Newsletter 4th April 2021

Happy Easter Everyone.  Hope you have managed to get out in this lovely sunshine.  And talking of sunshine, last Tuesday was a perfect evening for our first run after lockdown.  I hope you all had a good run – lots of smiling faces in the groups that I passed.

Runs on 6th April 2021

Please remember that if you have signed up for a run but then find you can’t make it, please take your name off the list to allow other people to sign up.  Thanks.

The groups are as follows:-

  • Jeffers – walk & run as the group pleases. 3 miles
  • Gentle Joggers – 11 – 12 min mile pace, around 3 – 4 miles
  • Easy Runners-  10 – 11  min mile pace, around 4 miles.
  • Runners – 9 -10 min mile pace, around 4 – 5 miles
  • Sprinters –  8 – 9 min mile pace, around 5 –6 miles
  • Fast –  7 – 8 min mile pace, around 7-8 miles

The sign-up sheet for the 6th April is available here:- Sign-up Spreadsheet.  Hope it works.  Any problems, please let me know.

Leaders  for the 6th April:-

Jeffers – Catherine Every

Gentle Joggers – Helen Keegan/Gary Lambert

Easy Runners – Sally Rooke/tbc

Runners – Tony Saunders  (trail run)

Sprinters – Kate Elkington


Meeting places are as they were previously:-

Jeffers – St Katherine’s Car Park

Gentle Joggers – Primary School Car park

Easy Runners – Swimming pool car park

Runners – Homebase

Sprinters – St Katherine’s Car Park

Fast Group – Market House

It should be light enough to get round most of the routes in daylight by then but be prepared with hi-viz and torches for the first couple of weeks.

The England Athletics guidance on returning to running  can be found here:-

As soon as we are able to do so, we will get back to our full club meetings.  Keep an eye on the newsletters and website for more information.

As we will soon be running together again,  you will want to renew your membership!  Our membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March so now is time to get those forms sent to Mark Lister.

2021-22 Membership forms

The membership form can be found on the website here:-

We have held our prices for renewing again this year.  It is £15 for the standard membership without England Athletics affiliation or £30 including the EA membership.  England Athletics membership allows you discounts to most races (remember those?!) and other offers including discounts at a variety of sports retailers.  England Athletics affiliation is only available until 31st May as we have to register all affilliated athletes by the 30th June.


Magnificent Eastnor Castle 7 – 25th April 2021

We have decided that we will be running this event this year and the new guidelines allow us to do so.  However it will be in a slightly different format.  The course will be open from 10 am and entrants can come and run it at any time between then and 2pm.  Times will then be sent into us and we will then collate them into ‘race’ results.  This means that you can take part in the event as well this year.  We will have marshalls on the course and ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has already said that they are willing to help out on the day.  If you are able to help out for an hour or two,that would be great.  Please let me know.  Chris Law will come up with details of how many people we need and at what times so once we have that, we will let you know.

Entries are now open at

Dates for your Diary 

7th April – Hereford Couriers 5K summer series   Be quick if you want to do this as they are almost full.

5th June – Return to parkrun!!

20th June – Round the Downs Race Bromyard  

27th June – Pendock Chicken Run

30th June – Malvern Joggers 10K

4th July  – Leominster Triathlon

18th September – Dymock Half Marathon and 10K

21st November – Newent Nine

Obviously, these all have the caveat that things might change because of Government guidance.  I think it is going to be a busy Summer and Autumn of races and events. Please let me know of others that are being put on and that I have missed.

Wyedean Relay – August 14th 2021

Wyedean Relay   This takes place on 14th August and is a 10 stage race starting and finishing in Chepstow.  A team took part in the 2019 one and had a lot of fun doing it – both before the race – checking out the routes – and during.  Kate Elkington would love to get a team or two together to do it.  If you are interested, then please email Kate  for more information.

Virtual London Marathon – 3rd October 2021

I have been approached by The ELY Memorial Fund.  They have 2 spare charity places for the Virtual London Marathon and would like to hear from anyone who wants to take part in this event and would be willing to fundraise for it.  They have 3 places in total and the fundraising target for the 3 places is £3,000. If you are interested or want to find out more, please let me know and I will put you in touch with the organiser.  Details of the charity can be found here:-

Have a good week.