Faced with a second lock down once again Wellington running club set up daily fun challenges for the whole of November. November became “up your coronavirus”. Each morning a new challenge was set. Some were obvious like run 10k others had people take their own meaning on it. The main thing being our members still enjoyed the physical and mental benefits that exercise brings. As an added bonus and incentive we commissioned medals as runners love “bling”. We look forward to being able to run in bubble of six again and welcome runners of all abilities to join us. Day 1. Halloween. Day 2. Attend running club (virtual). Day 3. Run wearing a hat. Day 4. Last orders run to the Pub Day 5. Guy Fawkes day. Go out with a bang. Day 6. Gimme 60. Virtual run club so exercise for 60 minutes. Day 7. Park run Day 8. Remembrance Day, show us your poppy's Day 9. School run Day 10. 10minutes. 10km or 10 miles. Day 11. Remembrance Day. Two minutes silence. Day 12. Your choice. Day 13. Break a superstition Day 14. Park run. Day 15. Longrun day. Day 16. Moon day. Night run. Day 17. Magnificent 7. Day 18. Hump day. Run 5 hills Day 19. Muggle run. Day 20. Fish Friday. Run past 5 fish n chip shops Day 21. Park run. Day 22. St Cecilia day. Play it loud. Day 23. Five Christmas decorated houses. Day 24. Run with a friend. Day 25. 10k Day 26. Rest day (or not). Day 27. Visit sites that once stood a pub, 6 in total. Day 28. Park run. Day 29. Unlucky for some 13. Day 30. St Andrews day. Show us your Scottish side.
Denise Poole completed her first ultramarathon over the weekend. Run to the Sea race 50km (30miles) was held in Dorset and started in Ringwood. A point to point event that would end in Bournemouth. A covid registered event meant runners started in pens of 6 to allow social distancing. Denise was of and running at 7am on a bitterly cold morning. Two fast 10km sections along the Castleman Trail were done. The route then headed into Poole before following the coast path to Hengistbury Head. These 10 miles proved to be quite tough. Pancake flat and long straights are not a runners best friend. Some elevation allows other muscles to work. However at 26.2 Denise got a personal best over the marathon distance. Onto 30 miles and the finish....well that what was expected but the race had other ideas. 2 bonus miles finished over sand dunes and finally the finish line at 7hrs 17mins. Huge well done to Denise and all the other computers on the inaugural event.
Following the low R rate in Wellington and Somerset we decided the time was right to start meeting again. Also following https://www.uka.org.uk/ guidelines on meeting and running safely. First meet was 6th July 2020 at 6.30 pm with 29 members in attendance.
Main guide lines given to the group. .
1. Do no attend if you or any members of your contact group have any symptoms of covid-19
2. We MUST have you listed if you are going to attend so we can create a safe meeting place and control group numbers.
3. Be prepared to maintain social distancing at our meeting location and whist on a run. Priority MUST me given to other members of the public. STOP when required to give space to others.
4. Run in groups or bubbles of 6 people or less and try to remain in the bubbles each club run.
In addition to these points we have created a "track and trace" photo album update each time groups meet in case of track and trace being required. Members were spilt into the bubbles and thoroughly enjoyed their first club run in many months.
Runners play Bingo
Wellington running club took part in a whole month of daily actives that were dreamed up by club admins. Some serious and many more on the lighter side of life but all with the aim of keeping members running during the lockdown.
Thirty challenges to be completed in any order to fill up their bingo card. Ranging from running half marathons, 10k's and 5k's. Silly runs like running in disguise, singing whist running and a backwards mile. Also some community feel good runs such as running to collect rubbish, random acts of kindness and encourage a non-runner out on a run.
So many people achieved personal bests such as their furthest run, most miles ran in a month and thirty days of consecutive running. More importantly people remained motivated to just go out and enjoy the huge benefits running brings both in terms of fitness and mental well being.
So many members to list but these folks were regularly putting a cross on their bingo cards.
Claire Rodger, Dean & Helen Perry, Denise & Chris Poole, Jan Olive, Julie Strange, Louise Lowry, Jeremy & Sam Walters, Sara Hart Higby, Sophie Ellen, Maggie Mac Kinnon, Lucy Little, Alan Shormey, Tracey Marie Elliott, Louise Froud, Sarah Tydings, Ayshea & Matt Carpenter, Paul Booker Luke Merchant, Graham Bowpitt, Chalire Booker, Hazel Sims, Kath Millington, Lucy Johnson, Mel Ellis, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, Vince & Karen Reed, Lucy Ford, Katie Holmes, Jim Beatty,