The month of March saw a return to outdoor group running activities for the first time since September 2020. Outdoor group running sessions returned to Southborough on Monday 29th March 2021 with 11 people in attendance at our first session on the Monday evening and 6 in attendance at our beginners “Zero to 30” group on the Wednesday.
All abilities outdoor interval training group
The Monday session was led by group leader Joe Watts and the session involved a warm-up and running drills followed by 8 x 90 second faster running intervals with 90 second walk recoveries in-between efforts. We welcomed along two new members to the group – Martin and Tony and welcomed back many of our regular runners. Our second session which will take place this evening (Easter Monday) and is fully booked.
Beginners “Zero to 30” outdoor running group
On Wednesday, run leader Claire was joined by 6 beginners which included 3 new members and 3 existing members who were returning to running following an extended break. Week 1 involved 10 repetitions of 1 minute jogging and 2 minutes walking with a 5 minute walk warm-up at the start and a 5 minute walk cool down at the end. The week 2 session has 8 people signed up at present (as at 5th April 2021) and with capacity limited to 12 people, it is advised to book early if you wish to join the group. Week 2 involves 6 intervals of 2 minutes jogging and 3 minutes walking around the warm-up and cool down.
If you would like to book a place on any of our sessions then please visit our RunTogether groups page. Booking in advance is recommended due to the limited capacity of our groups and also required for track and trace purposes.
RTW runners spotlight
This month we did not have anyone to feature and therefore group leader Joe Watts decided to fill the void!
Q. In which year did you start running?
Q. Who or what inspired or motivated you to take up running?
A. The performances of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and in particular Mo Farah, who I met the following year at a book signing at Waterstones in Birmingham.
Q. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Dedicated. Reliable. Relaxed.
Q. When did you join RTW runners?
A. I set up RTW runners in May 2016 having achieved my Leadership in Running Fitness qualification, as a platform for friends and other runners who I had met through parkrun, to join a friendly and organised running group.
Q. What is your greatest running achievement?
Being awarded the “most improved male athlete” at the Tonbridge AC awards dinner in 2017.
Q. What is your favourite running memory?
Achieving my first sub-20 minute 5km at a charity road race in Thousand Oaks, California in 2014. I finished 3rd overall with a chip time of 19:59!
Q. What is it that you like about the running community?
How friendly and down-to-earth everyone I meet is.
Q. What was your goal for 2020 (race destination, new distance, PB)?
A. My goal was to run the Cork City Marathon in a time as close to 3 hours as possible, having previously run 3:08.05 in Boston, Lincolnshire in 2019.
Q. Has the Covid19 pandemic affected your 2020 goal in any way, if so how?
A. Yes. The race, like many others was cancelled.
Q. Have you set yourself a goal for 2021? If not, why?
A. Yes. I have just one goal race which I am training towards (and have been since October 2020), which is the Budapest marathon in October 2021. My goal is to run sub 2:50.
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