Welcome new members!

21 May 2020 - By Jason Lilley

A very warm welcome to our new members, from all of us at Witham Running Club!

I thought it would be helpful to let you all know about our regular activities.  All members, virtual or otherwise, are entitled to take part in all our activities.  If anything is unclear, or you have any questions about anything, just ask!


Tuesdays – Virtual Pub Runs

Our Tuesday night training runs during the summer are usually from pubs somewhere in the countryside surrounding Witham, with members generally staying for something to eat and drink afterwards.  As we can’t do this together at the moment, we are doing it virtually in the form of ‘pub bingo’.  All you have to do is pick a pub that corresponds with something on your bingo card and then take a photo of it as you pass by on your run.  Share your run on the relevant Facebook post with a photo of your post run ‘pub food’ and a favourite tipple if you wish. The only rules are that you can only do one pub a week, and you can only use each pub once.  For example, the ‘Red Lion’ can be a colour, or an animal, but not both!  Feel free to be a bit creative if you don’t live in a town full of pubs. This has been running for a while now so you may not be the first to fill your card up, but you can still take part.


Thursdays – Speed Development Sessions 

Thursdays are our speed development sessions.  One of our coaches will post a session on our website during the week for members to complete in their own time. Full instructions are included but if you need any help with anything, please ask!  Post your results on the results thread, so everyone can see how you got on.


There is no requirement to complete these activities on the days they are posted.  A lot of our members prefer to keep to our usual club schedule but if that doesn’t work for you, just complete them on whatever day you are able.  A new pub run post will be put on Facebook every week.

There are lots more events and activities planned for the future.  Every Tuesday, our Chairman Bill Smythe posts a useful roundup of what is happening during the coming week, so watch out for these to see what is going on.

In case you missed it, the next ‘virtual races’ we are holding are a series of 5k time trials (with the option of a 10k too), starting on 24th May.  Details for these races are here.  The WRC events are all free to members, but if you want to see how you stack up against some international competition, there is also the option to pay a fee and have your results also count towards the ‘Front Door 5k Series’ being held by Rogue Runners in Austin, Texas!

Chelmsford AC are also hosting a Virtual Mile Team Race.  This is one mile, as fast as you can!  You will be entered as part of WRC’s Team, and there are medals for winning teams! You need to sign up for this one ASAP, so add yourself to the team here.

All of our races are open to everyone, regardless of ability, so don’t be afraid to get stuck in.

That’s all for now.  Welcome again, and happy running!







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