Club response to the reducing of restrictions put on by the club due to the impact of COVID19

To all club members

As chairperson of Waveney Valley Athletics Club, I would like to communicate the clubs’ response to the reducing of restrictions put on the club by the impact of COVID19.

We are now restarting senior & junior training sessions meeting the guidelines given to us by English Athletics. With the current 5+1 restrictions this reduces who can join the sessions so to help could I ask you to join the WhatsApp group relating to your running group colour (Lowestoft) or name (Beccles). Coaches can help members join the correct group and for the time being this is what the club will use for training session announcements and involvement.

Due to the current situation, Waveney Valley Athletics Club Seniors & Juniors membership fees will only be the English Athletics portion which is £15 for the rest of the 2020 year up to 31st March 2021. We still need to charge the English Athletics portion to maintain affiliation and the associated benefits.

  • Runners who have already paid the full WVAC membership fee so far, or choose to do so for this season will have their 2021–22 membership fee reduced by the difference for that year. Ultimately no member will be left out of pocket over the two seasons. Another option in this scenario would be to use this excess payment towards club kit should you require it.
  • For the seniors, any Suffolk Winter League XC fees will be paid for by the members who take part at the event for the 2020–21 season (should they go ahead) as this cost would usually come out of the membership fee.
  • The juniors will also be paying any track and field competition fees if or when events happen.

Second Claim members are invited to renew at a reduced rate of £10 for the year.

We feel as a club that this is the best way of overcoming the current situation with COVID19 and its impact on the club and our members.

If any runner is having difficulty paying this reduced fee please contact, in confidence, one of the committee members or myself to have a chat about how the club can help.

I hope you understand the route the club is taking and please have patience with the volunteers who are helping run our club and the added tasks they have taken on board.

Thank you for your time

Mike Illingsworth
Chairperson

Phased restart of WVAC Training in line with Government Guidelines

With recent lockdown restrictions being eased slightly allowing groups of up to 6 to meet in open spaces the club has been working behind the scenes to facilitate a limited return to training within guidelines set by England Athletics.

With this in mind Beccles sessions will restart this Wednesday 10th June on a basis of 5 runners to 1 LiRF across 3 Base Camp sessions and 1 Altitude session, this is following a soft launch of an Altitude session last week.

Lowestoft will soft launch a week later on Tuesday 16th June with one session in each group held at Normanston Park on a 5 runner to 1 LiRF basis, runners taking part will be first come first served. After the 1st session there will be a review and possible changes if needed which will then lead into more sessions the following week. On week starting 22nd June sessions hopefully will be held on both Tuesday and Thursday depending on guidance at that time.

For this to work it’s essential that everyone abides by the 2m social distancing rules, as if any of us are seen to be disregarding this rule by members of the public it could lead to a backlash against the club – you are all ambassadors for WVAC.

For anyone that doesn’t feel confident with coming back to limited group sessions, your group coaches will be able to advise on a suitable session plan you can carry out yourself so you don’t miss out.

It’s anticipated that lockdown will be relaxed further from July, with this in mind anyone wanting to take part in sessions from 1st July will be required to have renewed their club membership.

For those who have already renewed their memberships, we are very thankful.

Membership remains at £32 for the year. This includes the UKA affiliation fee, although UKA had previously intended to raise this to £16, they have retained the previous years £15 fee. Although we’ve lost a couple of months of the race season already, it’s important to note that the same fee is incurred whether a member joins or renews in April or in October, the half-yearly membership the club usually offers new members only still incurs the same affiliation fee which results in the club receiving less for our own club funds, funds that allow us to offer paid entry to the XC Winter League (£5 per race). 2nd claim membership remains at £20 for the year.

It would be greatly appreciated where possible for forms to be sent electronically and membership payments made via BACS so the group coaches do not have to handle paper forms and cash etc.

Important note: Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to the delay in renewals we will not be applying a penalty fee to any late renewals.

Details on renewing membership can be found here: waveneyvalley.org/seniormembership/

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‘Don’t Pass It On!’ Lockdown Relay


On 31st May we will be joining Norfolk Gazelles and 25 other running/triathlon clubs in Norfolk and Suffolk for the ‘Don’t Pass It On!’ Lockdown Relay!!! Get involved if you can, it just requires being able to go for a walk/jog/run for 1 hour between 6am–11pm..

Oh and carrying a ‘baton’ of your choosing while you do it!

So far we have 38 members taking part, if you can spare an hour, then please join in. This relay is not about how fast you are, it is about taking part! You can run or walk the 1 hour slot, we just need the distance covered in that time to go to an aggregated total.

If you’re interested please email hidden; JavaScript is required

https://www.norfolkgazelles.co.uk/virtual-relay.php

This is a charity event raising funds for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity and Nelson’s Journey, donations are not mandatory to take part.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Norfolkrunningclubs

Le–Jog Running Challenge


On 16–17 May, Led by Matt Jeffries, runners from Waveney Valley AC and 6 other running and triathlon clubs will be taking part in Le-Jog, to run the total length of Britain in a 24 hour period, Lands End to John o’Groats, an accumulated distance of 874 miles between the team of 50 participants!

Adhering to government guidance all runners shall run a solo effort, covering a minimum distance of 17.48 miles each over the 24 hour period (12:00 16th – 12:00 17th May).

Fundraising for Raise a Rainbow

The Raise a Rainbow appeal will support a range of hospital projects, the first of which is a new bereavement suite and a children’s play area. Charity funding is used for the important equipment, projects and the vital extras that fall outside the remit of National Health Service funding.

The Raise a Rainbow Appeal will directly help people who need it most. The rainbow was chosen because it symbolises hope – the message is that together, we can make the James Paget even better for everyone.

https://www.jpaget-charity.org.uk/Fundraisers/lejog-running-challenge

Suffolk Winter League XC results 2019/20

The full and final results of the Suffolk Winter League 2019/20 are now available and can be viewed here in Excel format:

https://www.waveneyvalley.org/wp-content/xc-temp/SWL-Juniors-2019-20-Final.xls

https://www.waveneyvalley.org/wp-content/xc-temp/SWL-Results-Sen-2019-20-Final.xls

http://suffolkathletics.org.uk/suffolk-winter-league/    in PDF format

A brief summary of the league follows…

Seniors

69 Waveney Valley seniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League. This was a fantastic turn out for the club, and it is also great to see several members finishing in the top 3 within the individual categories.

Our combined Waveney A team secured 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 4th place and our C Team 3rd place, of the 19 teams that competed.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Faith Brown, Lauren Finch, Lore Lambein, Emily Harding, Rosemary Plant, Debbie Foster, Helen Armstrong, Natalie Brown, Sarah Norman, Caroline Clamp, Carolyn Gosling, Sarah Bradley, Alison Cooper, Ann Millett, Mary Jones, Ben Ford, Dominic Oliver, Oliver Hogg, Tim Earl, Chris Pimlott, Paul Wright, Rob Reid, David Woods, Peter Lang, Alan Bradley, Karl Brady, Mike Bretton, David Doddington, Robin Jones, Stuart Smith, Bill Kingaby, David Mower and Tony Millett.

A big thank you to all who competed and represented the club!

Juniors

11 of Waveney Valley’s juniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League.   Our Waveney A team claimed 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 12th place, and our C team claiming 16th place, of 32 teams that competed in the series.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Louie Wright, William Browne, Cameron Wedon, James McAllen, James Burgess, Cohen Copeman and Zak Barber (who second claims for us).

A notably mention to James McAllen who tied with the same amount of points as the athlete awarded 1st place.

Finally a massive thank you from all at Waveney Valley to Paula Hazell who has acted as the clubs Cross Country co-ordinator for many, many years and now hands over the reins to Jon Wedon.

Thanks Paula for all you have done for Waveney Valley!

 

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions extended to 31st May

With the additional restrictions recently put into place, England Athletics have now extended the suspension of all club athletics activity until 31st May.

As of 23rd March, the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • To take exercise once a day – but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people
  • For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
    To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.
  • Club coaches can be contacted for virtual session plans, you can either do these on a treadmill, as a solo runner or with household members providing social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

Full details on UKAthletics position here:
https://www.englandathletics.org/…/n…/coronavirus-statement/

Beccles group have started a Strava art contest, Lowestoft group are welcome to join in and all to submit your solo Strava art attempts (screengrabs from other activity platforms welcome) to the email hidden; JavaScript is required email address.

A note on membership renewals – Very much appreciate those of you that have already submitted renewals (or advised they are not renewing) have done so, whilst renewals are still welcomed for the remainder of the coming year, given the enforced lockdown does now extend to the end of May if anyone prefers to hold off their renewal til club activities resume they can do so without penalty. Please though do let me know by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required of your intention so that I can mark accordingly.

To reiterate, there will no longer be a penalty applied for renewing late as current circumstances are unprecedented in post war times.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus: Suspension of club training sessions

Following this mornings update by UKAthletics and following on from the Government position all WVAC training sessions have been suspended upto and inclusive of Thursday April 30th 2020.

England Athletics have advised “…As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.”

We will monitor and extend the suspension should this be required.

The advice is to maintain fitness where possible whilst maintaining Social Distancing, coaches can advise on suitable solo sessions if requested.

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SWL XC Winter League Results – Pakenham and Woodton

Well done all of you who took part in the rearranged SWL XC Pakenham fixture, along with the Woodton fixture the week after.

Results haven’t yet been uploaded to the SWL website, but can be viewed here for the time being:
 

These files also contain results from the previous four rounds.

There’s a photo gallery for the Pakenham XC here, the Woodton XC Seniors here and also the Juniors here

Wymondham NYD 10k & NYD parkrun

On New Years Day four runners were representing the club at Wymondham 10k running in wonderful weather on a undulating course with the fastest WVAC runner being Ant Croucher in 47:09. Phil Acton 48:36, Peter Lang 59:46 & Dee Acton 1:06:56.

Also in force 72 club runners took part in special NYD Parkrun at Lowestoft, many thanks must go to Rob Fawcett and his team for both arranging and volunteering on the day. Five runners got PB’s being Chris McAllen, Leon Neeve, Mary Jones, Rachel Collins & Denise Osborne, well done everyone.

Ultra’s, Freethorpe, Snetterton & Parkruns

Waveney Valley AC member Bob Milner recently completed a tough long distance achievement when he finished the third of three ultra distance races within a year.  His arduous challenge started early last year with the Peddars Way 48 mile race which he finished in a time of 10 hours, 14 minutes and 53 seconds. He followed this with a 100 kilometre event in June, crossing the finish line in 14 hours, 41 minutes and 34 seconds.
 
His final race was the 50 kilometre King’s Forest event towards the end of last year, where he recorded a time of 4 hours and 32 minutes.  He finished in an excellent 8th place and received a ‘grand slam’ award for being a triple ultra finisher.
 
29 members took part in last Sunday’s Freethorpe 10m race on a day when competitors certainly felt the very cold northerly wind during the second part of the race. Trophy winners for Waveney were Zoe Chase for 2nd ladies 40-44 and Lisa Knights 2nd ladies 45-49.  Zoe and Lisa, together with Becky Langford, were also veteran team award winners. There were personal bests recorded by Lloyd Scriven 1.03:59, Mike Quantrill 1.08:28, Bob Milner 1.09:07, Lisa Knights 1.13:19, Daren Coulter 1.14:01, Christine Moore 1.27:35, Rosemary Plant 1.37:18, Gavin Hamilton 1.42:33 and Donna Milner 1.43:38. 699 runners completed the race.
 
At the Snetterton 10k there was another good turn out from the club with almost 30 members taking part. In fine conditions on the flat course, there were PB’s by Zoe Chase 41:44 ( 1st ladies 40-44 age category), Kerry Saunders 47:41, Louise Harrod 50:50, Lisa Stewart 52:30, Peter Lang 54:43, Alison Cooper 55:59, Jo Fisher 56:09, Lauren Finch 57:34, Jenny Caulfield 1.00:19, Claire Randall 1.00:56, Tara Carroll 1.04:23, Alison Barnard 1.04:24 and Fiona Houghton 1.10:24.
 
5k parkrun PB’s for January:- Sonny Neeve 24:00, John Skelly 24:49, Mary Jones 29:04, Oscar Chong 22:17, David Doddington 29:19, Emily Harding 42:43, Maggie Godfrey 29:34, Louise Carroll 31:10, Emma Collyer 41:46, Sarah Norman 23:03, Helen Wright 31:32, Geena Clarke 37:32 and Leon Neeve 19:39.

Suffolk & Norfolk XC Champs

Waveney Valley AC fielded two senior men’s and two senior women’s teams, plus one junior athlete, for the Suffolk Cross Country Championships at Culford School, near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday. The course, consisting of grass and trails, was fast and firm with one energy-sapping gradient which the seniors had to deal with on each of the three laps. The distance for the seniors was 10k with 1 x 2k and 2 x 4k laps.

There was a closely contested field in the ladies race and Samantha Lines kickstarted the new year in fine style by finishing second in a time of 38:51, less than half a minute behind an international athlete from Aldershot & Farnham  AC. Completing Waveney’s two strong ladies teams were Zoe Chase 17th in 45:43, Jess Hall 21st in 47:01, Sarah Norman 34th in 48:10, Susannah Close 41st in 51:31, Stephanie Pimlott 45th in 51:56, Kerry Saunders 46th in 51:57 and Rebecca Harris 55th in 54:09. Zoe Chase won the trophy for 2nd in the V40 age category.  88 runners completed the course with Waveney’s teams performing well to finish third (bronze) and 11th out of 16 teams

In the men’s race, Matt Jeffries finished fourth out of 165 runners, in a time of 34:14 with Dean Bain 23rd in 37:44, Jim Burgess 36th in 38:54, Chris Meadows 42nd in 39:46, Chris Pimlott 47th in 40:11, Leon Bernasconi 57th in 40:49,  Chris Bradford 63rd in 41:20, Tim Earl 100th in 44:21 and Steve Carruthers, affected by an injury, 102nd in 44:28. Waveney’s ‘A’ team finished a very respectable 5th from 11 teams and Jim Burgess was the award winner for 3rd in the V45 category.

In the boy’s under-13 3k event,  Waveney’s James Burgess finished 19th in a time of 14:39.

Sam Lines and Matt Jeffries have been selected to run for Suffolk in the Inter-Counties Championships at Loughborough on March 9.

At the Norfolk Cross Country Championships held at Thetford,  Antony Croucher finished 32nd.