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Jun 22, 2018

Posted by: AnthonyH

June Newsletter

Some of you may have noticed on our website, under About Us, a section devoted to Power Walking. This group has not been active for some time, but I have been approached by one or two people asking if we could start a walking group for those who are having trouble running, or are recuperating and would like to do something before they are fit enough to run again, or simply for those who would like to walk for the pleasure of it.

This group does not need to be a power walking group, we could do whatever members would like to do.

If you are interested in this, would you please contact me (

I have also had another “bright idea” …

One member recently shared with me (and others) an interesting race in which he took part on the South Coast. It gave me the idea that members might like to spend a weekend away together, what is known by some as “an outlying run” where members stay together in a hostel or some relatively cheap accommodation (possibly take over a YHA hostel) from Friday night to Sunday morning and have a choice of routes to run on the Saturday as social runs.

There are a number of routes of varying distances in that area which sound interesting, there are even YouTube films of several of possible trails.

One example is start at Mothercombe Devon down the River Erme and cross the estuary when the tide is low. There is a half marathon race which even crosses to Burgh Island.

My idea is that we could plan several trails so that they are suitable for all abilities, say 6k up to … as far as you like.

Again if you like this idea (not for this year, but possibly for 2019) please will you contact me.

Examples of races in that area are Race the Tide and Race the Light.

If there is enough interest for either or both of these suggestions we can get a group together to organise something.

Midweek events for the next month:

  • Tuesday, 26th June – Lacock Relays
  • Thursday, 28th June – Great Chalfield 10k – Championship event
  • Tuesday, 3rd July – Training sessions from TRFC
  • Thursday, 5th July – the penultimate (for this year) 5x5x5 in Steeple Ashton
  • Tuesday, 10th July – Heddington 5k series
  • Thursday, 12th July – AVR “Watchless” in BoA
  • Tuesday, 17th July – Westbury 5k – fast and furious
  • Wednesday, 18th July – AVR Track Championships
  • Thursday, 19th July – Training sessions from BoA
  • Tuesday, 24th July – Lacock Relays

Off Road events for the next month:

  • Sunday, 24th June – Avebury Trust10 FREE 10k race
  • Sunday, 1st July – Quantock Beast
  • Saturday, 7th July – Avon Valley Relay – if you haven't got a team, please help or cheer
  • Sunday, 8th July – Two Tunnels 10K series
  • Saturday, 14th July – Bishops Cannings 5000m Dash
  • Sunday, 22nd July – Bowerhill Bomber 10K (& 3K)

If you would prefer to do something else on Saturday, 14th July please come and support the AVR team of helpers at the Wiltshire Sports Festival in Trowbridge.

Finally, my list of Recommended Events (Road and Off Road) for the next 5 weeks can always be found on the main AVR webpage on the left hand side under “Notices”.

Anthony Hickson
Off Road Secretary