Adderbury Running Club has kept going throughout the pandemic. During lockdown 1, we had to run individually, and it wasn’t until halfway through last year that we could start running in groups again, albeit groups of no more than six. During lockdown 3, we could exercise in pairs and every Sunday morning a small number of enthusiastic runners turned up even in the very worst of weather conditions to set off in groups of two at 10-minute intervals.
Now we are able to run in larger groups, the days are longer, and the weather is looking more promising. We are pleased to reintroduce the regular club runs at 8.30 am on Sunday mornings and 6.30 pm on Tuesday evenings, meeting outside Gracewell in Adderbury. The runs are usually led by one of our enthusiastic and friendly run leaders, Mike, Caroline or Caz, all of whom have the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification. The club welcomes runners of all abilities, from those who just want to complete a 5k or 10k to the more serious runners training for a half or full marathon, or as part of their triathlon training.
We usually try to run off the road whenever we can. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside and we have many different routes around Adderbury and beyond. One common complaint from the runners is that you can never get away from hills, but for every hill we run up, there is always the run down to look forward to! And the Oxford Canal provides a lovely flat and peaceful alternative for miles in each direction.
We are planning some social events over the next few months, such as a club picnic, to celebrate the relaunch of the club, and Jo’s Run in memory of the lovely and dedicated run leader, Jo Redford, which sadly had to be postponed from last year.
If you would like to join us and you can run at least 5k at a comfortable pace, or if you are interested in becoming a run leader or joining the ARC committee, please come to one of our regular runs on a Tuesday or Sunday.