Christmas Santa Run to be held at Bowes Museum Sunday 13th December 2015

1k Elf Run will be held at 10.30 am & 5k Santa Run will be held at 11.00 am

Teesdale Athletic Club and Barnard Castle Teesdale Lions will be holding their 2nd Santa Runs at the Bowes Museum with all profits being given to the Teesdale Lions Charity Account. Numbers are limited to 100 in the Little Elf Run and 200 in the 5k Santa Run so get your entries in before the day. £5 for the Little Elf Run Under 10's only (Includes an Elf Hat) and £14 for the Santa Run (Includes a Santa Suit) 10 to 14 year olds can enter the Santa Run for £8 and this includes a Santa Hat only.

Entry Forms for both the Little Elf Run and the Santa Run can be downloaded from the link below

Santa Run Entry Form 2015.pdf

An Information flyer is also available for download on the link below

Santa Run Flyer 2015.pdf

*** Raby Castle 10k Entry Forms now available to Download. *** Go to Raby Castle 10k page

Couch to 5K Programme

The fourth Teesdale AC 'Couch to 5k' programme started on Thursday 10th September. This is a very popular course and I started on the first one, run by Skye Archer, in March 2014.

For anyone who hasn't heard of this programme, it is designed for people who don't regard themselves as athletes but want to get a bit fitter. We do a 12 week programme, starting with an easy warm up, then a 30 second jog, followed by 90 second recovery, repeated during the session. By week 12, it's a 30 minute jog, so members are well on their way to the 5k goal. We ask that everyone tries to do 3 sessions per week, so to encourage this we also meet on Sunday mornings, which is very popular.

21 people registered on the first night, rising to 30 by week 4. The group is an interesting mix of age and ability, mainly women but a few men. Some are looking for a gentle reintroduction back into running after injury but the majority are people who, like myself, like the idea of running but feel too inadequate /too old or too overweight to join an athletics club in the normal way.

9 weeks into the course, a few have fallen by the wayside but we still have a regular core of between 9 - 20 on Thursday evenings. The aim for this group is the Santa Run on 13th December. Everyone is progressing, though at different rates and because we've been very lucky with lots of volunteers from previous groups, we have been able to ensure that no one has been left behind. A special mention here for Barbara Crawley who has been invaluable as a very encouraging back marker.

One plus effect of this programme is that when we're running round Barney, not too fast, some members carrying a little extra weight, passersby look at us and think - "I could do that" and don't feel intimidated.

I hope we can carry on with another group in the New Year to help beat the Christmas excesses. Judith Rodwell