Pub Runs are back!
15 July 2021 - By James Attenborough
Yes I know…a few of us have been frequenting pubs for the last few months!
However this time we can all meet at the same time, go inside, and also chat to members of the wider club including friends from other pace groups who you may not have seen in a good amount of time. Indeed feel free to reach out to those members who you haven’t seen in a long while and invite them along!
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. Our pub run season is what makes us pretty unique to other local running clubs and is one of the main reasons I personally joined three years ago!
Whilst the usual season is 16-18 weeks long (Covid has obviously reduced this), due to our current earlier meeting times, I have still managed to schedule in nine pubs before the light becomes an issue.
The Schedule is here: https://www.withamrc.org.uk/training/summer-pub-run-schedule/
I have selected pubs which take into account both our favourite pubs, routes, food and also the wide geography of our members!
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.
We will be keeping the sign up feature, we understand that a lot of you like this feature to see who is coming and your own accountability. It is also beneficial to me to give the Pubs a heads-up as to how many they can expect and how many will be eating/drinking. Where possible I will obtain a copy of the menu to add to the weekly post.
Finally car parking is another issue. Very often space is at a premium so car sharing is always a good idea if you’re comfortable doing so. 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!
Further details about individual venues will be posted weekly but in the meantime I hope that you enjoy the rest of summer running with us!