Coronavirus may have stopped us training together and may mean the tracks are closed but we thankfully are still able to exercise on our own and with others from our households. We’re also lucky that many of our coaches are still providing our athletes with training schedules to keep them going.
Whilst the lockdown restrictions have made training for certain events (e.g. throws, jumps) much more difficult, some of our runners have been getting creative.
Lindsey Farrelly has given us an update on what we’ve been up to:
The seniors have been trying to follow the excellent training programme set by Malcolm and have also been setting a weekly distance challenge that all club members, young or old, can take part in. Working on a rolling basis the distances consist of 1k, 1 mile, 400m and 10k. The individual challenges are aimed at giving our athletes something to focus on and something to banter about in their various social media groups!
The challenges kick off on the Monday of each week and all runs must be done by the following Sunday. The current challenge is 1 mile and finishes on 17 May. The challenge for w/c 18 May is a little different as we’ll be doing 1k to tie in with the British Milers Club 1k Time Trial which must be done between 22 and 25 May.
We’re sad to see some of our favourite races have had to be cancelled but we’re excited to see virtual races popping up each week. We’ve got involved in a few with athletes signing up for Run North West’s virtual lucky dip race, the Forever Manchester 10k and the iconic Tour of Tameside in it’s new virtual format.
If you are getting involved in virtual races send us some photos so we can share them!