Club keeps on running…

Just Regional
Jun 2, 2020 3 mins read

Less than a year after they were launched, Aylsham Runners were hit by the covid-19 restrictions – but these haven’t stopped members from running, or new members from joining.

With 80 active members of all standards – many of whom had never done any running before joining the group – the club would meet on Tuesday evenings to run together, with training nights on Thursday.

But since the lockdown they have been joining in with a virtual 5k every Saturday, logging on for a Facebook warm-up session just before 9am, completing their run and then checking in again afterwards with times and photos which are shared.

Treasurer and co-founder Lucy Baker said: “This is a great way to help people still feel included in our club. It’s been so motivational for people, especially if they’ve struggled with this surreal time we are facing.”

The group also took part in its first club event at the weekend, the virtual “Don’t Pass It On” charity event organised by the Norfolk Gazelles.

Club members taking part in the Don’t Pass It On relay with some unusual batons.

“We had an amazing 38 of our members enter,” said Lucy. “We had to run one hour each over 17 hours throughout the day… It was extremely hot everyone did so well. We as a club are so, so proud of all our runners.”

One of the quirks of the race was using unusual running batons to “pass” to the runner with the next slot.

“Some people had never run for an hour before and for some this was their longest distance covered and quickest times. It’s great to see all abilities taking part,” said Lucy. “We encouraged everyone to take part and throughout the day we all kept posting pictures of us and our funny or unusual running batons.”

And the club did well, climbing steadily up the leaderboard and at one point they were top.

“The final result was we came an outstanding second,” said Lucy. “For such a young club this is phenomenal. We are so proud of our runners. Everybody had a great day.”

She added that they hoped to take part in the Blickling Half Marathon in October and were keeping an eye on the Aylsham and North Walsham 5k races, which could also become virtual.

They have certainly embraced online activities as they also have regular podcasts about runners and their activities. The first was two members who ran their own Mammoth Marathon after the North Norfolk event was postponed.

New members are always welcome – even online ones – and Lucy said a lot of members found it a helpful way to get through anxious times. Email  lucybaker80@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

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