In accordance with government and England Athletics advice, the club is currently once again unable to organise group activities and all races have been postponed. However, it is hoped that at the end of Lockdown 2, it will be possible to resume 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,
5 Istead members managed one final event before Lockdown 2 – the Beckley 10k which incorporated the SCVAC (Southern Counties Vets) 10K championships for 2020
On a testing course (one veteran of over 30 years’ of running described it as the hilliest 10k he’d ever run!) with wet and windy conditions, times were a little slower than the runners might have hoped for, but nevertheless some impressive results were recorded.
5th – Mark Champion 40:05 (2nd V50)
30th – David Sancto 43:51 (2nd V55)
52nd – Lynne Champion 45:31 (5th lady and 1st V50)
104th – Trevor Edgley 51:18 (3rd V70)
127th – Deborah McCarthy (running her first event as a a member of Istead & Ifield) 53:22 (25th lady and 2nd V50)
Several club members took part in the Virtual London Marathon on 4th October, choosing different ways of covering the 26.2 miles in their own way.
Paul Jones recorded the fastest time for the club, in an impressive 3:08:10, followed by Steve Cable who chose to run laps of the Deangate Running track. His time of 3:17:35 qualified him as ‘Good for Age’ for the 2021 London Marathon.
Matt Holt and Al Savage made a last-minute decision to run together, which helped them to achieve times of 3:42:46 and 3:43:30 respectively – a PB for Matt and a very creditable time for a first marathon for Al.
Joyce Bell enlisted the help of nearly 20 fellow club runners to run sections of the course with her around the streets of Gravesend (socially distanced of course!) in a time of 5:44:20, while Tammy Pullen completed her first marathon in a time of 5:57:13.
Finally Ella Thompson chose to do a run/walk along the blustery Thanet coast between Herne Bay and Margate and back, in a time of 8:07:46.