Club and track nights are back!

With the return of tiers comes the very welcome news that organised, outdoor sport can return.  We will now be using Eventbrite for members to book onto club runs. Using this system means members can book themselves onto club sessions and in specific pace groups, manage/cancel their own booking if needs be, and takes a lot of the admin out of the process.

Members have been sent an email with details of how to book.

You will be able to book any of the three Monday club sessions in December – 7th, 14th & 21st.

Track sessions will still be opened for booking on a week-by-week basis. There will not be a waitlist function in operation, so like Monday sessions if you find a session already full, please keep checking back in case anyone cancels.

Any queries should hopefully be answered by our instructions and FAQs, but if you do have any suggestions or questions, please email covid@hprc.co.uk to ensure we can deal with them as consistently as possible. 

Covid Update – Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, Monday night club runs and Tuesday night track sessions can no longer take place. We are hoping that this lockdown will end at the beginning of December and club nights will be able to resume on Monday 7th December, but will, of course, have more information as time progresses. 

We would like to thank everybody in the club who has led runs, volunteered their time to help out with the process, and signed up and attended sessions with such understanding and enthusiasm.

Track is still taking place tonight for those who are booked on. 

Keep running and stay safe, and we’ll see you in December! 

Grand Prix 2021 – Save the Dates

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.

Track is Back!

Following the successful return of Monday night club runs, Tuesday night track sessions are now starting again at Bingham Leisure Centre on 13th October at 8 pm!

This is managed through the same booking system as the Monday night runs, with a ‘Track’ option to select alongside the other Monday night paces.

If you happen to sign up on the Monday or Tuesday, you’ll be signing up for the session on the following week (not the one the next day or that day!).

In order to remain ‘Covid-secure’ these will initially be limited to 2 groups of 12. Each group will have a leader taking the session. As with the Monday nights, we’ll try this approach for a month and then review it. 

We don’t know yet how much demand we will get but hopefully, everyone will get to run. You’ll receive a confirmation email if you are successfully booked in on the Friday before the session. 

Please note, you cannot access the leisure centre building for any reason. This means there are no toilets or changing facilities.  We will share details of how to access the track once you have booked onto a session.

As always, if you’ve got any suggestions or questions, please could you email them to covid@hprcrun.co.uk so we can ensure they are dealt with in the most consistent way possible.

Lake Handicap – And the Winner Is…

George Kujawinski.

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

Covid Update – limited re-start from 7th September

Over the past few weeks, our Covid working group has been considering how we can best resume club training activities. In line with Government guidance we will be starting with a limited return to club activity from 7th September. As a road running club who primarily use public paths and roads for training we don’t feel that we can create a Covid-secure Environment for a full return to training, which therefore means we are limited to multiple groups of 6 people. We are hopeful that following a successful trial period we will be able to look at how we can safely increase group size and the number of members who can join sessions. We’ll also be looking at how we can re-start track sessions in the autumn.

From 7th September we will be re-starting club nights on Mondays only with initially four groups of six runners, each with a leader and at a set pace. We will be setting up a booking system so that members can register for the session. Details will be emailed to members each week. We’re sorry that we will only be able to accept club members at this stage.

Full details and Covid guidance will be sent to those booked in for the sessions.

Please email any queries to our Covid co-ordinator – covid@hprcrun.co.uk.

Virtual Lake Handicap 2 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

Covid Update 1st July

Quite a few members have been asking us what we’re planning to do about resuming club activities as restrictions ease and we’re looking forward to getting back to training and racing again as soon as possible. First of all, we’re governed by the advice of England Athletics, who have provided a helpful route map to recovery which links to the government’s COVD-19 recovery strategy and an infographic

At the moment, we’re at step 2 of the route map, which means that exercise is only allowed in groups of no more than 6 in public outdoor spaces. As all of our official club training activities can include a lot more people than that, we can’t resume any official club activities. There is also no face to face competition so it’s not possible to hold Lake Handicap or Dream Mile races at the moment.

The England Athletics guidance says that:

Clubs should consider alternative virtual options for group training, coaching and committee meetings.

  • We’ve already held one virtual Lake Handicap and a number of virtual challenges, which have generated a lot of enthusiasm and have given people a lot of fun. We’re hoping that there will be more of these in the coming weeks.
  • We’ve been holding committee meetings and the AGM by Zoom for the last several months.

Liaise with venue operators for updates and guidance.

  • We’re keeping in contact with the Water Sports Centre so that we’re informed about their plans for re-opening.

Covid-19 Co-ordinator identified in each club to take responsibility for club plan and risk assessments. This must be in place before any activity can happen.

  • We think it will be best to form a small group for this – if you’d like to help, please email us.

In the meantime, as it is now possible for us to meet in small groups we’re encouraging people to arrange this amongst themselves. The club Facebook page can be used for this, but please don’t advertise this as an unofficial club night, to avoid any confusion. Please also be mindful of the England Athletics and government guidance when you train together.

We’re heartened to see so many people out enjoying running and it’s been great to see the camaraderie which has come out of our virtual events. We’re grateful to those who have helped organise these. We’ll be keeping a close eye on changes to guidance in the coming weeks and months with a view to reopening up face to face club activities as it becomes safe to do so.

HPRC Committee

AGM Update

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.

New committee