In accordance with government and England Athletics advice, the club is again running group sessions, in small groups, with members needing to pre-book and follow social distancing guidelines. These take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and include road runs and targeted speed sessions.
Additionally, the club is continuing to give support and encouragement to members via weekly Zoom meetings and challenges. These have included 1 mile, 5k and 5 mile challenges, and monthly mileage targets. Online social activities such as quizzes have also taken place,
Having taken part in various ‘virtual’ events across the summer, some members have made a tentative return to actual races, undertaken in accordance with COVID guidelines, which include small waves, rolling starts and strict rules regarding social distancing both on the course and at the start and finish areas.
3 Istead members took part in the Chatham 10k on 6th September, with Dan Smith coming home in 43.48, followed by Julie Aspinall in 1.11.43 and Lisa Smith in 1.21.58.
Matthew Holt was the lone Istead participant at the Bewl Water Half Marathon, coming in a commendable 18th out of 140 runners in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes.
Three hardy runners braved the blustery conditions at the Folkestone Half Marathon on 27th September with Ed Bovingdon finishing in 3rd place in a time of 1.11.31. Helen Fooks completed the course in 2.05.39, followed by Jason Beaney i 2.15.08.