TRC from Friday 15th January – Lockdown3

No change this week and there is still no definite date on when the current restrictions will be reviewed – however Boris has said “The lockdown will last for at least seven weeks, with measures to be reviewed during half-term week. Any relaxation would not come into effect before 22 February.”

Latest England Athletics Statement from 8th January is here…

As a result of everyone being required to stay at home, except for specific purposes as outlined by the UK Govt guidance, the impact on our sport includes the following with immediate effect and until further notice:
• The suspension of all face-to-face indoor and outdoor club / group activity.
• The suspension of all outdoor competitions including track and field, cross country, road, trail, fell and multi-terrain running.
• The suspension of all face-to-face coaches’ and officials’ education.
• The suspension of any other face-to-face club / group training sessions, events, athlete camps, running groups or other social events as well as club committee or other meetings.
• Indoor gyms and facilities will remain closed.

What you can do:
Athletes and Runners can train with household bubbles or ONE other person.

Individual training is permitted but note Govt guidance is only to leave the house once per day and to stay local, which means you can travel a short distance within your area for example to access an open space.


During this Lockdown period your Committee has arranged for various activities to keep you occupied as detailed below. All these activities should also be on the TRC Members Facebook page.

1. TRC Zoom Café – Thursdays

Nice to chat on this Thursdays club Zoom Cafe. Topics ranged from virtual wine tasting to the local moot point and archaeology to the Bath Half. Also got 4 new recruits for the TRC LEJOG team, every mile counts towards the team total. Pour a drink, pull up a chair and join us next week. Zoom links below:
‘TRC Zoom Café’ from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Drop in anytime with a beverage of your choice for a chat. We will trial this for 3 weeks 14/1, 21/1 & 28/1 to see how much interest there is. Zoom links:

21st January:
28th January:

2. TRC Virtual Le Jog Team Challenge

A team of at least 15 runners will be “virtually departing” from Land’s End on Monday 18th January and making their way to John O’Groats. This is about motivation, participation and fun … please join us. If you would like to join them please e-mail

• You can run anytime you like and for as far as you like each week. No pressure, no deadlines, no schedule. Running or walking distances count, but no cycling please.
• Please can you let me know by end of Sunday each week how far you have run in the past week. Just the total distance please in miles (or Km, just as long as I know which). I don’t need to know your time, number of runs, route, any screen shots or Strava links. Just an e-mail with your weekly distance please.
• Each Monday I will then send out an update as to where we are as a team in the UK! This will be total mileage only, no individual breakdowns.
• Please abide by whatever Government Regulations and EA Guidelines are in place at the time of your runs. We will need to abide by Nicola Sturgeon’s rules once we cross the border!

3. TRC Virtual Fitness Sessions – Wednesdays

Following the success of the Virtual Fitness Sessions with Mel and Taryn last year we are pleased to announce sessions for 2021.
As before the 45 min sessions will be delivered via Zoom. The only differences are:
• All sessions will be on Wednesday, not Thursday, starting at 7:00 pm.
• To make it easier you do not need to register your interest to get the Zoom link. The links will be published in the weekly club e-mail to all members.

Thanks to Mel and Taryn for giving up their time to run these sessions for us all.
The current schedule for the next 6 weeks, which may be altered if situations change, is:

Date Session Leader Time Zoom link
20-Jan Pilates for Runners Mel 7:00 – 7:45pm

27-Jan Body Conditioning Taryn 7:00 – 7:45pm

03-Feb Pilates for Runners Mel 7:00 – 7:45pm

10-Feb Body Conditioning Taryn 7:00 – 7:45pm

17-Feb Pilates for Runners Mel 7:00 – 7:45pm

4. Virtual Coached Running Improver Program – Tuesdays

For those looking to improve their run times Phil Lucker has put together a program exclusively for TRC.
• There are a total of four session over 8 weeks with each session delivered twice, in case you miss a session or are not available (For examples you attend session 1 on 19/1 or 26/1)
• The sessions are highly interactive so please come along with your questions
• To make it easier you do not need to register your interest. Zoom links which are shown below.

A BIG THANK YOU to Phil and Running Revolutions for supporting TRC and local running in this way.

Day Session Time
Tuesday 19/1 & 26/1 1. Let’s think about…. Running 20:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 2/2 & 9/2 2. Let’s think about…. Training 20:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 16/2 & 23/2 3. Let’s think about…..Physical Prep 20:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 2/3 & 9/3 4. Let’s think about….. Racing 20:00 – 21:00

Date Zoom








5. Virtual Fitness Sessions for Runners – Mondays & Thursdays

Also pleased to announce that Phil Lucker has offered his twice weekly Virtual Runner Fitness session to TRC members at no cost.
• There are a total of four session each week, two on Monday and two on Thursday (see below).
• The ‘Circuits for Runner’ is a HITT sessions specific to runners and the ‘Flexibility & Movement’ session focuses on the mobility needs of runners.
• Attend as little or often as you want
• To make it easier you do not need to register your interest. The Zoom links are shown below.

Again a BIG THANK YOU to Phil and Running Revolutions for supporting TRC and local running in this way
Please note that Thornbury Hockey Club also attend these sessions.

Day Session Time
Monday Circuits for Runners (HIIT) 19:30 – 20:00
Flexibility & Movement for Runners 20:00 – 20:30
Thursday Circuits for Runners (HIIT) 19:30 – 20:00
Flexibility & Movement for Runners 20:00 – 20:30

Monday Zoom
Meeting ID: 878 2953 5460 Passcode: 1234

Thursday Zoom
Meeting ID: 813 8259 2302 Passcode: 1234

6. TRC Run & Talk

Fed up with Lockdown and running on your own or stopped running?
Fancy a run and a chat but lost your motivation?
Why not contact to find a buddy to run with?

Looking after one’s physical and mental health is even more important during the pandemic, luckily running does both.

There are many Club members who are missing being able to run with others during this time so why not drop us an email and we can put you in touch with another Club member local to you who would be keen to have someone to run with. Members who have been run buddies have found it both rewarding and mutually beneficial
Also, don’t forget to try the Zoom Cafe – another way of keeping in touch and staying motivated”

7. Virtual Riverbank Rollick – January 2021 (All TRC Members are encouraged to enter)

Entries for the Virtual Rollick is live on Race Nation with full details via the Facebook Page. We have 60 entries so far.

To make sure that the spirit of the infamous ‘Rollick’ is not lost, we expect at least half of your run to be off-road and to involve an acceptable level of mud wind and water.
• Run your own socially distanced 9.6 mile route
• Run any time between 1st and 31st January 2021 – go on you know you want to do it on New Years Day!
• Follow the instructions and the link emailed to you to in order to submit your elapsed time (not moving time) accompanied by a screenshot of your run from your running application of choice
• Medals will be posted during February as we collate the results and assess the photos
• Places can be transferred using the Race Nation web portal
• Entries are limited to 400 and will close when this limit is reached or at 13:00 on January 31st, whichever comes soonest
• Runs must be completed and evidence submitted before 23:59 on January 31st

8. Virtual Park Run

Nick Langridge recommends the Stonehouse Virtual Park Run – details as below
Anyone can join in. Basically, run a 5K wherever you want on Saturday or Sunday, record a time, an ascent in metres if you can, preferably with screen shot of your route but not essential and email the time and any evidence to Alan price at by 6 pm on the Sunday. Just to mix it up one minute will be deducted from your time for each 25 metres of ascent and the results are out each Monday morning.
Full instructions are at Join us for a virtual parkrun | Stonehouse parkrun There is also a special Facebook page where photos, comments etc can be posted if you are so inclined. Stonehouse Virtual parkrun #33 results… – Stonehouse parkrun | Facebook

9. TRC CoVid Running Code

As you will be running on your own or with one other whilst we remain in Lockdown our CoVid Officer has developed a code to remind all TRC Members of best practise when out running.

As the CoVID pandemic continues unabated there is increased nervousness from other footpath users vying for the same space as ourselves. This code applies to running on your own as well as groups. It’s designed to hopefully help mitigate any possible negative reaction towards runners from other users of the limited footpaths we share around Thornbury.

1. Always run – and be seen to be running – with physical distance between runners.
2. Try to avoid areas which we know will be busy with people walking. Where possible avoid single track passing places and if you find that you cannot pass with sufficient physical distance, stop and turn around, going back to a ‘safe passing place’
3. When running towards people approaching from the front
• Revert to single file running (and stop talking):
• Be the first to move, creating as much physical distance as you can (i.e. not just 2m)
• Move early & move in an exaggerated way
• Smile at people/wave as you pass (no need to talk) and thank them loudly afterwards if they have moved over too, or stopped
4. If you are approaching people from behind:
• Announce your presence and announce it in good time – don’t want until the last minute to give other footpath users the time to move if they wish.
• Again, move early and create sufficient physical distance
• Find a way which you are comfortable with to let them know you are coming (runners generally don’t carry bells!) so that we don’t startle them.
• Acknowledge them with a wave of the hand.
5. If you stop for a break, don’t clog up the pavement to allow other users to get past.

That’s all for this week and we will keep you advised if anything changes.

If you have any events to add to the Diary or if you have anything to add or any suggestions or announcements please send by e-mail to

AR 15/01/21