** All NWR activities are suspended until further notice, in accordance with the latest guidelines from England Athletics. This page will be updated as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so **
We run beginners groups throughout the year in various locations, you can check here to see what we have coming up. These groups are taken by qualified run leaders who will take the group through the ‘Couch to 5km’ programme in 10 weeks and if you’re up for it, you can graduate with the group by completing the nearest parkrun, where you’ll get purple support worthy of an Olympic athlete! If you want to give running a go, trust us, it’s so much easier in a group. The best bit is, it’s totally FREE but you MUST register for the group as numbers are restricted
VOLUNTEERS. We couldn’t run our sessions without the help of our volunteers. They are there to make sure people know the routes and timings and to make sure we follow our policy of “nobody gets left behind”. If you’re part of a social group and can help with the new beginners, even if you can’t commit every week, then the Run Leaders and new runners really appreciate it.
….nothing in your neck of the woods at the moment? keep checking here for more groups to be added in 2019 or if you’re desperate to get running ( and we can’t blame you) . Check out other local clubs who may also be running beginner sessions ……
England Athletics have now released a statement following the government’s update yesterday. The full statement is on the link below, but the summary is:
England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of May 2020. As an England Athletics affiliated club, we will be following this and cancelling all NWR runs until at least the end of May 2020. We apologise for any confusion and for the disappointment of this but as previously explained the health and welfare of our members, supporters and their families are our priority. Look out for further info from the club on virtual runs or challenges, following government advice. As ever see the link below if you think you are struggling with mental health currently.
Over the last 48 hours the government guidance has changed in relation to being able to meet in groups of up to 6 outside your home. Following on from this England Athletics have also released guidance which you can find on the link below. This explains that clubs can start to meet in groups of up to 6 to train observing social distancing and hygiene measures.
We have discussed this as a committee and concluded that as we cannot fulfill both these guidelines and our inclusive ethos of everyone is welcome at our runs, we will continue with no club runs until further guidance is released. This includes any runs from our normal meet points on our normal nights.
We are aware that some people will want to meet in groups of up to 6 to run but we ask that these are not arranged in our sub groups as it could invalidate our EA insurance and cause confusion amongst runners. Of course we ask that you are also following:
✅ Keeping social distancing of 2 meters between each runner
✅ Regularly washing and sanitising hands
✅ Keeping within your limits and consider health and safety implications of your run for example if first aid is required out on a trail.
✅ That you are still following our inclusive ethos of not leaving anyone behind.
✅ Not meeting in groups of more than 6
✅ Not hanging around before or after running and make your way home swiftly (make it a chatty run on the way round instead)
As ever please respect everyone in this as not everyone will be ready for this next stage.