Friday, 20 January 2017

YCRC January newsletter

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YCRC Newsletter Wednesday 18th Jan 2017
1.                 Welcome to 2017
2.                 Memberships for 2017
3.                 World Cross Country Selection Trials 29th Jan at Stromlo Forest Park
4.                 Summers Series 2017
5.                 Jogalong  Sunday 5th February – Special for OvCan
6.                 Australian Running Festival -  5k/10k Training Group
7.                 Helpers/Volunteers – Club and special events
8.                 YMCA Canberra Half Marathon 2017 and Half Marathon Training Group
9.                 TTS Training Group
1.                 Welcome to 2017
The YCRC President and Committee wish all members, their families and all runners a happy and health 2017.  Once again we a facing a very busy year.  We seek your support firstly that you join or renew your membership and promote and help the club as much as you can.
2.          2017 Memberships
Club membership year runs from 1 January to 31 December and for 2017 annual membership is only. $45 Adults, $30 juniors (under 18yrs), $75 Family Membership 
Free membership is available for those who volunteer but do not wish to take part in member activities.
We process all of our club memberships and event registrations online. If online registration is a barrier to participation for you please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
Online registrations can be made at  The club website can be accessed at 

3.           World Cross Country Selection Trials – Stromlo Forest Park 29th Jan 2017   
The best male and female distance runners in Australia will be at Stromlo Forest Park on the 29th to compete for selection in the Australian open teams for males and females and the under 20 year teams.  The World Cross Country Championships will be held in March in the Uganda capital of Kampala.  The Open teams will comprise six male and female athletes and the U20 four athletes per team. Start times are as follows.
-         7:30am Open Men 10km
-         7:55am Open Women 10km
-         8:25am U20 Men 8km
-         8:45am U20 Women 6km
4.           Summer  Series 2017 – First event Tuesday 31st Jan – 2/5k at 6.15pm at  Stromlo Forest Park
Why should you come along to this series?    It is good to support your club and running in events like this can help you achieve good times in longer events. Certainly all types of speed work can help but nothing can replace racing.  These runs are aim at all standards of runners and joggers.  Stromlo Forest Park is off Uriarra Road in the new Molonglo Valley development.  On Tuesday 7th Feb the Summers Series 2k/5k start on Lawson Crescent at 6.15pm. Park at the western end of the National Museum of Australia carpark and walk down to the lake edge.
   Jogalong Sunday 5th February – 8am Weston Park, Yarralumla.   Jogalong events start and finish at the corner of Weston Park Road and Prescott Lane.
February is ovarian cancer awareness month, and to recognise this the Jogalong on 5 February will be supporting OvCan, a small local ovarian cancer awareness and support group. 

As well as the usual 6 km handicap event, 3 km fun run and 1.6 Km kids' handicap, we will have representatives from OvCan at the event, who will be providing information on this insidious disease, and are also able to take your donations. A limited range of clothing from previous Women and Girls' Fun Runs (including the teal t-shirts from 2016) will also be available for purchase at the bargain basement price of $20 each, of which $5 will be donated to OvCan. So pick up some quality running gear at a great price and support a good cause at the same time.

Don't want to bring your credit card or cash to the Jogalong? Then go online and make your purchases and donations in advance, and just pick up your new gear on the day. Get in early to get the best choice of clothing. Clothing can also be collected from the YMCA in Yarralumla or posted out if you won't be able to make it on the day. Just make sure you get your order in by Friday 3 February.

For this month only, non-members can pre-register online as well. Again this option is only available until Friday 3 February. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for under 18s.  The link is

 And remember, start time is 8.00 am to avoid the summer heat!

Want to find out more about the Jogalong? Go you our website at

6.      Australian Running Festival – Training Group – Commencing 14th Feb

The Club is conducting a training group for new or returning runners to prepare for the 5km Fun Run at the Australian Running Festival in April. Those aiming to run the 10 km Fun Run or other events are also welcome. This is an 8 week program commencing at 6.30 am on Tuesday 14 February, and will consist of three training sessions a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings at Weston Park. Registration includes a pre-event dinner and a YCRC singlet or T-shirt in addition to the training sessions. The fee for non-members also includes 2017 YCRC membership, and is $125 for adults. The cost for members is $80 and there is also a discount for under 18s. For further details see the Club’s Training Groups webpage.

7.        Helpers/Volunteers
The YCRC is an all volunteers club.  We need your help to hold a summer, spring, Winter Series, or a monthly Jogalong.  We have a team of volunteers who organise the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon (see below).  We have an organiser and we need runners to help with the Half Marathon Training Group.  We provide a large group of helpers to Fairfax Events in April to assist with the Australian Running Festival. Yes many of our members participate in the events and many assist with the following tasks; Drivers, Cyclists, Course Marshalls, Start Marshall, Baggage Handlers and with the Start Drinks.  So when we call for help and it is not far off please help us, by emailing or contact our point of contact.  In the case of the Australian Running Festival our club receives payment for the volunteers provided.

8.      YMCA Canberra Half Marathon and Half Marathon Training Group.
The half marathon will be held on Sunday 28th May commencing at 8am from Lennox Gardens.  Entries are now open and the link is
On the Saturday we will have a 1.6k Mini Jog for young children and a 5k Fun Run.  More details on these events later in the year.
Half Marathon Training Group.   This group will commence on 25th Feb, If you have basic fitness and you want to run a half marathon then join this group. The group meets three times a week on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6.30am at Lennox Gardens and at 7am on Saturday at various locations.  To register for the training group go to    on completion of the YMCA Canberra Half Marathon this group continues as the TTS Training Group.  This group meets on Tuesday and Thursday at Lennox Gardens (behind the Hyatt) at 6.30am and on Saturday around the ACT at 7am.  Turn up on a Tuesday or Thursday for more information.


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