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.