RTW runners monthly roundup – September 2020


The month of September saw us provide our final outdoor evening running group sessions both in Southborough and Forest Row as the evenings began to draw in. It also saw us provide the fourth in our virtual running challenge series, a 10km handicap run – results of which are provided later in this post.

Outdoor running groups come to a close, for now..

The darker, colder and wetter weather is now upon us and while this usually wouldn’t prevent us from providing outdoor evening running group sessions, the difficulty of locating a Covid-19 secure environment and one in which social distancing can be maintained does. However, we are pleased to say that the evening groups shall return in Spring 2021 and our popular virtual running groups will continune over the Autumn and Winter!

Virtual running groups

For those who don’t know or haven’t yet tried, we started up our virtual running groups back in May when the lockdown rules were starting to be eased. There are many benefits to registering for the virtual groups, for example, you can complete the planned weekly sessions when it suits you – you choose the time, the day and the location. The group and the plans which are provided provide structure and assist with motivation and accountability. In addition, being part of a group, albeit virtual, provides you with the opportunity of working towards a common goal and brings a sense of togetherness.

Our next round of virtual groups kick-off on Monday 5th October, with the option of joining a beginners, intermediate or advanced group. You can either sign up from the start or choose which weeks suit you. For more information and to register, please visit our RunTogether groups page.

RTW runners virtual 10km handicap – the results

Our fourth virtual running challenge took place over the final weekend of September and saw 5 runners complete a 10km run in their fastest time possible. Prior to the run, each runner provided an estimated 10km time from which the average pace of each runner provided the necessary handicap.

The clear runaway winner was Madeleine Welch, who was running just her second ever 10km and managed a huge 13 minute personal best! In second place, and, with a a 66 second personal best himself (which was set over 10 years ago) was David Walsh. Exluding group leader Joe Watts from the podium places, third position went to Gay Spershott – who was just 11 seconds behind Joe.

Well done to everyone who took part and we welcom you to register for our next virtual challenge…

RTW runners virtual 6.66km Halloween challenge

Our next FREE virtual running challenge will take place over the final weekend of October and seeing as it falls on Halloween we thought that we would come up with a unique and frightening distance for the challenge!

If you would like to enter our next virtual running challenge then please register in advance by visiting our RunTogether groups page.

Thank you for reading this monthly roundup post. We invite you to share your journey with us on social media, where you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Strava @RTWrunners.

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