Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A bit more about... CC6

When we joined SRS, some of us were slightly bemused when we were encouraged to take part in CC6s and RR10s - was it 6K, 6 miles, 10K, 10 miles, off road, on road - what were these things and why take part?

Well, I do now know & understand why SRS take part so enthusiastically in these series!  Starting off with the CC6....

  • What? 
  • When? 
    • One Sunday morning per month from November to March.  All start at 9:30am.
  • Where? 
    • Each race has a different course.  Four of the six are in the New Forest (next Sunday's is at Bolderwood), the last one was close to Winchester and the one on 4th March is at Fleming Park.
  • How far?
    • About 4-5 miles - a different distance each time.  Courses are cross country - so off road & most have hills.
  • How much?
    • Free.
  • How does it work?
    • Check on the website to get the start point and allow plenty of time to get there as the selected car parks can take a bit of hunting down!
    • Wear an SRS top if you have one - but don't worry if you don't.  Look for other SRS tops so we can get together at the start & learn who's doing our admin.
    • Run.
    • At the end, you'll be handed a raffle ticket.  Hand this to the SRS organiser who will administer the paperwork. 
    • Your results will then appear on the CC6 website & will contribute to SRS's performance over the series.  We need 3 runners each time to have our results counted.
  • What's so good about it?
    • Beautiful locations - a chance to run with some new scenery.
    • Friendly & welcoming.
    • Free.
    • Very well marshalled and you can study a course map at the start.
    • SRS help to marshal/organise the Winchester CC6.
    • Very fast runners can't take part.  It is designed to be a good series of events for club runners.
    • Good to meet other club's runners - and other SRS runners!
    • Early-ish start means that you have the rest of your Sunday free.
  • Any downsides?
    • It can be muddy - trail shoes will be really useful.
    • No loos at the start/finish!
    • It isn't chipped so you will lose a few seconds from your time if you weren't first in line at the start.
    • Do check the maps for starting car parks - there may not be a marshal directing traffic when you arrive.

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