Fleet Half

BVR Fleet Half Race Report – A PB fest!

One of the club’s favourite events in the calendar each year is the Fleet Half Marathon – fleethalfmarathon.com.

It is a long-standing local event organised by one of our fellow local clubs Fleet and Crookham AC. Offering a great course (mild undulations, closed roads, good support and atmosphere) and a strong – club runner heavy – field of around 3,000 runners it is a good opportunity for BVR to turn out in force in their blue and yellow shirts and chase a few PBs.

This year represents the best turn out yet with a massive 52 runners from all sections of the club – that’s nearly half of our membership! Some were attempting their first Half Marathon and others were seasoned runners looking for that elusive PB. The weather was, well, fine. Really bright, a little bit sunny, perfect for running and my personal favourite run of the year so far.

We agreed to meet in the field near the finish at 10am ‎for a club photo – pre-race – given we expected 50+ club shirts we really could manage a group photo worthy of publication! And here’s the result…

As always the usual level of healthy competition exists throughout the club with a bit of friendly banter in the start area and a few people choosing who else in the club to follow as a pacer.

The gun fires at 10:30 and the field takes a full 3 minutes to cross the line. We know this because Nick insisted on being the last to cross the line, having to circle a few times before crossing the line to ‘out do’ the others trying to do the same!

The course passes down the high street twice in the first five miles and this spectacle gathers a huge crowd every year. Bright, sunny weather helps today of course.

A number of our runners had generously volunteered to marshal at the event this year. Without marshals events like this don’t happen so we encourage anyone who can’t run (maybe they have an injury or are ill so need to miss the event) to marshal and support the events members of the club regularly enjoy.

Throughout the route these familiar and friendly faces appeared cheering their fellow club members of with the odd enthusiastic high five too.

So with such bright, pleasant running conditions the odd PB here and there was inevitable. Scott crossed the line in a blistering 1h17m (PB) to claim 40th place followed by Steve in 1h21m (PB) taking first in his age category and Alex setting a PB of 1h26m. Then followed Lawrence 1h32m (PB), Jason 1h34m (PB) Alan 1h35m (PB), myself and Nick nipping at my heels again this year – very impressive having started at the very back of the field!

It didn’t end there… the following people also set PBs! (a long list follows)

Amanda, Chris McW, Karen Jones (PB by 30 mins!), Linda R, Charley W, Sarah F, Zoe B, Linda F, Andy M, Steve M, Michelle B, and Lee J. ‎

Congratulations to ‎Karen M, Tina M, Susie, Kate B, Scott, Lucy E, Jennifer H, Hanne and John Taylor for running their first half marathon too.

And finally a big thanks is due to the members who volunteered, it was great to see your smiling faces en-route! ‎Karine, Steve R, Mary, Claire, Deb, Kay, Ave and Shanie.‎

Same again next year? ;)‎

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beat the street bvr

BVR to ‘Beat the Street’ in Aldershot fitness drive

Blackwater Valley Runners (BVR) are helping the Aldershot community reach their 25,000 mile target in the ‘Beat the Street’ challenge.

Alongside many local schools, leisure centres and other organisations, BVR have entered as a team and will be pounding the streets night and day. As well as taking to the roads of Aldershot individually, the club is planning to check in at as many different boxes as they can squeeze in by incorporating it with their club runs on a Wednesday night. Teams of varying abilities will head out for their usual run, taking in the sights of the town and picking up as many points as possible along the way.

The scheme has been designed to encourage and inspire communities to walk to school, to work and to the shops rather than by car. It will run from 2nd March until 31st March 2015 and anyone living or working in Aldershot will be eligible to take part. A player taps their RFID card or key fob at various points on their way to and from work, school and to the shops and tracks their progress online.

There are two team prizes up for grabs, one for total points scored and one for the highest average points per team member.  BVR are only in the competition for fun and don’t want to be considered for either prize.

If you would like to enter as part of the BVR team, you can collect your free card from the Connaught Leisure Centre or Aldershot Library. Once you’ve got it, you’ll need to register on the BTS website. Make sure you put Blackwater Valley Running Club down as your team (it’s under ‘others’).

At the end of the month (Saturday 28th March) BVR will be organising a fun run where everyone can get points for their teams. This will be one of the last chances for the Aldershot community to reach the 25,000 mile target and raise £1000 for the Parkside Charity. Details of the fun run will be posted on the BVR and Beat the Street web sites.

For more Beat the Street info, here’s some links:

The ‘Beat the Street’ website – http://aldershot.beatthestreet.me

Registration – http://aldershot.beatthestreet.me/register

The Rules – http://aldershot.beatthestreet.me/rules

BVR Events on Facebook

Beat the Street on Facebook


BVR On The Radio

BVR on the Radio

Members of Blackwater Valley Runners were on Local forces radio talking about the club, trying to inspire Aldershot Military personnel and their families to join the club and get involved in the local Rushmoor parkrun organised by Blackwater Valley Runners. Paddy, Andy, Linda and Charley join presenter Steve Radcliffe in in the BFBS Studio on Middle hill, Aldershot.

Blackwater Valley Runners Santa Run 2014

Blackwater Valley Runners raise £1,130 for Phyliss Tuckwell hospice with Barry`s Run

Blackwater Valley Runners did the Santa Run in memory of Barry Tulett, who was a member of the club for a number of years. Barry was liked and respected by all and no-one who met Barry could fail to appreciate his friendship and ‘unique’ sense of humour. Any run would be enlivened by Barry’s jokes and stories. Over the last few years, when he was very unwell, Barry continued to support the club and his strength and fortitude were an inspiration to us all. Never one to feel sorry for himslef and always one of the first to welcome a new member Barry was a huge part of the club and will be missed enormously. Barry supported and valued the work of Phyllis Tuckwell who provide invaluable care to the terminally ill and their families. Your donation will be put to good use. Thank you.

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BVR take on The Eggheads

In 2014, a brave team from Blackwater Valley Runners took on the best quiz team in the country on BBC2’s Eggheads.

Dave revealed has love of the Norwegian ladies and Paddy happily showed us that he’s never been hassled by PPI calls before.

They may not have taken home the prize, but they did the club proud.

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