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June 29

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Summer Meeting Times and Locations

By Cheltenham Running Club

June 29, 2021


We're changing some meeting times and locations to account for the lifting of some Covid Restrictions and to keep things fresh. 

Find full details below and how we expect things will work. 

These changes start from the 12th of July

Walkers will all start walks at 12pm and 6:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tuesdays remain at the Race Course Car Park
Thursdays remain at the Royal Oak in Prestbury

Sundays start 9:30am at the Pump Room

Couch to 5k Runners

Tuesday lunchtimes remain at the Race Course Car Park at 12:10pm
Thursday lunchtimes remain at the Royal Oak at 12:10pm

Tuesday evenings move to Prestbury Rd Playing Field at 6:30pm
Thursday evenings move to The Hewlett Arms on Harp Hill, Battledown, Cheltenham GL52 6QG at 6:30pm

Sundays remain at the Pump Room but start at 9:15am

7kph to 9kph Non-Stop Runners

Tuesday evenings move to Prestbury Rd Playing Field at 6:30pm
Thursday evenings move to The Hewlett Arms on Harp Hill, Battledown, Cheltenham GL52 6QG at 6:30pm

Sundays remain at the Pump Room but start at 9:15am

10kph-13kph Non-Stop Runners

Tuesday evenings move to Prestbury Rd Playing Field at 6:40pm
Thursday evenings move to The Hewlett Arms on Harp Hill, Battledown, Cheltenham GL52 6QG at 6:40pm

Sundays remain at the Pump Room but start at 9am

Why The Change to Start Times?

We've been operating with staggered start times since the rule of 6 came in April. 

The max group size for outdoor exercise is now 30 but due to be lifted completely if the plans go ahead in July. 

We will have three groups arriving at staggered start times. 

These groups have been put together with confidence that there will not be more than 30 show up at the same time. If we do find we're getting close then the start time for one group will change, most likely the 9kph runners starting with 10kph+.

Why the Change of Venues?

There are no venue changes for Walkers. I've spoken to those who attend most frequently and they are still enjoying the venues we've been meeting at since April. 

New routes are still being made and with mid week walks pushing closer to 90 minutes we're able to continue exploring new areas from the current meeting points.

We've always used the Race Course and Royal Oak for meeting points in Spring but move Summer venues to locations which give us better access to Cheltenham's Half Marathon (and 10k) route. 

Prestbury Road Playing Field

The new rubber track allows us to do speed work sessions we've never done before. It's a great surface to run on and practically flat so members will be able to perform faster sessions.

There is also a grass pitch in the middle of the track which we can do technique and warm up sessions on. 

The Hewlett Arms

We'd usually move to the Boat House in Pittville Park in Summer but given the member's enthusiasm for finishing runs at a pub I started hunting for an alternative. 

The Hewlett Arms has a great outdoor space and equally importantly, a large nearby car park we can use. 

We'll do more tarmac running in prep for the restart of road races but there are also some great hills nearby. 

Faster runners will be able to venture farther South East than we've ever done before, while avoiding the traffic of the town centre. 

The Pump Room

This really is the ultimate Sunday morning meeting point. 

Ample free parking, access to off road and tarmac routes, hills, the race course and the Honeybourne. 

Not to mention the opportunity to end each session with a relax with coffee in hand. 

How it's Going to Work

There is a small logistical challenge with having walkers and runners meet in different venues on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

With Walkers starting 15 minutes earlier the the first group of runners I expect to have no problem welcoming new walkers and then runners with a short drive between the venues. 

I will continue to rotate through the groups which I do sessions with so I can keep up with how things are going.

This will mean I'm not able to attend some running sessions but i'll make sure they are sessions when we do not expect many new runners trialling sessions. 

We have great leadership in all groups now and Komoot has made it easier than ever for groups to operate without route explanations before each group sets off.   

Summary

I know you're going to enjoy the new start times and meeting venues. Make sure to adjust your calendar and update those who need to know. 

Non-members must still book trial sessions via phone call with the Head Coach, Conor Graham. 

Click here to book a call now...

Cheltenham Running Club

About the author

Conor is the Head Coach and Founder of Cheltenham Running Club. His experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, Triathlete and Personal Trainer ensure members are educated on best practice in regards to training progression while also nurtured through the early stages of fitness development.

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