13th September 2020 – Important information on meeting venues this week.

Newsletter – 13th September 2020

Change of Running Venue – please read!!!

In the light of the change in government rules about meeting up, we have decided to make some changes as to where we meet to start our runs from.  We have followed the England Athletics guidance and as such are ‘COVID-Secure’.  However, with the number of running groups increasing and the  number of other events (Slimming World and Football) taking place at the Rugby Club on a Tuesday, it is getting very busy down there and can be difficult to make sure that social distancing takes place.  For the next  few weeks, we will meet at the following locations:-


Jeffers – Rugby Club (this week only so that I can sweep up any misplaced persons!) following weeks-, St Katherine’s car park

Gentle Joggers – Primary School Car Park

Easy Runners – Swimming Pool Car Park

Runners – Homebase Car park

Sprinters – St Katherine’s Car Park

Fast Group – Market House.


The football will be only be at the Rugby Club for about another 2-3 weeks before they go down to John Masefield to train.  At this point, we will review our starting places alongside the government guidance which may have changed again!

I hope you understand the need to change venues and will bear with us whilst we work through another set of guidelines.  If you have any questions regarding this, please do get in contact with me.

When you meet up to  run, please remember to maintain a social distance.

We have 2 groups at Gentle Joggers, Easy Runners and Runners pace this week.

Obviously putting on more groups does stretch our lead runner numbers so if any of you would like to volunteer to lead a group – whether as a regular leader or just occasionally, please talk to either your lead runner or let me know and we can fill you in on what  the role entails.

Lead Runners for this week are:-

Sprinters – Chris

Runners – Catherine and Sarah

Easy Runners – Kate and Sally R

Gentle Joggers – Chloe and Jayne

Jeffers – Helen

Sign up for Club runs

There is a limit to 5 runners plus a leader for each group with the exception of the Fast group which is 6 runners in total (no leader)

If, after signing up, you find that you can’t run on that night, please remove your name so that others can sign up.

If you could sign up by Monday evening, that will allow our Lead Runners to see who is in their group.

Please read our Risk Assessment and guidelines to Runners which can be found here.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Guidelines for Running with the Club

Membership Form

As a reminder the group paces and mileage are:-

Jeffers:- Run/walk group – about 3 miles

Gentle Joggers: 11:00 – 12:00 min miles – about 3-3 ½ miles

Easy Runners: 10:00 – 11:00 min miles – 4 – 4 ½ miles

Runners: 9:00 – 10:00 min miles 4 ½ – 5 miles

Sprinters 8:00 – 9:00 min  miles 5 – 6 miles

Fast Group < 8:00 min miles 7- 8 miles


As it is beginning to get dark as the runs are finishing so please can you make sure that you start to wear high-viz and/or carry a head/chest torch.



On 24th October, there is the Dymock Virtual 10K.  There are 150 places available.


There are also some ‘real’ races taking place as well now.

20th September 2020 – Double Gloucester 5 mile run – up ‘that cheese rolling hill’  – twice!!  Don’t let that put you off. Neil says it’s a great race.  https://www.ypbevents.co.uk/trail-runs

The Jon Ward 5K race – Sunday 4th October hosted by Hereford Couriers in memory of one of their runners who passed away in June.  https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/jonward5k/

Hereford Couriers are also putting on their Xmas race again on the 28th December. https://herefordcouriers.com/club-races/christmas-10k/

This is a lovely but undulating course and gets those Christmas cobwebs blown away.

England Athletics are to release their guidance soon on Cross-Country events so please watch this space. We will let you know if the Herefordshire Winter League is going to be running this year,

If you are taking part in the Virtual London Marathon on 4th October, it would be great to see some pictures from your run/walk  and also your route!


parkrun has also announced that it is working hard to be back in England by the end of October so watch this space!  I know many of you have missed your weekly run round Newent!  (Other courses are available.)

If you know of any other races taking place, be it Virtually, as time trials or actual races under the new guidelines, please let me know so I can add them to the newsletter.