Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

With the sad but inevitable news last week that the Leigh-on-Sea 10k has been cancelled for 2020 (a favourite, and not only for the glass of Prosecco at the end) it was heartening to know that the trial Chingford League race that took place in Epping Forest on Saturday seems to have been a success, so there is a chance that at least some Chingford League races might be able to go ahead, even if not in the usual venues or formats. The 5 mile race was organised by Orion for its members, but they also let four runners from each Chingford League club participate too, in a carefully phased waves. Fingers crossed the organisers feel it is safe for more races to take place.

Track Tuesday

It was quite a shock to see what had been done to the Jim Peters Stadium building last week, in preparation for the boxing club taking up residence. It seems a bit of a shame that nothing was really done to develop the facilities as an athletics venue, and it’s probably too late now, but let’s hope we can live in harmony with the boxers.

Thank you to Debbie for taking a great session at track last Tuesday, followed by a stretching and core routine. Even the midges joined in with the core work!

Captain Rob’s evil twin will be taking the session on Tuesday 15th. After some warm-up laps and drills it will be 12 (yes, 12) x 300 metres with 100 metres jog or walk recovery, followed by a warm-down and stretching.

Planned BRR activities

Thursday 16th September – hill work in Mayesbrook Park.  Meet at the car park nearest to the Roundhouse pub at 6.30pm to make the best of the evening light.

Saturday 19th September – BRR Social. Cycle to Tilbury then lunch at Gravesend. More information to follow.

Saturday 19th September – Debbie’s online HIIT workout at 5.00pm. Just search for comradesincoaching on Instagram.

Sunday 20th September – the next Tad 5 trail race at Hainault, with a slightly more straightforward course than the last race. 10:00am start.

Tuesday 22nd September – Predict-a-5k at track. Guesstimate your 5k time then run it – without your watch to help you! Runner who finishes closest to their predicted time is the winner. It’s all about the pace, about the pace…

Barking (not)parkrun

Well, we can only hope that parkrun will be able to return at the end of October, given the increasing rate of Covid infections. In the meantime, Belinda was the first finisher again at Barking (not)parkrun last week, followed by Greg, Jenni, and – a very long way behind – me.

Stretches for Runners: #07 – buttock stretch

The final stretch with our follicly-challenged friend from the NHS website and I, for one, am going to miss him (don’t worry, I’ve already got an idea for the next series). After working your butt off at track, it’s important that you stretch the aforementioned butt. Strengthening and stretching your gluteal muscles, to use the technical term, is important for improving your running performance.

·         Lie on your back with your knees bent and both feet flat on the floor.

·         Cross your right leg over your left thigh.

·         Grasp the back of your left thigh with both hands and pull the left leg toward your chest.

·         Hold for 15 seconds.

·         Repeat with the other leg.

And finally…

I thought this quote from Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier, was very appropriate for the current times, even though it was said well before Covid.

“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable”.

Safe running


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