So it’s been about a week since I last wrote and in that time I’ve seen a good number of runs logged by many of you, which is excellent. Isn’t it amazing how getting out for anything over about 20 minutes can put such a boost into your day? Those clever little endorphins love a bit of play time.

Do you know that your England Athletics subscription (covered as part of your annual Bexley AC membership) allows access to a range of exciting ideas and activities on their website (see here). If you’re still finding motivation lacking, they have some great challenges and virtual competitions that may interest you. On top of that, in the membership portal you also get access to an athletics and running podcast, mental health guidance, and activities, resources and advice to support staying active at home. There are even some partner offers there, exclusively for EA members towards running gear and other goodies to keep you motivated in your efforts to get out pounding the pavements.

It’s nearly time to start planning your January Time Trial too! This month’s Virtual Time Trial will run from 25th to 31st January. Once you’ve managed to get a 5km time logged, please share this with your coach and this will be collated by Brian and entered into the results table. Thanks Brian. In December we had 36 times sent in, so let’s see how many more of you this month are going to be on the leader board. If you’re unsure of the route for your group, please check-in with your coach.

On Tuesday you may have seen the email from Kevin Winch about Cross Country – if this isn’t something you’ve thought about before, but may be interested in the future, please take 2 minutes to complete the quick survey. You won’t be expected to join the team if you do complete it, but think mud and puddles, hills and rain – what’s not to like!? If you want any more info on the team and how to get involved, drop Kevin an email (crosscountry@bexleyac.org.uk) and he can get back to you.

Coming up…..
We know how popular the annual Breakfast Run is for a lot of you in marathon training, or just wanting to have a distance target on a wet, February morning (followed by some hot coffee, a bacon sarnie and a good old chin wag). Well some of your fantastic coaches are looking to put together a virtual event, giving you most bits of the event – but COVID19-friendly. So watch out for further info in the next week.

Last thing from me, it’s nothing new – please stay safe. Restrictions are tight, but in most cases workable to allow some exercise, try to keep active. Keep talking, to friends, family and coaches – a problem shared is a problem halved. Keep looking forward – there is an end in sight, meaning a return to group sessions, championships, events and the return to the original Orange Army entering races en-mass (and even to get an updated photo for our Facebook page when we’re all back together)!

Thanks for reading, thanks as always to the coaches and everyone else keeping things moving – the unsung heroes working behind the scenes so that a swift and safe return to ‘normal’ can happen as early as possible.

Have a good week!

Kind regards,
Paul Dallison, Road Running Secretary