Our pace groups are off to a good start! Thanks to everyone for looking out for each other. We’re going to stick with some familiar routes this week as the groups continue to get settled. We sent out emails mid-week with information on the WRW t-shirt and the travel details for our spring half-marathon trip. Money for the shirts is due to Kelli Montanaro by 4 October. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Good Luck Racers!
Over the next two weekends we have 12 runners participating in races. This Sunday 29 September, Linda Dolan and Chris Roberts are running the Berlin Marathon. Also on Sunday, we have eight women running the Windsor Half-Marathon. Good luck to Darcy Fautz, Poornima Guruprasad, Maureen Fossum, Holly Stevens, Ellen Goodman, Angela Shaw, Mee Lee and Yianna Xenakis! The following Sunday 6 October, Jen Cohen and I are running the Royal Parks Half-Marathon.
Update on Paula
For the new folks, Paula Mitchell is the woman who founded Women Running the World and was its talented and inspirational leader for many years. She is participating in the Grand 2 Grand Ultra this week, which is a 169-mile race in 6 stages over 7 days. The race starts from the north rim of the Grand Canyon and finishes on the summit of the Grand Staircase. Think – miles, mountains, deserts AND the runners carry all their own gear. Wow. In classic Paula fashion, she is getting stronger each day. After three days, Paula is in 38th place overall (out of 113 men and women.) If you want to follow the race updates, the website g2gultra.com is posting news and results under “race coverage” and “breaking news.” Here’s a photo of her from stage 3 which was 52.6 miles. She is number 119.
Women for Women – This is a great organisation that is having a 10K fundraising run in Regents Park on Oct. 6. Check it out at www.womenforwomen.org.uk/help-women/my-step-her-stride-runs.php.
Rough Runner – Yianna Xenakis is planning to do a 10-mile Rough Runner race in North London Sunday Nov. 24. Check it out at www.roughrunner.com/events and get in touch with Yianna (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
That’s all for now!
ROUTES THIS WEEK
LONG RUN (Either Monday 30 Sept or Wed 2 Oct) – Big Ben (4, 6 or 8 miles)
Everyone loved this run when we did it a few weeks ago so we’re returning to it again while the weather is nice and the pace groups are getting settled.
For this run we head to Hyde Park via the usual route and run along the eastern edge of the park to Hyde Park Corner, under the arch and down Constitution Hill. Run past the Victoria Memorial down the mall and enter St. James Park. Run over the pond and out of the park, turning left onto Birdcage Walk and down into Parliament Square to Big Ben. Those running four miles will take the tube back to SJW from here and those running six or eight will turn around and follow the same route back. For six miles, take the tube or bus from Marble Arch. For eight miles, return to SJW.
FAST RUN (Either Mon. 30 Sept. or Wed. 2 Oct.) – Notting Hill (up to 6.5 miles)
This is one of our traditional Wednesday routes and it gives everyone some options in terms of distance. If you want to go the whole 6.5 miles, go for it! If you want to just put in a few miles, you can run along the canal and then turn around and come back. There is always someone else who is up for the same distance. Everyone runs at their own pace, so don’t worry about holding anyone back.
If you are new to the route, we leave Barclays heading west to Lisson Grove/Grove End, then wind our way down to the canal. We follow the canal for a couple of miles then head south along Ladbroke Grove until turning on Elgin Crescent then zigzag over to Westbourne Grove. We then run east to join the canal near Paddington and continue on to St. John’s Wood.
Friday 4 October – The Heath
ASL has a holiday today so we will probably be a smaller group. For those who would like to run, we’ll meet at the same time and place in front of Barclays.
It’s Friday again, so everyone up Fitzjohn’s. You can pick your distance and whatever you choose, there will certainly be someone else interested in running that distance. All of these routes are on the website.
In addition, every week there are a group of women who prefer to do a flat run. We can help make sure that you find each other.
4 miles: A great way to ease into running the hill. Run up to the Hampstead tube station and back.
5 miles: The Betsy Route
6-7 miles: The partial Heath route
8 miles: The full Heath route
Click here for maps of all of the Heath routes.
Facebook Group: Women Running The World (request to join)
Paula in Stage 4 of the Grand to Grand Ultra Race
30 Sept-4 Oct Running Info
Saturday, September 28, 2013