliant al fresco meal thanks to Eileen. A few pictures to record the event can be seen by clicking here. If anyone took any others please email them to me (or give me a disk) and we can add them to the site -08/08/11
The next alternative run is Wednesday, 10th August from Harmer Hill Village Hall. To book a place please phone Phil Hammond on 01939 290202/07799158364 or by clicking here. N.B. some fliers have gone out with an incorrect email address for Phil so please check you have used the correct one. -05/08/11
Well Done Mr President!
Martin Ottey had a 'significant' birthday recently and to celebrate the event he ran a solo effort in last weekend's Thunder Run. In case you don't know it, the Thunder run is a 24 hour non-stop relay round a 10k off road course. It's normally run in teams of five or eight, or even in pairs, but Martin ran it solo!. He ran 11 laps which is 110k, all well under the 24 hour limit, which is an incredible achievement. There were other Shufflers there too, teams called Come on Eileens Midnight Runners, and Shufflers Return and Andy Bartons Team. They all did amazingly well and admiring congratulations are due to them all. We look forward to the report in the next Shuffler magazine. If you would like to know more about it visit here. or for the results click here. -02/08/11
We popped in to the Bridges pub this lunchtime to make sure it was open for us tomorrow, and they confirmed that the official opening is Monday, August 1st and they are celebrating with a hog roast ! The off-road group is meeting there at just before 19:00 hrs and getting back just over an hour later for chips, hog-roast and drinks. Join us !! -31/07/11
Since the first club Time trial more than seven years ago, over 160 Shufflers have tested themselves over the two mile circuit. The record is 10:09, set by Mo Hill, with Janet Edwards holding the women's record at 12:32. Martin and Sue Ottey organise it for the third Wednesday in each summer month, so if you fancy a bit of a challenge, the next one is 17th August. To see who else has done it over the years, click here for a full listing. -27/07/11
Anniversary - important !!
If you sent an email to Martin from the link in the News section below, please send another one as the wrong email address was linked - sorry, webmaster error ! -25/07/11
The Sundorne Shufflers is a small group of champion runners, namely Norman Titley and Dave Perry. Yesterday they ran a six hour endurance race on Cannock Chase and completed 84k, and winning the trophy for the fastest two-man team there. The event was organised by the Love Life Love Running people and the event will surely get into our calendar for next year. Well done to the Sundorne Shufflers ! -25/07/11
As you all know, the club is 30 years old this year and we have just discovered that the first ever committee meeting was on July 27th in 1981. This co-incides nicely with our Alternative Run at Martin's farm on the 27th July 2011. Don't delay in booking your place - see below for the link. -21/07/11
Club Records - again !
Keith Silvester followed his 10k record by beating his own 5k record last night at the Vic Musgrove race. Helena Bramwell and Pete Booth won their cateegories in the race and Keith was 2nd in his. Congratulations to them and to the other Shufflers who posted really good times over this fast course. -21/07/11
Keith Silvester is in fine form this year. He set a new MV50 10k record at Market Drayton and yesterday at the Worcester Pitchcroft event he set a new club record with a blistering 37:57.
Last weekend Helena Bramwell was first lady home in the Wenlock Olympics Road Race, Pete Booth won his category and Mac Bardsley, Libby Collinson with Carol Morgan each coming second in theirs.
On the same day in the Wyre Forest, Janet Edwards won her category, congratulations to all of them. -18/07/11
Diary Date - Celebration
The Shufflers is 30 years old this year so we are celebrating it with a run (of course) on the 27th July. The run will be organised as the next alternative run from Martins Farm as already planned. Please book your space with Martin by telephone on 01743 791220, or 07814 146479 or email him by clicking here. For more details please click here, -17/07/11
Next Monday off road
On Monday 18th, the off road group will be meeting up with the Oswestry Olympians again at Nesscliff. We can park either in the Three Pigeons pub car park or also the official (small) car park just up the lane. At least two groups will go out and we aim to start at 19:00hrs prompt! Chip butties afterwards in the pub. The meeting with the Olympians is always a good run, so do come along and try it if you are not a regular off-roader. -12/07/11
This week, for one single Wednesday evening training session, we shall meet at the Quarry by Porthill Bridge instead of the Column. This is because we are having a session with an England Athletics 'Flying Coach'. He will take a group in the Quarry and we shall also have a steady run from there too. Next week we shall revert to the Column as normal. -10/07/11
A brief reminder that there is no Thursday track session this Thursday, nor next week on the 14th, but it will recommence on the 21st. -06/07/11
Shufflers' Coastal Canter
There are a few last places remaining for Alan's Coastal Canter on the 7th August, for details please click here. -05/07/11
The meeting place for the off-road Wrekin run tonight is Forest Glen car park by the old Quarry at the bottom of the Wrekin, where the Streak starts from. -04/07/11
Pontesbury Fell Race
A few Shufflers did the Pontesbury Fell Race yesterday and Dave Carson took some pictures which can be see at our Flickr site here. -23/06/11
Alternative and Track and FREE race
Bernard's BBQ run went very well last night with nearly 100 Shufflers doing either the 5 or 8 miles. Thanks to Bernard for the organisation and to all the Shufflers who went along to make it such a good evening.
Reminder message to all the tracksters, there is no track meeting at SCAT tonight as it is being used for an athletics event.
Hanwood Olympic Games (!!) includes a free 5k race on the 27th June, next Monday at 19:30hrs. Call Natalie on 07870 457067 if you are interested. -23/06/11
It's halfway through the year so the club championships are getting interesting. If you recall, there are seven categories/races in the series, but we only count the best four towards the championships. Older members have their race times adjusted to account for their age (otherwise it would always be won by a relative youngster) and points are awarded by comparing your time to the top times in each race. Sounds complicated I know, but it is the fairest system we could devise. If you click here, you should get a spreadsheet showing all. This is all done manually of course so mistakes are inevitable. If you think you have been missed out or unfairly treated, please let me know by clicking here and sending me an email. Please note that I have only included members with a race licence, if you haven't opted for one please contact Brian and we can add your results to the list. For more details, please take a look at the Championship section via the home page. -22/06/11
Well Done to Chris Davies, he completed his epic ride from John-o'-Groats to Lands End yesterday after nine gruelling days in the saddle. He will be glad to get back to some easy running around Shrewsbury I should think. -20/06/11
Tonight's off road session will be from the Yew Tree pub at All Stretton, all welcome. If you'd like to see who goes take a look at this recent picture of a select group, bet you don't know where it was taken though! Click here to see the pic. -20/06/11
Long Mynd Hike
If you are interested in this 50 mile run/jog/walk then you are advised to enter it as asoon as possible as it fills up very quickly. Details can be found here. -18/06/11
It was the Severn Loop 5k in the Quarry last night and on their home territory, Shufflers excelled. Norman Titley, Helena Bramwell and Libby Collinson won their categories with Helena breaking her own club record by 17 seconds. Keith Silvester was 2nd in his and Phil Roberts, Rhian Williams and Gill Welsby were third in their categories. An excellent run by so many Shufflers - Brilliant !! -18/06/11
There are a few new events in the Diary section this season
Firstly, on July 10th, Ludlow Runners and Croft Ambrey are organising a 5 mile offroad race in conjunction with the Soapbox Derby, at Richards Castle, you can email for details by clicking here.
Secondly, on July 17th there is a Street Orienteering event taking place in Shrewsbury with 5 courses available, from 3k to 7k. If you haven't tried orienteering (or if you are a well seasoned expert) why not give it a go. More details here
Thirdly, the National Trust are organising a Wenlock Edge Walk on 23rd October. Assembly point is Much Wenlock, to catch a coach to the start at Craven Arms, you then walk or run back to Wenlock, a total of 18 miles. For more info or to book a place click here. -17/06/11
More Congratulations are due to racing Shufflers. In last weekend's Newport Carnival 10k Paul Gresty won his category, Helena Bramwell won hers and was second lady home, and Cheryl Wilde was 2nd in her category.
At last night's Rodney's Pillar fell race, Dave Carson was 2nd in his category but Claire Godfrey, Paul Bowes and Dave Carson all got prizes in the handicap results. WELL DONE ALL
I also hear rumours that long-term Shuffler Chris Davies is in the County on his epic ride from John-o-Groats to Land's End. -16/06/11
Congratulations to Shufflers this week who raced in the Shropshire 4 on Wednesday and the Park Hall 5k on Thursday. At the four miler Keith Silvester and Pete Booth were both 2nd in their categories and in the 5k at Park Hall Helena Bramwell was 3rd home and won her category whilst Andrew Prosser was third in his. Well done to all of them. -11/06/11
Thursdays at the Track
In summer we occasionally cannot use the track on Thursdays because of athletics meetings and the dates we have been given when the track is NOT available are 23rd June, 7th and 14th July. -111/06/11
Great alternative run (as usual) this week. Ninety Nine two legged runners and Three four legged ones completed the eight or four mile route from the Tankerville Arms in Longdon although rumour has it that some wiley Shufflers managed to avoid the 'last mile'. Thanks to Liz and Geoff for the organisation, don't forget to book the next one from the Hand and Diamond (see below for the contact details.) -10/06/11
As you know the next alternative run is on the 8th June, from the Tankerville Arms.
Following that will be Bernard's, on 22nd June from the Old Hand and Diamond at Coedway, email Bernard to book a place by clicking here.
If you can't wait that long, the next off-road is next Monday, from the car park at Rodney's Pillar. We shall include the 'guaranteed mile PB' - if you've never done it, come along and nail that record 1 mile personal best time. -01/06/11
As you may know, the club records are on the website and get updated when anyone does an outstanding run. Paul Gresty did such a run at London this year and beat the long standing Alan Morris V55 marathon record by a few minutes. Congratulations to Paul for this brilliant 3:14 time. If you reckon you have beaten a club record, drop me an email and we shall get your name up there where it belongs. -27/05/11
Firstly, belated congratulations to Helena Bramwell for winning her category in the Phoenix Flier last week, and to Keith Silvester who came third in his.
Secondly, after a brilliant Lone Pine Alternative run last night, finishing in the Ragleth pub for chips, thanks to Alex, an early announcement that the next one is the Longden Loop from the Tankerville Arms, normal format, Liz and Geoff will have fliers at training nights. The date is Wednesday 8th June, starting at 18:45 to 19:00hrs, make a diary note now. -26/05/11
Monday Off Road
Monday's off road group will meet at the Callow Inn at Bromlow, (used to be called the Drum and Monkey) which is close to Hope Valley. Two groups from about 19:00 hrs with chips in the bar afterwards. -21/05/11
Next Wednesday, 25th May, there will be no formal group from the Column, as it is the next of our famous Alternative Runs. This time Alex is organising the Lone Pine run and there will be a coach to and from the venue. You MUST book a place on the coach with Alex or there may well not be room for you ! The trip is FREE and will include chips and sandwiches at the Ragleth Pub in Little Stretton. For more details click here. -19/05/11
Get Well Soon
Richard McKenna was badly injured when he was knocked off his bike on the way to work recently. On behalf of the Shufflers, Get Well Soon Rich, we hope you'll be up and about again soon. -19/05/11
Well Done to Helena, who is running so well at the moment that she was first woman home in the Sheriffhales 7 mile Shuffle on Sunday. Also, late acknowledgement, but Keith Silvester broke the club 10k M45 record at Market Drayton with a blistering 38:41. Many congratulations to them. -17/05/11
Can you run for two miles? Would you like to check your progress month by month? If you answer, 'yes' to these then you will enjoy the monthly Time Trial. Organised by Sue and Martin, it's over a measured distance on the third Wednesday of each month. This month it's this Wednesday, 18th. Or you can treat it as a fast, short training run. Either way, why not have a go on Wednesday? Meet at the Column as normal and start the warm-up run at 19:00 hrs. Go on, run something different for a change ! -15/05/11
Free running weekend in Holland
Three local cyclists have already taken up the Zutphen Town Twinning offer for the sports weekend, 26th June. Zutphen have organised a 10k race and two Nordic Walking events and would like some Shuffler runners there too. Your UK train fare and the air ticket will be fully financed, and you will be hosted by local people over there. All you need is your running gear and a bit of spending money. If you are interested in representing the Shufflers internationally, expenses paid, just email Yvonne by clicking here.
Market Drayton 10k
Congratulations to all the Shufflers who did the MK 10k today. Not as many Shufflkers as last year, or at least, not so many running in club vests ! If you would like to see some images, click here . You can also see some more HHC images taken by Tim Devanney. -08/05/11
Monday sees the next off road session from the Ragleth Inn at Little Stretton, groups to cater for all speeds !
Then on Wednesday, the next Alternative Run from Wenlock Priory from 18:30hrs with chips in the pub afterwards. Lovely, wooded routes, great scenery, good paths and good company, what could be better? -07/05/11
Coaches and Leaders
As the number of active Shufflers relentlessly grows year by year, we need more coaches to lead groups on Mondays and Wednesdays. The club pays for the one day tuition and it really isn't difficult - there's no exam at the end, just a certificate to show that you have been on the course. You can choose a course for road running (25th May in Burton or 25th June in Birmingham) but if you fancy something closer and off-road, there's a new one at Church Stretton on July 16th specialising in fell running. You don't need to be a fast runner (look at some of our coaches ! ) nor do you need to have tons of knowledge about running or training, you just need a bit of enthusiasm and a willingness to put something back into the Shufflers to make the club better and better.
Fancy learning more about it? Just click here, and send me an email. -04/05/11
Brilliant race today. The Haughmond Handicap Chase was held from the Sports Village in excellent conditions, sunny but windy and dry. Shuffler records were broken by Richard McKenna, Stephen Hatton, Helena Bramwell, Janet Edwards, and Libby Collinson. For full results click here.
To see pictures of the race you need to go to our FLICKR account here. -01/05/11
If you fancy a bit of a challengs and a change, why not have a go at a triathlon? Shrewsburytri are organising one for September 4th centered in the Showground. For more details click here. -29/04/11
What glorious weather! Brilliant for running, especially in the early morning or evening when the sun isn't quite so hot. I hope Shufflers everywhere managed to get out and enjoy the hottest Easter for decades. I recced Clives Red Lion Ramble this morning, fabulous route through woods filled with spring flowers (including the uncommon Broomrape). The real thing is on Wednesday from the Red Lion pub in Wellington (on the main road from Shrewsbury) and I would encourage everyone to go along, there's no formal session from the Column, so don't miss it.
Despite it being Easter Monday we shall still be running from the Quarry at the normal time and also the offroad group will meet at the Stiperestones pub. -24/04/11
Next Monday the off-road group will meet at the Stiperstones pub just before 7 as usual
The 2011 Beginners' Course will be starting on Monday, May 2nd. -21/04/11
CONGRATULATIONS to all the Shufflers who did the London Marathon last Sunday and especially to Libby Collinson who ran her way into the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest combined time by a parent and different sex child. There's a picture and story on the Shropshire Star website which you can see here. -21/04/11
Good Luck to all the 18 Shufflers doing the London Marathon this weekend. My moles tell me that quite a few will be doing PBs if conditions are good. If the system works well you can follow the results as they come in on the london-marathon website and if you feel inspired, the ballot for places in next year's event opens on April 26th. I shall be away next week, so a 'Congratulations' announcement will be delayed - please take it as read !
Claire from Denbigh is visiting Shrewsbury this weekend and would love it if a Shuffler could take her on a local off-road run, maybe even the HHC race route that we do so she can recce it before entering. Call her on 07764 945885 if you can help her.
Last minute reminder that on Wednesday this week there is no official run from the Column as we are meeting at 18:50 hrs at Uffington village hall for our Haughmond Chip Buttie night. The clues are in the title, it's over Haughmond Hill and there are free chip butties in the village hall afterwards.
Well Done to Pete Booth for winning his category in the Lilleshall 5m race last week, also to Keith Silvester for coming third in his.
Weekend in Holland
As you know, Shrewsbury is twinned with Zutphen in Holland and on the 26th June, Zutphen are holding a Sportsday and have invited Shufflers to visit and do a 10k race, Nordic Walking (6 and 10km) or Biking. Fares are about £50 and there may be some funding available, you would be staying with people in Zutphen overnight. So, if you fancy the idea of a low cost summer weekend in Holland, with a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure, just drop the organiser an email by clicking here
Firstly, belated congratulations to Val Swingler and Stephen Hatton for winning their categories in the Lilleshall Monumental 10k, Then on Sunday, Dave Carson and David Egglestone were each 3rd in their categories in the Wrekin Fell Race. This means that in the whole Winter Series both Val and David were second in their categories, whilst Liz Salisbury came first in hers.
Secondly, Monday evening training sessions are getting busier and busier so we are changing the format a bit to speed things up. Please arrive at the bandstand at 18:55 hrs and decide straight away which group you want to run with, Geoff will be there to organise it and if everyone co-operates we should be able to get away earlier than in the past.
Thirdly, next Monday is the second of the off-road runs, meet at Carding Mill Valley to go off at 19:00hrs., there will be a (really) slow group as well as the normal fast one so if you haven't tried it, why not come along?
On the following Wednesday, 13th, we shall be meeting at Uffington Village Hall, so there will be no formal training from the Columnn. -05/04/11
Firstly, next Monday we shall move to our summer meeting place at the Bandstand in the Quarry instead of by Porthill Bridge.
Secondly, the Alternative Runs are now in the Diary section, the first is on April 13th at Uffington for the Haughmond Hill Run with chips in the village hall afterwards.
Thirdly, we have two available dates for anyone who would like to organise an Alternative Run, 11th May and 27th July. If you fancy having a chat about the possibilities, talk to Chris Wood at a training session or email him by clicking here -31/03/11
Lots of good local races yesterday, results will be here as soon as they are published. First indications are that at the Harper Adams 10k, Keith Silvester was third home and Helena Bramwell won the women's race. Congratulations to them! -28/03/11
Off Road Mondays
The clocks change this weekend and that means daylight at 19:00hrs, so we can start the off road training sessions. First one is on Monday at Pontesbury School, there will be two groups speedy and not-so-speedy. Trail or fell shoes if you have them, otherwise road shoes if you don't mind getting them a bit muddy. -24/03/11
Whilst most of us were still in bed at 06:00hrs yesterday, Martin and Sue Ottey (the Togetherness Team) started their 12 hour Lightning Relay near Ledbury. Twelve hours later they had clocked 100k and come third in the mixed pairs. Martin tells me that his next 'big run' is the Thunderun on 30/31st July and urges Shufflers to get their entries sorted urgently as the organisers already have over 1000 entries! -21/03/11
Well Done to all the Shufflers who helped Mike Powell celebrate his 20th Rhayader yesterday, special congratulations to Libby Collinson for winning her category again, and to the women's team of Libby, Sharron Richardson and Janet Edwards for romping home with the team prize. -20/03/11
Congratulations to Lorraine Richards, winning her category at the Ironbridge half last weekend. Next weekend is the Rhayader 20 mile race which many Shufflers 'enjoy' as part of their London training. Rumour has it that Mike Powell is doing it for the 20th time, so we wish him Good Running. -16/03/11
Don't forget the Ceilidh on Friday evening at Radbrook Community Hall, dancing to Salop Galop, only £10 a head including food, but please bring your own alcoholic drink! Let Carol know you're coming by clicking here, if the last one is anything to go by then it will be a brilliant night. -16/03/11
Last weekend saw the Pontesbury Potter, the Ironbridge Half but no results up yet. However Libby Collinson won her category in the Stafford 20 miles, congratulations to Libby and all the other Shufflers who raced this weekend, as soon as the results are posted, their names will be recorded here! -14/03/11
Well Done Helena Bramwell, winning her category at the Ellesmere half last weekend, and also to Rob Thomson, 3rd in his category. -08/03/11
We are thinking of organising some daytime training sessions for members who have difficulties getting to the evening ones. They would be just like the Monday evening sessions, except in the daytime. If you are interested please click here. No commitment at this stage, just an indication of interest. You might also suggest which days and times would suit you best -08/03/11
As you know, Shrewsbury is twinned with Zutphen in Holland and on the 26th June, Zutphen are holding a Sportsday and have invited Shufflers to visit and do a 10k run, Nordic Walking (6 and 10km) or Biking. If you fancy the idea of a summer weekend in Holland, with a bit of exercise thrown in for good measure, just drop me an email by clicking here and I shall forward the details as they come available. -07/03/11
It's the last of the winter chip buttie evenings on Monday, just turn up after training at the Boathouse. Speedy rehydration and carbs reloading is excellent after a training session, the carbs are free, the hydration you have to buy for yourself! -04/03/11
Vyrnwy half and Muller 10k
The Lake Vyrnwy half marathon now has its own website where you can get hold of an entry form for this year's race. It is incredibly popular and will fill up quickly, so best advice is to enter now without delay. The date is Sunday September 11th, and you can access their site by clicking here.
Similarly, the Market Drayton 10k (used to be the Muller 10k) on 10th May is open for entries by clicking here. -04/03/11
Off Road Mondays
Last night was the last of the winter series of Full Moon Offroad sessions because next month is March and the new summer series will start. The clocks will change on the 27th so we shall get an extra hour of daylight and for the 28th we are going to meet at Pontesbury School. We shall have two groups, a fast one for the fell racers and a slower one for those Shufflers who would like to train away from the hard pavements and traffic of Shrewsbury and would prefer the grass and forest tracks around Earls Hill. -22/02/11
Some more 'don't forget' items:
There should be a full moon on Monday so the off-roaders are out over the hills, starting at the Yew Tree in All Stretton at 19:00 hrs.
The AGM is next Tuesday at the Boauthouse, starts at 19:30 hrs.
Carol tells me that tickets for the Ceilidh on March 18th are going quickly, so please book your place soon. If you can't find the form then email Carol by clicking here.
There are only eight days left before the AGM, so please make sure that you have a note in your diary for the evening of Tuesday, 22nd February at the Boathouse. The formal part of the evening is normally fairly quickly finished, then we have an informal discussion session where members can make comments, suggestions, ask questions about the club, coaching or anything else. It is your opportunity to have your say in the running of the club. And to tempt you, we are laying on a free buffet and your first drink is FREE. Don't forget, a week tomorrow, we all look forward to seeing you there. -14/02/11
We had the sell-out Awards Night dinner last night and winners were :
Most Improved Runner - Helena Bramwell
Most Outstanding Performance - Val Swingler
Seniors Award - Jerome Nogues
Vets Award - Richard Paddock
Services to the Club - Mike Powell
Coaches Awards - Paul Furber & Dave Webb, Helen Lewis, Chris Scott
Championships - Ione Dowson and Paul Gresty
Runners Runner - Helena Bramwell
Beginners Award - Jo Hazeldine
Cock-up Awards - Linda Black and Alan Morris
The championship final listings are on the website, photographs of the dinner can be seen here.
Thanks to Carol for all the organising, brilliant night was had by all. -13/11/10
Keith Ivison remembered by Paul Rushworth
As a former 1982-1989 member of the Shropshire Shufflers I would like to go down on record as saying that Keith Ivison was one of the most genuine, likeable people I have ever met in my life. When you joined the Shufflers he really made you feel welcome and special.
We ran together… we played 5 a-side football together and when Jane and I married, it was Keith who arranged all the shufflers outside the Abbey Church to wear the running colours and make an arch with their hands for us to walk under…. A thoroughly NICE man.
When I read about the tragic incident in the paper, I was desperately hoping it was another Keith Ivison… they do say that God only takes the good when they are young… Our thoughts go out to Chris and his family; we are SO… so sorry.
Paul and Jane Rushworth and family.
Those who remember Bridget (Butler) are invited to her 50th birthday celebrations on May 1st at the Royal Oak in Coton Hill.
Congratulations to all the Shufflers who completed London today.
Huw Dolphin 3:07
John Morris 3:18
Paul Ingram 3:26
Lee Jones 3:31
Libby Collinson 3:35
Richard Orme 3:35
Lorraine Hardy 3:41
Sharron Richardson 3:42
Robin Elliot 3:47
Andy Prosser 3:59
Chris Wood 4:04
Steve Cox 4:05
Carole Morgan 4:11
Neil Davies 4:17
Eileen Williams 4:39
Sarah Williams 4:40
Juan Reyes-Montes 4:51
Penny O'Hagan 4:53
If you are coming to the AGM and you have a suitable (or even unsuitable) raffle prize, then please bring it along, we shall try to ensure you don't win it back again!
The membership survey revealed that the magazine, the website and alternative runs were the most popular activities, so we are increasing the number of alternative runs this summer. They are a brilliant range of runs, for all abilities, set in different areas, and organised by members. If you have a burning desire to organise one, then please grab hold of Chris Wood at a training session as he is co-ordinating them, and don't forget, they're FREE.
The Club Championships this year have one big change, we are dropping the Wenlock Olympics Road Race and replacing it with the Mad Jack's race in November. So, whether you run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, 20+ miles, a local summer series fell race, a club Time Trial or Mad Jacks, please be sure to let me know your time and your points will be calculated. Secondly, we are modifying the WAVA factors as we think it over-compensates for aged bodies! -05/02/10
'A Brilliant evening' was the general opinion after last night's awards dinner at the football club. The award winners were :-
Most Outstanding Performance - Val Swingler and Tim Devanney
Senior Award - Andy Prosser
Most Improved Runner - Ione Dowson
Veterans' Award - Colin Williamson
Coaches' Award - Lin Osborne and Jerry Kurek
Services to the Club - Sue Ottey
Club Championships - Carol Beard and Colin Williamson
Runners' Runner - Jerry Kurek
Beginners' Award - Geoff Black
Cock-up Award - Simon and Ione Dowson
Congratulations to all of them and thanks to Carol for all the organising.Pictures are on the Flickr site here.
Over 130 members completed races in the Championships this year, nearly 20% up on last year. The final results were not known until the last few days with several runners emailing me their results right to the end of October. As we announced at the Awards Dinner last night (see above) the Club Champions this year are Carol Beard and Colin Williamson and to see how your points added up, just click here.
Championship last plea
I shall start the calculations for the Club Championships this weekend. Please could you check your race times to make sure I haven't missed one of your races or got your time wrong. The results will be announced at the club Awards Dinner on November 13th - see 22nd October News item below for details. -30/10/09
Car Sticker Suggestions
I Run with the Pack, with the Shropshire Shufflers
Shufflers by name, but Sprinters by nature
The Shropshire Shufflers are Ace
I lost weight with the Shropshire Shufflers
I'm fast, I'm a Shropshire Shuffler
ANY more? -28/10/09
Aching legs, bruised and blistered feet, lack of sleep and a tired, tired body. These are a few of the signs that you have just completed a 50 mile non-stop run/climb/jog/walk including 8,000 feet of climbing that make up the Long Mynd Hike. But the overriding effect is an incredible elation that you have just finished one of the most gruelling events on the calendar. Congratulations to the Shufflers that did it this weekend, there are lots of images on our Flickr account which you can access via the Gallery section.
STOP PRESS, Val Swingler was First Lady home - brilliantly done Val. -05/10/09
The Doug Morris bench was unveiled this weekend, just near the Vyrnwy half marathon start. Over 60 runners and friends were there including quite a few Shufflers who knew Doug. Alastair Tye took some photographs and they can be seen at here. If you are doing the Vyrnwy half on the 13th, don't forget to have a little sit and remember. -31/08/09
What a great race ! Twelve brilliant Shufflers showed that all the training paid off on this glorious day in London. Congratulations to:
Paul Gresty, 3:15
Val Swingler, 3:25
Pete Booth, 3:41
Libby Collinson, 3:51
Carole Morgan, 4:07
Richard Bailey, 4:15
Cynthia Ashcroft, 4:34
Paul Williams, 4:42
Juan Reyes-Montes, 4:36
Liz Hird, 5:00
Linda Black, 5:15
Lindsey Stanborough, 6:21
For other results go to the excellent FLM website here
A weblog (blog) has been set up to allow discussion and collaboration among Shropshire's running community. Members will be able to advertise and discuss races, discuss injuries or post comments on any topic that is likely to be of interest to other Shropshire runners. Find it by clicking here
I rarely put up 'commercials' in this News section (unless they are for the Shufflers of course) and I don't think I've ever recommended a YouTube site. However, I was complaining the other evening about the cold weather and was duly reprimanded by being sent sent a link to see what running in the cold is really about. Watch it and you will never complain about cold feet again........ever!
Just click here
The Shufflers' Annual Awards Dinner was held last night at a new venue - the new football stadium, and what a resounding success it was. As various committee members announced the winners, the gasps of delight and applause from the 80 Shufflers present could be heard as far away as the old football ground! The winners were:-
The quiz (thanks to Shirley) was won by team Hird Instinct although the prize Quality Street was consumed before the night's dancing was over and special thanks go to Carol Beard for organising such a successful event.
It was the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance last Friday and, of course, the eagerly awaited awards were presented as follows.
Well, all the seven races counting towards the Club Championships have been run, analysed, adjusted and points awarded. I have changed a few of the earlier ones as birthdays became known and a few anomolies corrected. Each set of race results in draft form can be found as below, but I haven't put up the running totals as they all have to be checked before the Club Champions are announced at the dinner on November 23rd. If you think you have been robbed of points or the wrong age or time attributed to you, please let me know asap and I shall endeavour to correct them on my return in November.
Market Drayton 10k here.
Park Hall 5k here.
Ragleth fell racehere.
Time trials here.
Wenlock Olympics here.
- 16/10/07 p class="newsItem">Dinner Awards
At the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance this evening the following awards were made.
Dinner Dance Awards
This years event was again a spectacular success, with all tickets sold well in advance. Award winners were
As agreed at the last AGM, membership fees will increase on January 1st 2006 as follows
Friday, 26th November saw 78 Shufflers and their partners at the Four Crosses in Bicton for the annual dinner, dance and awards celebrations. The awards presented were:
|Tudor Award for Most Outstanding Performance||Debbie Thomas|
|Barrett Trophy for Most Improved Runner||Colin Williamson|
|Terry Campion Vets Rose Bowl||Janet Edwards|
|Shufflers Shield for Services to the Club||Martin Ottey|
|Senior Award||Huw Dolphin|
|Coaches Award||Jackie Hendrie|
|Coaches Award||Phil Hammond|
|Dave Sutcliffe Beginners Award||Paula Jones|
|Cock Up Award||Colin Williamson|
|Cock Up Award||Sue Candy|
|Runners Runner Award||Robbie Craig|