As some of you know we usually do a club championship race in the Summer each year. Don't worry you lucky peeps we will be still holding this race but in a different format.
As usual this will be a handicap race so everyone has an equal chance to win. How does this work?
1. You will need to run the Desford 5 route anytime from 31 August-6 September - I have attached the gpx route for those that haven't ran it before to upload to your watch. You have a whole week to do this, easy peasy.
2. You will all be given a handicap time - this is based on the average of past races. So the idea is for you to beat your own time - it's a race against yourself! Run better than your time, you get more points. If you haven't ran this before, please let us know your 5k park run time.
3. Submit your time and evidence to this email address - you can send a screenshot or preferably a link. Please save it as a "race" so no pausing your watch - remember it's yourself you need to beat!
4. You can run it many times if you wish but only send one email through - I don't need lots of emails ta very much. So I will accept the first time you email only.
5. There will be prizes for 1st male and 1st female of £50 Amazon vouchers to buy yourself a new pair of socks or summat. The honour of being champ is priceless of course.
Please note some of the route is on a main road, so please be careful especially on the blind spot from archers past Little India back up Peckleton Lane. Also respect the locals - if you need to lose 3 secs or so for courtesy than so be it. Its supposed to be fun! Most of all keep safe and if running together -then in groups of 6, no more.
During that week, we will hopefully be putting on group training sessions for those that want to run this as a group or are unsure of the route.
So - you have a few weeks to prepare for this and for the honour of being the club champion - in it to win it. Handicap times will be out closer to the race.
Have a fab week everyone
***MORE DATES RELEASED***
New dates for Striders sessions have been released - sign up using the link below. Some of you following the page with your fingers on the pulse have already signed up before I even finished putting them all on so the rest of you don't be hasty sign up now before they sell out!!
We do still have spaces on the training sessions so please book on. These sessions state the pace so please check that out before booking. Can I ask that if you are unable to attend that you let us know - do not swop with someone else. We need to remain covid compliant so we can track and trace and can only accept members that have booked on. Sorry about that.
Link for booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/desford-striders-17877105852?fbclid=IwAR2titEfRMkWGkJ27Zg5YGY_yn4jrD1pew7NaUSmTA3nnFfRvwruH8d5rAk
The club will be taking part in the Rainbows Challenge again this year virtually. It's a simple concept, you just need to let Damian Miles know your best 2km time preferably on the facebook race page. You can run this anytime between Saturday 1st August to Sunday 16th August, This 2km can be a segment of any run so is totally doable. The club will be making a donation to Rainbows in lieu of entry but you may wish to make your own donation to charity.
Hi Everyone, just a really quick hello and to say we hope everyone is coping ok with the recent pressures. For anyone that perhaps needs a little more support or advice there are some really helpful bits on the links below.
Stay safe everyone
Fay and Sarah - club mental health champions
The dates for the future races are below but basically it is every 2 weeks. I have attached the rules of the league for everyone's attention. There were some moans that runners had ran downhill and had an unfair advantage - I don't think any of us were at fault but please bear this in mind when planning your routes. You also have to submit the race distance -it cannot be part of another longer run. Hopefully we will get the hang of opentrack by the next race too! I think the 1 miler will be tasty!
Keep safe everyone and crack on with your running.
I am checking in with you all to make sure that you are safe and hopefully keeping up with your running.
Firstly, a big well done to everyone that participated in the relay race against Wigston Phoenix. It was a closely ran competition with approx 6 miles in difference. It was such a hot day and you all ran brilliantly. Thanks to Cheryl for organising this and getting us up and out there.
As the country eases itself out of lockdown, I just wanted to update you on the latest English Athletics advice which I have attached for your information. It is still focused on social distancing and allows coaching to continue outside eg 1 coach per 5 people at any one time. As it is still early days we are unable to continue with club runs at this moment and would advise if needed that members privately meet at a distance. Please be assured that we will continually review this and want to be certain that we return only when we can insure all members safety.
If we can help you or you need advice on any aspect of your running, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, if there is any training or activities you would like us to consider during lockdown please shout out.
Please take care and keep on running!
Hope you have all had an enjoyable and safe bank holiday weekend. It has been a crazy lockdown period and I am immensely proud of all of you who have made the most of this and carried on with your training where possible.
I have attached a copy of my latest news update and also some pics of the recent relays. Big thanks go to Sarah Butcher and Chris Jackson who organised these and got everyone out running. You will notice that in the news update I have also slightly updated a new bingo card starting from this Wednesday for anyone that wants to have a bit of fun. The Desford 5 space can be any 5 miler. Huge congratulations to Cheryl Tonks who was the first to complete the last bingo card and most of it from her home - she may need to do some lawn maintenance now.
Anyway, keep safe everyone - we want you fighting fit!
It's so important we keep well, and keep an eye on our own, and others mental health. If anyone needs any extra support please ask or take a look at the Mind website, which is excellent and has so much clear and helpful advice. Take care x Sarah Ball