RTW runners weekly roundup – w/c 25th May 2020

In this weekly round-up, we re-introduce ourselves, provide you with an update on our virtual/remote running groups, announce the return to outdoor running groups, share pictures of our runners celebrating our 4th anniversary, promote Global Running Day & invite you to participate in a FREE two-person 10km relay!


It has been 2 and a half months now since our last RunTogether group session, which took place on Monday 16th March and this is our first weekly roundup post since before lockdown restrictions were introduced to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Lockdown restrictions were eased on Wednesday 13th May to allow 1 person to meet 1 other person from outside their household in an outdoor public space. This meant that people could at least exercise together whilst observing social distancing rules and from Monday 1st June 2020, groups of up to 6 people may meet and exercise outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing.

It has been a lonely few months…

Virtual running groups

The week commencing 25th May saw the start of our two virtual running groups. We welcomed 8 people to our popular, “Zero to 30” beginners group and 14 people to our “All abilities” interval training group. Each group member was provided with their very own personalised 8-week progress chart as well as a weekly session plan. The main session for the week was outlined and coaching points provided to help provide a focus for the session. Participants were then advised to go out and complete their main session alone at a time and day which was most suitable for them.

On Sunday morning (31st May), Joe held a virtual group catch-up for the beginners group at 9.30am and the all abilities group at 10.30am. This was a great opportunity to meet one another, share experiences, ask questions and prepare for the week ahead.

RTW runners 3km solo challenge on Strava

Throughout the month of May, Joe set a challenge for runners to complete a solo 3km “best effort” over the first bank holiday weekend (Friday 8th-Sunday 10th) and the following 3 weekends in May (Friday – Sunday). Each person who completed the challenge and uploaded their run to the RTW runners Strava club put themselves in with a chance of winning a free 1:1 online personal training session with Joe or (from 13th May onward) a free 1:1 outdoor running coaching session! The winners were Heather Jenner, Dom Taylor-Langley & Kathryn Ebrey, so well done to them.

Request to join our Strava club.

The return of outdoor groups (up to 5 people)

As mentioned in the introduction, the UK Government guidance for England now allows groups of up to 6 people from different households to meet outdoors and we are pleased to announce that we will be providing outdoor running sessions for groups of 5 people from Thursday 4th June.

We have currently arranged 3 group sessions, as follows:
Thurdays – Southborough 5:15 – 6:15pm & 6:30 – 7:30pm
Wednesdays – Forest Row 6:30 – 7:30pm

The return of outdoor running group sessions from Thursday 4th June 2020

We hope to add more in due course and would appreciate feedback from yourselves as to when, where and what time you would like to see a group session! Please e-mail joewatts@plegafit.com with your request.

RTW runners 4th anniversary celebrations

Sunday 31st May 2020 saw us celebrate the 4th anniversary of RTW runners. Joe wrote a detailed blog post about the history of the group, which can be found here.

A collage of some of our running groups over the years

We invited you all to run either 4km, 4 miles, 4 minutes or 40 minutes as a way to celebrate and RunTogether virtually! It was wonderful to see so many of you joining in and here are just some of the runs & images that we saw in our Strava club:

Global running day

The first Wednesday in June marks Global running day. We have set up a club on the Global running day website where we have set a target for the team to cover a total of 30 miles. At present, we have 4 runners on our team and only a total of 7 miles have been pledged, so with just two days to go we would invite and encourage you to join the team and make your pledge!

RTW runners 10km relay – 4th-5th July 2020

Finally, we are planning to organise a two-person, 10km relay over the weekend of 4th-5th July 2020. Joe will pair up runners, based on ability, who will each run a solo 5km at a time and day over this weekend, with the two times being combined to provide a total 10km time! The teams will be picked so that the teams are as evenly balanced as possible, meaning that there will be a real sense of competition. If you would like to participate in this FREE event, please send an e-mail to joewatts@plegafit.com confirming your estimated 5km time.

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