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Running since 1993
Sydney, Australia
Date: 8/31/2021
Subject: NRG Weekly Newsletter - 1st September 2021
From: NRG Editor

Dear ~~first_name~~ , 
Welcome to the NRG weekly newsletter for 1st September 2021.

"All the fit that's news to print"

NRG Newsletter: A New Month on Your Calendar, a Spring in Your Step

A nine-minute kilometre is the same distance as a four-minute kilometre. 

By the time you read this, NSW will have reached 38% of over-16s fully-vaccinated, with Willoughby, Lane Cove and North Sydney LGAs already well into the 40s. Now that the forecasted 80% goal has edged over into October for the first time, it won't be so long before we can get back to running in groups, albeit with some restrictions. 
There are plenty of events on the calendar later in the year, so now is the time to get your training focused on a clear goal. We even have our own Running Festival (see below) and you can do any of the distances you want (or all of them, if you're feeling really NRGetic). From Monday 13th September you'll be allowed to run in groups of up to five if fully vaccinated. We don't know what the covid risk is,, but we do know that reduces your aerial magpie attack probability by 80%.
I know you have questions... What day will we re-start? Will NRG require proof of vaccination? What will happen to membership fees? How about our social program? The new shirts? The Trails Program? All will be discussed at our next committee meeting on the 22nd, when we expect there'll be more visibility.
A Six Foot Track First
This past week, the organisers of the venerable Six Foot Track Marathon announced that the lack of stable and safe roadways into & out of the Jenolan Caves House finishing area has necessitated a change in the course for the first time since 2001, when 5km of road running was replaced with the original trail. Also, the lack of qualifying races due to the pandemic will allow entrants to use a qualifying time from up to more than three years ago. More details will be revealed in time on their website, but late November is still the expected registration for the March 12th event.
Where shall I run this weekend?
There's a substantial amount of rain in the forecast, but with a little luck your mornings will be sunny & dry. Saturday would be a good day to try out one of our new eMaps on your mobile, or do the out & back tempo run John Hesketh proposed in last week's newsletter. 

How Often Should I Run?

Runner's World Breaks it Down

One to two days per week
Who does it? Beginner runners, those returning from injury or illness, people with packed schedules.

Three days per week
Who does it? Triathletes, people who race shorter distances, people with a history of injuries
Four to five days per week
Who does it? Experienced, non-elite runner.
 The sweet spot of running training.
Six days per week
Who does it? Advanced runners with plentiful time.
Seven days per week
Who does it? Elite and younger competitive runners training for a major event.

You can find far more detail here.

Enjoying the water views on the run over the weekend

Sylvano's Sydney Spring Lockdown Running Festival

Friday 24th September - Thursday 30th September 2021


"A marathon goal is good for the soul."


Welcome, fellow runners!

It's time for us to plot our personal race course and training program for a Sydney Spring Lockdown Festival.

Conceived in my kitchen while cracking open another craft beer, ripping open another packet of potato chips and reflecting upon my recent bathroom scale readout, the week long Sydney Spring Lockdown Running Festival will deliver everything we want and more!


  • Fri 24 Sep: Registration - upload your post on Facebook (or reply to this newsletter) to reveal your race trace and target pace festivities!

  • Sat 25 Sep: Race Day 1 - Let the games begin!
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 1

  • Sun 26 Sep: Race Day 2
    <<Half Marathon>>
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 2
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 1

  • Mon 27 Sep: Race Day 3
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 3
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 2
    LGAoC 10km Leg 1

  • Tue 28 Sep: Race Day 4
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 4
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 3
    LGAoC 10km Leg 2

  • Wed 29 Sep: Race Day 5
    LGAoC Marathon Leg 5
    LGAoC Half Marathon Leg 4

  • Thu 30 Sep: Recovery, awards and zoom celebration party!


LGAoC: For people who at the time of the festival find themselves in a Local Government Areas of Concern, exercise will be restricted to one hour a day, so Marathons and Half Marathons will need to be done over multiple legs.

Race Trace Rules: Your running course to be strictly within a 5km radius from your place of residence. None of this anywhere in your LGA largess! We run as one with our fellow citizens in LGAoC.

Etiquette, Laws & Health Orders: Needless to say, obey and adhere in spirit as well as to the letter of all laws, orders, regulations and official directives. Also, bring honour to runners by making other other people feel comfortable and safe as we run around. And don't forget all the usual things about obeying traffic signals, being visible in the dark, avoiding unleashed dogs, always carrying a mask, etc.

Running alone or ...?: Double check the rules on whether you can run with someone else.

Which races to run? One, any or all! Whatever your body and Covid restrictions will permit.



Either way, I'm aiming to run a marathon at the end of September, and I look forward to have others join me in spirit. 😉
But for now, I think it may be time for another croissant, with extra butter.

- Sylvano

Have a go with one of our new eMaps!


Want to see how easy it is to follow an eMap?

On your mobile, simply log in to the NRG website, go to Members tab and select Documents.
Click the folder icon next to Route Maps, then Saturday Runs, then GPX files. Click the map & distance you want.
Save the GPX file on your phone (in iOS, it goes into Files), then you can open the file using Strava, Garmin, or another fitness tracker.

The advantages of the eMaps over paper ones are
- no trees killed or paper wasted
- easier to navigate as you can see where you are
- the map won't get wet or blow away in the wind.

The maps are split into four collections. You can view them here and use the interactive map to pick routes:





NRG Nostalgia Pics: Monday Intervals, Naremburn Oval
17th January 2011
You might recognise some of the faces.

Pick the green ones

Date Event    Status Web Site 
 19 Sept -
 17 Oct
 Sydney Running Festival
 open & free   Click
 24-30 Sept  Syl's Sydney Spring
 Lockdown Running Festival
 open & free  See Above
 17-24 Oct  City2Surf (VIRTUAL)  open 
 9th Sept
 23 Oct  Beach to Beach (3,6,13K)  open   Click
 23 Oct  Rafferty's 
 Lake Macquarie
 open   Click
 29-31 Oct  Lakes Trails Festival
 discount code
 7 Nov  Sydney Harbour 5K/10K  open   Click
 27 Nov  Bare Creek Trail Run 
 open soon   Click
 12 March  Six Foot Track Marathon  open
 late Nov
 3 April  Run Forest Run  open   Click

Northside Running Group


NRG is a community based running group and has a NSW registered COVID-19 Safety Plan. Aware of the latest COVID situation, and the risks associated with gatherings, your club’s committee recognises how important running is to your mental and physical health, so we are hosting our regular sessions in line with NSW current policy. Pre-registration for all events via this website is mandatory. No exceptions. This is for tracing in the very unfortunate and unlikely situation where somebody tests positive who's been to a recent session.