A Doctor's Guide to Marathon Training
Club member Dr Jim Graham of Hassocks has published a Doctor's Marathon Training Lifestyle Guide for runners and triathletes, for beginners to elite runners. It provides insight from a physician who has studied the sport and personally raced more than 50 marathons. At 53 years of age Jim is still getting faster with a 2hr 51min marathon finish at Brighton in 2016. Jim himself completed four full ironmans, two half ironmans and four marathons in 2016 and finished in the top half of his age group at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships at Kona, Hawaii in 2016. All revenue for the guide in January 2017 will be donated to the Alzheimer's society, a charity that Jim has been supporting for some time. Marathon running is a family sport as Jim's wife Helen is also a marathon runner. She is also a Doctor.
Ironman All World Athlete medals
Dr Jim Graham has been awarded a AWA gold medal for his Ironman performances in 2016. This places him in the top 1% in the world for his age group.In addition club member Douglas Mac Taggart has been awarded an AWA bronze medal for being placed in the top 10% of his age group. In 2016 Douglas completed 2 full Ironmans at Vichy and Wales, together with 2 Ultra marathons and 14 marathons. This year Doug is planning on doing 3 Ironmans, the first being at Lake Taupo in Zew Zealand.
The club made a donation of £750 to Chailey Heritage's Seymour Dept to assist with their activity week in the summer term. This sum was raised from entry fees paid for events run by the club.
Thirteen members participated in the 7th Portsmouth Coastal
Waterside Marathon on the 18th December just before Christmas. The
route is from South Parade Pier to the end of the Hayling Billy
Line and return. Although it is flat marathon, it has some
fantastic views across Langstone Harbour. The profits from
entry fees are donated to the RNLI.
James Graham was the 1st member to finish on 3.10.51 with Kevin James following in 3.28.38 and Mike Jaffe just behind Kevin in 3.28.39 . Emma Jaffe was 1st club lady to finish in 4.02.57 with Helen Graham following on 4.30.54. Clair Hunt was competing in her 1st marathon and finished in 6.24.27. the other members times were: Steve Alden 3.49.44, Rob Hoodless 3.53.28, Julienne Stuart-Colwill and Matthew Critchley 5.55.55, Jean Fish 4.56.37, Vicky Von Der Linden 5.27.01, and Sarah Hinton 5.41.45.
New Years Day swim at Weirwood Reservoir
Four members braved the cold water, just a smidgeon over 5 degrees celsius, at Weirwood Reservoir on New Years Day. A few others watched.