Keeping the fun in running as Leighton Buzzard club keeps its members motivated

Leighton Fun Runners routes risk assessed and approved by dedicated Covid coordinators

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 11:26 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 11:30 pm

With society tentatively opening up in line with the Government’s roadmap out of the pandemic, the Leighton Buzzard Observer wants to be with our readers every step of the way.

We want to hear your positive stories about how you/your family, your business, your club/society or maybe your sports team is re-emerging from the restrictions which have made the past year so challenging. See details at the end of this article for more details on getting involved. Here Leighton Fun Runners tells its story after returning to action...

“Being a part of Leighton Fun Runners has been really important to our members throughout lockdown. It gave them routine, sense of purpose, belonging, virtual contact and increased fitness and wellbeing through 2020.

Leighton Fun Runners

“Our club Facebook group had never been so busy as we encouraged members to take part in challenges to keep them motivated and active. As the various restrictions were lifted, we were back up and running in small groups, then the winter lockdown came!

“As the government’s roadmap gradually eases restrictions, we can once again run in small organised groups under England Athletics guidance. We’ve had to make some changes to how we operate and now run an online booking system for our members.

“Every run and route has been risk assessed; and approved by dedicated Covid coordinators. We’ve a fabulous group of run leaders who lead our groups throughout the week, and demand has been such that we’ve now added weekend runs. It’s been a challenging time where many have come close to losing their motivation as running alone was hard, as was the news of the cancellation of races that people had been training so hard for.

“The roadmap sets out hope, LFR has a plan laid out to work with the dates to return to a new normal. As Fun Runners, we strive to never lose the ‘fun’ element of our running, being back together definitely brings new motivation and far more enjoyment.

Leighton Fun Runners

“In the first week back we put on 16 group runs with 90 running places being taken. As the months continue and races return we are looking forward to helping our members achieve their goals, whatever they might be.”

If you’d like to know more about LFR, please contact [email protected]> Why not get involved in the Leighton Buzzard Observer’s Happy Returns feature? We’d be delighted to hear details of how businesses and the community are emerging from the restrictions of the pandemic.

It might be news of a business relaunching, your youth sports team resuming its matches, how your school is coping with the ongoing challenges, how your club or society is ditching Zoom and is looking to meet face-to-face again, a family reunion or celebration which can finally go ahead, or the many other examples of events and activities we all took for granted slowly returning.

This is a great chance to tell your story over the coming weeks and months ahead. Submit 100-300 words to this newspaper on how the pandemic has had an impact, how you’ve kept going and most importantly news of your ‘Happy Return’ when it’s deemed safe.

Leighton Fun Runners

We’d also love to receive photos of those joyful reunions/reopenings. Please send all details to [email protected]Here’s a handy reminder of the roadmap steps.

> From April 12, non-essential retail, hairdressers and public buildings opened. Outdoor settings like alcohol takeaways, beer gardens, zoos and theme parks began welcoming visitors. Indoor leisure like swimming pools and gyms opened. Funerals continue with up to 30 people, and weddings up to 15 guests.

> From May 17, ‘rule of six’ abolished for outdoor gatherings and replaced with a limit of 30 people. Two households can mix indoors – with the rule of six applied in hospitality settings like pubs. Cinemas, hotels, performances and sporting events can reopen. Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions, funerals and wakes.

> From June 21, all legal limits on social contact is intended to be removed, with the final closed sectors of the economy reopened.