Club Sessions Bookings

Information on club sessions and how to book can be found here.

Links to booking:

Thursday 13th August Kenyan Hills with Mike 

Thursday 13th August Hills with Katy

Thursday 13th August Kenyan Hills with Will

Thursday 13th August 10K at 8mm with Andy Brindle

Thursday 13th August Hills with Mark

Thursday 13th August 10K at 9mm with Chris

Thursday 13th August 10K Sub 8mm with Helen

Thursday 13th August 4 Mile at 10mm with James

Thursday 13th August Run/Walk with Terry Davis

Run Together

England Athletics

Posted: 10 August 2020

Return to running communication 2

Bitton Road Runners Return to Running 

Update 2 

10th Aug 2020

 

We trust you are all keeping safe and managing to get those runs in.  

Our first club session since the Covid lockdown went well last week and thank you to those who provided feedback. 

We are pleased to announce our return to runs from the club starting this Thursday 13th Aug at 7pm. Though it will be September before we return to Tuesday nights from the Club.

Track at Yate on Monday has been cancelled  due to lack of interest and there’s insufficient time to set up the process for a return to Whitehall on Tuesday. We are aiming for the following week if we can ensure it is safe to do so. 

To  return to safe running from the Club we have had to make a few changes which we detail here.

  • All sessions must be booked in advance via the Run Together online booking system which is only available to club members. The Run Together system will ensure that as a club we fulfil our responsibilities regarding the NHS Test and Trace System. You can download the Run Together Runner App for your smartphone from your App provider.
  • Places in each group are limited to 5 runners plus a coach (see note 1 below) and are on a first come, first served basis. Access to the booking system is via the Club Web site only. Runners who attend on the night without booking will not be permitted to partake in the session. 
  • All current Government and EA guidelines must be observed including keeping a 2 mtr distance.  EA guidance can be found here
  • Toilet and changing facilities will not be available at the club
  • Runners should arrive at the club ready to run and leave as soon as the session is complete.
    • Please Note that:
      The Oldland Abbotonians FC (OAFC) bar will be open from 19:30 to 21:00 hrs on Thursday nights. Bitton Road Runner Members who choose to use the bar do so at their own Risk and must provide contact details to OAFC for their Test and Trace process. Using the bar will be defined as entering the OAFC club house. 
  • All runners must bring their own bottle of hand sanitiser and drinking water. Car keys are not to be left with others or at the start location.
  • All sessions are 50p which should be dropped in the collection bucket outside our lock up. Correct money only please no change to taken
  • Five 10k Club routes have been reviewed to minimise Covid Risks and will be available plus the normal Thursday sessions. All sessions will be coach led. When booking, each session name is prefixed by Zn which identifies the meet Zone for each group. See map below. Groups will leave the football pitch at 1 minute intervals keeping 2 mtrs apart.

Runners and coaches should comply with all public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the Club setting to reduce the risk to their fellow runners when they do attend a club session or venue.

Finally, we appreciate that some of you may not feel ready to recommence running in groups of any size. We fully understand and look forward to welcoming you back when you feel the time is right. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the committee. 

 

 

Note 1:

As a club we are close to achieving Covid Secure Environment status as defined by England Athletics. Once achieved we will be permitted to increase the group size to up 12 runners plus a coach.

 

Meeting Zones on Football pitch

Posted: 10 August 2020

Return to running

Dear Members, 

 

The committee and coaches have been working hard to bring Bitton Road Runners back as soon and as safely as possible. 

Working within England Athletics (EA) and the Government guidelines, we are pleased to announce our plans for making it happen. 

Initially all sessions will be coached and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.  Unless the guidelines change the first session back will be Thursday 6th August.

Until as a Club we achieve Covid Secure Environment status, as defined by EA, there will be a limit of 5 runners plus coach per group. 

Initially sessions will start from 4 locations away from our Club House. 50p subs will be collected at the start location by the coach. Correct money only please:

Coach

Session

Thursday 6th Aug

Tuesday 11th Aug

Katy Shoesmith

Speed & Endurance 

 

Bitton Station

Mark Galt

Running Development 

 

Bitton Station

Andy Blacker

Speed & Endurance

 

Warmley Station

Terry Davis

Run Walk

Bitton Station

 

Chris Brown

Sub 8:30mm pace with efforts

Warmley Station

 

Andy Brindle

9mm pace with efforts

Warmley Station

 

Mike Blackmore

Kenyan Hills

Warmley Forest

 

Will Ganley

Kenyan Hills

Warmley Forest

 

Katy Shoesmith

Hills 

School Rd

 

 

Track

 

We are working with Bristol & West on using the Whitehall Track on a Tuesday night, in the meantime we will be offering track sessions at Yate starting on Monday 10th August at 7pm.  4 coached sessions will be provided at the track. The cost for the track session will be £3. The method of payment is tbc. 

The track sessions are detailed below:

Coach

Session

Monday 10th Aug

Mike Blackmore

Ex Whitehall session 

Yate

Will Ganley

Ex Whitehall session

Yate

Steve Herring

Introduction to Track

Yate

James Wade

Track open session

Yate

 

NB. Yate Track is a Covid Secure Environment as defined by England Athletics.

All sessions will need to be booked in advance via an online booking system which is currently being implemented and will only be available to club members. Places in each group will be on a first come, first served basis. We will announce via social media and our web site when the booking system is up and running. Access to the booking system will be via our Web site only.

The booking system will ensure that as a club we fulfil our responsibilities regarding the Governments Track and Trace System. All current Government and EA guidelines must be observed including keeping a 2 mtr distance. Our Club routes are being reviewed to minimise Covid Risks.  

Runners who attend on the night without pre-registering will not be able to partake in the session. 

Sorry, but currently we are only able to offer sessions to members 18yrs and over.

Runners and coaches should comply with all public health restrictions and avoid high risk behaviour outside the Club setting to reduce the risk to their fellow runners when they do attend a club session or venue.

 

Runners should arrive at the start venue ready to run and leave as soon as the session is complete. 

 

All runners must bring their own bottle of hand sanitiser and water. Car keys are your responsibility and are not to be left with others or at the start location.

 

Toilet facilities will not be available at any location. 

 

The sessions on 6th 10th & 11th August are pilot sessions and we will welcome feedback.  

Finally, we appreciate that some of you may not feel ready to recommence running in groups of any size. We fully understand and look forward to welcoming you back when you feel the time is right. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the committee. 

 

Take Care 

Posted: 03 August 2020

Club updates

Dear Bitton Road Runners

 

We hope you are all safe and well - and that you have been able to keep those legs ticking-over during the recent restrictions!

 

During a committee meeting, held this week over Zoom, it was decided that now is the time to kick-start the running at Bitton Road Runners.

 

Initially we cannot use the clubhouse to meet, due to the current restrictions and England Athletics guidelines - so we will be looking to meet-up at various locations, appropriate to the type of session being offered.

 

Terry has contacted all coaches and most are happy to lead sessions at different venues so we are hoping to offer :

  • Kenyan Hills meeting at Warmley Forest
  • Hills meeting on School Road
  • Pace groups meeting at club house car park 
  • Track on Cycle path
  • Track - to be arranged - possibly on a Monday at Yate 

 

 We are currently limited to a maximum of 6 runners per group, including any coach but we can organise a number of groups at each venue safely. 

 

This will be just the first stage of an ongoing process, aiming to bring the club back together, in line with the guidance provided by EA - but we are looking to implement it as soon as possible.

 

We would like to know if this is something you would be happy and comfortable with in the current situation.  We are mindful that groups of you are already meeting and still training but there are a number of runners who have not been able to get out with fellow club runners and are struggling to keep the training going. We are hoping this is a first step in formalising our come back. 

 

Please reply to this e mail and let us know your thoughts. If you have any concerns or comments  please reply to  jan.isaac57@gmail.com and she will collate views and  feed back to the committee. Not all the committee members use social media so it is more helpful to share views through this email address . Thanks

 

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all and getting back  to running with the club .

 

An additional email has gone out to  all award winners about arrangements for trophy collection.

 

Posted: 19 July 2020

Sodbury Slog Update

For Immediate Release - 29th June 2020 Press Release

The Sodbury Slog - Event Cancellation

After closely monitoring the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the guidance issued by the Government, we have today taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Sodbury Slog.

Despite the reduction in the rate of infections and easing of the national lockdown, it is still not clear when restrictions on mass gatherings of people for sporting events will be lifted, enabling running events such as ours take place. Because of this uncertainty we have decided, with only four months until the event, it is simply not possible for us to confidently push forward with the race this year.

With around 1100 runners taking part and over 100 volunteers enabling them to do so, we consider the safety of all our competitors, supporters, partners, and volunteers paramount. Without the clarity of being able to host an event safely we will not put them at risk.

Organised by Bitton Road Runners, the Sodbury Slog is an extremely popular and long- standing event in the South West running calendar. With 2020 being our 30th anniversary year, we have worked hard on plans to celebrate this, so we appreciate how disappointing this will be for a great many runners, but we are also sure everyone will understand why this decision has been made.

As much as a great muddy trawl through the South Gloucestershire countryside, the Sodbury Slog has always had the local community and charity at heart and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for good causes over the years. It is a heritage we fully intend to continue when we return, hopefully in November 2021.

Ira Rainey
Race Director http://www.sodburyslog.co.uk 

Posted: 01 July 2020

Shane Garrett

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the untimely death of Shane Garrett.

Shane collapsed after arriving home last Monday night and could not be revived.

Shane was a regular on Tuesdays and Thursdays often joining Steve Herring’s group, one of his  favourites was Newpit Hill. He enjoyed cross country ski-Ing.

He will be sorely missed , We have extended the Clubs’s condolences to his partner. 

Shane supported a charity, Barakacommunity which supports healthcare water and other projects in Zambia and Laos and the Club will make a donation.  If anyone would like to send a card please PM myself or Jan Isaac for an address. 

 

James Wade

Posted: 24 June 2020

Summer Speed and Tried and Tested Speed

Go to the coaching section of our website for 2 new exciting additons.

Hugh has put together a couple of Speed Endurance sessions you go tackle on your own and Will Has put an alternative to the Whitehall track sessions.

Please come back soon for more sessions as we will be added more!

Any questions please ask myself, Hugh or Will!

Posted: 12 June 2020

Speed Endurance Summer Schedule

Heads up for you!

The Speed Endurance Schedule that would normally run on Tuesday evenings from the clubhouse has been updated.

You can now carry on completing these sessions until we go back to normality.

You will find the schedule under the coaching tab of this website.

Please remember to choose a safe enviroment when completed your runs at pace.

Any questions please email or message Tez.

Miss you all!

Posted: 07 June 2020

Awards Evening

Our virtual Awards Evening will take place next Friday, 1st May at 7pm and will be posted here on the evening.

For the final preview video, take a look here!

Posted: 25 April 2020

Race of 8 2020/2021

The Captains team have selected the following races for the 2020/2021 Race of 8 and approved by the committee, so time to get planning your races now.

1 Aug - Magor 10K. Enter here.

11 October - Grittleton 10K. Enter here. Use discount code 10KMBITTON

25 October - Stroud Half Marathon. Enter here.

22 November - Sutton Benger 5. Enter here. Use discount code SBBITTON

6 December - Bromham Pudding 10K

January - Slaughterford 9

March - Rodway 10K

1 race TBC

Links will be posted once races are open for entry.

Posted: 20 February 2020

Club vests

The club rules state that you should wear your club vest in all competitive races. Exceptions can be made for example if running for charity but only if you inform the committee at least 14 days in advance. Now the important bit - If you run without a vest then you effect the results of your club mates and this is unfair. Even if you dont intend to compete in the club championship or race of 8 you still effect the scores of those who do.   If you don't wear your vest for whatever reason then it's your responsibility to ensure that the website admins know this. You can tell any committee member or Rich Kershaw ( website admin) it's also important to enter your club name when entering races, it makes it much easier for website admins to find your results 

Posted: 13 May 2018