Achievements all round

RV member's really supassed themselves this weekend, we had a great turnout at local parkruns with some great PB's, a member running Hell Runner and then of course Gosport Half marathon which was absoluteley amazing.  What made the weekend remarkable? For me personally it was watching members achieve goals that they never thought would be possible, from their first parkrun to their first half marathon.  Both distances deserve respect and are equally hard to train for, remembering to keep focused and concentrate on running skills that have been taught over the course of any training programme is hard when you are put under pressurised conditions.  The photographs show the sheer joy of RV members taking part in this local event, some have only been running since the May beginner's course but with the right coaching, support and advice everyone achieved what they set out to achieve, Fiona knocked off 18 minutes from her previous half marathon time which is incredible.  I have watched members turn up to training sessions in the wind and the rain over the last few months, feeling tired, cold and wet but determined to follow their plan, I have seen members' posts pinging their way onto our FB group at 6.30am in the morning letting us know they had finished their long run having been running since 5am.  Battling with the nerves as members' tapered for the first time, unsure if what they were feeling was "normal", all of this behind the scenes dedication makes the success of the weekend's running that much sweeter.

We are all in this together, we support each other and the joy of belonging to RunVerity is the kindest that we show one another, newly fledged graduates from the beginner's courses tentatively join the main running groups and experienced runners share their passion and enthusiasm for the sport.  We can all remember our first run and that's why we all wait, cheer, support and encourage until everyone has passed the finish line.  That's just what we do :)

Running and Birthday Celebrations

Saturday saw RV members' celebrating RV Run Leader Deliah's 40th Birthday at Lee on Solent parkrun, it was wet and windy but the weather certainly didn't dampen the birthday spirits.

There was also the Rememberance Day 10k held at Portsdown Hill in Portsmouth on Saturday morning, a very hilly course but great fun for a good cause.

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And the final race of the day was the Dark Valley run at Moors Valley, a wet, dark and muddy 10k running around the woods.  A superb medal and muddy feet!

What a transformation

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Fiona joined RunVerity in November 2014 as a complete novice to running.  The hard work that Fiona has put into her running shows in these 2 photos, on the left is Fiona finishing the GSR in 2015, she has a good technique and is very determined. However the photo on the right shows how much more toned, stronger and fitter Fiona is with an even better running technique that enables her to finish with such strength and power.  Fiona took over 22 minutes off her time from 2 years ago, just brilliant

And the Great South Run was Great

So many inspirational stories from RV members who completed the GSR yesterday, with over 60 members running this local event, it was like a dream coming true for so many.  97% achieved a PB and for one member a PB of 22 mins! For 35 members this was a first for them, the majority of them coming up from the RunVerity Beginner's course, some only completing the course in February of this year.

Here's some of their thoughts on yesterday's events

"So in November last year I started a 8 week RV beginners course and it was the best thing I have done. With all the help and support from the RV family i have lost one and a half stone I’m fitter healthier and a lot happier I’ve had my ups and downs but you have all kept me going. Who would have thought that less than a year on an over weight unfit 55 year old would be doing all this." Paul 2017

"So in November last year I started a 8 week RV beginners course and it was the best thing I have done. With all the help and support from the RV family i have lost one and a half stone I’m fitter healthier and a lot happier I’ve had my ups and downs but you have all kept me going. Who would have thought that less than a year on an over weight unfit 55 year old would be doing all this." Paul 2017

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Running a continuous mile was a challenge in Feb when I was doing beginners.

Today: 10 miles.

Alan 2017

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Ringing the PB 🔔 today! 
Thank you Verity Wright xxx

2014 - 1:51:23
2016 - 1:43:01
2017 - 1:39:35

Emily 2017

 

 

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GSR 2017. Loved it. What a day with my RV family 

"Feeling so proud of myself, and so happy to have shared my first GSR with an awesome bunch of people, thank you" Nicola 2017 

"Feeling so proud of myself, and so happy to have shared my first GSR with an awesome bunch of people, thank you" Nicola 2017 

If you are curious to see what RunVerity can do for you then just get in touch, we offer Intro into Running, Beginner's Running Course and improvement plans if you are already a runner.

RV on Tour

It was quite a mixed weekend of running this last weekend, I travelled to the beautiful city of Palma to run their half marathon and I must say it was one of the best half marathons that I have ever completed.  We ran along the seafront towards the Castle and then headed back into the city where the views of the amazing cathedral were just breathtaking.  We then headed into the old town of Palma and ran through the cooler cobbled streets passing the cafe culture whose support was tangible.  We finished just below the Cathedral with blue skies and the sparkling ocean and this is most definately one to do again.

Another RV member travelled to Lisbon, again for a half marathon and the tempretures were a staggering 35 degrees, this didn't put Claire off as she trains for her Dopey challenge at the start of the year.

Many RV members ran parkruns on Saturday, taking it steady before the GSR on Sunday and lots of people met up on Sunday so they could run together and enjoy their training runs for the GSR and Gosport.