Belinda, our Marathon Champ!

Well, I hung on to publish the blog in the hope that we would have some clarity from the Prime Minister today on whether we could resume our Club activities after 2 December, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until Thursday for the detail, including which tier London will be in and whether groups will be able to meet up for amateur sports.

If the new tiers allow organised races to go ahead, we have the second Chingford League race to look forward to on the afternoon of Saturday 6 December, this time at Hog Hill. Numbers are likely to be restricted so please watch out for details and jump in quickly if you want to take part. We also hope to have our traditional Royal Parks run one Sunday before Christmas, probably the 13th, but we’ll confirm nearer the time.

Members’ Cup

I hope Jason’s trailer video for the Members’ Cup has whetted your appetite. Captain Rob has ordered the trophies for the Club competitions that were able to go ahead this year and the plan is to do the presentations at track on 8 December, if we are able. Keep the date free and come along to track if you were a trophy winner in the Cross Country or Handicap competitions, to collect your hardware.

Cardio Tuesday

The gap on Tuesday evening left by track was once again filled by Debbie’s Instalive cardio session. The exercises are targeted at runners so well worth having a go if you haven’t already. Don’t worry, nobody else can see or hear you, so it doesn’t matter if you are uncoordinated and slow, like I am. The sessions start at 5.30pm on Tuesday – just search for Comradesincoaching on Instagram. If you can’t make it at that time on Tuesday, the sessions are recorded so you can try them at your leisure. As Belinda’s terrific running times show, the sessions can have a real impact on your performance.

Track Tuesday – perhaps…

If we are allowed back at track on the 8th, Rory will be leading the session – thanks for volunteering, Rory. Watch this space for further details.

BRR in action

Yet more excellent performances from BRR members at Saturday’s Virtual Park Run (#VPR36) with all four participants smashing their times from the previous week. Martin P finished sixth overall in 20:17; Debbie C was first female and eighth overall in 21:07; Belinda was third female and twelfth overall in 23:46; and Kresh was a good son and kept his mum company to finish in 39:15.

Belinda’s time was enough for her to finish as first female at Barking (not)parkrun, and also nabbed her the highest female age grading of the week (69.71%). Other BRR participants were Greg (30:25), Alison (36:02) and Jason (30:25). No (not)parkrun from Mrs Li this week; I think the threat of BRR membership for her Christmas present may have put her off.

Belinda was busy again on Sunday, running a virtual marathon. She had signed up for the Dorney Lake Marathon but it was cancelled due to Covid so she ran the distance by herself, around Dagenham and Romford. Having ran London in 2010 and New York in 2015, Belinda wasn’t going to let the next 5-year anniversary go by without running the distance. Inspired by BRR runners completing the virtual London in October (where, you’ll remember she kept Trevor and Cristina company for part of the distance), she signed up for Dorney Lake only for it to be put paid to by Lockdown #02. Running a marathon by yourself is super-tough and Belinda found the last five miles agony but the thought of the virtual London runners completing the distance in horrendous weather helped her to push through and complete the distance in a fantastic time of 4:38:32.

Thank you to Belinda for sending in details of her race. I’m very happy to include race write-ups in the blog if people send them to me. Remember to include a photo if possible.

Rock up ‘n’ Run

It sounds like the Rock Up and Run race will still be going ahead on Sunday 29 November at Ware in Hertfordshire (quite near Harlow). You can choose from 5K, 10K or HM, register for one of the timeslots up to the morning of the race, then just turn up, scan the QR code you’ve been sent, and run. I think I’ll give it a go, as long as the weather isn’t atrocious (I’ve become a fair-weather runner). Details at

Centurion Running

There’s still time to sign up for the Centurion Running challenge. Just choose the distance you want to run between 23 November and 29 November, then do it! You can spread your distance over the whole week but the clock starts when your first run starts, and finishes when your last run ends. More details at

Morning Stretches for Runners: #04 – Hip Circles

Week four of our morning stretches for runners, and we’re adding hip circles to our ‘yin yoga flow’ (you should already be doing neck circles, shoulder shrugs, and forward folds). Whether you’re running or sitting, your hip flexors bear the brunt. Hip circles increase the range of motion in your hips and loosen the hip flexors and hamstrings while waking up the core and lower back. They are also great for relieving stress and tension and improving your flexibility.

How to do it: 

  1. Stand straight with your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart.
  2. Bend the knees slightly and place your hands on the hips.
  3. Slowly rotate your hips, making big circles.
  4.  Complete ten circles in one direction and then switch to the opposite direction.

Keep your body relaxed and face forward, engage your core muscles and breathe deeply maintaining a steady rhythm throughout. Make sure to always keep your hips level with the floor. And think how impressed Craig Revel-Horwood would be with your hip rotation!

And finally…

(Almost) everyone did so well at voting for the Member/Charity of the year on Survey Monkey, I thought we would have another poll, just for fun. It’s a very simple poll, with just one question – what is your favourite running distance? As you are all runners, zero is not an option! Use the link below to complete the poll by noon next Sunday (28th November) and I’ll reveal the results in the next blog.

Keeeep Running!


BRR Chair


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