There’s a lot of talk about when the lockdown might start to be relaxed, but no sign of it as yet. Another of our Grand Prix races – the Braintree 5 on 17 May – has been cancelled altogether for 2020. The Committee will be meeting (by Zoom) on Monday evening to discuss what to do about this year’s Club competitions. Watch this space for an update.

In the meantime, it can be hard to maintain motivation when running by yourself, so the many virtual challenges that are now available are proving a godsend.

This week both Jason and I undertook the parkrun run-a-word challenge, which involved completing a run that included road names beginning with all the letters forming the word ‘parkrun’. I’m sure my running efforts were as good as Jason’s, but his photo collage left mine standing – no sleeping rat, though. It’s not too late to complete the parkrun challenge, or you could move straight on to the next run-a-word: BARCODE.

Couldn’t think why I had booked a day off work on Monday 27th April. Then I suddenly remembered – it was intended as recovery after volunteering on our London Marathon water station on the 26th. Oh well, at least I’ve saved a day’s leave. The postponement of the Marathon until October (if it actually happens then) means that many of the charities who rely on the Marathon for support will not be receiving the funding they expected. So, instead, you might want to support the 2.6 Challenge. All you have to do is complete any activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise or donate to Save the UK’s Charities via

If you fancy supporting the NHS and getting a fantastic medal for your efforts at the same time, check out the race the distance NHS challenge at . It costs £12.99 to participate and there is no specific activity you have to complete, just ‘do what you can’ in one of your ‘one exercise a day’ sessions.  All proceeds go to NHS charities. I think this is one medal I will be pleased to wear with pride.

If you let us know what virtual challenges you have done, I’ll include it in next week’s blog. Photos too, please!

Some of you may have watched the BBC programme about Eliud Kipchoge becoming the first person to complete a marathon in less than two hours. If you want to know more about how he manages it, there is a good article about Eliud Kipchoge on the BBC website:

There is also a programme on BBC1 at 2.00pm on Sunday 26 April about the first London Marathon in 1981. Perhaps it will make up for missing this year’s race a little bit. Or maybe not, but it should be interesting viewing.

I’ll post the outcome of the Committee meeting and the next installment of the virtual training plan soon.

Take care, y’all


BRR Chair



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