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Sweatshop Meadowhall & moulded inserts hard sale.

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 14:55

Why is it that every company that starts with a good business model ends up corrupting it for the sake of ££££.

When I started a running club at work and people got a bit more serious about running I always pointed them in the direction of Sweatshop as they were trustworthy and, whilst expensive, they were pretty good.

Now I wouldn't trust them with a bargepole, last time I went in their shop the assistant came out with a load of rubbish about insoles before even asking me about my running.

I also understand they are not now a good company to work for with very long hours and a requirement to take runs out of hours. (Is this true?)

Any Double-race weekends in the UK?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:39

If you join a club the XC league fixtures are on Saturdays allowing you to do the local road race the next day.

Have you got an overall aim for 2014?

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 12:40

Injury free and get in top 10 V40 Steeplechase rankings.

Running in Fleet, Hampshire

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 18:46

Loads of clubs in Hampshire; Fleet and Crookham are a great club who I'm sure would make you welcome, and no I'm not a member!

I don't know Hart runners very well, but they are also based in Fleet.

Give them a ring or turn up at the Basingstoke or Frimley Lodge Parkruns where you can probably get some more detailed local advice



Guide for times

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 23:30

UK Athletics have clear rules on how far an U9 should be competing in and it's well under 5000m.

Parkrun is a murky world when it comes to what is basically very young kids running and I'm sure when a kid drops dead (unfortunately almost statistical certainty in the next 5 years) all hell is going to break loose.

They are trying to have a caveat

"(UK Athletics) say children under the age of 11 should not take part in open competition of 5,000m distance. However, provided these children are not put under any undue pressure to perform by teachers, coaches, parents or guardians they may take part for fun. Children aged 10 and younger must be accompanied throughout the run by a parent or guardian.” 

However you can't disclaim away your responsibilities; and I'm sure you run alongside your child

Races in/near Portsmouth, April 2014

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 22:19

Sorry link is subscriber only try:

Combe Gibbet



Races in/near Portsmouth, April 2014

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 22:17

Races tend to be slim round April due to London Marathon but I can recommend the Combe Gibbet 16 Miler in North Hampshire on 30th March.

Destination Basingstoke Half Marathon

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:24

Hi Guys,

Just to say that I attended our formal Basingstoke Half Marathon feedback session today and the event will be looking at the whole issue of headphones and music for next year.

Whatever the organiser's decision, I'm only involved with organising the marshalls, it will be well communicated prior to the event.

Hope to see you all again next year at Cliddesden.



Destination Basingstoke Half Marathon

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 18:38



I was marshalling at the event, we had a few withdraws but no more than I would expect at an event of this size and St John is always a precaution; the first aiders also like the opportunity to light up the "blues and twos" which makes it more dramatic than it really is.

I personally don't run with music, though, given that this race is on closed roads, I wouldn't have a problem with headphones; but I'm not the organiser and I don't want to open that can of worms.

As with all of these type of issues one persons chalk is another one's cheese.

Hope to see you next year.

Destination Basingstoke Half Marathon

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 18:10

I was marshalling at this event and this is the first time that I was aware that music was banned.

The only music I heard was from the guy who was dressed as Elvis but it wasn't that loud.

I suppose if you were just behind or in front of Elvis then it might have been really annoying after 13 miles or so.

I'll raise the issue at the feedback meeting. Hope it didn't spoil your race too much.

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