After the success of our first attempt at a virtual version of our Lake Handicap race, and with no immediate return to more usual times on the horizon, we’re going to go again.
If you’ve registered, you can find your time here.
You have from Monday 6th July until Sunday 12th July to run a single lap of the Regatta rowing lake as fast as you can in whichever direction you fancy.
You have until 9pm on Sunday 12th July, submit your result to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For newer members, please see more info about how the Lake Handicap usually works here.
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.
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.
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.
In these strange and worrying times where races are cancelled and even social runs are a big no no, our friends at RAC have shared a great idea that will boost morale and be FUN!
Come and join us in the CoViD-19 HP Virtual Relay! Register HERE
HOW IT WORKS:
There are 2 teams – Odds and Evens. Your year of birth dictates which team you are in. For example, if you’re born in 1980, you are an “Even”. You get the idea? The relay kicks off on Sunday 22/03/20 (hopefully) with a random name picker app selecting the first 2 runners. …We may nominate 2 captains or may not!
Where can you run (or jog, skip, walk, hop if you’re injured!) I hear you ask?… anywhere – if you can do it outside – great! If not – on a treadmill (not in a public gym!), around your backyard, your living room, up and down the stairs – whatever is possible for you!
The relay will continue until the virus ends or we get bored. At that point, The winning team will be the one with most distance covered.
- The first runners for each team will be selected by a random name selector (already done). If you are picked, please confirm that you can run that day. Don’t worry if you can’t, you’ll get another chance and you can just select the next runner in your team from the google sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14ENc3nIVkcImF1HAwBjkm0aAjcT-i0-6FoOKC_XYVYU/edit?usp=sharing.
- Each runner runs for 19 minutes (aka a “Hardcastle”) and records the distance covered – via Strava, GPS or “old skool” (OS map and a piece of cotton).
- Each runner MUST carry a baton. The sillier, the better. There probably will or will not be prizes…
- Once a runner completes their run, they must post pictures of themselves and their baton plus the distance covered on Facebook (or email Lisachan@live.com, who will post it) then update their time in the google sheet (in step 1) and also nominate some one on the same team from the sheet – if they don’t nominate someone, Lisa can use the random name picker to select the next runner.
- The team that has covered the most ground at the end of the challenge, wins the much-coveted Covid-19 trophy!
- In the event of a draw, no one will care.
- Each team must include athletes of all ages, genders and haircuts.
- Each team can “play their joker”. That runner gets double distance!
- Daftness is encouraged.
- It is a competition, but no one cares who wins.
- Expect the rules to change mid-relay.