Getting Active During COVID-19 – Weston Whippets
Weston Whippets became a Running Club back in 2017 when the founder member took on the LiRF (Leadership in Running Fitness) training to deliver 0 to 5k running courses. The club has grown rapidly and we now have over 225 committed members running varied distances. All of our sessions are run by a team of LiRFs, CiRFs (Coach in Running Fitness) and a support team. Each week we deliver up to 11 different sessions or courses.
Lockdown has hit our members and our lead team quite hard. A huge number of our runners come to our sessions for the social aspect. We are a club who loves to run or walk and have a good old chin wag and laugh. So, to have the freedom of our club to release our life pressures and relax has been very difficult for a lot of us.
To help our whole club cope with this new lifestyle, our committee and some members of our lead team have arranged a number of different activities to keep everyone going, to help with the running motivation and to keep the mind active.
Ian has successfully delivered a Virtual 10k course, we have seen this group improve in not only pace and distance but also their running confidence. This has been a huge boost to them.
Abbie has continued to lead our Mental Health Team, ensuring that our MH Champions have been available if needed and posting up as often as possible to remind our members that we are here.
Shelley and Helen have organised a Virtual Camping Weekend. During the weekend, those taking part had fun working on lots of different activities including “Grow your Socks”, enjoying nature, den making, camping out, decorating lanterns and making bug hotels amongst other things. During the weekend we raised over £250 for Weston’s Samaritans branch.
Lenna and Shelley have been hosting a book club and the team have now read more than 5 books. The highlight so far has been reading a local authors book and that author then setting us the questions and offering us the next book to read. We all felt a little starstruck!
The club has also been posting up a daily challenge to keep the brain going. We have had general knowledge, music, picture quizzes and this has kept a number of our team going with the winner delivering the next quiz.
Julie and her team have been seeing weekly running, walking or cycling challenges to keep us as active as possible. You may find some hidden rocks with the letters WW in green on them, these are from a couple of our challenges.
So, although the last couple of months have been quite challenging, upsetting and draining, our club has continued to motivate our team, to push them to get out and move and we have continued to be a huge part of our members lives.
We have all struggled, but most importantly we have gotten through this time together and that had made a great team that is able to adapt, support and nurture.