January 2021 – COVID update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4th January 2021 that England would be entering a national lockdown with immediate effect, there will be no Pershore Plum Plod sessions until further notice. Regrettably, we are unable to accept any new members at this time.

When national and local restrictions ease we will seek guidance from England Athletics as to how the club should reintroduce group running in the safest manner possible for our members. 

Register for Plod Nights

Exciting News – Read all about it! 

Following on from my recent note and what your Run Leaders have told you this week, the Plums have now embraced a new App called: MyRunningClub (on Android / Apple devices or via the web) to manage our Plod Nights. 

All Plods since October 12th are now being booked via the App. The app will initially only be used to help use manage the Plod Nights, Covid tracking and running group sizes.  The App also has several other features which we may roll out over time.

The app will take the hassle out of organising Plod Night training sessions by helping:

  • Routine schedule of Plod’s with the same pace on a set day
  • Run Leaders assigned to sessions
  • Run leaders can enter their meeting location and details (For our Run somewhere different sessions)
  • PPP members sign up with one tap “I’m in”
  • PPP members can see who else is joining that session
  • Run Leaders can view ICE details of all who have signed up should the unexpected happen
  • Track and Trace capability

Next Steps for Plums:

Check out the full set of guidance notes/screenshots on how to register and use the app, these have been uploaded as an announcement onto our PPP Club Facebook page. Members should have received an email from support@uka.org.uk already with additional instructions. All new members will get the club code from the membership secretary.

If you have any questions then please contact either your Run Leader or Steve Molland for assistance.

Plod nights are back!

Great news! Over the last couple of weeks a number of people in our club (club chairperson Suzanne Price, members of the committee particularly Helen CarlisleBex Chatterton and I and the club’s run leaders) have been working hard on a plan to get Plums back running together again. I’m delighted to announce that we have a plan but it needs a bit of explanation so please grab a cuppa, settle into a comfy chair and I’ll do my best to explain …

Plodding will be different to normal. We are going to start week commencing 29th June. Next week, as we find our feet, we will be organising running groups with each group limited to a maximum of 5 people (a run leader plus 4 others). In week 1, there will be 8 groups with 2 groups per day across 4 days, Monday to Thursday. At this stage, all 8 groups will start at Abbey Park (our usual home base) with 2 start times per day, 6pm and 6.30pm. A group will include runners of similar pace but across the 8 groups we will offer the usual spread of speeds from the slower to the faster.

RUNNERS WILL NEED TO BOOK INTO A GROUP IN ADVANCE. A separate post on Facebook will cover the (simple) booking process and allow you to book a slot. A 2nd post as soon as possible (by midday Saturday, sooner if possible) so please be a bit more patient for now because there are a few important things to get across first :

Our primary concern is the safety of our runners and, crucially, the safety of the wider Pershore community. This, for example, explains why the groups are limited to 5 and why there are runs starting at different times and spread across 4 days. No, we can’t all just rock up on a Monday and divide into small groups!

It goes without saying (but I’ll say it!) but please do not think about running with others if you are feeling unwell yourself or have had contact with anyone who has been unwell.

Week 1 is a bit of a leap into the unknown so please be tolerant and forgiving whilst we take that leap. We are amongst the first running clubs to do this. We will use week 1 as a trial and can then adjust things quickly in subsequent weeks. For example, in week 1, you will only be able to book one slot (so that as many Plums as possible can have a run) and, if demand exceeds the number of slots, some of you might be disappointed in the first week. Who knows so bear with us. 

Only paid up members can book.

Normal Plods still feel like they are some way off so we are determined with your help and cooperation to make this new way of running together work. 

I would like once again to thank all those fellow Plums who have collectively put in many hours to get us to this point. 

Ian Pollitt