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Affiliation & Club Change Advice

Posted: Yesterday at 21:05

my apologies shades - what  I should have said is that with my club, the EA is compulsory. Rationale is with 600+ members having to sift those registered from those not for XC, track league, county and national events is a logistical nightmare. Besides for 10, 12, 20 p.a. it's still small beer in comparison to other sport costs.
(and if you race enough, you recoup the fees: I get 12 xc and 9 T&F meets for nothing)

Affiliation & Club Change Advice

Posted: Yesterday at 08:39

It's actually reasonably straightforward, although more convoluted that necessary.

Some clubs automatically register you at EA - mine does - so an element of the membership fee is the compulsory EA fee (which goes up again next year).
The form Shades linked is the right one I believe, but usually you just need an e-mail from your current club's membership secretary stating there are no objections to leaving rather than get them to fill out the form.
Yes there is a £10 fee, but this applies even if your membership lapses with your current club. You just become 'inactive' at EA with your current club, so if you change in a couple of years you'd still need to transfer.

The membership secretary of your new club should be able to assist if you get stuck, but normally the forms get processed in about a month.
Just be aware that in any given season most leagues have a rule that you can only compete for one club, so if you race for your old club in XC in October and move in December, you can't race for your new club until next winter. But check with the league rules to clarify.

It is overly bureaucratic but not really a big deal.



Thursday 27th October 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 08:28

OH - loving the stamps!
Splodge - good work, hose the shoes down (or leave them in the rain)
LmH - hope it goes well, 50 is the new 35 don't you know...

what - easy running with the U11s
why - Thursday has come round quick
last rest - Friday
last hard - training wise Tuesday, yesterday hectic.
5 miles lunchtime (~43mins) evening coached session for the new village group. Put them through 400m reps with warm up/cool down. so I added another 6 miles , 3 of which were with the slower group (10+ min/miles)
Not sure if this will be regular - the default day is Thursday when I coach the kids, but we have an 'organisers meeting' next week.

lyric - yes

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:58

Saying "sssshhhhh" repeatedly, every minute or so to your young child on the 6am train (in a quiet carriage) isn't going to make them shut the fk up.

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 05:38

Joe - good to see you back, insane number of marathons
Ale/LmH - MK likeliest and yes I know it needs to be a road one, it just seems so unappealing!
Splodge - good session

what - easy lunchtime, coaching tonight (local adult group)
why - speedwork at the club last night
last rest -Friday
last hard - yesterday

lyric - not sure

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 13:04

MK seems the likely "racing" one, but I keep getting drawn towards off road , mountain and trail ones....Southampton too offer one the same day as VLM, so in two minds about that.
Both a bit pricey too (£45)

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 07:51

Nice report Ollie, and fwiw I think your goals and targets are achievable.
Joining a club is definitely a step in the right direction, like minded club mates will be a good asset.
I'm impressed you can remember any of the detail of Abingdon, its a fast course but wouldn't quite make the "1000 scenic runs in Britain" book!

what - club night
why - Tuesday
last rest - Friday
last hard - Sunday

lyric - yep

Monday 24th October 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 08:00

Lyric - I think so, yesterday was "move any Mountain" - the Shamen

what - easy run at lunchtime
why - recovery
last rest - Friday
last hard - yesterday

Definitely have some work to do to improve my road speed. One of our V60s ran a low 40 yesterday - I beat him over XC last week by a similar margin. Just goes to show that the surface you primarily train on can have an influence.
Not rushing back to a 10k, but it certainly won't be as long until the next one.
Plans beginning to hatch for the next 12 months: XC this winter, increase mileage in the spring (marathon in May/June - I should be aiming for the 3:20 GFA), then target short stuff over the summer.

Wanted: Flat 10k or 1/2 with places

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 21:46

yep, I'm a bit curious as to how the OP didn't get a place.
Does the Cambridge half have a ballot?

Sunday 23rd October

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 21:43

well done Ollie 
Yep, no excuses splodge!

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