All profits will go to Children's Hospice South West.
Our latest race, the Gordano Round Marathon on 14th November is now open for entries. Following the Gordano Round waymarked route around Portishead, Clevedon and Abbots Leigh, runners will follow trails, coast path and woodland tracks as they navigate the 27 miles and 750 metres of climb.
All profits will go to Children's Hospice South West.
Well done to the 21 runners taking part in yesterday's Clevedon Midsummer 10km race. It was Richard Nuells 21st and his 11th consecutive Clevedon 10k. A fantastic turnout for the club again after Tyntesfield last month. Championship points were awarded for all the runners taking part and as we know, points make prizes!
We had a great turn out for our first Splash and Dash of 2015 with 26 individuals and 17 overall teams.
The results were:
1 Lucy Hiscocks & Simon Faulkner 00:29:32
2 Tim Haysom & Cath Taylor 00:30:10
3 Jason Lammie & Ellie Maule 00:30:40
4 Helen Tunnicliff & Tim Waite 00:30:58
5 Jem Smale 00:32:23
6 Matt & Marie Palmer 00:33:09
7 Trevor Sweeting 00:33:46
8 Simon & Anya James 00:34:55
9 Nick Webster 00:35:50
10 Pat Garland 00:36:14
11 Nancy Smale & Paula James 00:36:29
12 Karen Thompson 00:38:13
13 Louise & Ryan Thomas 00:38:25
14 Chris Collins 00:40:04
15 Andrea Goude 00:40:30
16 Judith Dyer 00:43:53
17 Debbie Sharkie & Elsie Sharkie 00:45:24
A reminder on 2015 Dates:
Please arrive 10 minutes before start time to register.
Thursday 28th May 7.00pm
Thursday 25th June 7.00pm
Thursday 23th July 7.00pm
Thursday 20th August 7.00pm
Thursday 17th September 7.00pm
A fun weekend was had by a group from the club led by Duncan Manning, staying at the Galford Springs bunkhouse near Lydford.
During the weekend the group made five runs.
1 - Brat Tor and Arms Tor (one mile North East of Lydford)
2 - Merrivale - Little Mis Tor, Great Mis Tor, River Walkham, Petertavy Great Common, Roos Tor, Great Staple Tor, Middle Staple Tor and the stone rows.
3 - Learning some Orienteering skills around Drivage bottom and the Devonport Leat
4 - Willsworthy Range - Nat Tor, Mine Leat, Tavy Cleave, Ger Tor and White Hill
5 - Meldon reservoir and wild swimming in West Okement River
Time to get planning for the next club weekend away.
Portishead RC will have two races in 2015 starting with the Annual Multi Terrain race on 4th October at 10.30am followed by the inaugural Gordano Round Marathon to be held on 14th November at 8.30am.
More details to follow soon.
We're still early in the year and there are plenty of opportunities for members to get championship points.
The next races are:
April 23rd - Weston Prom Run (entries on the night)
May 20th - Tyntesfield 10km (entries open now)
June 9th - Clevedon 10km
July 11th - Ashton Court Park Run (you just need a parkrun barcode)
All the races that you compete in for Portishead get you points so remember to submit any race results that we may have forgotten or don't know about.
Well done to Cath Taylor, Simon Faulkner, Giacomo Squintani, Stephen Roberts, Stuart Wallace and Tim Haysom for completing the Green Man Ultra marathon on 7th March. The route took them on a complete tour of Bristol made famous by Ira Raineys book "Fat man to Green man". The 45 mile loop started and finished at Long Ashton community centre and took in the sights of Dundry, Compton Dando, Keynsham, Warmley, Winterbourne, Bradley Stoke, Easter Compton, Blaise Castle and Clifton. The Portishead team also won the team prize against some tough competition.
Giacomo Squintani - 8h51m24s
Stuart Wallace - 8h56m38s
Tim Haysom - 8h57m15s
Stephen Roberts - 10h08m58s
Cath Taylor - 10h31m26s
Simon Faulkner - 10h31m30s
Thanks to all of you who came to the awards night last night. Thanks to Helen for organising the event.
Awards were issued as follows:
Ladies Champion - Jane Roscoe
2nd Lady - Charlotte Ward
3rd Lady - Andrea Goude
Mens Champion - Richard Nuell
2nd man - Tim Haysom
3rd man - Matt Palmer
The most improved male award went to Mike Luke
The most improved female award went to Sarah Hawkins
A new "Club thank you" award went to Steve Corbett for his fantastic coaching during Thursday efforts sessions.
Thanks also went to Oli, Ann and Duncan for their efforts in organising our multi terrain race and Splash and Dash evenings and to many others in the club for helping, marshalling or volunteering throughout 2014.
It's that time of year to renew your membership. Just £22 for UKA affiliated membership and £12 without. Affiliated membership gives you a £2 discount on any UKA affiliated races.
Download the membership form.
I've always enjoyed the challenge of running off road and this often means some form of navigation. There is now also a trend that race organisers produce some form of GPX file which allows you to see the course in advance on a computer. However, when reccying a course in advance it is often useful to have this information available whilst you are actually running (or when you think you're lost!)
There are several very useful PC and web based tools to allow you to create routes from the comfort of your own home and also various phone apps which allow you to follow or check your course whilst out and about.
On the PC, tools such as GMap pedometer allow you to create new routes via an online map tool where you can click simply through your route and then save as a GPX file to then view or transfer to your phone. Other tools include Strava and Garmin Connect which do a similar thing.
Once you have a GPX file you can format this in a way that downloads to your GPS watch (I may write a blog on this sometime) but you can also download it to your Android or iPhone and use freely available applications to follow your route on your phone.
Most modern Android or iPhones have GPS enabled on them which makes them a very useful tool for viewing your route whilst out running. They are not the best tool if you are racing, but as a check on your route when exploring a new area or checking out a new route or race, it is an excellent check on where you are going.
As an Android phone user, my favorite apps are OSMAND and GPX Viewer. For both apps you will need to download a GPX file to the phone and the easiest way is via email. Save the file to the normal downloads folder. GPX viewer loads up the standard Google map and provides a menu "Load tracks" which allows you to load the GPX file directly from the Downloads folder. Upon load, the map zooms to include the whole route. If GPS is switched on, you can then see your own position in relation to the Google map and with the GPX route overlaid in Blue. The only difficulty with this use of Google maps is that it requires that you have a data connection which is not always available way off the beaten track.
OsmAnd on the other hand is an offline mapping tool that can provide sat nav functionality as well as route finding via waypoints. This is great as it works even when you have no data connection or mobile phone connection. As it runs offline, you have to download a file for the area you are in (for me, this is England only, although you can download accurate maps for most of the world even including places like Scotland). Once you have downloaded the online map (Via settings - manage map file) you can then use the "map layers" menu to load a GPX track. Unfortunately this app only looks in one directory to find your GPX files. You will need to copy your GPX file using an app such as "ES File Explorer" to a directory called tracks in the directory /sdcard/osmand. If the tracks directory is not there, you must create it first.
The result of using these tools is the ability to follow your route on your mobile phone and if you make a mistake, make adjustments quickly so that you do not go too far off course.
The images are taken from the OsmAnd and GPX viewer apps for part of the Green man ultra route around the Clifton Suspension Bridge.