Good Morning Everyone!

Well we’ve been back and running together for almost a month now, and where has the time gone? It’s great to see your membership renewals are all now complete and we’ve already seen a couple of new members join the club – so welcome to you.

As we climatize to the new normal, remember to keep in touch with your coaches with any covid related symptoms, follow government guidelines and keep yourself and your families safe and well. If you are training away from the club groups, keep us in the loop as to how things are going and make use of the nice weather to train at a time that suits your daily routine. For those that are meeting up, don’t forget to wear suitable bright colours – and check in advance where your group is meeting.

Our April race results are now located here via the Bexley AC website – https://www.bexleyac.org.uk/?page_id=8746. We love to see the variety of locations and races that people are partaking in so please do remember to share your results and any pictures with us at: results@bexleyac.org.uk – this will ensure you get a deserved mention in our monthly updates. This month we have everything from 5k races through to marathons.

If you are unsure where to look for races, or want to highlight one that you’ve entered (perhaps to drum up some additional Bexley attendance), I’ve put together an events page with some ideas for the rest of 2021. You can email me to get any others added, and I will keep this updated as more races appear on the calendar that may be of interest. The link is here – https://www.bexleyac.org.uk/?page_id=8852.

In other news, Alan Doe and I both have completed and passed our “Leadership in Running Fitness” (LiRF) course. This allows us now to safely take out groups and help out our existing coaches. We will also be helping to run the next Beginners course once a date is confirmed. In doing this, we will be looking for some of you to come along and help out with some sessions. Mentoring, giving some advice and simply giving some company to new runners as they progress towards their 5km goal. I’m sure you all remember those fears you had in your early running days, and you can help someone else overcome their own challenges. Watch this space for more details in coming months.

What’s happening at the track? Well, all groups are back training now which is excellent to hear. All track and field athletes are checked in on arrival at Erith Stadium, much the same as the Road Runners with regards to moving from tokens to training passes, and are all getting back to form in their various disciplines. Some events and meets are beginning to appear in the calendar, and after a few minor repair jobs of our own we will be ready to host too. We wish them well and look forward to seeing how they get on.

Keep on training, enjoying your runs, setting new goals and best of all celebrate achieving them.

Kind regards,
Paul Dallison, Road Running Secretary