Training and Events

Notfast Running Club – Training Plan

There will be different types of training available which can be enjoyed (!) by members of all abilities – you don’t need to be a fast runner to join any of the groups. Thursday sessions will be split into groups as required to make sure there are suitably paced groups for everyone who is there. In general, the effort/speed and steady sessions will be taken by our regular trainers (Richard, Jeremy and Faye at present), the drills in Devon Park are with Rachel Sheldrake (further info below), and Ernie will continue to run Joggers and Plodders. All will be assisted by others as required, and as other members qualify as trainers. 

Please let the trainers have your feedback (positive and negative!) over the next few weeks 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. 

Other sessions will start at Tom Mann Pavilion on a Tuesday and Flowserve on a Thursday.


Drills & skills with Rachel: 

On Tuesday evenings I will be offering a coached session in the park as an alternative to the steady run and efforts session. There will be a particular focus each week, and we’ll work on the associated ‘drills and skills’, which will include strength and conditioning work and running technique. There will be some running involved, but we won’t be going for a run as such. The sessions will be suitable for all abilities, speed and experience of runner, so everyone is welcome. If you have a particular area of your running that you would like to improve, if you want a slightly easier session because you have been injured or are recovering from a race, then do come along and join in! We will be running on the grass for most of the sessions, so if it has been raining, you may find it helpful to wear trail shoes although they are not essential. If you have any requests for future areas you’d like to work on, please let me know! 

Thanks, Rachel 

  • Richard is asking for suggestions of training sessions you would like to do. Speak to him with your ideas or e mail –


The Summer League series is run at different venues in Nottinghamshire on 5 different Wednesday evenings during the summer. The courses are mostly around 5 miles long, with the last one usually just under 6 miles. You don’t have to be fast to take part, being part of a team is far more important (and it’s a Grand Prix event!) Start time 7:15 pm. You don’t have to attend all of the races. Car sharing available. If you are interested in running please contact Jeremy for the men’s team or Fay for the ladies’ team More information will be added as we get it: 

Hexgreave Park – 19th April 

Holme Pierrepont – 10th May 

Flowserve – 21st June (10k hosted by NOTFAST) 

Worksop – 12th July 

Teversal – 02nd August 


Peter Tatton says “A huge thank you from me to everyone at NOTFAST who helped make SL3 the success it was. Feedback from the people who count – the runners (both fast & slow) & the race adjudicator was generally very positive. It helped that there were many fewer runners on the night than anticipated. Comment was particularly favourable re the numbers of marshals we had out on the course & the water stop was really appreciated too. Zoe was pleased with her sales of chip cobs. If we were to host another then obviously there were lessons to be learnt. I am particularly grateful for the feedback re the medical incident involving the lead lady.” 

Peter Davis of Newark Striders says “well done on a fabulous race. The parking, Flowserve club facilities and general organisation were great. All the Striders I spoke to were very positive in their comments. One did say it got a little difficult to overtake on the return leg, but this applies to many of the Summer Series courses. Could you thank all the NOTFAST volunteers, they were wonderful in their support and the care they took of us. Can we have slightly cooler weather next year??!”


NOTFAST Grand Prix

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 9 of the listed events. Dates are indicative, and will be confirmed during the year as and when events are finalised. Note that for Summer League and winter cross country any 2017 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 2017

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

Running events in Notts 2017

 Ponton Plod 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.