Tuesday Announcements 11th August

12 August 2020 - By Bill Smythe

What is so wonderful about running is that basically anyone who can walk can start practicing this sport. It doesn’t take special skills or the greatest physical condition like so many other team sports require. Instead, all it takes is to put one foot in front of the other and the willingness to keep going for a while.


A return to some group running 

A pilot was carried out last week to test the Covid secure environment and see if we can carry out formal group running. Whilst this was carried out safely with 11 members attending the administrative burden on the group leader was high with the collection of health questionnaires and registers.

Therefore we have decided at this time that we will continue with the informal group running of a maximum of 6 people, if you want to run in one of these smaller informal groups whilst maintaining social distancing join the running buddies. More details available from Liz Prior or myself.

We keep this under review.

Club Member of the Month

Congratulations to Karen Flowers. The first WRC lady to complete the GVRAT Challenge by her target date of 20th July, and easily before the deadline of 31st August, and for continually organising group runs throughout lockdown, making sure to include everyone Karen can think of.

Other nominations and great achievements were,

Natalie Lilley – For her unofficial pb at 10k for her leg of the Ekiden Relay in a time of 58.17, well under the hour Natalie was aiming for and for running over 200 miles in July

James Clark – for having the best improved score from the 5k series.

Liz Stuckey – for winning the women’s summer champs

Rachu Tg – for her impressive improvement over the 3 races in virtual 5k summer championships

Sharon Read – Sharon completed the Virtual Lakeland 50-mile race in four days (total time 9:09:57).  She hadn’t been able to run a great deal in the lead up to the race, so this was an excellent performance.


The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee

With just 3 weeks to go the WRC runners continue to arrive at the finish line in Tennessee. What a great achievement. Well done everyone.

Sad News 

Very sad to hear the news of Dave Staines passing away this week. Our condolences to his family. See post from Brigid on the website for more details.

 Runr competition 

Competition is now complete and all those who entered should have received an email.  The winners are;

  • 1st prize: Tim who wins a runr Tech hat or visor
  • 2nd prize: Libby who wins a £15 runr voucher
  • 3rd prize: Jodee who wins a £10 runr voucher


 Virtual London Marathon 

With London Marathon now cancelled for non elite runners there is an option for entrants to do a virtual marathon. We have been asked if we could provide some support with water stops etc. Please see Owen’s post on FB and post your interest in running or helping. We don’t recommend anyone running this if you have not been training for a marathon.

 Strava Art

Strava art part 2 finished on Friday with some very interesting entries. Check out the post for further details.

Spell that Word 

Last week of the virtual Tuesday challenge “spell that word” using street signs. Apologies to those with no U close to where you live.  Full details on the FB group.

EA weekly 30 run challenge 

The EA weekly 30 continues with 5 members running this week. WRC finished 15th this week and remain in 12th in the overall team scores. You can still sign up and join the WRC team, it’s just 30 minutes each weekend. Details in post.

Trail races 

Huffer Puffer will be a virtual race this year with donations going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a great navigation trail run from the Compasses at Littley Green. See FB post for more details.

Essex Trail Events have two trail runs arranged. Admiral McHilly 14 miles from Coronation Park on 23rd August.  Don’t hit the wall 14 or 7 miles from Bradwell Marina on 27th September. Check their website for more details.

Essex Way Relay

Fantastic interest in the event. Look out for further posts and details.

Self Isolation & support

If you are in self isolation and need some support please reach out to WRC, I am sure all members would be happy to help. There is also a post from Jason and Jo, our welfare reps on the website.

 Stay safe.


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