Welcome to the newsletter of Coventry Runner. As well as providing news and information from the running scene in and around Coventry, you will find all of the latest product and shop news here. We'd also like to here from you so please send any news to enquiries@coventryrunner.co.uk. and we'll do our best to include it.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Be part of Britain's Olympic Legacy - become a Sports Maker

Sport England have officially launched a 'Sports Maker' programme, providing the chance to be part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy.

The programme is designed to be flexible and rewarding, with Sport Makers choosing how they want to be involved and who they want to make sport happen for – friends, colleagues, neighbours or their local community.

The scheme aims to recruit 40,000 new Sport Makers into sport and help provide participation opportunities in the local community. Full details http://www.englandathletics.org/

Saturday, 29 October 2011

November Local Fixtures

November local fixtures
 5             National XC Relays    @ Mansfield

6              Centurion 5 miles @ Solihull 

12           Birmingham XC & Midland Women’s  XC League (all divisions)  @Newbold Comyn

13           Midland Young Athlete XC League @ Aldersley Stadium 

19           Midland Men’s 7 & Women’s 5 XC Champs  @Aldersley Stadium

19           Schools Inter Counties XC  @Perry Park (TBC)

20           Sphinx AC Coombe 8 @Coombe Abbey

26           Wolverton 5 @Milton Keynes

27           CSW Sprints Academy (Mike McFarlane) @University of Warwick

                U of W Endurance Academy – Road Running Clinic @University of Warwick

Friday, 28 October 2011


World championship medallists Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis have been named athletes of the year for the second year in succession by the British Athletics Writers’ Association at the organisation’s annual awards event. http://www.uka.org.uk/media/news/october-2011/28-10-11-bawa-awards/

Friday, 21 October 2011

Do You Love Where You Run ?

Sometimes I think I run around the Memorial Park and Warwick Uni too often. Then I read this and thought' I quite like where I run' and things could be a lot worse http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=18810&PageNum=1

Warwickshire Cross Country Championship 2012

Confirmed date and venue:

Saturday 7th January 2012 at Solihull Sixth Form College (hosts Knowle and Dorridge Running Club)

Further details and entry form:http://www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk/

Bill Adcocks - 'A Runner's Life'

Bill Adcocks is a Coventry born Olympic marathon runner. The peak of Bill’s
running career was the late 60s and early 70’s and in his article 'A Runners Life' Bill gives an insight into the lifestyle and training regimes that helped to produce an Olympic marathon Runner.
If you enjoy the article and wish to read more, Bill Adcock’s book “The Road to Athens” is stocked and available at Coventry Runner.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Warwick University Cross Country Relays - 29th October 2011

Those who ran in these relays last year spoke of them in glowing terms and it is a great initiative that should be supported by local runners. Also, for club runners, the date makes it a perfect warm-up for the Birmingham League, which starts two weeks later.

Officially titled Brose Warwick Relays, the course is 3.3km multi-terrain route around Warwick University playing fields and mens (4 to count), womens (3 to count) and mixed (4 to count) teams are welcome. Alternatively, just turn up as an individual and be assigned a team.

Full details and entry are available on the excellent event website:


Strengthening Your Immune System for Winter

Interesting article on how the right nutrition in Winter can help to fight against coughs, colds and flu.


World's Oldest Marathon Runner

A 100-year-old Briton has become the world's oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Canada.
Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds.


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Olympic Torch at Warwick University

The Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Tour will be coming to the University of Warwick piazza on 19 October 2011, as part of a dedicated search to find inspirational students - Future Flames - to carry the Olympic Flame during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Full story at:


ERRA National 4 & 6 Stage Road Relays, Sutton Park, 15 October

ERRA National 4 Stage
Coventry Godiva A Team 1:03.40 (16th position)
Celia Taylor (19) 15.17
Rachel Buxton (13) 15.41
Frances Briscoe (16) 16.30
Ann-Marie Smith (16) 16.12

ERRA National 6 Stage
Coventry Godiva A Team 1:49.45 (19th position)
Ben Jones (24) 17.45
Toby Spencer (16) 18.01
James Griggs (18) 18.24
Richard Taylor (19) 18.33
Harvey Speed (21) 19.03
Matt Armstrong (19) 17.59
Coventry Godiva B Team 1:54.57 (42nd position)
Alistair Smith (77) 19.43
Tom Madden (71) 19.39
Mat Almond (64) 19.00
Matt Lole (59) 19.30
Matt Rose (47) 18.11
Tom Bark (42) 18.54

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Excellent Women's Cross Country Spike

With schools' cross-country races underway and full club programme about to start, we're really pleased that this excellent, women's specific cross-country spike is now in stock at Coventry Runner.  http://www.coventryrunner.co.uk/pr_footwear/product_view.asp?p=2985

10 Tips to Run Better and Recover Faster

Some of these tips are well known and obvious. Some of the others are less well known and may be worth a try. http://www.active.com/running/Articles/10-Tips-to-Run-Better-and-Recover-Faster.htm

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Women's 4 and Men's 6 Stage Road Relays

Good luck to all local runners in this weekend's road relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Strong teams will be out in force so well worth going along to watch and support. Times: Women's 4 Stage Race starts at 12pm. Men's 6 Stage Race starts at 1.30pm.

Haile Gebrselassie set for Birmingham Run

It's been annonced that Haile Gebrselassie is to run in the Great Birmingham Run on 23 October.

Sunday, 9 October 2011


As part of the ‘McCain University of Warwick Endurance Academy’ wheelchair racing opportunities are being developed for athletes county and region-wide, in association with the University of Warwick

Please forward to anyone you might think is interested!
Second-hand racing chairs will be available for new athletes to use and try until. These vary in age and size, and may need to be shared.

If possible please bring or borrow a cycle helmet. A small number are available to borrow. Wear suitable sports clothing, nothing too baggy, and waterproofs or change of clothes in case it rains.

After a period of sessions athletes wanting to enter races / train more regularly will be encouraged to seek funding for their own racing chair – second hand or custom-made.

Potential athletes are welcome irrespective of experience, standard or ambitions (i.e. road races or track). This applies to all ages 9/10yrs+, providing we have a chair of suitable size and a parent is present.

The sessions are open to athletes with a potential IPC wheelchair racing classification (i.e. spinal injury, cerebral palsy, lower – limb amputee).

For more information: IPC Classification Handbook This is due to the limited number of chairs and the costs of maintaining them etc.

Athletics classification and eligibility is very different to basketball and other wheelchair sports. Any questions, please ask.

Until October: £2.50 - Adults / £1.50 - U19

Please pay at reception before training.

Details for the British Wheelchair Racing Association can be found here

We would welcome any support and interest in helping to run these sessions – particularly new coaches or existing coaches wanting to learn about wheelchair racing.

Update on training dates:

Will continue to run assuming it is clear weather and there isn’t a frost, snow or constant rain. Showers are OK.
6pm – meet in the Coventry Godiva clubhouse now it’s a bit colder.
Sessions will start at 6:30pm sharp. So if you need longer to warm up, please arrive earlier!
If you’re not sure about local weather in Coventry, text me before leaving home.

Lots going on this winter with UKA Talent Introduction Days, CP Sport Training Days and other events.

11am start. As above with the weather conditions.
New athletes to arrive at 10:30am – allowing time for transferring to chairs.

Meet in Coventry Godiva clubhouse.


- Sunday 16th 11am

- Sunday 23rd 11am

- Saturday 29th UKA Talent Introduction Day (Exeter)


- Sunday 6th 11am

- Sunday 13th 11am

- Sunday 20th 11am

(Saturday 26th UKA Talent Introduction, Sheffield)

- Sunday 27th 11am

DECEMBER & JANUARY will explore indoor workshops etc.


Have attached here. Would encourage all of you to attend the Loughborough date on February 12th.

There is an indoor track (110m), in addition to outdoor facilities.

For new athletes please get in touch re: classification appointments.

Any questions please ask.

Job King

Disability Athletics Support Officer - Midlands & South West

England Athletics Ltd

M 07841 504311

E jking@englandathletics.org

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Asics Running Expert

Coventry Runner has been awarded ‘Asics Running Expert’ status by international sportswear giants Asics, joining a carefully selected, small group of retailers in the UK, judged to have the necessary product range, facilities, knowledge and customer service. 

“Obviously we are delighted to be recognised as one of Asics’ premier retailers.” says owner Sandy Clisham, “To gain ‘Running Expert’ status we were challenged to meet a number of retail standards set by Asics and we believe that achieving these indicates that the shop is supplying quality products, good customer service and value for money.  

“As an independent running specialist, Asics is just one of several brands that we offer and each one is slightly different in terms of functionality and technology. Our key expertise is in understanding and explaining the products and matching them to the individual needs of our customers.”  

Coventry Runner is a former Godiva Award winner. Judging it as ‘Best New Venture’ in the 2007 awards, the judges made particular reference to the ‘outstanding levels of customer service’ demonstrated by the business.   

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Sunday, 2 October 2011

New Running Route: Kenilworth to University of Warwick

Dedicated running route, providing safe passage from Kenilworth's Abbey Fields to University of Warwick now open: http://www.kenilworthweeklynews.co.uk/news/local/connect_2_kenilworth_bridge_official_opening_1_3103969

Rugby 10

Rugby 10 Miles Road Race takes place on 23 October 2011at 11am.

This race is final race in 2011 Warwickshire Road Race League and incorporate Warwickshire Championship. Famous race on famous course deserves local support.

Race HQ is barby Cricket Club near Rugby and start and finish is 1/2 mile from HQ.

Prizes in all categories.

Full details and entry form from www.randnac.org

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Coombe Park Multi-Terrain Winter 8

Full details of Spinx AC's Coombe Park Winter 8 are now available:

Sunday 20th November at 10am, Coombe Country Park, Brinklow Road, Coventry CV3 2AB

8 miles tough multi-terrain course on woodland trails and farm land within Coombe Country Park.

Entry Fees £10 for athletics club members (£13 unattached runners). Entries on the day £15 and race limit 250 runners.

Prizes, sponsored by Coventry Runner, in all categories and T-shirt and soup to all finishers.

Entry forms and further details available from Coventry Runner or www.sphinx.org.uk

Coventy Half Marathon - 2011

Good luck to everyone taking part in tomorrow's race.
Remember it is unusually hot so drink plenty before during and after the race.

Most of all enjoy your run.