RTW runners weekly roundup – w/c 22nd June 2020

The week commencing 22nd June saw the UK experience the hottest temperatures of the year, with a heatwave on Wednesday and Thursday seeing temperatures as high as 33 degrees celcius! In light of these conditions, we took it upon ourselves to postpone our Wednesday and Thursday group sessions for the health and safety of our runners and group leader. However, we did still provide two outdoor group sessions on the Monday and Friday.

(not) parkrun

The week commencing 22nd June saw just one RTW runner within the results for Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun. Well done to Richard for a new (not) parkrun PB! If you have yet to attempt a (not) parkrun, the process is very straghtforward – complete a 5km on a course of your choice, at a time and day which suits you whilst observing the current social distancing guidelines and then simply log in to your parkrun profile and manually enter your result! The result will then automatically appear against the home” parkrun event to which your profile is linked. Finally, if you have yet to choose a club on your parkrun profile, be sure to add RTW runners so that we can find your result.

Weekly30 Run Challenge

Sadly, there were not entries from RTW runners for the weekend of 27-28th June. This again is a free, weekly virtual challenge which encourages runners to complete a 30 minute run on a Saturday or Sunday. Once registered with OpenTrack, all you then have to do is enter the Weekly30 Run Challenge. This needs only to be done once and then you will be entered for every week (much like parkrun). Once you have completed your 30 minute run, just upload and submit your result to whichever application you use to record your runs e.g. Strava or Garmin. For full details, please visit the OpenTrack website.

Virtual running groups

Our “Zero to 30” beginners group completed week 5 of their 8-week plan and did exceptionally well in running two 10 minute intervals with a 5 minute walk between – well done everyone!

Our “all abilities” group completed a continuous 5km run, what group leader Joe like to call a “double-decker sandwich” – this sees runners complete a steady 1km, followed by a harder effort 1km, and continues in this fashion until 5km has been covered. Again, the group managed well and learned the importance of pacing.

Further to the success of our existing virtual running groups we are delighted to announce that our next virtual “Zero to 30” beginners group will be kicking off on Monday 20th July 2020 with 10 places available. For more information and to register, please visit our RunTogether groups page.

RTW runners 10km pairs relay

Finally, news that this coming weekend is the first RTW runners virtual challenge! We have 16 runners entered and have paired up teams based on ability to make the competition as close as possible. Each runner will complete a solo 5km time trial on a course of their choice over the weekend and once finished we will put the two times together to provide a 10km result. Good luck to everyone taking part!

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