Pub runs are back… nearly
28 March 2019 - By Stewart Waller
It’s not quite time to cast off the hi-viz but with the evenings getting lighter we can now look forward to the start of the pub run season and say goodbye to the dark Witham streets for a few months. The full schedule can be found in the ‘Training’ link above but it starts on the 30th April from the Green Dragon at Great Leighs.
Longstanding members will be saying “Hang on, we always start and finish the schedule from The Willows in Cressing!” and there, sadly, lies a problem. Along with a number of our other regular haunts The Willows, as a pub, is no more (particularly sad for me as it has been my local for over 40 years but that’s progress for you??). This has led to some subtle changes being made but, hopefully, you will enjoy what has been arranged.
For the information of our newer members pub runs not only offer a welcome change after pounding the streets of Witham for so long, the chosen routes being scenic, rural and fairly traffic free, but also a chance to socialise after the run with a meal and/or drink. The opportunity also arises to bring along other family members should you wish.
Longstanding members will also know that I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to the number of members ‘supporting’ the pub and that’s because such support is vital. In all instances we rely on the goodwill of the pub to accommodate us (some lay on extra staff especially). You will, no doubt, be using the pub loos and car park for example, so if we want to retain pub runs in a dwindling field it is vital that support is given even if it is only buying a soft drink. If you intend to ‘dine’ please order and pay for your food before the run commences and that way your meal will be ready shortly after your return.
Finally car parking is another issue. Very often space is at a premium so car sharing is always a good idea. If you have to park on a road please consider local residents and as WRC training tops will no doubt be in evidence remember that you are an ambassador for the club!
Lecture over. Further details about individual venues will be posted weekly but in the meantime I hope that you have a great summer of running.