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 

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.


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

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

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Statement – Monday 16/3/2020

Statement from Club Chairman, Chas Taylor as published in our email newsletter, on Monday 16/3/2020.

Coronavirus is uppermost in all our minds at the moment and I would like to spell out the club’s current position on the subject. The health of our members, their families and the wider community is of paramount importance. Whilst most of our members are fit and healthy and the current thinking is that these people should not be severely affected, we do have a number of older members, and a number with underlying health issues so it is imperative that everyone follows the latest advice from Public Health England and NHS111 online regarding personal hygiene. Remember too that if you have been doing lots of heavy training like preparing for a marathon your immune system is likely to be low so be extra careful.

If you or any member of your immediate family show even mild symptoms of a new and continuous cough or a temperature of over 37.8 degrees, then you must follow the current PHE guidelines and self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days, and of course, this means you cannot come to the club. We will continue to monitor the advice from all authorities, including the advice for running clubs from England Athletics.

Following consideration of this advice, we will be continuing with regular training sessions but as soon as that advice changes we may need to cancel sessions and will let everyone know, via the usual channels.

We will also cancel training if the Hockey Centre has to close – currently, we are working closely with the Hockey Club management to ensure that they are also following current guidelines around infection control. You can assist infection control by not congregating in the entrance hall and immediately inside the clubhouse. Try to avoid direct contact with fellow club members.

The above statement was written and agreed by the committee before today’s statement by the PM which makes guidelines for social contact far more restrictive. The committee now needs to discuss this latest information and decide on the best way forward. The track is available to us tomorrow and I know the Juniors and the Beginners will be making use of it and anyone else is free to make use of it but please be conscious of avoiding social interaction. If you want to run on Thursday evening it would be best to meet in the car park and stick to smaller groups. We will update you further over the coming days.

We have a number of events coming up over the next few months like the Aquathlon, Triffic Trail, our Presentation Night and Sally’s Quiz Night. We are monitoring the situation with regard to these and at the moment they are all still scheduled to go ahead but as we move forward we may have to cancel these and have also agreed that we will refund any entry fees.

Stay safe and take all possible precautions against infection and transmission. As a club, we will come through this stronger and tougher.


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

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Men’s Team Report

On Saturday we had the second round of the Met League series over at Welwyn. We went over with a strong men’s team, still, a fair few runners missing but a decent showing nevertheless. 
Our 12 scorers on the day were Chris, Jim Barber, Carl, Scott, Ben Albon, David, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason Maloney, Kam, Adam Walker, Ricky Nelson and Ed Fenning. This was good enough for 10th on the day in Division 1 and keeps us in the same position overall, we’ve got a decent gap to 11th and 12th behind us so I don’t think relegation is even in the thinking, we’re now aiming to push on and catch up with the teams in front. As I mentioned, we still have a good few scorers missing (not including injuries just people not available on Saturday) so with a full-strength team we are close to 7th/8th/9th which would be great progress for us. Interesting as well, if you look at where our 12th scorer finishes compared to the 12 other teams in Division 1, we would be ranked 4th best. So, sorry to bore you all a bit here but in short, we’re closing the gap and really progressing nicely in the top Division. 
Our Vets team, Carl, Scott, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason, Adam and Ricky, finished 3rd on the day, only 36 points off 1st and remain in 3rd overall for the season. 


Women’s Team Report

We had 11 hardy souls who turned out for the race at Stanborough. It would have been really nice to see a few more take part in these races. They are good fun, in spite of the rain, and bring success to the Club. We again ran away with the division 2 win for the day and established a really strong position to take the division title for the season. That doesn’t mean we can be complacent, we still need everyone out for the rest of the season. Katie Brown was our first lady home in a fantastic 10th place. Katie was followed by Emily Jeanes, Alex Baird and Katie Vooght all in the top 50. Our 5th scorer was Emily Clarke finishing just ahead of Fiona Hathaway. The fact that we have so many younger runners and that the starting age for vets has gone up to 40 means we struggle for a vets team and without Zoe and Anja we were always up against it to get a vets team score but we did well with Fiona, Aimee Jenner and Foulla making up the scoring team. Our other runners were Sharon Tindale, Christine Hawker and Christine Read. As well as the seniors hitting the heights in division 2 we finished 7th in division 1 of the vets and the B team are 4th in division 3 and the vets B team are 5th in division 3. Everyone makes a contribution and there is all to play for. 
Chas for Zoe

Junior Team Report

It was a cold afternoon for racing at the 2nd Met league fixture of the season at Welwyn Garden City but the juniors were lucky to miss the rain that the seniors got.  That’s two years in a row!  Attendance wasn’t great with a few of our big guns taking part in County/Schools races or out injured but we still fielded enough U15/U17’s boys to field A B and C teams.  There was only 1 under 11 runner across the boys and girls combined which is very disappointing (where are you all?) so well done to Max Gilzean who has been an ever-present this season.  The U13 boys are our highest place team lying 8th out of 24 in the league and a big ‘well done’ goes to Luke Bass, Oscar Tivnann, Ed Paine and Oliver Moss for your efforts.  Luke, in his first met league race, finished a creditable 19th out of 62 runners.   With the Keohane sisters missing for this fixture we were always going to have fewer points in the girl’s races but Selma, Saoirse and Olivia held up our end for the U13’s as did Jessica and Anna for the U15’s.  All of them battled hard for their finishes.  Performances of the day go to Alessio Ferrari and Alex Lytrides.  Alessio finished 4th out of 55 in the U15’s race and 22nd out of 100 in the combined 15’s and 17’s.  Just behind him was Alex who came in 25th out of 100.  We had another 7 runners in the race which is a good turnout. Well done to Ethan, Ned, Liam, Max, Harry, Alexander and Toby.   Their efforts leave us 11th out of 33 teams after 2 fixtures.  I’d love to see us go top 10 this year.  Our next cross country fixture is at Trent Park on the 23rd in the NWL League.  Let’s have a big turnout.

Track Mile 2019

Track Mile 2019

Thanks to everybody that attended the track mile on Friday evening. I thought it was a thoroughly good event and a massive thanks to all the runners, supporters and officials.

The respective winners on the day were:
Ellie Edwards – Junior female
Alessio Ferrari – Junior male
Emily Jeanes – Senior female
Raul Simmons-Perez – Senior male

I’m also delighted to confirm that the Senior female track mile club record was broken by Emily, topping 4.18: from the previous year and clocking 4.15:

Special thanks to James Joy, Roland, Francis, Mike Prior, Jason Dodd and Paul Hart for your assistance on the sidelines.


Photos and results can be found at the links below

Aquathlon 2019

Aquathlon 2019

Thanks for everyone who came to the Aquathlon yesterday. We had perfect weather thankfully and a good turnout. We had a couple of teething problems with the new run course, which we will sort out for next year – but everything else went smoothly. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped me manage this pretty complex undertaking. I’d appreciate any feedback on the race, so that we can look to make it even better in the future. Email me at

Results can be found using the links below as well as the photos from the event.