Training and Events

Notfast Running Club – Training Plan

New Training Plan PDF download : Jan 2018 plan rev 2a

Tuesday training options include effort and steady sessions, and hill work on Beacon Hill. Thursdays will have effort and steady options. The steady option will use the same route each week. Trainers will rotate around the sessions to give them some variety too!

All training sessions are suitable for runners of all abilities – you don’t need to be a fast runner to join any of the groups. The aim of the “efforts/speed” sessions is for everyone to increase his/her own effort over usual steady pace, so your speed relative to other runners is not important – you won’t be left on your own.

Please let Rachel have your feedback (positive and negative!) and any suggestions for training sessions so that future training can be tailored to suit everyone in the club:

Please note: – Training sessions shown in red start from where they say.

Otherwise, Tuesday sessions will start at Tom Mann Pavilion for efforts and steady options and J&P, and Topps Tiles car park (bottom of Beacon Hill) for the hill work.

Thursday sessions will be from Flowserve.

VISIBILITY/TORCHES – We encourage the use of high-vis clothing and illuminated accessories now the training sessions are held in the dark. However, as we run almost exclusively in well-lit areas, there isn’t any need for a torch unless it is recommended in the training programme. There are some very powerful head and chest torches on the market which are fantastic for off-road night running, but they aren’t necessary on normal training nights. They can be quite distracting for motorists, and blinding to your fellow club members. Please bear this in mind when preparing for training nights.

Tuesday evening training plan:

Thursday evening training plan:



The East Midlands Cross Country series is run at different venues in Nottinghamshire on 4 different Sundays during the winter. The courses vary and will challenge you in different ways, it may be hilly and/or muddy, and you may have excess water to run through, if you are really lucky you will get the opportunity to run through snow! The events are approx. 5km for females and 10km for males. You don’t have to be fast to take part, being part of a team is far more important. 

All events start at 11am and your entry will be paid for by NOTFAST RC. If you complete the full series you will be awarded a memento from the club at the next awards ceremony. Interested? Please let us know on the NOTFAST XC Facebook page or speak to Kate or Jeremy on a club night: 

26/11/2017 @ Holme Pierrepont 

07/01/2018 @ Bramcote Park 

28/01/2018 @ Colwick Woods 

18/02/2018 @ Trent Meadows


Every year for the last 26 years we have had a long weekend in the Lake District. 2018 dates will be Friday May 18th to Monday the 21st (3 nights’ accommodation). We base ourselves in Grasmere and stay at local B & B’s or hostels.

The traditional weekend comprises of a run of about 3 miles before breakfast followed by a full days walking. Runs and walks are of course optional, you may just wish to do sightseeing or whatever!

Last year Rachel Sheldrake came and organised some trail runs but unfortunately she will not be able to do so next year as she will be taking part in an event the same weekend in The Lakes so we may get chance to cheer her on. I’m sure someone else may organise some trail runs with suggestions from either myself or Rachel.

In the evening we all meet up at one of the local hostelries or restaurants for food and drink.

Rooms in Grasmere fill up quickly as there usually is a walk the same weekend for Help for Heroes which also starts in Grasmere. Single or twin rooms are at a premium.

If you’re interested or need more information please contact Stuart Ashley

If you arrange your own accommodation please let Stuart know so he can update his list.

NOTFAST Grand Prix 2018

New: Grand Prix 2018 PDF download:   Grand prix list 2018

To encourage participation in local events, the club has set a Grand Prix Challenge. To qualify for an award, you need to run at least 12 of the listed events. For members over 65, 7 of the listed events are required. Note that for Summer League and winter cross country any 2018 events qualify, but each can only amount to 1 “event” i.e. 4 Summer Leagues isn’t 2 qualifying events. For Nottinghamshire County Championship races don’t forget to tick the box when entering, if eligible (residence 9 months or birth in county). 

Please keep your own record of your Grand Prix events for the committee to verify at the end of the year.


LDWA (Long Distance Walking Association)

A reminder that we are affiliated to The LDWA and as such receive discounted rates to any of their Challenge Walks, most of which are open to runners.

Information on events, social walks, long distance paths, clothing, publications, etc. can be found at

For more challenge walks follow the link below:

Events for 2018

Please follow the link below for a list of running events in Nottinghamshire for 2017

Running events in Notts 2017

Other Useful links:,

 Ponton Plod 2017

UPDATE 20th September – Results for 2017:

Ponton Plod Results 2017

Pleased to say that the Ponton Plod is going ahead on Sunday 17th September

Adam Holland will head up the steering group, which also includes Edward Casebourne, Andy Watts, Gill Goode and Jeremy Reichelt. Stuart will help throughout. The event has been advertised and on-line entries sorted. 

Thanks to everyone that has said they can help in the weeks leading up to the event and on the day – your help will definitely be needed! 

The event involves planning and marking out 3 courses for runners and walkers, providing food and sustenance at the start, during and finish, as well as dealing with registration and a few other tasks. We need at least 30 people to help out on the day, as well as volunteers for the duties before and after the event. 

We really hope that (as in previous years) we have enough volunteers to help out on the day that other members of the club are able to support by taking part too.