TRC Virtual Club Night News 21/05/20

This week there has been no change in the official advice from England Athletics – EA have cancelled all activities until 31st May and all Competition until the end of June. The next EA statement is expected in the first week of June when the Government should be making a further announcement and the kids start to go back to school.

What is currently clear is that all local and national events are cancelled and there is no sign of when we might get back to racing. We can’t meet or go for a run as a Group and the Leisure Centre is still closed until further notice. Rumours abound that the London Marathon scheduled for October 4th will not go ahead as a mass participation event – it will be an event for invited elite athletes only.

The official line is that you can now go for a run with one other person as long as you stay 2 metres apart and shout! And you can go open water swimming if you like cold water. (The Trench is open but Cromhall Quarry is still closed)

TRC Virtual Run Series – May Team Challenge
Don’t forget all runs to be completed by 31st May 2020 and times submitted to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by that date

Thornbury 10k (Thurs 16th July)
As TRC Chairman I had discussions with England Athletics and various other South West Clubs last Monday and they agreed with our current position on this race – we will wait to make a decision until first week of June when the Government & EA are likely to have issued further guidance. As you all know this race has sold out and reached its limit of 500 entries.

Oldbury 10 Miles (Sun 13th Sept)
The former Power Station site has withdrawn permission for us to use the site for the race so we have had to cancel the event. We hadn’t opened the entries for the Oldbury 10 so we don’t have to worry about refunds etc.

Leaders Courses
We are always looking to add to our Group Leaders for a Thursday night and England Athletics have come up with an idea for an on-line Leaders Course (2 x 1.5 hrs instead of a full day). If anyone would like to go for this the Club will refund the fees. Please contact Kevin Wood in the first instance membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

EA relaunched their Leading Athletics course as a two part webinar-based workshop! Leading Athletics is a great first step into volunteering and leadership. Maybe you’re a club who wants to upskill volunteers ahead of any post-lockdown activity… or you’re an athlete or parent who wants to play a more active role in supporting younger members in future. The course is only £20 for affiliated club members / £30 if non-affiliated and includes 2 x 1.5 hour webinars. Available course dates are 1 & 3 June or 15 & 17 June.

The Hacket/Crossways Lane
A favourite circuit with TRC Members for a bit of fast paced training will get even safer in the future. The residents are currently being consulted about imposing a 20MPH speed limit on the lanes.

Finally, I have spoken to Pete Mainstone this week and he sends his thanks to all the Club Members who have sent him their best wishes. He was out on an hour’s walk when I spoke to him so he is regaining his strength slowly.
If there are any more changes to the official position or we have any news for you we will post the details on here.
Look after yourselves and keep safe.

Arthur Renshaw,

TRC News 15/05/20 – New guidance from EA.

England Athletics have released some new guidance in response to the changing Government policy. It is primarily to do with Track & Field and it has limited reference to our type of athletic activity.

You can read it for yourself here if you wish to but it doesn’t really add anything to what we already know! There are no dates on anything in the Guidance so we are no wiser about when we may return to meeting,running together (more than 2), or organised races.

https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/05/Guidance-for-Athletes-and-Runners-return-to-activity.pdf

Guidance for Coaches & Leaders a similar Statement
https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/05/Guidance-for-Coaches-return-to-activity-1.pdf

Guidance for Athletic Venues
https://d192th1lqal2xm.cloudfront.net/2020/05/Guidance-for-Athletics-Venues-return-to-activity-1.pdf

Enjoy your read!

I will update you if we get anything relevant from EA.

There is a South Wet Club Forum (Zoom) on Monday night where I might find out what other Clubs are doing under the present lockdown regime. I will keep you posted with anything of note.

Stay Safe and enjoy the weekend weather when you are out for your run with your mate (2 mts apart though!)

Arthur Renshaw

TRC News-2 14/05/20 England Athletics Statement by the CEO

A message from England Athletics CEO, Chris Jones

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you, our members, on what we have been doing from a short- and longer-term planning perspective to steer England Athletics through this uncertain period. I, and others on our team, have been asked about this matter and feel that the right way of responding consistently is to put something down in writing. I have also recorded a video blog which you can click here to view.

I would firstly like to reinforce my thanks to those member clubs/bodies, athletes and runners who have, in the early weeks of our 2020 affiliation year (effective from 1st April), renewed their membership with England Athletics. We know that this is an extremely difficult and challenging time for you all and we would encourage all athletes and runners to support your own clubs during this time. With many clubs requiring cash flow to service overheads and expenditure it is vital that members stand by them, and support them, by renewing their membership fees, to help clubs to emerge stronger beyond the current suspension period.

Specific to England Athletics, there is sometimes a misconception that affiliation and registration income only goes towards supporting competition. As I discussed in my previous update, which you can read by clicking here, the reality is it supports much more than this and enables us to provide a wide range of activities and support across all areas of the sport.

To be clear, as demonstrated in our annual accounts that are publicly available, we are a not-for-profit SME (small-medium sized enterprise) as an organisation and it is not our policy to keep significant financial reserves. It is our policy to invest the resources available to us to support the development of the sport in England. That said, as an organisation that takes its responsibilities and obligations to our members and stakeholders seriously, we need to retain a suitable level of reserves to be able to honour our commitments should we ever be in a situation where we would need to wind down and close as a company. I am explaining this because it demonstrates how invaluable your membership and registration fees are to England Athletics. As with many other membership bodies this source of income is vitally important.

I also want you to know that we will now be bringing forward the review of our affiliation and registration fee structure for 2021, rather than reviewing later in the summer as we would traditionally, with a view to providing as much clarity and certainty as we can for members sooner rather than later. We fully realise that the current circumstances will have a bearing on the decisions that we need to make with next year in mind. Whilst we encourage our members to continue to renew with us, to support us all through this period, we are fully cognisant of the disruption that this period of inactivity and suspension has caused for you, our members. We are currently planning not just for this year, but also for the next year (2021-22), and we see the next two-year block as being critical as we look to work ourselves through this period of disruption.

We fully recognise that there are wider societal and economic impacts as a result of COVID-19 and that most organisations are having to plan with a great deal of uncertainty. England Athletics is no different and there is a responsibility for us to reflect on our cost base, both in terms of short- and longer-term planning, to ensure that England Athletics and those it supports can emerge out of this period in a healthy situation. With competitions cancelled during May and June, no income from cancelled education courses and road races and, in addition, concerns around our commercial revenues, we are looking at a significant hole in our annual budget for 2020-21. This could be as much as £750k and we are looking closely at revising our plans accordingly. We are also working with our partners Sport England to see how they may be able to support us during this period.

We were quick to implement a number of cost reduction measures during March and April, changing our working practices to adapt to the lockdown and having closed our offices at Alexander Stadium which we share with our partners UKA. As an organisation, we have always reduced overheads by minimising the head office space needed – with many of our workforce already operating remotely. We are embracing digital technology as our primary source of communication and engagement and are working in a different way to service and support our members and stakeholders. You will be aware of this approach as illustrated through our Athletics & Running for Everyone @home platform and the related free online resources and activities that we have produced during the last month or so (also including new partner offers such as the DWSports.com 30% online discount enabling registered athletes to save the equivalent of their registration fee). We envisage that some of the approaches adopted during this period will remain a key feature of how England Athletics works in the longer-term future. We have also been working to reshape what a revised track and field competition season may look like should we be in a position where we can deliver some activity in the summer months.

We are now well and truly into the next phase, which requires us to keep operations running, but with a significantly scaled back team, along with turning our attention to how we manage the transition back to what a ‘new normal’ might look like for athletics in England. As with other bodies in the sporting sector, we have utilised government support schemes and have furloughed staff, predominantly in national or head office-based roles, during the last month. This number equates to just under half of our total employee base of 65 (a mix of part-time and full-time employees).

We are reviewing what we absolutely need to do as a priority as an organisation, in line with our strategic priorities as a company, but also ensuring that we are always making the best use of financial and human resources. This will inevitably mean doing some things differently but also sadly ceasing some activities that are deemed ‘nice to have’ and not essential. The degree of this change is a work-in-progress and we will be developing these plans in the coming period as more information comes to light from sources such as UK government. We are considering all possibilities at this time.

Our members, partners, athletes and all who engage with England Athletics at every level, may form new and permanent habits and come back to us with different expectations, needs or demands. For example, some of the questions we are working through are:
• When our member clubs open again how will we make sure they are safe, welcoming and that our athletics and running family want to return? It’s possible that people will return in larger numbers as society ‘goes local’, so how can we make sure we are ready?
• How do we engage with clubs to shape the most suitable ‘return-to-play’ scheduling of competitions based on medical advice and possible restrictions?
• How do we give confidence that returning to play remains an attractive proposition and that athletics and running remains a form of physical activity which provides an accessible offer for all in our athletics and running family?
• How will we cater for elements of our society who may remain vulnerable to the virus and continue to allow them to be engaged and part of the athletics and running family?
• How do we stage events of various sizes within the restrictions that might still be in place as we transition through the period beyond lockdown?
• How will our business model need to change as we recover from the financial stresses we have been placed under?
• How should we engage positively in the various reviews that are underway to reshape the UK wide competition season both in the short and long term and, where possible, remove issues that have historically held the sport back?
• What is the ‘new normal’ for revenue, costs and investment in athletics and running across England and how do we live within our means in that ‘new normal’?
• How will we continue – as we know we must – to support and invest in areas where significant resource is required such as schools athletics and in track and field facilities in a changing financial landscape?
• How should we adapt our working practices so that we take advantage of changes that have occurred, maximising the opportunities created to travel less, continue with best practice engagement online and continue to further enhance our digital offerings?
• How do we work with all of our members and partners to best understand how they have been affected and adapt our own new ways of working to meet their changing needs?

Lastly, and importantly, we are determined to play our part in both supporting the national response to this virus and also in helping the wider sports sector to adapt. We will continue to collaborate with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations in tackling these issues and will continue to work with, and listen to, our members in seeking solutions to these challenges. We are well aware that you, our members, will be weighing up some of the same questions posed above as part of your own short- and longer-term contingency planning.

We do want your views and thoughts on the challenges you are facing at this current time, to better understand your fears about the future and to determine where best you feel that England Athletics can support you to meet these challenges and come out healthier. With this in mind, we are encouraging you to submit your views, using an online form, to help us to help you – click here to go to the feedback form.

We do not know when we will be able to move towards solutions, as the course of the virus remains uncertain, but what is certain is that we need to have specific plans in place, to be utilised as and when required, and we are already progressing these.

Our exit from lockdown will be both an opportunity for us as a sport and also a threat to our established way of working, surviving and thriving. Our mindset must be exclusively on taking the opportunity presented, to bring about lasting change and long-term benefit to our sport in England.

Wishing you all the very best.

Stay safe.

Chris

Chris Jones – CEO, England Athletics

TRC News 14/05/20

TRC Virtual Club Night 14/05/20

The Government have relaxed some of the rules about ‘going out’ although things are quite ambiguous and seem to be left up to your own interpretation. There has been no change in the official advice from England Athletics – EA have cancelled all activities until 31st May and all Competition until the end of June.

The latest statement by the CEO of England Athletics is being sent as a separate e-mail as it is quite long and to keep it separate from the day to day stuff.

What is clear is that all local and national events are cancelled and there is no sign of when we might get back to racing. We can’t meet or go for a run as a Group and the Leisure Centre is still closed until further notice.

Apparently, the official line is that you can now go for a run with one other person as long as you stay 2 metres apart and shout! And you can go open water swimming if you like cold water. (The Trench is open but Cromhall Quarry is still closed)

TRC Virtual Run Series – April Challenge Results

Event Stats:
• 29 people took part … 9 ladies & 20 men with 22 completing all 3 challenges
• Completed a total of 76 runs … 47 x 5km and 25 x 10km, a total of 505km (= Bristol to Brussels)
• Total running time of 43:00:53 hours

Results (all based on age adjusted times):
• Ladies Overall Challenge: 1st Janet Gaze 2nd Melanie Wilson 3rd Jo Plumbley
• Men’s Overall Challenge: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Nick Williams 3rd Kevin Wood
• Ladies 5k: 1st Janet Gaze 2nd Taryn Roberts 3rd Melanie Wilson
• Men’s 5k: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Nick Williams 3rd Kevin Wood
• Ladies 10k: 1st Taryn Roberts 2nd Janet Gaze 3rd Melanie Wilson
• Men’s 10k: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Dylan Roberts 3rd Nick Williams

Ladies Overall Challenge (5k + 5k + 10k)
First name Surname Total Adjusted Time
Janet Gaze 01:23:14
Melanie Wilson 01:28:46
Joanne Plumbley 01:29:14

Men Overall Challenge (5k + 5k + 10k)
First name Surname Total Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 01:07:15
Nicholas Williams 01:11:36
Kevin Wood 01:12:06

Ladies 5k
First name Surname 5k Adjusted Time
Janet Gaze 00:19:42
Taryn Roberts 00:19:49
Melanie Wilson 00:21:41

Men 5k
First name Surname 5k Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 00:16:19
Nicholas Williams 00:16:52
Kevin Wood 00:17:08

Ladies 10k
First name Surname 10k Adjusted Time
Taryn Roberts 00:42:05
Janet Gaze 00:43:06
Melanie Wilson 00:44:54

Men 10k
First name Surname 10k Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 00:34:37
Dylan Roberts 00:37:09
Nicholas Williams 00:37:20

TRC Virtual Run Series – May Team Challenge

• Full details were in the e-mail of 7th May
• All runs to be completed by 31st May 2020 and times submitted to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by that date.

If there is any more changes to the official position or we have any news for you we will post the details on here.

Look after yourselves and keep safe.

Arthur Renshaw.

TRC News 14/05/20

TRC Virtual Club Night 14/05/20

The Government have relaxed some of the rules about ‘going out’ although things are quite ambiguous and seem to be left up to your own interpretation. There has been no change in the official advice from England Athletics – EA have cancelled all activities until 31st May and all Competition until the end of June.

The latest statement by the CEO of England Athletics is being sent as a separate e-mail as it is quite long and to keep it separate from the day to day stuff.

What is clear is that all local and national events are cancelled and there is no sign of when we might get back to racing. We can’t meet or go for a run as a Group and the Leisure Centre is still closed until further notice.

Apparently, the official line is that you can now go for a run with one other person as long as you stay 2 metres apart and shout! And you can go open water swimming if you like cold water. (The Trench is open but Cromhall Quarry is still closed)

TRC Virtual Run Series – April Challenge Results
Event Stats:
• 29 people took part … 9 ladies & 20 men with 22 completing all 3 challenges
• Completed a total of 76 runs … 47 x 5km and 25 x 10km, a total of 505km (= Bristol to Brussels)
• Total running time of 43:00:53 hours

Results (all based on age adjusted times):
• Ladies Overall Challenge: 1st Janet Gaze 2nd Melanie Wilson 3rd Jo Plumbley
• Men’s Overall Challenge: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Nick Williams 3rd Kevin Wood
• Ladies 5k: 1st Janet Gaze 2nd Taryn Roberts 3rd Melanie Wilson
• Men’s 5k: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Nick Williams 3rd Kevin Wood
• Ladies 10k: 1st Taryn Roberts 2nd Janet Gaze 3rd Melanie Wilson
• Men’s 10k: 1st Paul Harrod 2nd Dylan Roberts 3rd Nick Williams

Ladies Overall Challenge (5k + 5k + 10k)
First name Surname Total Adjusted Time
Janet Gaze 01:23:14
Melanie Wilson 01:28:46
Joanne Plumbley 01:29:14

Men Overall Challenge (5k + 5k + 10k)
First name Surname Total Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 01:07:15
Nicholas Williams 01:11:36
Kevin Wood 01:12:06

Ladies 5k
First name Surname 5k Adjusted Time
Janet Gaze 00:19:42
Taryn Roberts 00:19:49
Melanie Wilson 00:21:41

Men 5k
First name Surname 5k Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 00:16:19
Nicholas Williams 00:16:52
Kevin Wood 00:17:08

Ladies 10k
First name Surname 10k Adjusted Time
Taryn Roberts 00:42:05
Janet Gaze 00:43:06
Melanie Wilson 00:44:54

Men 10k
First name Surname 10k Adjusted Time
Paul Harrod 00:34:37
Dylan Roberts 00:37:09
Nicholas Williams 00:37:20

TRC Virtual Run Series – May Team Challenge
• Full details were in the e-mail of 7th May
• All runs to be completed by 31st May 2020 and times submitted to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by that date.

If there is any more changes to the official position or we have any news for you we will post the details on here.

Look after yourselves and keep safe.

Arthur Renshaw,

TRC Memory book for Liam Jones

Emma Pritchard has asked for this message to be sent to all Club Members. This is particularly for those TRC Members not on FaceBook.

TRC Memory book for Liam Jones
The club would like to present Liam’s family with a TRC memory book to capture your running memories, anecdotes and pictures of Liam. If you have any memories or photos you would like included please could you email them to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk. Please could I have anything you would like included by Friday 15th May.

Thanks

Emma

For your information the Club has given a donation of £100 to Liam’s Family Charity of choice – CALM. The Club is also paying the costs of the Memory Book.

TRC News 07/05/20

1. There has been no change to the official position this week. England Athletics have cancelled all activities until 31st May. Some things may change after the Government announcement due on Sunday. We will let you know of any updates from England Athletics.

2. For the 18 of you who represented TRC at the Swimarathon last month we have had a big thanks from the Rotary Club who managed to raise £14,000 from the weekend for their Charities Bust & Above and Beyond.

3. Most of you will have seen the sad news about one of our long standing Members Liam Jones. The Club has made a donation of £100 to the family’s Charity of choice – Calm. There is also a Facebook page for those wishing to make a personal donation. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liammichaeljones

4. As of today we still have made no decision on the Thornbury 10k scheduled for Thursday 16th July. Although it looks highly unlikely we will be able to hold the event in July we will hold off making a formal announcement for another 3-4 weeks and see if any of the guidance is changing.

5. For those of you who entered the April TRC Virtual Run Challenge then Kevin announced the winners earlier tonight – the results will be posted this weekend. On to the May TRC Virtual Run Challenge, The full details are below.

TRC Virtual Run Series – May Challenge

• Virtual Two Person Team
• Each person individually runs two x 10km during May
• Results based on total age adjusted time for all 4 x 10km
• Teams based on 10km* ranking from April challenge (*Where a 10km time was not available, a 10km time has been estimated based on 5km time (5km x 2.1))
• IF you did not take part in the April challenge, and would like to join the May challenge, please e-mail membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk to get a team mate

Teams of 2 people:

Paul Harrod & Carol Mosses
Dylan Roberts & Shelley Honey
Nicholas Williams & Chris Pritchard
Henry Orna & Romeo Maddalena
Ben Bohane & Julia Jolley
Chris Foley & Christopher Lee
Mike Bennewitz & Paul Reeves
Philip Blackburn & Kathy Willott
Steve Dimond & Malcolm Carr
Jim Godden & Joanne Plumbley
William Hamilton & Mark Rogers
Moray Sloan & Hanah Hamilton
Taryn Roberts & Melanie Wilson
Janet Gaze & Hugh McPherson
Rosina Rowland & Karen Carr

Reserve: Kevin Wood

Rules – Small Print!
• Categories: Fastest age adjusted team 2 people, 2 x 10km each i.e. total 40km
• MUST be run alone and following all Government guidelines on social distancing
• Measure and record using whatever device you have
• Send you name and times to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk to enter the event

Detailed Rules:
1. Individual Run – All runs must be completed individually and following all Government guidelines on social distancing. If there is any evidence of running with another runner the times will be voided and you will be disqualified.
2. Route – You choose the course. Please choose quiet lanes to avoid the public. We have not specified the routes to prevent the possibility of crowding, which may occur if courses were nominated. You can choose a course to suite where you live. The route is up to you, if you live on top of a hill, go for it! Please run from your home and avoid travelling.
3. Timing – Use whatever device you have, I will accept timing from whatever device you use. If you have several devices I will accept whichever gives you the best outcome (e.g. Garmin and Strava seem to disagree on distance). This is run on an honesty basis. I don’t want to receive lots of screen shots to check. I may just ask a few random people, or winners, for “proof”, but not everyone.
4. Submission of Times – All runs to be completed by 31st May 2020 and times submitted to membership@thornburyrunningclub.co.uk by that date. Once submitted you cannot change. So if you run faster after submitting, well done!
5. Age Adjustment – All times adjusted using https://www.runnersworldonline.com.au/age-grading-calculator/
6. Other: Must be a member of Thornbury Running Club @ 1st April 2020. Common sense and fair play is the overriding rule, as this is for fun . Judge’s decision is final!

Remember, it is just for fun. Don’t put yourself at risk. Run Safe, Stay Safe and Keep Well

That’s all for this week.

Keep safe
Arthur Renshaw

Liam Jones

Hi

Some you may already be aware, but one of our members, Liam Jones died on the 13th of April.   He was a young man of 33 and struggled with mental illness for many years. From talking to him, I think he found running beneficial to his mental health and was always a strong supporter of others in the club, sometimes cheering them on in races. He also took part in many races and helped in our own races, becoming a ‘master of parking’ !  In more recent months he hadn’t been active in the club and according to the justgiving webpage detailing his death, was struggling with alcohol addiction.

His mother has set up a justgiving webpage in support of calm, an organisation trying to raise awareness of suicides in men. If you do wish to support this cause please go to here

On behalf of the running club, I will send his mother a card with our condolences and we will also as a club be making a donation to the justgiving appeal.

Jim

 

 

England Athletics Statement 29 April 2020

Suspension of athletics competition by England Athletics has been extended to 30 June 2020.

Following previous EA statements on 17 March and 24 March, England Athletics, in collaboration with the other Home Country Athletics Federations and UKA, can confirm that the suspension period relating specifically to athletics competition has been extended until at least the 30 June 2020.

The bar on other communal athletics activities is still in force until May 31st, but it could well be extended depending on Government instructions or advice. May 7th (the date of announcements on the Government’s next phase of lockdown decisions) could be a crucial date.

Note: Bristol 10k has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled this year.

Keep safe

Arthur Renshaw

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