March 30, 2009
Serious runners and walkers of all abilities and ages from 17 upwards are being invited to “Run Bristol” in 2009 to raise money for the charity of your choice. The race on Sunday, September 9th. is massive on the British and International half marathon calendar with only the Great North Run up in Newcastle/Gateshead beating it for the number of entries taken. Run Bristol is getting even bigger with an estimated 20,000 places expected to be taken up by runners and walkers this year.
The course is very accurately measured and “Championship” timing ensures that times and race places are recorded for all who start and finish the course. The course and the organisation makes the event suitable for wheelchair athletes. All finishers will be able to boast, done it and got the T shirt quite literally as a free T shirt is awarded to all who cross the line.
Bristol Rovers are keen to support the event this year as we have done in the past. A good number of Rovers supporters and staff have taken part in recent years and tidy sums have been raised for local charities and schools in the community. First team coach Paul Trollope and goalkeeper Steve Phillips took part in 2007. Trolls turned in a really decent performance in completing the run in under one hour forty five minutes and tells me that he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the taking part. I will be talking to him about taking part again this year. Former skipper Vaughan Jones is another regular entry.
Training for the run or walk is well supported by the organisers. This year they have teamed up with race training partners “Full Potential” and you can register for a number of Weekend Training Camps over the Spring and Summer months. The camps are massively subsidised and an absolute bargain for quality coaching at a cost of only £10 per day.
A good camp would be 18th and 19th of July at the Blaise Castle Estate and Henbury Leisure Centre. The coaching team is fronted by Liz Yelling. Liz is a Commonwealth Games marathon medallist, National Champion and Athens Olympian.
A good session for me would be the one that looks at injury prevention. I did not make it to the start line last year because of an ankle injury picked up early in the training programme that would not clear up. Phil Kite told me that stretching and running on softer surfaces will help to prevent such injuries. I am taking his advice this year and looking to celebrate my 65th with no injury training apart from the usual aches and pains and a trouble free run in September.
I am looking for a good number of mates to join me from the Rovers; fans and staff alike as well as celebs from Rovers past.
Lines are now open and entry forms are available. There is quite a bit of time as the closing date for entries has been set at Friday 10th July but as with all previous Bristol Half events the closing date is expected to be brought forward as numbers reach the maximum level.
To enter go on to the Bristol Half Marathon web site www.bristolhalfmarathon.com and click ENTER ONLINE in the top left hand corner. Your place will be allocated and confirmed immediately. Postal entries will be confirmed by email or by post. I have requested a supply of entry forms to be sent to me at the Mem. I will be doing my usual rounds before and after the game today and at home games over the coming weeks. Please see me for an entry form or give me your contact details if you have or intend to enter online.
Celebrate 125 years with running or walking the Bristol in the blue and white quarters or in the original black and yellow. See you around the ground and at the start line; oh and at the finish line as well!