Races may not be taking part in their usual format, but that hasn’t stopped Running Somewhere Else club members from taking on some great challenges across Lockdown – virtually, of course!
DB Max Escape Lockdown Virtual Mileage Challenge
Encouraging runners to set their own mileage targets, DB Max challenged participants to run as far as they could across the 4-week lockdown period. RSE’s Elliot Gardiner took on the task, aiming for over 50 miles to achieve the Escape Lockdown medal.
I found it a good motivational tool to get me out running at least 3 times a week. Without the promise of a medal, I wouldn’t have gone out in the rain and cold as much!
Elliot completed a total of 54.18 miles, despite the cold weather and losing a shoe on the ‘muddiest route possible’! Fantastic running, Elliot!
Centurion Running One Community Run
The Centurion Running One Community hosted a 7 day virtual event where runners chose targets from 5k – 100m. Never one to shy away from the longer distances, RSE’s Sarah Reynolds selected the 100 mile option!
Sarah completed 9 runs over 7 days to reach the target, ending on a total of 101 miles for the week. Her shortest run was 6 miles, while the longest was 17.4 miles – that’s an average of 15 miles a day!
I loved it to be honest. 6 of those runs were made a lot easier by being joined by RSE friends!
Congratulations Sarah on achieving a tremendous amount of miles across the week!
For week two of the RSE Virtual Lockdown Challenge Series our runners were set a Time Team Challenge. Rather than the traditional speed or distance challenges, our runners were split into two teams and asked to pledge an amount of time they were able to dedicate to their running. The participating runners were asked to select a fun running record to recreate across the week before each individual pledge was combined to create the team target.
Although the individual team members set their own pledges, it was surprising how close the two teams targets were, with Felicity’s Faculty pledging 54hrs 11mins 6secs and Cheri’s Crew pledging 55hrs 43mins 13secs.
The starter pistol was sounded on Monday morning and the race to the target was on… The teams were close all week with Wednesday’s update revealing Cheri’s Crew had completed 48% of their target, holding a slender lead over Felicity’s Faculty, who had completed 47%. By Friday, Cheri’s Crew were still holding the lead but the margin was exactly the same – 76% vs 75%. Saturday lunchtime the race was done, with Cheri’s Crew taking the first victory and achieving their team target time. However, Sunday morning Felicity’s Faculty levelled the playing field by being the first team to have every team member achieve their individual pledges.
With this in mind, there’s only one thing we can do and that’s declare the race an honourable draw…
Postponed from Easter, DB Max hosted their Westonbirt House 10k race instead on the 31st October 2020. Representing Running Somewhere Else were Felicity Crotty and Istvan Vegh, who ignored the torrential rain in the morning to brave the race around the stunning Westonbirt gardens. The 10k race included 3 laps of the site, taking in views of the grounds and the historic house.
Talking on the race, Felicity said:
It was sunny the whole time we ran! Think I would have been less smiley at the end if it had been raining as well as the mud and wind!
The multi terrain run saw nearly 300 runners take to the route, already churned up from DB Max’s duathlon at the same location earlier in the day.
The 2020 Running Somewhere Else AGM took place Monday 27th October, a little later than originally planned and not in its usual format. Headed by Vice Chair, Nadine Brown, and Club Secretary, Sarah Reynolds, the virtual evening went off without a hitch, thanks to their hard work behind the scenes (and perseverance in keeping the other committee members in check!). The night included a PowerPoint presentation, a rundown of the year, updates from the committee, thank yous and club members questions answered.
The committee said goodbye to 2 members, Dave Whitlow and
Dave Daniels. Thank you both for all of your hard work over the last few years!
The committee also welcomed newly elected chair, Pauline
Tilbury, and Charity Coordinator, Caroline Joynes-Creed. We have no doubt
you’ll make excellent members of the RSE committee! Ellie Taylor also swapped
her role, and became the new Communications Officer
Although we currently cannot meet all at once for a club session, it was announced that plans for a virtual awards presentation are underway. The Runner’s Runner award has also been renamed to The Rochelle Ravenscroft Memorial Award and a shield will be created in tribute to much loved club member Rochelle, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
For a copy of the meeting minutes and a full run down of the
points raised at the AGM, please contact Sarah Reynolds.
Message from Nadine –
Thank you again to everyone who attended. Remember if you have any questions or feedback we always want to hear it, not just at the annual AGM. This is your club and we welcome any suggestions so please do speak to a member of the committee.
We are currently awaiting England Athletics guidance and an announcement will be made regarding club sessions as soon as possible.