West Coast Runners Cyprus September Update

The club has had a busy time over the last month or so and despite the intense heat members have been out and about participating in organized races, continuing with our scheduled runs and the popular monthly handicap. Our overseas members have also been enjoying some good weather and running in various park runs around the UK. Some good times being achieved too. There have been two particular events here that several members excelled at.

Geroskipou Run

8 West Coast Runners took part in this local race on Sunday 31st July. – Ruth Poole, Claire Rinkes, Di Henry-Ward, Angela McGill, Christine Bell, Suzie Burke, Viv Couldrey and Ron Morrison. The race started at 8.30am and was extremely warm! It is a relatively short run but with a “cruel” incline to the finish. Everyone did really well with trophies being awarded in the various age groups.

Claire came 2nd and Ruth 3rd place in their age group. Di came 1st, Angela 2nd and Viv 3rd place in their age group and Ron came 1st in his age group. We make a special mention for Suzie and Christine and also to Ruth for getting her first ever trophy. A great achievement by everyone.

13th Kathikas Fun Walk/Run

Well done to all of WCR who took part in this Annual Event organized by the village of Kathikas. It’s a very early start, 6am, but weather was cool and cloudy and ideal temperatures for the 14-kilometer route which took us from Kathikas to Agios Georgios. It’s a mostly downhill route but with a couple of hills along the way. We would like to give a big thank you to the organizers of the event who provided food and drink free of the charge at the end, which was very much appreciated by everyone.

A special well-done to 4 club members, Suzie, Neil, Katerina and Dmitry who enjoyed the run for the first time. We are all looking forward to next year.

Monthly Handicap

We have had really good turnouts for the monthly handicaps and the competition is hotting up!! Of course, with the handicap sessions it’s not always the fastest runner who gets the points, so it’s a great all-inclusive competition for everyone to enjoy.

New Members

Last month we welcomed 3 new members to the club.

Jacqui Petrie, Katerina Vinogradova & Dmitry Vinogradova. Jacqui has joined us at several of our club runs during her frequent visits to Cyprus. Katerina & Dmitry have recently moved to the area and joined the club in July. You are all very welcome.

Couch to 5k

Our new 10-week program will commence on Monday 5th September at 6pm from the Kiosk on Paphos Harbour (near the harbour carpark). The course is free of charge for all participants, whether you are new to running or have run previously but want to get back into it, there will be lots of encouragement and support. For further information contact Diana – Course Leader on 97761015.

West Coast Walkers

Don’t forget we also have our walking group that meets on Monday mornings, exploring Paphos & surrounding areas and you are all welcome to join us – please see the West Coast Walkers Facebook page for meeting points.

Our runs are open to all whether you live in Cyprus or are here on holiday so if you would like to join us at any of our runs please check out the schedule which you can find on our Facebook page or website www.westcoastrunnerscyprus.org for all the up-to-date information.

You can also call Christine on 97757159 or Gerry on 99926291 for any further information.

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