Two weeks ago at the start of the lockdown runABC, reported that Social Run Group (SRG), the popular nationwide network of free weekly runs organised via Up & Running stores, had migrated to the virtual world. Now inspired by the improving weather the SRG team has announced a #RunSpring Challenge.
The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us all just how much we depend upon our wonderful NHS and with that thought in mind the Running Hub in Royal Tunbridge Wells has just given away 100 pairs of trainers to local NHS staff.
Since Boris Johnson ordered the Coronavirus lockdown on Monday 23 March we have become a United Kingdom of runners! There was a lot of interest in runABC's article on 'socially responsible running' last week and now we take a closer look with resident coach Alan Newman at safety on the run, as we all struggle to adapt to the new normal.
Reading Half Marathon – originally scheduled for this Sunday (5 April) – is one of the largest events in the South of England to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Around 15,000 runners were expected to cross the spectacular finish line inside Madejski Stadium.
Deborah Meredith was ready to go for her London Landmarks Half Marathon but coronavirus and lockdown put paid to that. She didn’t want to disappoint her charity Energize and those who had sponsored her so ran the distance - in her garden!
On Saturday 28 March Gareth Allen set himself a challenge – running a marathon in his back garden. The Southampton man reached that target then battled on for six hours to complete 30 miles for his two chosen charities.
The England Road Running Association (ERRA) relays, scheduled for Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday (4 April), are the first national road running championships to be called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, thanks to modern technology, there will be a record 'entry' this year for a virtual competition to discover the top club teams.
Runners are privileged. We are currently permitted, even encouraged, to continue our chosen activity during the coronavirus outbreak but it is now absolutely paramount that we do so responsibly and in a socially acceptable manner.
As the nation comes to grips with the reality of the Coronavirus pandemic, here at runABC South we are pleased to end our week with some positive news. Richmond RUNFEST and AIR:RUN organisers have joined the 'rainbow of hope' movement to spread hope to the community and thank all NHS heroes working on the front line.