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Runners Wanted.

Sporting Smarden is keen to further expand and promote running in the village. This could be part of a keep fit regimen or training for a forthcoming event. Whether you are a beginner or the veteran of several marathons we would like to hear from you. There are already two organised runs most weeks, but we would like to hear from anyone who would like to participate, or for suggestions how running in Smarden can be made more inclusive to all.

 

Keep-fit runs

A small group run every Sunday morning from the Flying Horse car park at 08:00. The run is largely cross-country, is around 3-4 miles and takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Routes vary. Anyone is welcome to join us: at present the regular group (men and women) is 6 strong.

 

Summer evening pub runs

During the summer we do a longer run starting at around 18:30 and running to a distant hostelry and back. The Rose and Crown (Mundy Bois), Dering Arms (Pluckley), Queens Arms (Egerton Forestall) and George (Bethersden) are regular destinations. On some occasions we go on further - for example to Woodchurch, Egerton, Little Chart or beyond - subject to the willingness of a car driver to bring us back.


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The Long Run


"On your marks"


After several highly successful annual fund raising runs back from Camber Sands, this year’s event was a little more genteel with a run from The Bowl at Stalisfield to Smarden. This was a “mere” 10 miles which the intrepid Smarden Harriers competed in short order dispite stopping at two pubs on route to vital refreshments. Our thanks to all who participated.

 
The final sprint



Keep-fit runs

A small group run every Sunday morning from the Flying Horse car park at 08:00. The run is largely cross-country, is around 3-4 miles and takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Routes vary. Anyone is welcome to join us: at present the regular group (men and women) is 6 strong.

 

Summer evening pub runs

During the summer we do a longer run starting at around 18:30 and running to a distant hostelry and back. The Rose and Crown (Mundy Bois), Dering Arms (Pluckley), Queens Arms (Egerton Forestall) and George (Bethersden) are regular destinations. On some occasions we go on further - for example to Woodchurch, Egerton, Little Chart or beyond - subject to the willingness of a car driver to bring us back.

Summer pub runs are normally on a Wednesday evening but may change subject to discussion on the previous Sunday morning.


 



So why run?

Get fit for free: Running

 

What does it involve?

You being at one with nature. The main benefit of running is that you can already do it. Sure, you may not have tried for a while, but everyone can run at least a few steps. It's one of the cheapest sports to take up and you can do it anywhere, anytime, meaning even the super-busy can fit it in. Just lace up and go.

The health benefits are myriad. Running can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve your cardiovascular system, heighten mood and concentration, lower stress, widen your arteries, improve bone strength and slow the ageing process …

It's also one of the best ways to lose weight. To lose one pound of weight in a week, the body must burn 3,500 calories more than it consumes – that's a calorie deficit of 500 a day. Runners can easily burn that in around 50 minutes.

You'll love this if ...

You want to challenge yourself. Running is one of the purest tests of fitness. There's nobody else to blame if it goes wrong, and nobody else to praise when you nail a new personal best. You alone are responsible for your performance.

Running is also perfect for those who prefer their own company. If you like the idea of putting your headphones on, getting your legs moving and being alone with your thoughts, running will suit you down to a tee. And, despite the solitude of training, those who still crave an element of competition are well catered for. There are races for every level of ability and you can begin competing almost immediately. There are 1-5 mile fun runs, 5km road races, 10km off-roaders, 10-mile obstacle races – the list is almost endless. Plus, at most races, everyone gets a medal.

This isn't for you if …

You have weak joints. Running puts an impact force of 2.5 times your body weight through your knees and ankles every time you take a step. If you have serious issues with these areas, hit the gym first to toughen them up.

And, if you don't like repetitive action, there's no getting away from the fact that running does involve putting one foot in front of the other, again and again and again. If you're easily bored, running may not be for you.

Motivate yourself by …

Entering a race: there's nothing like a looming target to get the mind focused. Visit runnersworld.co.uk/events for the largest race listings directory in the country. Choose something suitable for your level. 5km and 10km training programmes will help prepare for race day.

Starting a training log: it can be simple (a fridge-door calendar) or sophisticated (a bespoke online log) – but ticking off each session and seeing your progress is the best motivation of all.

Planning in advance: if you make last minute decisions on training, you're more likely to let life get in the way. Put your schedule up on the kitchen wall so your family can see it; they'll know that you're committed, and that at certain times you're simply not available. Treat each session as non-negotiable – like brushing your teeth.

Making your new hobby public: if you don't fancy that early morning session, think of the friends who'll never let you live it down if you're not glowing with health next time you meet.

Finding a training buddy: not only can this make training more fun, but if somebody is counting on you as much as you're counting on them, you're less likely to skip a workout. But make sure it's somebody who is of similar ability and is supportive, not competitive.

Being realistic: there will be times when a bottle of wine, a plate of stodge and a boxset seems preferable to training. Go for it. Treating yourself once a week will prevent you from tipping over from enthusiasm to resentment. After all, this is supposed to be fun.

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The Den Golf Society

Smarden has an active golf society based in the Flying Horse Public House and which meets on a regular basis for games both close to home, and for matches’ further afield.

Latest News


Another near perfect day for golf at Canterbury and although the scoring was not as high overall as at Walmer there were notable exceptions at the top end of the board.

The results at Canterbury were as follows:-

 

Individual Stableford  - Winner Cliff Parr, runner up Duncan Payne

Longest Drive –            Andy Underdown

Nearest the pin –          Dave Weston

 

Remaining fixture list for 2015

Thurs     18 June                                  Seaford GC

Fri           24 July                                   Nizels GC

Thurs     20 Aug                                    Kings Hill GC

Fri           25 September                        Faversham GC (Captain’s day)

 

 

New members always welcome, for further details contact any of our committee members:

Martin Poile 01233 770390, Hugh Perrott 01233 770429, Toby Raphael 01233 770665

 


Smarden Golf Society: Martin Poile 01233 770201



Tennis in Smarden: Coming shortly