For the last 5 weeks we have been running and walking as groups of 5 plus a leader, and it has been brilliant!
When the Government changed the regulations at the beginning of June, we were really excited and straight away we looked at how we could get back to social running. We looked at all the guidance available and put together a plan for us all to follow, to make sure we could meet again safely.
Our biggest priority is to keep everyone safe, so we keep a 2m distance when we walk, run and stretch, we arrive at our meeting places on time so we don’t have to wait around, if anyone feels unwell in any way we ask them to stay at home and we keep to quiet roads and paths to minimise our contact with other path users.
We were all really excited to get back together, we have all kept motivated in the virtual world, with our great “Challenge Tuesday” and we have had strength and conditioning and stretching classes live online, but there is nothing quite like being out in the fresh air together.
We were all a little apprehensive to begin with, after all this virus has not gone away! But we knew we needed to restore a little normality to our lives. Exercising outside is so important for both our physical and mental health, and we had all been missing it!
So, on Sunday 7th June we started back, to begin with we offered a few groups on different days, they were immediately oversubscribed so we slowly added more groups in to the mix and now have 15 going out each week. It’s great to be able to offer most people at least one group run a week.
We are so grateful to our leaders too, for taking out groups and keeping everyone safe.
We are already looking towards the future; we can’t wait for the time when we can restart our popular Couch to 5k groups and our longer distance runs. We will need to wait for further relaxation of the guidelines before we can plan these though.
For now we will keep on providing a great, fun, safe environment for our runners and walkers.
Keep safe everyone!
Marie and Rhiannon