We’re sorry to announce that we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Grand Prix for 2021. Right now, there is just far too much uncertainty for us to embark on the huge organisational effort that goes into putting on a Grand Prix without knowing for certain whether it will be able to take place or what we would have to put in place to make it happen in a safe environment.
We’re hoping to put on a 10K in the autumn and crossing our fingers that we’ll be back with a Grand Prix in 2022.
Usually at this time of year we’d be gathering somewhere for our annual dinner and presenting awards for the previous year. This year is different of course, but our Chairman Jogger and our ladies and mens captains have put together some virtual awards on our Facebook page and there are full write-ups in this month’s edition of Running Free.
Congratulations to our award winners:
Chair’s Trophy – Anna Gray, Hannah Sampson and Lauren Johnson (the Covid Committee)
Men’s Captain’s Trophy – Eddy George
Ladies Captain’s Trophy – Lisa Chan
Despite this year’s restrictions, we’ve still been able to keep going as a club and we’re looking forward to better times.
Following the Government’s announcement that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will enter tier 4 restrictions from midnight on 30th December 2020, all Monday night club runs and Tuesday track sessions are cancelled until the restrictions ease.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support of club nights throughout the pandemic, and we’ll be back running together soon! 👍
Please find the tier 4 rules for running from England Athletics here.
EA have produced a helpful flow chart to show what you should do if you attend training and then come down with Covid symptoms/ have a positive Covid test/ are asked to self isolate by NHS Track and Trace.
Please take a few minutes to have a look.
You should be able to get to it from the link below or from the training page.
The world is an uncertain place at the moment but we’ve started planning for our 2021 Grand Prix series. We’ve set provisional dates as:
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Thursday 24th June 2021
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Thursday 1st July 2021
We’ll be looking at venues and the logistics of putting on some sort of series, depending on the guidance at the time.
We’ll also be offering a refund guarantee if the series is cancelled, so you can enter with confidence. We may open entries a bit later than usual in the new year to see if things become clearer.
Watch this space for updates in the coming months.
The winner of the Lake Handicap is often a newcomer but this year’s series goes to someone who’s been with the club for many years. A close final race saw the top contenders finish within a few places of each other and George maintained his small lead to win the series with Paul Edwards second and Scott Smith just pipping Anna Critchley and Derek Rose for third.
The winner of the final race was newcomer Scott Barnes, way under his handicap time, followed by John Oldfield and Lisa Chan.
It’s been a strange old series, and the first without that essential ingredient of either having runners in front to chase or, worse still, the sound of a pack approaching from behind. But that lung-bursting feeling has still been the same and we’ve at least managed to make a series in the absence of other racing.
Let’s hope we’re back next year for the usual one-lap madness.
Race 3 and series results
Final results are published now. The winner was Christopher Dancer, well over 4 minutes up on his handicap time, followed by Sarah Drew then Chris Jekiel.
Kudos also to Dan Bagley who recorded a sub-15 minute lap, which we believe is the first by a club member. Unfortunately times in virtual races don’t count for records purposes but this is a remarkable achievement.
After two races, it’s tight at the top, with George Kujawinski leading by just 4 points from Paul Edwards, with a bigger gap down to Richard Jones and Anna Critchley.
We don’t know yet whether it will be possible to hold the final race in the usual way or whether it will be another virtual race. The committee will be making a decision in early September based on the latest advice at that point.
Race 2 results and current standings
Thanks again to all of you who attended our virtual AGM. Here are the minutes of the meeting and the reports which were presented on the night. If you have any queries, please let us know at email@example.com.
2020 AGM Minutes
Chair report 2020
Treasurer’s report 2019-20
Events Sec 2019-20
Thanks to all of you who joined us for our first virtual AGM. In the end we had over 100 members present and we were able to make the constitution change that will allow us to to conduct the usual business of an AGM with a smaller quorum, whilst keeping the safeguard of 20% of members having to be present to make changes to the constitution.
We were able to confer life membership on three members who have made outstanding contributions to the club over many years, Sandy Poole, Derek Poole and Glyn Sawford.
We elected a new ladies captain, Janet Aktinson, and we welcome Mark Rose as our new treasurer and Matthew Grainge to the new committee. We thank William Scott for his years of service as treasurer, Jean Inglis for her legendary levels of commitment as ladies team captain and Kev Ford, who has also stepped down.
There’s no racing at the moment, but several members managed to set new records before lockdown since our last update late last year. There update features new records on road and track in both the mens and womens categories. There’s a new all-time club record in the half marathon for Dan Bagley and several inaugural records in categories which haven’t been run by members before.