We're excited to say we're about to start our first beginners running group since the 2019! All of the details are on http://www.hedgeendrunningclub.com/beginners.html . What are you waiting for!
Training sessions are now taking place as "normal". We are continuing to use the eventbrite booking system and taking appropriate precautions with regard to COVID. You can find a list of the latest upcoming sessions on the right hand side of the homepage.
We are back folks after out latest enforced break, exactly the same protocols are in place as per last autumn - ie you must pre register on the eventbrite link below and sessions are strictly limited in numbers. The sessions go live for booking 6 days before the session. Do not turn up if coughing & spluttering...
As a further plea if you are a qualified run leader and interested in helping put on sessions please contact
Matt Gardner. Likewise please also contact Matt if you are interested in becoming a leader
Look forward to seeing everyone once again
All club training sessions are cancelled with the government's decision to move the area into Tier 4.
You can find details on what training is possible on the following page from England Athletics:
So it's confirmed that the fun police have forced us to cancel all training until further notice...
You can train with your household or one other person in a public outdoor space
1:1 coaching can take place in a public outdoor space following social distancing measures (Please note: We are seeking clarity on 1:1 coaching with U18s and disability athletes/runners)
Virtual training sessions can be delivered by qualified coaches
If alone please post in this group to pair up with others for social runs as allowed by the rules....
Meanwhile we shall make up some fun stuff / challenges to complete over what will be a trying month for everyone.
Stay safe everyone and if anyone wants a friendly chat/ advice, whether its to do with running or anything else, please contact any of the other committee / steering group members and i am sure between us we will help any way we can.
Hedge End Running Club – Return to Running
Thank you to everyone that planned, organised and attended the test session on the J track at Wyvern School on Monday 24th August. On a track setting and therefore similar to the Ageas, the session was a test of all our plans, and feedback was very positive.
Accordingly we are now able to release details of further sessions as we continue our slow return to normality (or as near as possible as the situation allows!)
Mish Mash at Wyvern School on the J Track with Steven Wood & Joanne Johnson
Mondays 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th September – 18:45 hours –
These sessions are limited to 24 members
Monday Maidens with Paul Marchant - Please note new time of 19:00 hrs
Monday 7th September – 19:00 hours
This session is a test session to demonstrate that we can safely run on roads again – This session is strictly limited to 9 members.
Should this session be successful, then further sessions are planned every Monday going forward from Monday 14th September. We will release details on this next week.
Tuesday Intervals at Wyvern School on the J Track with Alan Cowan and team
Tuesday 8th September – 19:00 hours
This session is a test session to demonstrate that we can safely run intervals again – This session is strictly limited to 30 members.
Should this session be successful then further Tuesday sessions will be planned, and pending a proposed return to The Ageas next month.
All sessions are strictly by pre-registration only via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hedge-end-running-club-30914518347 . Registration is open for all three of next week's sessions from 18:00 today and going forward will be at 18:00 each Wednesday.
The club is also developing its plans - with the return of Monday Maidens as a start of this - for the return to Thursday night paced/group runs, with the intention that they can resume by the end of this month. Details of these will be announced once we are ready to do so.
Please do not attend any session without having pre-registered as you will not be allowed to join them. We acknowledge that this formality may be unhelpful to those unable to plan that far in advance, but for as long as details of all those attending sessions is required then a booking and registration scheme will be in place. In doing so, HERC is adhering to EA guidelines in this area.
We look forward to seeing you at some of these sessions!
On behalf of the committee and Running Steering Group
Message from the club chairman Richard Allen:
Further to the announcement made on Thursday 6th August we are pleased to announce that a working group formed jointly of Committee members, the Running Steering Group and run leaders has been looking at how we can safely run together again.
I am delighted to announce that we will be running one ‘Monday Mish Mash’ test session on Monday 24th August from 645 PM to 730PM at Wyvern School on the J track in order to gauge demand from the membership and to trial and test our plans of how we will provide compliant covid-secure training going forward.
Should this session be successful (and the group will hold a wash up review very shortly after the session) then we plan to slowly roll out more test sessions, with a longer term aim of providing something like the regular sessions, when we make our anticipated return to The Ageas in October.
To register for this session (which is limited to 24 members) please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hedge-end-running-club-30914518347 from 6pm on Wednesday 19th August. The registration process will collect information that is required should someone subsequently become Ill and we need to implement track and trace.
Separately, Will Anthes will send a communication later this week asking all members to confirm that the contact details we hold are correct. You will understand that we must re-start training in ways that both meet Government guidelines and also make all members feel safe in how we are doing so. However we see this is a really positive step and would ask all those planning to register and come along to understand these new ways of working, whilst still enjoying this much-welcomed opportunity.
Please take note of our "HERC COVID-19 FRAMEWORK" – This will form the basis of next weeks and any future sessions
Prior to Training
Before leaving home
Run Leaders / Coaches
COVID Action Plan
Owing to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic we have suspended all group training and club activity until further notice. We will continue to be guided by updates from England Athletics and will communicate to the club once training is due to resume
January's Member of the Month award is presented to Keirran Lakeland.
Completely by his own initiative, he started running Saturday morning speed sessions, with an individual focus and tailored sessions and goals for each runner. These sessions have been really well received by the members, thanks in a large part to Keirran's support and coaching input.
February's Member of the Month award is presented to Paul Marchant.
Paul has produced many PBs since joining the club and is a very popular member thanks to his continuous positive and supportive approach with everyone. He stepped up to help out and regularly led the Monday Maidens when the previous group leader was unavailable, without which the group may have fallen by the way side, and as a result the group not only still supported but is going from strength to strength.
Thank you Kierran and Paul for all you have done in leading sessions and supporting our members.