Tuesday Announcements 19 May

19 May 2020 - By Bill Smythe

“I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually, the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.”
Haruki Murakami


Congratulations to Gerry Greenwold on being this month’s Club Member of the Month for his amazing comeback to running after his diagnosis and treatment for Cancer and then tripping in a rabbit hole on his first proper run out delaying his return a bit longer.

Congratulations to Charlotte and Graeme Roberts on the birth of their son Toby. We wish you all the very best.

Week 6 of the virtual pub runs and there are 49 members who have taken part since the start and have now visited 82 different pubs. The link on the website showing a map of where members have run has been updated.

Chelmsford AC Virtual 1 mile

Chelmsford AC have invited all Essex clubs to take part in a virtual One Mile challenge.

Times must be recorded between May 25th 12am and May 29th 12pm – as with our own SD Champs, times should be posted on Strava or a photo taken of your watch, and sent to our Facebook page.
If you would like to take part please add your name to the Team Event Entry under Links  on the website. Entry fee is £2.50 which the club will pay as long as you have paid your membership for 2020/2021 season

SD / Front Door Rouge 5k series – register by Friday (optional)

The next wave of SD events will be 3 x virtual 5k and an optional 10k. The dates have been chosen to align with the virtual Front Door (Rouge) 5k series, if you wish to take part please register by Friday.  All details are on the Facebook group and you get a free hat as part of the entry. Entry to the Front Door 5k is optional; results for the WRC SD 5k will still be captured.

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 & optional 10k

25/26 July – 5k

Virtual Membership

The Committee have agreed to roll out a virtual membership for the period of the lockdown restrictions to enable members of other running clubs, who are not being offered any virtual training to take part in WRC virtual events.  Further details and link on website.

New Facebook page 

A new Facebook page for WRC has been created in addition to the FB group page. This will be a point of contact and info page for prospective new members. Please like.

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 

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

Other non WRC events 

Trail Runners

Do you want to explore the trails around Essex? then Essex Trail Events (ETE) are offering all of their written instructions for download from Entry Central for £10.  Details on their website or Facebook.

WRC V-RAT 1000

James Blackshaw is keeping track of all the members taking on the Virtual Race Across Tennessee challenge.  Updates are being posted on Facebook Group with members now passing the 100 mile mark. Well done all.


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 seeing you all soon.



  1. Gerry Greenwold Gerry Greenwold says:

    Thanks a million for that Bill. Gobsmacked. My nickname is “lucky”.

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