January 2021 Lockdown

Once again we must cancel all of our group organised training sessions during the lockdown period. We hope everyone can continue to exercise and stays safe. We will return as soon as we are able to.

November 2020 Lockdown

Please note in line with the recent UK Government announcement we will be required to pause all club group organised activities from Thursday 5th November. This includes the Tuesday club runs, face-to-face coached running or triathlon sessions and all juniors sessions. The Government has indicated this will be a 4-week pause and so we will continue to schedule activity in the hope that we will be able to re-start early in December. We will continue to monitor this.  
The UK Government guidance states that: “You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household”. So you can keep running or cycling with an exercise buddy, but please make sure you continue to practice social distancing where possible and hygiene measures. Feel free to post in our facebook pages, contact your usual run leader or coach, or email DRCbookme@gmail.com if you need help linking up with fellow runners/cyclists. 
At the same time the weather has turned pretty miserable – so perhaps time for some stay at home strength and conditioning time. There are a range of online group training sessions such as Zwift cycling and running for those who have the equipment, or the Pulse have published a number of class videos on their facebook and you-tube pages. The DRC coaches will be happy to advise on individual training plans too if that is something you are interested in. Let us know how we can help you to stay active.
November will also see the return of the DRC Club Challenges. We’re working on this just now, but watch this space. 
Stay safe, we will be back,
Caroline, Dave, Martin & Damian

Coronavirus Update

The Coronavirus Pandemic is still with us and the case rate is rising throughout the UK again and so we have to recognise that we may experience positive cases within our community. It is therefore important that all club members understand how Dursley Running Club expects to handle these cases. We continue to follow the UK Government legal requirements and guidance as well as our governing body guidance (England Athletics, British Triathlon and Swim England). We gather and hold attendance records for all organised club activity and we will cooperate with the NHS Test & Trace services as required. So what does this mean to club members?
Single positive caseAnyone who has participated in organised club activity and tests positive for Coronavirus must:

  • Self-isolate;
  • Inform NHS Test & Trace of their contacts and;
  • Inform the club.

We will not take further action at this point unless contacted by NHS Test & Trace specifically. 
Multiple positive casesIf we receive more than one notification of a positive case then we will contact our local health protection team as this may indicate an outbreak.
Either an individual case, or multiple positive cases, may result in the need for other club members or participants to self-isolate. If contacted by NHS Test & Trace, or if we need to contact the local health protection team, we will cooperate by providing attendance record details and support them in their assessment of infection risk. If you are required to self-isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive you must not attend club organised activities until you have completed your 14 day isolation period without symptoms. And it goes without saying, but if you personally have Coronavirus symptoms; new/continuous cough, fever and/or change/loss of smell/taste, you must not attend club activities, you must self-isolate and we would recommend you seek a Covid-19 test. 
The Dursley Running Club Covid-19 Coordinator is Caroline Jones, all Covid-19 risk assessments are on the club website here
Stay safe, look after yourself and others,Kind Regards,
Caroline, Dave, Martin and Damian
Dursley Running ClubSeniors, DRC Juniors and DRI-TRI

2020-2021 DRC Juniors

Well the 2019-2020 academic year didn’t exactly turn out as expected, but we still managed to keep active and get some great athletics and running training done. I’d like to thank every coach, coaching assistant and parent for making this happen. Our junior athletes are a credit to us.

Information for 2020-2021:

  • Membership renewals are due. Please complete the membership form and make payment in the usual way. If you have any concerns please do speak to us. I can see some of you have already signed up for the new year so that’s great. Form link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13wMqxGBx7vM0nU5d3fw3t23u8sAPNThtSHYw8P0fW84
  • Finances; we saved some money last year not booking the athletics tracks but then spent some money on hand sanitiser and cleaning equipment so broke even on that front. We also bought a new white liner to paint the track with. However, with a number of donations and grants over the years we have finally managed to purchase our high jump mat – yay! It should arrive in a couple of weeks, and if the weather brightens up we should get some use out of it this side of Christmas, if not then I’m sure it’s going to get plenty of use during our 2021 summer programmes. 
  • Competition wise we’re still listening out for information on that. There is a lot of will to run both cross country and indoor athletics events in some format but we are going to have to wait and see how those pan out. We’ll do our best to keep you updated.
  • Autumn term is mostly outdoor training, and the England Athletics rules now allow us to train in our normal groups sizes provided we are in a COVID Secure location. So good news is that we are almost back to normal as far as these programmes go. There will still be measures to maintain social distancing and hygiene so please continue to adhere to these rules where required. Programme details and links to sign up to these are below:

I look forward to another great year of athletics training and seeing our keen athletes progress and enjoy sport.
Kind Regards,

Caroline & the DRC Juniors Coaches & Committee

DRC Coronavirus Guidance Update

At all times Dursley Running Club advises compliance with Government Advice (which can be found here >>). Exercise in these times, especially running and cycling, can be great for physical and mental health, but please remember safety first; run or cycle within your ability and if exercising alone outdoors take a phone with you to call for help if you need it.

The following link provides the latest club advice regarding Coronavirus infection control measures. Guidance >>

This page >> contains the latest virtual challenge information.

Rescheduled Dursley Dozen 2020

Update from Tony Freer, Race Director

Many apologies for the silence on the arrangements for the 2020 Dursley Dozen. Initially we had been awaiting to hear back from landowners regarding access on to their land and also from DBmax our timing provider as to which dates they could do.

We have now confirmed the 1st of November 2020.

The good news is as a runner entered in the February 2020 race you don’t have to do anything as we have transferred your entry to the new date, which hopefully you can attend.

If for any reason you cannot run it on the revised date then normal transfer arrangements apply (see note below for instructions for this). We are confident that given the popularity of the race anyone seeking to transfer their place will be able to achieve this, with the Dozen Facebook page being a good platform to initiate this.

There is just the small matter of Covid-19 to deal with as well. This has been another reason why we have been tardy in communicating.

Whilst we are planning to run in November the worst case scenario could be that we cannot run the 2020 Dozen because of Government guidance. We are planning to run the Dozen as “normal” in 2021 and if we have to cancel our November event as the situation becomes clearer then we will consider adopting the same approach, i.e. that entrants in the 2020 event can transfer their places to the 2021 event.

We will be keeping weather eye on Guidance and be in touch if anything should change, but again please accept the club’s apologies for the lack of communication but we are living in “interesting times”

Notes – How to transfer your entry:

1. Log into your account at http://my.race-nation.co.uk/ using the email address you registered for the event with.

2. If you’ve never logged in before you will need to first claim your account by entering the email address you registered with here https://my.race-nation.co.uk/account/claim and follow the instructions.

3. When you have successfully logged in, you will need to locate the entry you wish to transfer and click on the Transfer button.

4. Select Transfer to another entrant

5. You will then be asked to enter the email address of the person you wish to transfer to and select Start transfer. This will automatically send an email invite to the new entrant

6. Once the person you’re transferring to receives the email, they must click the Start Your Transfer and complete their details.

7. When they have completed their registration they will automatically be processed into the event and the original entry will be cancelled.

8. Please note No refunds are processed. Payment will need to be arranged between yourself and the new entrant taking over the entry.

DRC Supports the 2.6 Challenge

Run, walk or skip 2.6 miles, hold a plank for 2.6 minutes, do 26 press ups, do 26 squats, cycle for 26 minutes… anything 2.6. Raising money for UK charities who have also suffered during this period; Maggies, NHS Charities Together and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Charity.

Follow the link below for more info on the challenge and to donate to this cause:


The club reminds all members to stick to the Social Distancing rules; washing hands before and after an outing, keep the 2m distancing and keep to one local form of exercise a day. Please also be careful out there, we don’t want to add to the NHS burden with lots of extra running injuries, just run within your ability and if running alone take a phone with you.