Membership Renewals – 31/07/2020

Membership Renewal – 31/07/2020

As I hope you remember we have kept the membership of Trent Park Running Club open from the end of the last annual membership period and we will do that until we are able to get back training properly and have the use of all the facilities at the Hockey Centre. We had set the membership renewal date on the Clubtrac system to 31st July 2020 as a holding position. As we are not in a position to renew membership we have reset that to 31st August 2020. This is again a holding position and we will only renew membership when it is reasonable to do so.

Recent months have been very difficult for everyone and as a Club, we have played our part in limiting the spread of the virus. We should be very proud of the contribution of every member. We have put in place a great system for running carefully controlled sessions and I hope you are all aware of these and making use of them when you are able. You can access the details at https://trentparkrunningclub.clubtrac.co.uk/users/login. It would be great to see as many of you as possible taking up the opportunity to join some of these sessions 

I have just had an update from Liz at the Hockey Centre who tells me they plan to open the Hockey Centre on selected days from Tuesday next week (4th). They will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings. This is only the bar area, so there are no changing/showering facilities and seating will be in the garden.

Please, everyone, stay safe and enjoy your running in the sun

Special Notice – 20/07/2020

Update from Coaching Coordinator, Paul Ward, on 20/07/2020

Special Notice

Following the latest Government announcements and an England Athletics update statement, we are pleased to be able to inform members that formal training sessions are now being held again, albeit with limited availability initially. In order to maintain members safety and meet Government and EA guidelines we have introduced some important changes including a “Booking Form” to confirm sessions being held and your attendance. Further details of the Booking form and sessions are available by the “members log-in” section.

 Unfortunately we cannot accept applications for new members but please leave your details by e-mailing hello@trentparkrc.com and we will contact you as soon as the situation changes.

 As a club we will continue to act responsibly, protecting our members and the community that we run in. Enjoy your running in this new world.

We have during this period added an addtional code of conduct and this can be found at https://www.trentparkrc.com/about-us/constitution/covid19-additions-to-code-of-conduct-view/

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 31/05/2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 31/05/2020

Update from Communication Officer, James Joy, on Sunday 31/5/2020

Update on club activities

As lockdown measures start to easy we are looking at when and how we can return to formal club activities.

As well as government restriction and suggestion we do, as a registered club, have to follow the guidance of England Athletics. The currently still recommend that club do not return to formal training and have suspended all competitions until the end of June. We also need to coordinate with other parties as well, Enfield Council, Southgate Hockey Centre, etc, and we will update you once we have any form of go ahead.

Our membership was due to renew on the 1st April 2020. However, we have extended the 2019-2020 membership until such time as we can re-start formal club activities. Therefore, please do not pay any renewal fees and if you would like to join once we re-start please email membership@trentparkrc.com .

Members over the past few months have been involved with various online activities and social media projects (see our social media feed below). We have our very our Virtual Handicap that anyone can do, we have restarted our YouTube channel, which has some great content on this, and have various other virtual activities, quizzes, Zwift training, Yoga, etc.

Once we have any further updates we will let you all know.

James Joy

Handicap goes virtual

Handicap goes virtual

Handicap goes virtual

With all training, races and group runs suspended until further notice and the need for social distancing we have taken our monthly handicap (time trial) virtual.

We want you to keep active and part of our handicap community so have looked at a number of ways of doing this. We didn’t want technology to be a barrier to taking part, require people to need to be a member of a particular service or require a certain watch or app, so we have come up with a very simple to use (in our opinion) system. 

The virtual handicap is open to anyone. They don’t need to be a club member or have run our handicap before. Also, open to new runners and walkers as it is all about using your daily exercise to set a goal and try and improve. 

So here is what you need to take part.

1. Plan your 5K running route

You can do this anywhere at any time. Doesn’t have to be on our normal handicap route, in fact we don’t want you to run this route. Doesn’t have to be at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of the month. Run on the street, across the fields, around the garden, up and down your hallway or on the dreadmill, but please take note of the latest advice on social distancing, running safety, etc. As long as it is 5k (3.1 miles in old money) it counts.

2. Run and Time your 5k

Run your chosen route and time it. Don’t need a fancy watch or app, but these help, an old fashioned stopwatch is fine, as long as you know it was definitely 5k and was timed accurately. 

3. Go to our form and fill in your details 

Very simple form. You don’t need to register, don’t need to have run the handicap before, remember passwords, or submit any personal details (dates of birth, etc). We just need your email address, so we can keep you updated, your name, your time, the date you ran and optional, a link to your activity if posted online. 

4. Repeat 1-3

Yep do it all again but this time push harder and try and improve your time. When submitting the form again please use the same name and email address as you did for your previous runs so we can match them up.

It is as simple as that.

We will then keep track of your improvement by comparing your first run to your last and give you a percentage increase and publish a table so you can see how you are doing and how your running friends are doing.

General rules.

1. Keep safe. Follow the latest guidelines from the government, etc.
2. It must be 5k. Not sure how to measure this then several sites for doing this. A personal favourite is https://gb.mapometer.com/ 
3. No cheating. There are no prizes so what is the point.

Once we a few runs from people logged we will start to publish the tables so keep an eye on your website and your email for updates.

Any questions please feel free to email handicap@trentparkrc.com 

 

Triffic Trial – COVID-19 Update – 22/3/2020

Triffic Trial – COVID-19 Update – 22/3/2020

Triffic Trail
COVID-19 Update – 22/3/2020

Dear Runners

The coronavirus has caused a lot of sporting events and activities to either be postponed or cancelled. In these uncertain times, it is too early to say what will happen to the Triffic Trail but it is under constant review and we will be guided by Government measures. We are still planning to hold the run on Sunday 21st June as it might be the perfect time to celebrate getting back to normal activity. However, should we need to postpone or cancel we wanted you to know that we will offer all entrants a full refund. If you have made a charitable donation then this will be sent to your chosen charity.

We hope that this reassures you that you will not lose out by entering our event.

We hope that you all keep well and stay safe.

Best Wishes

Alan Collingbourne
Race Director of the Triffic Trail
On behalf of Trent Park Running Club

If you have any question then please feel free to contact us racedirector@triffictrail.com 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 17/03/2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update – 17/03/2020

Update from Club Chairman, Chas Taylor, on Tuesday 17/3/2020.

Urgent Message Re Coronavirus Pandemic

Following the government announcements made yesterday and an England Athletics statement this morning we are having to suspend all formal Club activity for the foreseeable future and at least until the end of April. I am sure you are aware of the government advice on social distancing and self-isolation, particularly for the vulnerable. We now have advice from England Athletics that running clubs should suspend all their activities including training, events and social gatherings. This effectively means that we have no insurance cover for our sessions. The key part of the England Athletics statement reads:

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

We therefore have no option but to suspend all Club activity. We are really sorry to make this decision but the health of all concerned is the overriding concern. I hope you all understand.

This obviously means that the Junior and Senior Handicaps will not take place during this period.

We have also taken the decision to postpone the Aquathlon scheduled for Sunday 31st May 2020. We will be in touch shortly regarding possible rescheduling and/or refunding of entry fees.

We have also decided to cancel the Presentation Night planned for 30th April 2020. We will find a way of presenting all the trophies.

We haven’t yet made a decision about Sally’s Quiz Night or Triffic Trial but we’ll keep you updated.

One of the concerns of shutting down Club activity, necessary as it is, is that we will lose the Club spirit and commitment. Please do everything you can to keep that going and if you have any good ideas for what we can do in this period please let me know.

We will keep you updated on all developments. Please do everything you can to keep yourselves, your families and the wider community safe.

Chas

As a club, we will be updating our website and social media channels on regular bases so please check back for the latest information.