RTW runners weekly roundup – 2nd March 2020

Welcome to what is our first weekly roundup of the goings on amongst the group and also behind the scenes at RTW runners!

Each week we will be highlighting and celebrating performances from our members as well as informing you of upcoming training and events.

This first week of March saw RTW runners in action at various parkruns


Saturday 7th March saw parkrun celebrating International Women’s Day which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Looking through the parkrun club results, we found 6 of our members taking part at 4 different locations –

Sheffield Hallam parkrun – David Harman 38:05

Preston Park parkrun (Brighton) – Matt Parrett 27:21. You can see pictures from Matt’s parkrun on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matt.parrett/

Kingdom parkrun (Penshurst) – Kathryn Ebrey 33:33 and Jim Corby 36:21

Royal Tunbridge Wells parkun – Claire Henry 25:55 and Richard Woodfield 30:20

If you haven’t yet assigned “RTW runners” as your running club within your parkrun profile it is very easy to do. Just click on “manage my profile” in any of your parkrun results e-mails and then choose “update” once logged in. You can then select “RTW runners” from the “Running club” drop down menu. By selecting and representing our club we can then recognise and celebrate your parkrun achievements in our future weekly roundups!

Vitality Running World Cup:

Thursday 5th March marked the kick-off of the Vitality Running World Cup. This is a free to enter, knock out competition which allows runners from across the globe to register for free in order to represent their country. The qualifying round for the competition runs from Thursday 5th March until midnight on Wednesday 11th March. We created a team for “RTW runners”, for which we currently have 12 members. It’s still not too late to join, so long as you register and complete a qualifying run of 3km or more in 30 minutes or less. If you would like to join our team once registered, then please follow this invitation link: https://app.runningworldcup.com/teams/invite/6otk02?ref=1ykw0r

Current standings show that United Kingdom are in 3rd position, with the top 16 countries progressing to the next round. Our 12 member team has so far clocked up an impressive 160km! Well done everyone.

Lydd 20 mile road race – Sunday 8th March:

This annual event usually takes place around 5-6 weeks before the major Spring marathons (Brighton, Manchester, London etc) and is a great training run for those deep into marathon training. It provides an opportunity to test out not only your physical strength and endurance, but also your mental strength, fueling strategy and pacing. There were a number of RTW runners in action on what was an exceedingly windy morning! Well done to Rose Sawyer, David Sawyer as well as group leader Joe Watts for completing the distance! You can read more anout Joe’s experience on his “DJ2Runner” blog: http://www.plegafit.com/races/lydd-20-mile-road-race-sunday-8th-march-2020/

Training this week:

Sunday 8th March saw our latest Zero to 30 beginners group complete their final week! Run leader Claire Henry led the 4 runners to their first 30 minute continuous jog and we now look forward to helping them build consistent, injury-free and enjoyable running in the future.

Future events:

“Beginners Plus” running group – we are pleased to announce that as of Sunday 15th March, we shall be re-introducing our “Beginners Plus” running group. This will be a 45 minute session which will involve a 5 minute walk warm-up, 30 minute continuous, conversational paced jog, a 5 minute walk cool down and stretches to finish. The session is suitable for those who have completed our Zero to 30 beginners group as well as those who are returning from illness, injury or a sustained break from running.

RTW runners go plogging – Saturday 4th April (Community Centre, Forest Row) 9-10am

RTW runners go plogging – Friday 10th April (Running Hub, Southborough) 9.30-10.30am

That is all for now, so thank you for reading and feel free to leave comments.

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