Nutty News

22/04/2024

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Dawn Barsby

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Every Monday morning a new edition of Nutty News keeps you up to date with goings-on at Squirrel's Running Group.

Click the dates below to read each edition. 

22/04/2024

Sorry guys this is a very quick and brief Nutty News because it's currently Sunday evening, I'm still in London and in a bar

Absolutely awesome seeing everyone run the marathon in London. Not only our brilliant Squirrels but those in fancy dress, the elite runners and those raising money for causes close to their heart. I can't even begin to list the amazing people we saw. Russ Cook (the hardest geezer), a lady who ran topless after having a double mastectomy, Colin (or Cuthbert?) the caterpillar, the man who was running his 44th London marathon, those pushing wheelchairs and I think 4 people running with a fridge on their back! 

It's all very inspiring and great fun supporting and cheering. But honestly it's very tiring and hard work (see pic below) and I need a rest 

Celebratory drinks at the White Horse after the run on Wednesday for everyone. If you ran, bring your medal for a free drink. 

We are still looking for a new committee member so please get in touch if you are interested. Nutty news would be better this week if I had some help!

Reminder about the track session with Charlie on Monday 29th April

Quiz night on Friday 10th May is definitely going ahead so please pay if you've not already and there are still places if you want to sign up

The ballot is now open for London next year. Also entries are open for the Manchester marathon which also has a relay option for a team of four 

Have a good week

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15/04/2024

On the way back from London Landmarks last week, I had some help with the intro to Nutty News from the lovely Nicky Marlow and Lorraine Keable. After talking about the incredible Russ Cooke, they then moved on to this week to find fun facts about today. This is what they found:

  • April 15th is National "That Sucks Day", an unofficial American holiday that is more of a vindictive dedication to unpleasant events or occurrences.
  • It is unluckier than Friday 13th
  • 1865 President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the day before
  • 1906 The San Francisco Earthquake
  • 1912 The RMS Titanic sank
  • 1989 The Hillsborough Disaster
  • 2010 The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
  • 2013 The Boston Marathon Bombing
  • 2019 The Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

So happy Monday everyone! 

What's happening this week

Carsington Water Half Marathon & 10K Saturday 20th April

Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon Sunday 21st April

London Marathon Sunday 21st April

Next week

Post marathon drinks (White Horse) Wednesday 24th April (Bring your medal for a free drink)

Mental Health parkrun (Beacon Hill Country Park) Saturday 27th April

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

ICE Tags - As many of you know last year we offered a free set of ICE tags to all members of the club. These are small tags that can either be attached to your running shoes or keys & hold vital information should anything happen while you are out. We would like to offer these again this year to any new members of the club who didn't receive any last year. If you received some but would like some more then we can order these at a rough cost of £7 (TBC) for three. If you are interested in receiving one, please fill out the form.

While you may think these aren't essential they have proven at other clubs to save lives & allow your loved ones to be contacted quickly & easily.

Club runs - (Wednesday 17th & Monday 22nd April) These runs will be at the two new "mile" segment locations. Any members that are not doing their standards can still run at these locations.

Quiz Night (Friday 10th May) Please look at @Sarah's post for more information. We still need raffle prizes as well please.

Save the date

Quiz night Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club

Standards evening Friday 6th September at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Christmas Party Friday 6th December at Cosby Golf Club

Have a good week  

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08/04/2024

An amazing achievement for Russ Cooke, aka The Hardest Geezer, who yesterday completed his mammoth challenge to run the entire length of Africa! His initial plan was to complete 360 marathons in 240 days with no rest days but due to illness he ended up having 3 rest days. Only THREE As if the run wasn't enough of a challenge, he also had Visa issues and an armed robbery to deal with. He finally finished his challenge yesterday and the Hardest Geezer will finally get his hands on the one thing he has been craving since day one - a strawberry daiquiri 

What's happening this week

Leicester's Big 10k Sunday 14th April

Manchester Marathon Sunday 14th April

Jane Tomlinson Run for All City of Lincoln 10k Sunday 14th April

Cannock Chase Running Festival Sunday 14th April

Next week

Carsington Water Half Marathon & 10K Saturday 20th April

Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon Sunday 21st April

London Marathon Sunday 21st April

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Quiz Night (Friday 10th May)

Don't forget to sign up for the quiz. This event is raising money for this years nominated charities Leicestershire Carers Centre and LAMP which is a local Mental Health charity. Tickets £10pp to include a sandwich buffet. 70 places available initially to Squirrels (with the option for non Squirrels if this number is not reached).

Look out for a post later in the week with more information

We are looking for raffle prizes for the quiz if anyone would like to donate / approach a business etc that may be able to offer something please contact Emma Marlow if you can help

T-shirts

If you have ordered a t-shirt, please can you pay ASAP. There are a few payments outstanding and the order cannot go ahead until all orders are fully paid. 

Thanks 

Club run Wednesday 17th & Monday 22nd April

These runs will be at the two new "mile" segment locations. Any members that are not doing their standards can still run at these locations.

Mental Health parkrun

April's MH parkrun will be at Beacon Hill Country Park on Saturday 27th April. More details to follow nearer the time.

Save the date

Drinks after the club run Wednesday 24th April at the White Horse

Quiz night Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club

Standards evening Friday 6th September at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Christmas Party Friday 6th December at Cosby Golf Club

Have a good week

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01/04/2024

NUTTY NEWS Easter Monday 1st April

Today is April fools day which is designed to be a day you can play practical jokes on friends & family. But did you know it's supposed to be bad luck if you play these tricks after midday so make sure you get in nice & early 

I am sure you have all had plenty of Chocolate as well over the weekend but did you know the average woman has to run for 2 hours & a man for 1hr 45 to burn off a single Easter egg. 

For those of you not signed up yet we are doing a quiz night on the 10th May at the Conservative Club in the village. Sarah has put a separate post on. We currently only have 18 people signed up so if you are wanting to put that random general knowledge we all have to the test please sign up. 

Monday 29th April we are doing a track night at Pingles with Charlie who trains a few of our runners. This is a free session that has been paid for by the club so we have sole access to the track & is open to everyone. Charlie will also be doing a Q&A afterwards. Track session is 6-7 

Official shirt order has now been placed & the next one will be in September. 

If you are running any of the big events over the next few weeks then a tip from Cirhan is to scour the charity shops for on old hoody you can leave at the start as it's cold while you are waiting in the pens. Any hoodies left are then collected up & donated to charity. Many from the club are running either for the club charity or numerous other ones so we wish them all well. 

Saturday 6th April sees Dawn's 100th Park run at Braunstone if anyone would like to join her. This is an amazing achievement considering she suffered a badly broken ankle over a year ago & was out of action for a long time.

25/03/2024

Two noteworthy running achievements this week in the news:

British runner, Jasmin Paris, has made history by becoming the first woman to finish one of the world's hardest ultramarathons. She completed the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee with just one minute 39 seconds to spare of the 60-hour cut off. Absolutely incredible! Only 20 people have ever made it to the end of the race within the allotted 60 hours since it was extended to 100 miles in 1989.

And congratulations to Nicki Clark for becoming the first ever parkrunner to reach the 1,000 volunteer milestone. The t-shirt is yellow 

What's happening this week

Mental Health parkrun (At Braunstone with coffee and cake) Saturday 30th March

Next week

We Run LE1 Friday 5th April

London Landmarks half marathon Sunday 7th April

Cathedral to Castle Sunday 7th April

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

A massive thank you to everyone who baked. They were all delicious and hard to choose a winner. We raised approx. £250 to be split between those raising money for Spring marathons.

Quiz Night (Friday 10th May)

We currently only have 16 members signed up. Please help us to plan by signing up ASAP if you are interested.

This event is raising money for this years nominated charities Leicestershire Carers Centre and LAMP which is a local Mental Health charity. Tickets £10pp to include a sandwich buffet. 70 places available initially to Squirrels (with the option for non Squirrels if this number is not reached).

To secure your place please pay £10 into the Squirrels bank account with your name and 'Quiz' as reference. Lynne Rowe will monitor this. Lorraine Keable will allocate Squirrels to teams, unless you contact her in confidence with a preference.
Emma Marlow will be running a raffle on the night

We are looking for raffle prizes for the quiz if anyone would like to donate / approach a business etc that may be able to offer something please contact Emma if you can help

Save the date

Drinks after the club run Wednesday 24th April

Quiz night Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club

Standards evening Friday 6th September at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Christmas Party Friday 6th December at Cosby Golf Club

Have a good week

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18/03/2024

Today is Global Recycling Day 

"Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out. That's why we must think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity. The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don't make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation."

This links in perfectly to the sustainability pilot project that Cirhan Truswell is leading with the aim to encourage running clubs to become more eco conscious and have a positive impact on the environment. If anyone is interested in learning more about the pilot and getting involved, let Cirhan know and she will set up a little group to discuss ideas and come up with the pledges for the club.

What's happening this week

Easter bake off (White Horse) Wednesday 20th March

Draycote Water running festival Saturday 23rd March

Jean's 100th parkrun (Abbey Park) Saturday 23rd March

Wolverhampton 10k Sunday 24th March

Pierrepont Plod – Spring Sunday 24th March

Oakley 20 Sunday 24th March

Next week

Mental Health parkrun (At Braunstone with coffee and cake) Saturday 30th March

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March) 

Please drop cakes off with Maddy Simons and Helen Neilson at the White Horse between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday. Please label your tins. Cake Eaters - Remember to bring cash! We also have lots of freebies given to us from Run for All as a thank you to volunteering at the Leicester 10k (gels and Clif energy bars). A small donation will be appreciated. All money raised will be split and donated to our members fundraising pages for Spring Marathons.

T-shirts 

Last chance to order t-shirts. Kate Keeling is doing an official t-shirt order on Wednesday. We have enough for a t-shirt order but are two short for vests. Please see her post for more information on sizes and prices.

Run leader helpers 

We are very grateful to our members who have volunteered to become helpers. A big thank you to all! If you are interested, please contact Christine Glaister. Anyone from the 12 to 13+ groups would be fantastic but any pace is welcome.

Quiz Night 

(Friday 10th May)We currently only have 13 members signed up. Please help us to plan by signing up ASAP if you are interested.This event is raising money for this years nominated charities Leicestershire Carers Centre and LAMP which is a local Mental Health charity. Tickets £10pp to include a sandwich buffet. 70 places available initially to Squirrels (with the option for non Squirrels if this number is not reached). 

To secure your place please pay £10 into the Squirrels bank account with your name and 'Quiz' as reference. @Lynne Rowe will monitor this.

Lorraine Keable will allocate Squirrels to teams, unless you contact her in confidence with a preference. Emma Marlow will be running a raffle on the night. We are looking for raffle prizes for the quiz so if anyone would like to donate / approach a business etc that may be able to offer something please contact Emma if you can help 

Website

Have you seen our new supa-dupa website? https://www.squirrels.run/ It's hosts a whole load of information about the club and has a calendar with race dates too. This will be a lot easier than scrolling through Facebook looking for information.

Good luck Saturday/ Shout out Sunday

We all deserve a pat on the back for our achievements and it's great to see what everyone is up to, so we love to shout about it each week. Could we please ask that you either comment on the Saturday post or PM @nicky or myself with your photos rather than individual posts on Facebook. It's easier for them to be seen all in one place and also keeps the timeline tidier so that important information doesn't get missed.

Strava

We have a new group on Strava. Here is the link to join: https://www.strava.com/clubs/1221932

Walking Wednesday

We all know how important exercise is for our physical and mental health. However, unfortunately we sometimes get injured or need to give running a rest therefore, I am going to be giving Walking Wednesday a trial. This will be an option on the poll and is just an informal walk around the village. From unfortunate personal experience, I know how devastating it can be to be told not to run (even if this is just for a few weeks) and so let's look after each other and have a walk and a natter and keep our minds and body active. It will be starting this Wednesday so please feel free to join us * Due to my injury, if it's icy I will not be walking.

Save the date

Quiz night Friday 10 May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club

Standards evening Friday 6th September at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel

Christmas Party Friday 6th December at Cosby Golf Club

Have a good week

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11/03/2024

I hope all you lovely mother's had a special day yesterday And a special thought for all those mothers no longer with us 

What's happening this week

Track night at Pingles, Nuneaton Wednesday 13th March

Sherwood Pines half marathon & 10k Sunday 17th March

Ashby 20 Sunday 17th March

Next week

Easter bake off Wednesday 20th March

Draycote Water running festival Saturday 23rd March

Wolverhampton 10k Sunday 24th March

Pierrepont Plod – Spring Sunday 24th March

Oakley 20 Sunday 24th March

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

We now have 12 bakers but still room for a few more. Contact Sarah Lorraine if you are interested. A reminder that all money raised will be split and donated to our members fundraising pages for Spring Marathons.

Website

Have you seen our new supa-dupa website? https://www.squirrels.run/ It's hosts a whole load of information about the club and has a calendar with race dates too. This will be a lot easier than scrolling through Facebook looking for information.

Good luck Saturday/ Shout out Sunday

We all deserve a pat on the back for our achievements and it's great to see what everyone is up to, so we love to shout about it each week. Could we please ask that you either comment on the Saturday post or PM Nicky Marlow or myself with your photos rather than individual posts on Facebook. It's easier for them to be seen all in one place and also keeps the timeline tidier so that important information doesn't get missed.

Track sessions

We are now offering a monthly track session which will fall on the same night as intervals. We will still offer intervals in Broughton for anyone that can't attend, although I would really encourage people to come to the track sessions though as I think you will get so much out of them and they are a lot of fun (no really ). I know a lot of us probably haven't run on a track since school (or ever!)We will run at Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton (about 20 mins from Broughton) and alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays each month which gives everyone the opportunity to be able to attend.

Don't be intimidated by the track sessions - we usually have it to ourselves, there is no traffic and it is quite different to running on the road. As with intervals, track sessions will be suitable for ALL abilities.

If you aren't sure, I'd encourage you to have a chat with some of our runners who have been taking part in the 10k improvers on how they have found the sessions, or of course message Tim with any questions.

The cost of the track is £3 per session and if you want to come along you will need to book and pay yourself - you can do this now for our first club session, which will be on **Wednesday 13th March at 7pm**Please see original post for the link to book or speak to Tim Windram

T-shirts

Kate Keeling is doing an official t-shirt order towards the end of March. We need a minimum of 10 of each style for the order to go ahead. Please see her post for more information on sizes and prices.

Strava

We have a new group on Strava. Here is the link to join: https://www.strava.com/clubs/1221932

Walking Wednesday

We all know how important exercise is for our physical and mental health. However, unfortunately we sometimes get injured or need to give running a rest therefore, I am going to be giving Walking Wednesday a trial. This will be an option on the poll and is just an informal walk around the village. From unfortunate personal experience, I know how devastating it can be to be told not to run (even if this is just for a few weeks) and so let's look after each other and have a walk and a natter and keep our minds and body active. It will be starting this Wednesday so please feel free to join us * Due to my injury, if it's icy I will not be walking.

Have a good week

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04/03/2024

Where did February go?!! Welcome March Random facts about March… it is the equivalent of September in the Southern Hemisphere. Every year, March and June finish on the same day of the week. March is the time of year when animals start waking up from hibernation. The name for March comes from Mars, the Roman god of war.

What's happening this week

Nottingham Holme Run Sunday 10th March

Jane Tomlinson Run for All Nottingham 10k Sunday 10th March

Oundle 20 Mile, 10k & 5k Sunday 10th March

Burleigh 7 Sunday 10th March (Jean is booked in for this and would like to know if anyone else is doing it)

Next week

Sherwood Pines half marathon & 10k Sunday 17th March

Ashby 20 Sunday 17th March

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

We now have 7 bakers so far so please vote on the poll if you want to conjure up some delicious delights for us to eat. Or contact Sarah Lorraine. A reminder that all money raised will be split and donated to our members fundraising pages for Spring Marathons.

Track sessions

We are now offering a monthly track session which will fall on the same night as intervals. We will still offer intervals in Broughton for anyone that can't attend, although I would really encourage people to come to the track sessions though as I think you will get so much out of them and they are a lot of fun (no really ). I know a lot of us probably haven't run on a track since school (or ever!)We will run at Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton (about 20 mins from Broughton) and alternate between Mondays and Wednesdays each month which gives everyone the opportunity to be able to attend.

Don't be intimidated by the track sessions - we usually have it to ourselves, there is no traffic and it is quite different to running on the road. As with intervals, track sessions will be suitable for ALL abilities.

If you aren't sure, I'd encourage you to have a chat with some of our runners who have been taking part in the 10k improvers on how they have found the sessions, or of course message me with any questions.

The cost of the track is £3 per session and if you want to come along you will need to book and pay yourself - you can do this now for our first club session, which will be on **Wednesday 13th March at 7pm**Please see original post for the link to book or speak to Tim Windram.

Walking Wednesday

We all know how important exercise is for our physical and mental health. However, unfortunately we sometimes get injured or need to give running a rest therefore, I am going to be giving Walking Wednesday a trial. This will be an option on the poll and is just an informal walk around the village. From unfortunate personal experience, I know how devastating it can be to be told not to run (even if this is just for a few weeks) and so let's look after each other and have a walk and a natter and keep our minds and body active. It will be starting this Wednesday so please feel free to join us * Due to my injury, if it's icy I will not be walking.

T-shirts

Kate Keeling will be doing an official t-shirt order towards the end of March. We need a minimum of 10 of each style for the order to go ahead.

Quiz Night

This is now confirmed for Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club. If anyone has any raffle prizes they would like to donate, please contact Emma Marlow

Nottingham 10k

I have been contacted by Louize from Eventeers with a plea:

"I just wanted to get in touch to ask a bit of a favour of you and the Squirrels.

I'm currently recruiting volunteers for the Nottingham 10k on Sunday 10th March and it has been quite difficult so far. I'm looking for about 8 volunteers in the below section of the route and wondered if any of the club would be available? I think with it being Mothers Day it has been a challenge as well so I'm getting a little bit desperate. I'd of course be happy to make an additional donation to you as well.

Section 3

Area: A60 Hungtingdon Street to Peveril Drive

Meeting point: Peverill Drive Verge, (outside Mortimers Hole), NG7 1FTTiming: 7:40-10:45

Let me know what you think

Kind regards,

Louize"

If you are interested, please let me know and I'll pass on your details. There is a free race entry if it is just one or two of you.

Have a good week

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26/02/2024

It was our first mental health parkrun on Saturday at Abbey Park and was a success thank you Nicky Marlow for arranging this! 

It was nice to see so many Squirrels' join us especially as being the first one, many couldn't make it due to prior commitments, but it will be a regular feature on the last Saturday of every month in different locations around Leicestershire. 

The aim is to get together and talk and have that one week each month to stop afterwards and have coffee and a natter rather than rushing off. We would also like to encourage car sharing not only for the environmental benefits, but again to get people talking.

It is important to know that parkrun is for everyone, no matter your ability. On Saturday, for various reasons, there were a few of us who walked and we had a lovely natter on the way round talking about trees and the spikes on holly leaves One person completed half of the parkrun and that's ok too. And if you can't walk one lap, then volunteer. I can say from personal experience how much parkrun has helped me even when I was on my knee scooter or bringing a chair because I couldn't stand for long. Volunteering got me out in the fresh air, talking to new people and smiling watching the different people of all ages, backgrounds, ability and sizes complete their own personal goals.

So no matter if you run a 20 minute 5k, walk a 60 minute 5k, walk/run 2.5k or volunteer, everyone is welcome 

What's happening this week

We Run LE1 Friday 1 March

The Belvoir Challenge Saturday 2 March

Jane Tomlinson Run for All Leicester 10k Sunday 3 March

Cambridge Half Marathon Sunday 3 March

Next week

Nottingham Holme Run Sunday 10th March

Jane Tomlinson Run for All Nottingham 10k Sunday 10th March

Oundle 20 Mile, 10k & 5k Sunday 10th March

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Walking Wednesday

We all know how important exercise is for our physical and mental health. However, unfortunately we sometimes get injured or need to give running a rest therefore, I am going to be giving Walking Wednesday a trial. This will be an option on the poll and is an informal walk around the village. From unfortunate personal experience, I know how devastating it can be to be told not to run (even if this is just for a few weeks) and so let's look after each other and have a walk and a natter and keep our minds and body active. It will be starting this Wednesday so please feel free to join us * Due to my injury, if it's icy I will not be walking.

Leicester 10k volunteers

Thank you to those who are volunteering. You should now have all received an email from the organiser with the information on where you will be meeting and standing. Please let me know if you have not received this.

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

We only have 5 bakers so far so please vote on the poll if you want to conjure up some delicious delights for us to eat. Or contact Sarah Lorraine

Nottingham 10k

I have been contacted by Louize from Eventeers with a plea:

"I just wanted to get in touch to ask a bit of a favour of you and the Squirrels.

I'm currently recruiting volunteers for the Nottingham 10k on Sunday 10th March and it has been quite difficult so far. I'm looking for about 8 volunteers in the below section of the route and wondered if any of the club would be available? I think with it being Mothers Day it has been a challenge as well so I'm getting a little bit desperate. I'd of course be happy to make an additional donation to you as well.

Section 3

Area: A60 Hungtingdon Street to Peveril Drive

Meeting point: Peverill Drive Verge, (outside Mortimers Hole), NG7 1FT

Timing: 7:40-10:45

Let me know what you think

Kind regards,

Louize"

If you are interested, please let me know and I'll pass on your details. There is a free race entry if it is just one or two of you.

Quiz Night

This is now confirmed for Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club. If anyone has any raffle prizes they would like to donate, please contact Emma Marlow

Have a good week

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19/02/2024

I really enjoyed cheering on our runners in the Naesby 1645 race yesterday with Nicky Marlow. However, despite walking up a massive hill to get to a good spot, walking through many big puddles and standing in the pouring rain, the one who got the most attention and fuss and Nicky's little Myffy who was in a bag, wrapped in a blanket and keeping nice and dry! It was surprising how many runners stopped to give her some fuss but they must have all been too tired at the end because she wasn't given any attention then at all 

A tough course and horrible weather and you all did amazing, well done 

What's happening this week

Mental health parkrun (Abbey park) Saturday 24 February

London winter run Sunday 25 February

Leicestershire Half Sunday 25 February

Bedford Half Marathon & 10k Sunday 25 February

Next week

We Run LE1 Friday 1 March

The Belvoir Challenge Saturday 2 March

Jane Tomlinson Run for All Leicester 10k Sunday 3 March

Cambridge Half Marathon Sunday 3 March

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Mental health parkrun/ walk

As Squirrel members, we all know and experience the advantages exercise has on our mental health.

As part of her role as Squirrels champion for mental health, Nicky Marlow is doing a parkwalk on the last Saturday of every month followed by a coffee & cake meet up after.

This month's will be held this Saturday (24th February) at Abbey Park. Nicky is encouraging everyone at Squirrels, injured or as part of a training run to take part whether this be to run, Jeff, support, volunteer or walk with Nicky & Dawn. Getting up and out and being with people can brighten up a whole day and coffee & cake just makes it taste all the sweeter.

Membership 2024

There are still a few of you who paid £25 in January, but have not yet made the February payment. Can you please make this payment ASAP. Thank you

Food bank run

Thank you to everyone who took part in this last Monday. We had a great turnout! I am just waiting for the Foodbank to let me know how much we collected and I'll do a separate post in the week.

Leicester 10k volunteers

Thank you to those who are volunteering. You should now have all received an email from the organiser with the information on where you will be meeting and standing.

Quiz Night

This is now confirmed for Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club. If anyone has any raffle prizes they would like to donate, please contact Emma Marlow

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

Another date for the diary! Please let Sarah Lorraine know if you would like to bake.

Have a good week  

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12/02/2024

Food banks

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and every year I wonder why I only cook pancakes once a year when I enjoy them so much Pancake Day always takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. 

Will you be giving up anything for Lent?

What's happening this week

Food bank run Lutterworth Monday 12th February

Carsington Water Half Marathon & 10K Saturday 17 February

Naesby 1645 Sunday 18 February

Next weekLondon winter run Sunday 25 February

Leicestershire Half Sunday 25 February

Bedford Half Marathon & 10k Sunday 25 February

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.Other news

Food bank run (Tonight)

We will be running at the slightly later time of 6:40pm to allow the extra travelling time to Lutterworth. Meet in the Leisure Centre carpark from 6:20pm (for me to collect food) and we will be arriving Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank at St Mary's Church at 7:30pm.The food bank are currently short of:

  • Whole UHT milk
  • Instant Custard
  • Instant Mash
  • Sponge Puddings
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Household Cleaners
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes

But any in-date, non-perishable items will be very gratefully received.

Maddy Simons will be at the White Horse car park from 6:15pm to collect donations for those unable to travel to Lutterworth.

T-shirts

There are still tops to collect for:

Julie McCall

Jen Young

Please arrange collection from Kate Keeling

Naesby 1645

There are quite a few of you running this on Sunday so please consider car sharing. Nicky Marlow and I will be there to cheer you on 

Membership 2024

For those of you who paid £25 in January, your February payment is now due. Thank you.

Run nights

Please can you make sure that you vote on the poll for each session. This is to help allocate enough run leaders to the appropriate groups. Thank you 

Curry Night

Lorraine and Heather are running the London Marathon for charity this April They have arranged a Charity curry night for Tuesday 12th March. Tickets are £25 each. Don't forget to check out their post on the Squirrels page for full details. Get the date in the diary 

Quiz Night

This is now confirmed for Friday 10thMay at Broughton Astley Conservative Club. If anyone has any raffle prizes they would like to donate, please contact Emma Marlow

Easter Bake off (Wednesday 20th March)

Another date for the diary! Please let Sarah Lorraine know if you would like to bake.

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05/02/2024

Food banks

https://runr.co.uk/pages/foodbankrun

February is a key time of the year where families are hardest hit. Christmas has come and gone, a time where families feel the pressure to put food on the table and spend money on their children, plus there is a pause on some household bills.

Then February arrives and suddenly the bills arrive at a time when cash is even more hard to come by. This is why the month of February is such an important time of the year and why we're focusing on supporting Food Bank Runs on any day of the month.

The number of people using food banks has now reached 2.1 million in the UK, up from just 1.6 million five years ago.

This is why, for the second year, Squirrels is joining in with the Runr Foodbank run on Monday 12th February to donate to Lutterworth & Villages foodbank. See 'other news' for more information.

What's happening this week

Nottingham Holme Run Half Marathon Sunday 11thFebruary

Next week

Food bank run (Lutterworth) Monday 12th February

Carsington Water Half Marathon & 10K Saturday 17th February

Naesby 1645 Sunday 18th February

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Lutterworth Food bank run (Monday 12th February)

We will be meeting at Lutterworth Leisure Centre carpark to 6:15pm (for me to collect food and to start running at 6:30pm) and arriving Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank at St Mary's Church at 7:30pm.The food bank are currently short of:

  • Whole UHT milk
  • Instant Custard
  • Instant Mash
  • Sponge Puddings
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Household Cleaners
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes

But any in-date, non-perishable items will be very gratefully received.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate, you can give to any run leaders or I will collect donations on Wednesday from 6:15pm. Or you are welcome to drop at my house in Broughton any time this week.

Membership 2024

For those of you who paid £25 in January, your February payment is now due. Thank you.

Run nights

Please can you make sure that you vote on the poll for each session. This is to help allocate enough run leaders to the appropriate groups. Thank you.

Curry Night

Lorraine and Heather are running the London Marathon for charity this April They have arranged a Charity curry night for Tuesday 12th March. Tickets are £25 each. Don't forget to check out their post on the Squirrels page for full details. Get the date in the diary 

Quiz Night

This is now confirmed for Friday 10th May at Broughton Astley Conservative Club. More details to follow at the end of February.

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29/01/2024

So apparently today is National Puzzle Day, so here are three puzzles to get your brain working. Two easy and one a bit harder!

1. David's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and _____

2. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?

3. What 8 letter word can have a letter taken away and it still makes a word. Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing that until you have one letter left. What is the word?

What's happening this week

Drinks at the White Horse after the club run Monday 29th January

We run LE1 Friday 2nd February

Next week

Nottingham Holme Run Half Marathon Sunday 11th February

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

End of year survey

Only a few days left to complete the end of year survey. We have had 25 responses so far and there are a lot more of you out there. We are still receiving feedback verbally (which is always welcome) but it would be really helpful to complete the survey with any suggestions so that they are all tracked. Thanks 

Membership 2024Thank you to those who have completed your membership form for this year and paid your fees. If you have not done so yet, please could you do this as soon as possible. There is a pinned post with all the details but if you have any questions, please speak to Sarah Leach

Website

Have you seen our new website? https://www.squirrels.run/ It will still be added to / refined in the coming weeks but so far is looking fab!

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22/01/2024

What an amazing achievement for 100 year old New Zealander Colin Thorne, who not only completed his 175th parkrun but is the first centenarian ever to complete a parkrun. I hope I'm as active when I'm 100! A interesting fact about the course that he ran in Whangerei, it is the only parkrun with a swing bridge on the course. If it opens during the parkrun, everyone has to wait until it is closed. I can just imagine a line of frustrated runners desperate to get going again 

What's happening this week

Bedford 5 & 10 mile Sunday 28th January

Next week

Drinks at the White Horse after the club run Monday 29th January

We run LE1Friday 2nd February

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

Membership 2024Thank you to those who have completed your membership form for this year and paid your fees. If you have not done so yet, please could you do this as soon as possible. There is a pinned post with all the details but if you have any questions, please speak to Sarah Leach

End of year survey

Please remember to complete the end of year survey. We have had 25 responses so far and there are a lot more of you out there. It will be open until the end of January and would like to get feedback from as many of you as possible about anything related to the club (even Nutty News!) We will respond to all feedback in February.

Website

Have you seen our new website? https://www.squirrels.run/ It will still be added to/ refined in the coming weeks but so far is looking fab!

Overseas trip

We are looking at going to Menorca 10k & half marathon on Sunday 3rdNovember. At the moment this is just a 'save the date' and we advise you don't book any hotels or flights until the race officially opens and we know the date is for definite. But put it in your calendar and start saving because this is a great weekend away!

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15/01/2024

How's everyone getting on with their January challenges? RED January? Dry January? Hope it's all going well. Don't worry, only another 50 days left in the month 

What's happening this week

The Sherwood New Year 10k & 5k Sunday 21st January

Next week

Bedford 5 & 10 mile Sunday 28th January

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening either this week or next week.

Other news

End of year survey

Please remember to complete the end of year survey. We have had 20 responses so far and there are a lot more of you out there. It will be open until the end of January and would like to get feedback from as many of you as possible about anything related to the club (even Nutty News!) We will respond to all feedback in February.

Membership 2024

Thank you to those who have completed your membership form for this year and paid your fees. If you have not done so yet, please could you do this as soon as possible. There is a pinned post with all the details but if you have any questions, please speak to Sarah Leach

Communications

Please try and make a point of reading Nutty News each week as it often contains a lot of information and we don't want to clog up your feed with lots of individual posts and things can easily get missed then. It is published on Monday's at 7am (Usually ). It would also be helpful to another member on our Comms Team so please let me know if you would like to help.

Events (Save the date)

The Events Team has lots of things planned for this year! More information will be given nearer the time but please save the following dates:– 

Monday 29thJanuary – Drinks at the White Horse after the club run

Monday 12thFebruary – Foodbank run in Lutterworth

Monday 24thApril Post marathon drinks

Friday 10thMay – Quiz night

Remember, if you want to have your say about any of the events, then please complete the End of Year Survey. Also, you are welcome to contact Sarah Lorraine or join our Events Team 

Overseas trip

We are looking at going to Menorca 10k & half marathon on Sunday 3rdNovember. At the moment this is just a 'save the date' and we advise you don't book any hotels or flights until the race officially opens and we know the date is for definite. But put it in your calendar and start saving because this is a great weekend away!

Website

Have you seen our new website? https://www.squirrels.run/ It will still be added to / refined in the coming weeks but so far is looking fab!

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08/01/2024

Happy New Year! I hope you all had the happiest of time over the festive season. I loved reading all of your goals from last year and what you are hoping to achieve for next year. Although there were some incredible goals achieved in 2023 and some great challenges ahead for many of you this year, I also liked those of you who told us you didn't achieve your goals last year or that your goal this is to maybe just to keep running. This shows we are all different, we are all human and that our goals should be ourselves. Every single one of you is an inspiration to others! I am hoping to collate all the 2024 goals to remind you at the end of the year 

What's happening this week

Salcey Trail & Canicross 10k & 5k Sunday 14th January

Next week

The Sherwood New Year 10k & 5k Sunday 21st January

Let me know if there is anything else you know of happening in the next few weeks

Other news

10k improvers programme

This 10k improvers program starts tonight (8th January) and it's not too late to join. You should be able to run 10k comfortably already (any pace).It's all being run from a WhatsApp group so contact @Tim if you are interested.

Sessions planned as follows *note change of dates for track sessions from previous FB post

08/01/24 - Broughton Astley

17/01/24 - Track Session

22/01/24 - Broughton Astley

31/01/24 - Track Session0

5/02/24 - Broughton Astley

14/02/24 - Track Session

19/02/24 - Broughton Astley

28-02-24 - Track Session

The track sessions are at Pingles in Nuneaton and cost £3 per session.

End of year survey

Please remember to complete the end of year survey. It will be open until the end of January and we would like to get feedback from as many of you as possible about anything related to the club (even Nutty News!) We will respond to all feedback in February.

Membership 2024

Thank you to those who have completed your membership form for this year and paid your fees. If you have not done so yet, please could you do this as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please speak to Sarah Leach

Christmas presents

There are still some of you that need to collect your present so please speak to Kate Keeling to arrange collection

Communications

Please try and make a point of reading Nutty News each week as it often contains a lot of information and we don't want to clog up your feed with lots of individual posts and things can easily get missed then. It is published on Monday's at 7am (Usually ). If it helps, I can tag @everyone each week but I don't want to over use this feature. Let me know your thoughts or again, complete the survey. It would also be helpful to another another member of our Comms Team now that Paula has stepped back for a while.

Events (Save the date)

The Events Team has lots of things planned for this year! More information will be given nearer the time but please save the following dates:– 

Monday 29th January – Drinks at the White Horse after the club run– 

Monday 12th February – Foodbank run in Lutterworth– 

Monday 24th April Post marathon drinks– 

TBC March – Marathon fundraiser curry night– 

TBC April – Quiz night– 

TBC September – Standards Awards ceremony– 

TBC December – Christmas party and end of year awards

Remember, if you want to have your say about any of the events, then please complete the End of Year Survey. Also, you are welcome to contact Sarah Lorraine directly or join our Events Team 

Run Diary

Please make sure you check this post regularly as sometimes changes need to be made.

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