It seems such a trite message to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year when we are facing difficult times living under the cloud of COVID. However the committees thoughts are with our members, their families and those who work with us to run this club. Enjoy this time as best you can while we look forward to a time when "normality' returns whatever that will be. Stay well, stay safe and most of all stay strong, We will get through this!
This year has been a challenge at all levels and everyone has experienced some disappointments, confusion and anxious times - but there have been some joyful and satisfying moments.
As a club we started off the year with our Horford XC, which had the biggest ever attendance-Over 150 runners. Tony took a team of members to the National XC and Glyn led the NRR trip to the Southern National XC at Parliament Hills.
Way back in early March, the second Roarr! half marathon was a great success and we will visit the Dinosaur Park again.
‘Virtual’ became a word well-used as many of our annual events changed in format, including the Round Norfolk Relay and Ekiden with Norwich Road Runners posting some excellent results. We were able to support local charities, Priscilla Bacon Lodge and Nelson's Journey by the wonderful efforts in Virtual 5k and RED Lockdown Challenge. In a bid to keep people running safely and remain in line with ever- changing guidelines, many members led small groups on informal runs, individuals posted their own achievements and all of these encouraged others to step out of the door and run! The commitment of the organisers and runners has been incredible. At the time of sending this message, some of you are out running as one of our 4 teams entered in the Norfolk Orienteering Christmas Cracker- Thanks to David and Jo for organising.
The Junior branch of NRR benefitted through the first lockdown from daily efforts sessions le ad by Ally Hayden, and once permitted, groups have met on Saturday mornings under the careful eyes of Alma and the other Junior coaches - thank you to them and Junior parents for sticking to the necessary rules.
The committee has continued to meet via Zoom and can report that the club is in a good financial position, ready for the year ahead. We have plans for 'real races' and hope we can run together again. This year has shown how important running can be and we are keen to share individual stories and views - there is a blog spot on the website for anyone who fancies writing a blog.
Although events may not have been as expected or wanted, one thing is sure - we kept running!
One final note, the NRR email addresses are not working at the moment. If you would like to send a message to your committee/membership please use the temporary email address below:-
On behalf of the committee, best wishes for a peaceful, safe and healthy Christmas and New Year
Please note that until the Government advises that all mass sporting events at the non elite level can resume the club will not be meeting together as a group
The club meets at a school and any resumption plans will depend on a decision from the school management
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter, we will keep you informed of any developments
See below for virtual events and other options to keep you motivated!
If you are a member please see the Facebook page for groups running together within Government guidelines
The term legends means an ‘extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field’.
The term I feel is misused but in the case of their previous achievements and for RED, Stacey Harper 261 miles) and Roly Cook (368), I for one am happy to call both ‘NRR club legends’.
Many thanks to Gary Stevens for presenting the trophies (and running around delivering medals) and to Jodie Causer for help with this challenge. Over 250 signed up for the challenge, most of which were club members. It was also great to send just over £360 to Nelson’s Journey thanks to your contributions.
Does anyone fancy another challenge?
Congratulations to Alicia Lacey and John Hudson who ran the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon on Sunday 13th December 2020 It must have been a great feeling running an actual race all be it one run under Covid 19 restrictions.
They both did the club proud with Alicia taking the first female position in a time of 1:20:48 while John crossed the line in 1:17:24 taking 13th place overall.
Alicia also achieved a club record for the half marathon that had been held by Anne Flanagan for 13 years. A good weekends work!
Not a bit of it! The Club has a Christmas tradition of dressing up, running to a suitable hostelry to drink, eat and be merry. This year our race director Jodie Causer, organised a socially distanced run that complied with the covid restrictions on meeting outside for exercise. Meeting in different parts of the city ,groups of six runners gathered together and made their way to an Inn. Well not actually an Inn but the Carey's of Norwich mobile 'Coffee Box" at the corner of Spixworth Road and Quaker lane. There was enough room at the inn for the Santas, wise men, elf's ,robots and others to meet in a socially distanced manner to enjoy one of the Coffee Box's Christmas specials .Heres hoping that next year we will have the freedom to descend en-masse into the City of Norwich! (see the 2016 photo!)
Norwich Road Runners has a number of top class female runners but I am sure that all would agree that our Mandy Foyster is the club's most loved and admired female runner. Not just for her amazing achievements in Ultra Distance running but also for her love and compassion for both people and animals. However we all know that she has a very soft spot for sheep! She has been instrumental in raising money the Mirkwood Rest Home for Retired Sheep.
Recently Mandy was nominated for a category in the Broadland District Council's Community at Hearts award ( See section below) and we are delighted to advise that she won the 'Sporting Achievement of the Year award' for entering and finishing the Spine Race. Well done, Mandy, you continue tio inspire us all
Congratulations to all the Norwich Road Runners who completed the Blickling Half Marathon on Sunday 18th October 2020
5 Alex Griffiths Norwich Road Runners MO 1:22:35.8
22 Trevor Kuhrt Norwich Road Runners M40-44 1:29:39.8
44 Andy Palmer Norwich Road Runners M55-59 1:35:33.2
130 Chantelle Holmes Norwich Road Runners F45-49 1:47:25.9
131 Melissa Baker Norwich Road Runners FO 1:47:28.7
147 Kelly Lawson Norwich Road Runners FO 1:49:34.0
Chris Harrison's Report
It’s the end of September and the end of the virtual Round Norfolk Relay - this evening I submitted my teams timesheet which I also wanted to share with you all.
They have all performed superbly and it was fantastic to have 2 of the juniors be involved with this team too - future looks good for the club!
Some achieved new ‘unofficial’ PB’s, some threw themselves across the virtual ‘line’ and some logged times that they didn’t think would be possible. The total time combined is very impressive.
Thanks to them for getting involved - despite leaving me sweating as some ran as late as today!
Well done all of you that ran and represented - let’s hope we can do it again for real next year
Ben Kendall's Report
The results for Team Mintcake (formerly known as Team 1) in the Round Norfolk Relay have been collated and submitted. Here they are if you're interested. Spoiler alert: we didn't quite beat the Group A team.
Still some great running all round, especially as a lot of us aren't doing as much as we normally would. You've all been great at supporting each other and hopefully it's helped us feel more like a club, even though we can't physically meet en masse.
Well done to everybody involved and thanks for making it so much fun.
Dave Litchfield's Report
Was wonderful to be part of a lovely supportive team! Well done to all the runners, especially those juggling commitments and difficulties at the moment. We did it 👏👏👏🏃♀️🏃🏃♂️🎉🎉🎉
And thanks Glyn Manton for sorting out the bling 🏅🏅🏅
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