The 4 weeks of lockdown are now behind us and I think for runners and walkers it was slightly better than the summer lockdown as we could get out with a buddie.
When the lockdown rules were announced we wondered how we could help everyone find a buddie to get out with, so we set up some WhatsApp groups for all our regular sessions and people applied to join their group.
It was a roaring success, people linking up and running/walking routes that were new to them.
Motivation was high and so many more of us kept going through this lockdown.
We had some good fun on our Facebook group too, Challenge Tuesday made a comeback and Fun Friday was.....fun!
Now we are settling back in to our groups, it's really great to be back with friends we haven't seen for a few weeks, catching up on news, discussing Christmas plans and, oh yes, running and walking!
Getting back to groups is so much more than the exercise, it is about the running and walking of course, we all want to get fitter, or get outside, or be able to eat a few treats without worrying about our waistline, but it's also about the camaraderie, the friendships, the chat, the connections, all the things we missed so much during lockdown.
We do keep to all the UKA Covid-Secure guidelines, and our groups are smaller so that we can keep to the rules. We are constantly monitoring the space between us and we fall in to single-file when there are other path users. We want to make sure that everyone is safe!
We may face another lockdown, who knows. The vaccine is here but it'll be a while before we can all benefit from it.
So until then, Stay Safe everyone!