Christmas lights Challenge COVID 2020 version by Susan Mackie

This year Jane Clarke set a slightly different challenge for us to take part in, with group choral singing disallowed a COVID version was proposed:
The Christmas lights run has 2 parts!  
1. A scavenger hunt! Each runner takes their group to their favourite lights and takes a picture.  
Best group of illuminations posted on FB wins the honour of winning!!
2. Christmas Strava shape! Second part, run a route that looks like a Christmas shape in Strava!  
Your group can choose(!) to do both or either one.  
Of course Christmas outfits and lights are a must!!

I started by meandering home via local housing estates to see where I thought the lights were most prolific/best/gaudiest, on the way back from running the Anniversary Waltz route I spotted a Grinch, and made him my ‘starting point.’ Over the next few weeks I started making a mental note of likely places and began marking them on a map. I then got some tracing paper and started plotting routes, initially thinking a Santa in a sleigh, and then curbing my ambition to a slightly easier tree shape. I plotted a route and tacked the second half ‘home’ onto the end of my Corsham 10k run, unfortunately the cold weather caused a failure in my I-phone, so I trotted back as far as I could remember the route.

Work then got quite busy in the weeks before Christmas, and suddenly I was due to be leading a group round the route I had planned, it looked fine on the map, but how would it look on the all important Strava plot? It got to the day of the run and I decided that a quick walk round the route might be wise. I put the dogs on leads and started walking. Some minor tweaks meant I could get additional lights in and included cutting out a big loop that made my tree even wonkier than it already was. The dogs and I were pacing quicker and I had the last few Kms to go…the bit where my phone had died and time was rapidly marching on towards when we were due to leave.  
Disaster! A bit I had plotted was a dead end, so a quick reroute was needed on the fly, after thinking I had all afternoon I was back home at 6.20, ready for a quick change, a few tweaks and then out again to lead the group.  

We started in Corsham High Street to view the art installation set up in the town hall and then made a series of seemingly random tracks through to the Grinch.

We then ran on towards the new builds on Park Lane and saw a sparkling unicorn that beckoned us away from the prescribed path. Our ‘angel/star/shape at the top of the tree was a bit more elongated than planned.

We then wound our way through Katherine park to many ooh and aahs.  

Then over valley road and a Tramways meander found some more lights that scored high on size and visibility.

The final part of the run involved fewer lights, but was necessary for the bottom branches and then a voluntary trot along into Corsham Court to make the ‘base’ of the tree.  
The group were quite surprised that we had a vaguely tree shaped form at the end, albeit one drawn by a three year old.

Club Run Tuesday 4th September – Updated Start Time

Tomorrow evening sees the final EA Club Run session with coach Bryan Clinton giving some final tips and no doubt a challenging but enjoyable training session! Sincerest apologies for the late notice but in consultation with Bryan, due to it getting darker sooner, we’ve decided to start a little earlier at 6:45pm instead of 7pm (meet from 6:30pm for announcements). It’s only 15 minutes but this will allow us a bit more valuable time as the lighting around the park is scarce and it won’t be dark enough for head torches to be of any real use. I hope this doesn’t inconvenience too many of you as this would be when we’d normally congregate in preparation for announcements. Don’t worry if you’re going to be a few minutes late, but please try to be as close to 6:45pm as possible! If you have any concerns please drop me a line to secretary@corshamrunningclub.co.uk.

As a reminder, this Club Run session replaces the group sessions for A, B and C. Three Mile Group will run as usual.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow evening.

Club Run – Final Session

This coming Tuesday 4th September sees the last of our 3 sessions from the EA Club Run initiative and coach Bryan Clinton. These sessions have been incredibly well received by those members that have attended them, seeing them push themselves and further their confidence in their running.

If you haven’t been to one of the previous sessions, don’t worry, just come along Tuesday and see what Bryan has in store for us. The session will again take place on the Springfield Park and running track although we need to be mindful of the fading light in the evening now as there is limited lighting.

We hope to see many of you there!

Please note, there will be no normal group A, B or C sessions this evening. The exception is the 3 Mile Group which will run as usual.

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All sessions will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 19/06/2017

Tuesday’s session will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

The away run on Thursday will meet at the Smallgrain Plantation picnic area at 18:45 for a 19:00 start.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 12/06/2017

Tuesdays sessions will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

There will be no Advanced or Intermediate sessions run from the Springfield Community Campus on Thursday evening this week due to the Avon Valley Runners annual Mob Match. See the post from Carl here (pinned to the top of our Facebook Group) which provides full details of the event and please consider joining us and supporting the club for what is a fun and “no pressure” outing for all. Brian will be running 3 Mile Group from the Springfield Community Campus as usual.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

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Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 05/06/2017

Please note that we have had to amend the date of the Away Run this week and have moved it to Thursday.

Tuesday’s session will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

This week our Bowood Away Run starts and ends at The Lansdowne Arms. Please arrive at 18:45 in preparation for a 19:00 start. There will be no regular club sessions from the Springfield Community Campus on this date.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

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Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 29/05/2017

All sessions will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 22/05/2017

All sessions will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.

CRC Training w/c 15/05/2017

Tuesday’s sessions will start and end at Springfield Community Campus so please try and arrive for 18:50 ready for 18:55 briefing and a prompt 19:00 start for all sessions.

The away run on Thursday will meet at the far end of the Bradford On Avon train station car park at 18:45 for a 19:00 start.

The training schedule for this week is as follows (group leaders may change subject to their availability):

Please also see our full training schedule here. A fuller description of what each training session involves can also be found at the foot of the page. Route plans that correspond to the training sessions can be found here.