Tuesday Announcements 12 May

12 May 2020 - By Bill Smythe

“Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant, that leaves you in a great mood.”
Auliq Ice

 With some of the restrictions being eased we can now look forward to spending some more time outside in the sun doing other exercise apart from running and cycling. Let’s hope the weather stays as good as it has been over the last few weeks.

Week 5 of the virtual pub runs and there are 49 members who have taken part since the start and have visited 72 different pubs. There are quite a few I had never heard of and some interesting names like “Donkey and Buskins”. So far “The Swan” is winning as the most popular name with 6 visited. The link on the website showing a map of where members have run has been updated.

Another successful Virtual pub quiz arranged and hosted by the Quizinator James A. Great fun was had by all who Zoomed in. See you at the next one.

Following the initial donation made to the food bank  we have decided to keep the link open in case anyone else would like to donate and them make a final donation in the future. See post on website for more details.

WRC V-RAT 1000

A great start for all the members taking on the Virtual Race Across Tennessee challenge.  This is a 1000km (621 mile) run to be completed between May and August running an average of 5 miles per day.  You can still sign up on their website.

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.

Future Events 

We are planning the next wave of SD events which will be 3 x virtual 5k plus 1 optional 10k. The Thursday virtual speed development sessions will be aimed at improving your speed over these distances. Details will follow on website. Proposed dates below.

30/31 May – 5k

27/28 June – 5k / 10k

25/26 July – 5k

Further fun events to start soon are “Run the Rock”, Strava Art and “Spell that Word” by street names.

Other non WRC events 

Katarina Johnson-Thompson launches Rainbow Medal competition and free funetics Home School Pack

funetics ambassador and World Heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson (KJT) is heading up a new funetics competition for children to design a ‘Rainbow Medal’ – to help recognise the amazing superhero key workers who live amongst us and keep us safe in these challenging times.

Aligned to the competition launch, we’ve also released our new free funetics Home School Pack – a fantastic resource to help primary school aged children learn and stay active at home.  The pack is based in part on our new funetics programme, which provides fun athletics sessions to help primary school children learn, develop and practice running, jumping and throwing all year round and reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2.

Click below to find out details of the competition and to access the funetics Home School Pack, which includes:


  • Warm up and cool down exercises as well as competition style activities for children to test themselves.
  • Videos from the funetics programme of fun games for children to try.
  • Printable work sheets for children to complete the cross-curricular sections covering literacy, numeracy, science, PE, art and history.
  • Activity cards of a range of fun athletics-themed activities such as colouring, word searches and quizzes.
  • Fun games (supporting topics in the curriculum) brought to life in video format.
  • The history and heroes of the sport plus an explanation of the different types of athletics events.

Chiptiming UK – iRace 

Are you missing the excitement of race day? We are. So, we have created a simple way to race with other like-minded athletes on race day.

iRace is a great way to stay connected with your running community and you can start from your front door and run any route.

At 10am on Sunday’s and 7pm Wednesday’s we host races on a live interactive map. All runners must run with a sports watch, a phone or both to track their performance and receive a time. The interactive map displays:

  • ALL runners’ routes and elapsed time
  • Distance completed, speed, elevation, and pace of individuals
  • Live Leader Board, updated automatically from phones or uploaded post-race from sports     trackers
  • Results are posted on ChipTimingUK website. Age group and club positions displayed.
  • Individuals and teams can race each other over specific distances and results can be posted by runners from all over the country.

I would like to invite you and any of your club members to get involved. You can see full details of the service at http://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/irace

First race is this weekend and other dates are below.

You can book a spot by clicking on the link below.




Thanks to all those who have already renewed their membership.


I wish you and your families and friends the best of health and look forward to running with you all soon, at a distance.


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