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COBS is a club that encourages participation in running at all levels.

 

 

 

 

Our sessions across the week are led by qualified leaders with different pace groups supported more info below

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Starting Sunday 11th November 11am ZERO to 5K

Aston University

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Programme and Session Info

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We have 4 sessions. All are free to attend.

  • Tuesday open sessions are suitable for everyone
  • Thursdays interval training is open to all
  • Saturday sessions are longer runs at a range of paces. For these it is more important how long you can sustain a run for rather than how fast.
  • Sunday are suitable for all, including absolute beginners, experienced runners and all in between

 

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Session further info

Tuesday sessions

Tuesday 7pm (for a 7.15pm start), Aston University

open to all runners who can run at least 1 mile in 14 minutes

Usually finish by 8pm

 

Thursday evening

7pm for a 7.10pm start

suitable for all

Interval training

 

Saturday long run sessions

10.00am for a 10.15am start, Livery Street

Up to an hour run

Various paces are supported

 

 

Sunday sessions for All Runners

Aston University 11am 

 

 

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More about City of Birmingham Striders (COBS)

 

 

 

 

We are a UKA affiliated club, emerging from Yoga Haven run club which was established in 2012. 

 

There is no cost per session

 You do not have to be a member to join sessions

 

Standard membership costs £30 and covers any part of the April to April year. The sooner you take up membership the more time you get as a member. However membership can be started at any time from April n one year to March in the next.For more details please see the club membership page.

 

Sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified running leaders. 

Club leaders for 2018-19 are Nav, Lisa and Seth.

Club leaders are supported by session support leaders who may also be fully qualified run leaders. On occasions a session may be led by a session support leader.

 

Our run sessions are open to any age from 12 years old upwards. 12 - 16 year olds must have written approval from an adult who is responsible for their care.

 

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There are local, county, and regional level races that we promote within the club and support within our training programme. To represent the club in races, and to enter relays and cross country you need to be a member and wear the club vest. See the Race Details page for more information.

 

Cross Country 2018 - 19 fixtures

Locations for the Men's League

November 10  Coventry (Northbrook / Massey Ferguson)

December 1  Gloucester (Plock Court)

info for men's league

2019 fixtures:  January 12: Droitwich. February 9: Gloucester

Locations for Women's League

November 10 Coventry

December 1 Stratford

2019: January 12:Droitwich, February 9: Gloucester

info for women's league

 

 

Prioritised Road Races 2018

 

Results in these races determine club awards at the end of the year. All times are converted to 2015 standard age grade results to make results level between genders and ages. 60% age graded results achieved by club members in these races are noted on the age graded results page. Members who get a 70% age grade result get an award for that achievement, these members are then not eligible for other club awards.

 

Prioritised Races by month

April

8

Birmingham Half Marathon / 10k / 5k results

Sutton Coldfield Park

This half marathon counts as part of a half marathon challenge. The age grade winner of the overall challenge gets a club award. Only those who are members at the time of their recorded runs and are still members end of March 2019 can get the award. At least 2 half marathons from the prioritised or recommended races should be finished to qualify for the club award.

 

May

6

Simply Health Birmingham 10k results

 

June

3

Sutton fun run 8.5 miles, Sutton Coldfield results

 

 17

Arden 9 miles, Hampton-in-Arden results

 

 July

8

Northbrook 10k results

 

 21

Stratford Summer Six (6 miles) results

 

August

 26

Atherstone 10k results

 

September

9

Lichfield 10k results

 

 October

14

Birmingham half marathon enter

 

 November

4th

Conductive Education 10k, Cannon Hill Park enter

 

Parkrun Cannon Hill Park unless notified otherwise. Sign up and print off barcode to record result.

Parkruns and relays are part of a 5k challenge. The age grade winner of the oeverall challenge gets a club award. Only those who are members at the time of their recorded runs and are still members end of March 2019 can get the award. At least 2 races at this level should be finished to qualify for the club award.

March 24 results

others tbc

 

Relays (dates subject to final confirmation) info and results

March 17

September 22

 

Cross Country 2017 - 18 League Races Results

Cross Countries are counted together in an overall challenge with the highest ranked club member in the men's and in the women's league winning a club award (must do more than 1 race to get the award)

all men's league results

January 13 women's league results

February 10 - men only see men's league results above

 

Recommended Half Marathon Races

June 24 Shifnal

July 1 Leamington

July 7 Brimingham Black Country

September 2 Wolverhampton

These races are included in the COBS half marathon challenge.

 

Warwickshire Road Race league

A series of races organised by the county and with a good community spirit to many of them. It is recommended that members try to do 4 WRRL races as this, in 2017, provides guaranteed entry into the Two Castles 10k which is part of WRRL series and is not prioritised because it is entry by ballot. 3 WRRL are prioritised leaving any of the others as recommended if they fit into your own plan.

The Kenilworth half and the BRAT 5k count towards their respective club challenge award.

For more please see the WRRL planner here

 

 

 

 

Age grading is a method that is used to reflect the knoweldge we have about how people run at different ages. It enables runner to compare themselves against the expected pace for a runner in their age group. It is worked out against a time based rounded off from the best in the age category and revised every 5 years or so.

- 60% is a significant marker in age grading as it is considered to be the level at which club runners can run well amongst other club runners in the same age group.

- 70% is significant but much harder to achieve, it is like a threshold figure which when achieved denotes that the runner can expect to perform well amongst those from the various regions in the UK who are fastest in their age group

- City of Birmingham Striders club celebrates achievements for each individual according to their own benchmarks. For some it may take a long time to get to this level. For many 70% will be a very rare achievement at best.

With the help of well informed personalised training we can all work healthily towards and achieve goals. Age graded performance can be an encouraging target as it can be improved across the lifespan. We calculate using exact age, some races including parkrun use age category.

- The age graded performances celebrated here are the highest achieved by individual members in races prioritised by the club

 

2018 (using 2015 WMA age grade road race grading)

 example calculator

 

March

Road Relays

Matt Allen (5.08k) 62.21%

Mark Baker (5.08k) 61%

 

Parkrun

Nav Akhtar 62%

 

Arden 9

Loretta Soffe 70.59%

Jen Twine 69.94%

John Bristow 62.9%

Harriette Salvage 60.79%

 

Midland Road Relays 5.88k

Seth Atkin 67.28%

David Nunez Becerra 66.62%

Jonathan Evans 66.17%

Ali Hasip 60.66%

 

2017 (using 2015 WMA age grade road race grading)

 

March
Road Relays (5.08k)

Victor Garcia de Dios 62.67%

 

April

Ronnie Bowker 10k

Charlotte Bradford 63.17%

 

Cannon Hill Parkrun

Matthew Allen 62.15%

 

Birmingham 10k

Carol Jagpal 72.31%

Hannah Stokes 64.4%

Nav Akhtar 62.94%

Chloe Jagpal 62.85%

 

May

Cannon Hall Parkrun

Seth Atkin 71.83%

 

Masters Relays

Mylo Patrice 69.79%

Ali Hasip 67.90%

 

July

Stratford Summer 6

John Bristow 64.64%

 

August

BRAT 5k

Loretta Soffe 66.82%

 

November

Conductive Education 10k

Jen Twine 70.08%

 

 

 

 

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2016 (using 2015 WMA age grade road race grading)

March 

Cannon Hill Parkrun 5k

Marlon Patrice 68.70%

Kasia Niedzwiedska 63.32%

John Bristow 60.45%

 

May

Birmingham 10k

Chloe Jagpal  65.73%

Hannah Stokes 65.35%

Matthew Stevens 60.13%

 

September

Cannon Hill Parkrun 5k

Loretta Soffe 67.53%

 

Regional Road Relays (men 5.88k, women 4.33k)

Rohan Kallicharan 71.24%

David Nunez Beccera 67.28%

 

October

Birmingham Half Marathon

Charlotte Bradford 62.92%

Victor Garcia de Dios 60.55%

Shahid Valandil 60.5%

 

November

Conductive Education 10k

Carol Jagpal 76.77%

Jen Twine 68.73%

 

December

Cannon Hill Parkrun 5k

Seth Atkin 70.02%

Ali Hasip 66.97%

Harriette Salvage 64.63%

Nav Akhtar 62.93%

Adian Wheeler 61.19%

 

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2015 (using 2010 age grade road race statistics)

19th April Regency 10k

Seth Atkin 69.63%

Marlon Patrice 66.08%

Nav Akhtar 61.82%

 

3rd May Birmingham 10k

Rohan Kallicharan 68.54%

 

21st June Arden 9 miles

Chloe Jagpal 64.55%

 

12th August Rowheath 5k

James Drakeford 68.50%

Maura Quill 67.96%

John Bristow 65.14%

 

18th October Birmingham half marathon

Carol Jagpal 78.25%

Mark Phiillips 67.25%

Hannah Stokes 62.01%

 

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 2014 (using 2010 age grade road race statistics)

22nd June  Arden 9m

Emma Hewitt 65.07%

 

28th September Robin Hood Half Marathon (Nottingham)

Seth Atkin 70.24%

Nav Akhtar 63.75%

 

18th October Birmingham Half Marathon

Carol Jagpal 71.26%

Chloe Jagpal 62.20%

 

2nd November Conductive Education 10k

Mylo Patrice 61.97%