An update in response to new guidance for exercise
Covid-19 remains a significant threat and we are still some way from a resumption of athletics competition. At this time the priority of Holme Pierrepont Running Club remains the health, safety and well-being of our members and the wider community.
We recognise that there have been some changes in the guidance regarding sports and exercise. The official Government ‘Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England‘ was last updated on 1 June 2020. England Athletics has responded to this by issuing a ‘Guidance update for restricted return to activity (for coaches, leaders, athletes, runners and facilities’ (also updated 1 June 2020). https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-step-2/
At present, The National Water Sports Centre remains closed, as does Bingham leisure centre, as such we have decided that all official club-related activities remain suspended. We are hoping to organise a meeting with the National Water Sports Centre in the near future to discuss with them how we can return to using their facilities, following any specific requirements they have once they reopen.
For many of us, continuing to run has been a lifeline in this stressful period. We recognise that club members may now choose to run and train together in groups of no more than six as stipulated in the revised Government and England Athletics guidance. To keep ourselves safe while doing this, let’s make sure that we are all following these key points from the guidance: social distancing of at least 2 metres should be maintained between people exercising together at all times;if you are symptomatic or living in a household with someone else who has a possible or confirmed COVID-19 infection you should remain at home.if you have been asked to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because you are a contact of a known COVID-19 case, do not exercise outside your own home or garden and do not exercise with others We think that our club’s community network has been a great help in this period, supporting and encouraging each other through social media contact, virtual races and practical assistance. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the organisation of events and to all you who have joined in with any of the virtual events, challenges etc.
We hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well and we look forward to seeing you back at the club in the future. In the meantime, it would be great to see you virtually at our AGM on the 18th June.
Happy running! And stay safe and healthy…
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.
From our own Steve Tupholme, Notts AAA Road Running Committee Chairman and Secretary:
It is with much regret that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Summer League due to the Coronavirus.
Although restrictions are beginning to be eased, the future of this season is very doubtful so we thought it best to make a definite decision now so that clubs knew where they stood.
Thank you very much to the clubs who had offered to host the races (particularly to Mark Rowlson and his team from Beeston who were hosting at a new venue for us) and to all the clubs who had entered teams.
As was agreed at the Committee meeting in March, the league entry fees will be refundable and this will be arranged in due course.
The Road Running Committee meeting scheduled for 22/6/20 will also not go ahead but we will keep the September meeting in the diary for now and make a decision on that nearer the time.
Sorry about this disappointing news but I am sure its not unexpected.
We’re planning to hold our AGM via Zoom at 8.15 on Thursday 18th June. Save the date, more details will be sent out in Running Free next month and via email.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we’ve had to take the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Grand Prix this year. We know you’ll all understand that with all the uncertainty that this brings, we really had no option. We’ll be in touch with those who’ve entered already to provide refunds.
We hope we’ll be able to put on some races later in the year when the situation improves and we’ll be thinking about that over the next few months.
Stay safe in these difficult times and we’ll hope to see you all running with us again sometime soon.
Following the announcement about the next stage in the government’s Covid-19 response, all HPRC group activities – including the club and track nights – are suspended until further notice.
England Athletics have also advised that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of May.
EA’s latest updates can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus
Notts AAA Summer League Race #1 at Hexgreave has been cancelled.
The Grand Prix has now been cancelled, we’ll review events as guidance changes and as they approach in the calendar.
Further updates will appear on the club Facebook page and in future e-mails.
As expected, it hasn’t been possible to reschedule the Long Eaton race, so the East Mids series is over after 3 races. As last year, we’ve managed to land three of the four main trophies, with wins in the senior and vets mens and vet ladies categories.
We’ve had some fantastic results along the way, so thanks to all of you who turned out, whether you were at the top of the tables or a bit further down, the East Mids is a great series to take part in.
Final Series Results
In what must surely be a first for the club, we won both the mens and races at the Colwick Woods cross country and the men achieved a clean sweep of the top three places – take a bow winners Oliver Matharu and Natalie Hoffman, and our other podium-placed men, Craig Taylor and Eddy George.
The results leave our senior men in a commanding position in the series with three wins out of three and our vet ladies in almost as strong a position, needing just a second place next week to seal the title. Our vet men need another win to be sure of the title, while the senior ladies are going to need a win and other results to go their way to get the win.
The series concludes next Sunday, 9th February at West Park, Long Eaton.
Overall standings after 3 races
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Patti Cranton, who has now matched husband Wayne’s two victories. Patti won her second trophy by finishing just 9 seconds away from her handicap time with Naomi Mcarthur second and Paul Wade and Michael Miller tying for third. Her first win came in 2010.
Wayne of course got the second of his victories just last year – cue cheesy trophy handover photo.
We proved on Sunday that we’re a club of mudlarks if nothing else, taking three of the top 4 places in the men’s race and two of the top 10 in the ladies, on the way to sweeping to victory in three of the four senior and vets categories, our ladies vets taking a second place. Oli Matharu led the men’s field home followed by Phil Nind and Hannah Sampson took second in the ladies race.
That’s left us in good shape for the series, as we now lead the senior men’s category and are tied at the top in the vet men’s, senior ladies and vet ladies. So there’s all to play for when we resume in February.
Holme Pierrepont Results
Overall After 2 races