With “lockdown 2.0” kicking in from 5th November 2020 the month was another relatively quiet one for our running group. However, we did continue to provide our virtual running groups which helped our runners to maintain motivation and keep their training on track!
Virtual running groups continue
Our virtual running groups cost just £5 per week with runners receiving a weekly 1-hour session to complete at their convenience and the opportunity to join a weekly Zoom group catch-up on a Sunday morning. We shall continue to provide these groups throughout the Winter months until we return to providing outdoor sessions in the Spring of 2021. For more information and booking please visit our RunTogether groups page.
Christmas outdoor running group sessions
We are delighted to announce that in line with guidance issued by England Athletics we shall be providing two outdoor running group sessions on the mornings of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Both sessions will take place on paths in and around Dunorlan Park which we have risk-assessed to be a “Covid-secure environment”. We are now taking bookings for both of these sessions, so if you wish to attend then please ensure to book your place in advance by visiting our RunTogether groups page.
Please note that although organised group activity is permitted for groups larger than 6 in all tiers, capacity will be limited to 12 people per coach in line with England Athletics guidance.
This will not only be a great opportunity to get in some group exercise before and after your Christmas dinner, but also a chance to catch up with fellow group members who you may not have seen since the Spring or Summer of this year. We look forward to welcoming members of all abilities to these sessions.
December 2020 virtual running challenge
Our final virtual running challenge of 2020, the “Christmas Cracker 10km”, will take place over the Christmas bank holiday weekend Saturday 26th – Monday 28th December. As with all of our previous challenges the event is FREE to enter with entrants invited to complete a 10km on a course of their choosing at any time over the long weekend.
If you would like to enter this challenge then please book your place via our RunTogether groups page.
RTW runners spotlight
Last month we introduced a new feature which sees us shine the spotlight on one of our group members. This month it is the turn of Richard Woodfield who shares his running journey with us by answering some quick fire questions!
Q. In which year did you start running?
Q. Who or what inspired or motivated you to take up running?
A. My daughter suggested I might enjoy parkrun. She was right.
Q. Describe yourself in 3 words.
A. Phlegmatic, stubborn, thoughtful.
Q. When did you join RTW runners?
A. Not entirely sure – maybe in late 2016 or 2017.
Q. What is your greatest running achievement?
A. I’m pleased that, so far, I’ve nearly always been able to resist the siren
voices telling me it’s too cold, too hot, too wet or too windy to put on my
running shoes and go out for a trot.
Q. What is your favourite running memory?
A. I always enjoy running in summer evening 10k races at Rye Harbour
nature reserve. By the end it always seems so atmospheric – a warm and
balmy evening, the tang of salt in the air, fiery sunsets across the wide horizons, and the distant cries of seabirds coming in to roost.
Q. What is it that you like about the running community?
A. So many people are supportive and encouraging to others.
Q. What was your goal for 2020 (race destination, new distance, PB)?
A. I was really looking forward to running the Cape Wrath half marathon in the far north of Scotland along with a 10k race at Stornoway in the Outer
Q. Has the Covid19 pandemic affected your 2020 goal in any way, if so how?
A. Both races, along with the whole holiday in Scotland, were cancelled due
to the pandemic.
Q. Have you set yourself a goal for 2021? If not, why?
A. No – there’s too much uncertainty at the moment about what running
events will be going ahead. But any goal may well involve a race or two in a really scenic part of the country.
Read next month’s roundup blog post to find out more about RTW runner, Rose Sawyer who will be the next to shine under the spotlight! If you would like to feature in our “RTW runners spotlight” section then please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor running groups to return Spring’21!
Due to the current Covid tier restrictions that are in place in England, we are working towards a return of evening outdoor running groups from the Spring of 2021, with the week commencing 29th March 2021 pencilled in!
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