Runs and News with Beeston AC


Hi all – please find information about next week’s club runs below, plus a couple of exciting updates.


Welcome to: Ken Lyon and Graham Mee who have just joined the club – happy running with Beeston AC!


Update on the Trent 5 from Simon Elliott: Last week the Nottinghamshire AAA decided to cancel the Summer League for 2021 due to concerns about the current suitability of venues after our planned event in Wollaton Park on June 23rd.


As we had already got permission from Nottingham City Council for the Wollaton Park event and in view of the fact that we are also experiencing difficulties in getting permission from Broxtowe Borough Council to hold our Trent 5 mile race at the Weirfields, the decision has been made to move the Trent 5 mile race to Wollaton Park for this year only.


The Beeston AC 5 mile race (NottheTrent 5!) will be held in Wollaton Park on Wednesday June 23rd starting at 7pm. Race limit 500 runners, pre-entry only. £8 attached, £10 unattached.


This is subject to final confirmation from NCC but we are confident that the booking should stand. The Race Director is Mark Rowlson.


Once we have final confirmation from NCC that the event can proceed we will be looking for help in organising the event particularly someone to co-ordinate the 20 or so marshals that are needed to get the runners around the course – if you can help with this please don’t hesitate to contact Mark or myself – plenty of support will be given to you.


We hope that Beeston AC can put on a great race in stunning Wollaton Park and truly get back to racing – and the pub afterwards!


New: Beeston AC Trail Running Programme – message from Gaby Neher:


Gaby has posted on Facebook of her success in an application to the Harrier Club Support Programme and asked for suggestions for inclusion in the programme. This is her outline of ideas and plans for the BAC ‘beginners to trail’ programme.


·         Fortnightly sessions mid-week, aimed at 3-5 km runs. Aim is to build the group up so runners join John’s weekly Sunday runs

·         Longer trail runs will also be introduced to cater for more experienced runners.


Priorities for development of beginners’ sessions:


·         Safety on trails- uneven terrain, rural so often less busy, basic navigation skills, essential kit. Includes What3Words app, carrying phone, running with buddy, run hands free, be prepared for weather, carry essentials, first aid kit.


·         Fitness- varied sessions to build familiarity with off-road running and confidence. For example, Bramcote Woods and Hemlock Stone to practise hills and more technical running; occasional trips to ‘away runs’ (Bunny Woods, Gotham Woods, Risley, stages of the Nomad etc) to practise skills


·         Setting challenges to build confidence- explore Strava challenges


·         Every so often, themed session: how to run down a hill, how to run up a hill, that kind of thing, bringing in help.


Special sessions will also be offered as part of the Harrier trail programme as several clubs are local, and one idea discussed is to ‘host’ trail runs.


Resources available:

Harrier funding to build a ‘kit library’ of essential trail running kit that can be borrowed for races and runs.


There is a special Beeston AC Discount code BEESTON10 which gives 10% off the website



Club runs


Friday, 14 May:  6.25 for 6.30 pm depart, Chilwell Olympia. It’s the figure of 8 route, just under 5 and a half miles.


Saturday, 15 May: BAC return to racing: This week’s 5K run will be the Attenborough Nature Reserve route to Spring Lakes and back. Please meet at the railway crossing on Barton Lane past Chilwell Retail Park at 9.30 am. If anyone is interested in joining please respond to the Facebook post or ask someone to do so on your behalf.


Sunday, 16 May: Please meet at 8.50 am for a 9.00 am start from Stanton Gate, Moorbridge Lane. John will have hand gel available at the start and end of the run for everyone’s use in view of the numerous stiles etc on route.


Tuesday, 18 May: Speed session – details will be posted on Facebook. Sessions start at 6.30 pm and please arrive early to warm up if appropriate.


Wednesday, 19 May: please arrive at 6.25 for 6.30 pm depart, Chilwell Olympia

Penny and Chris have a group of Improvers doing a 5K loop setting off at the same time and we would welcome new runners along – no one will get left behind.

These are the conditions for participating in club runs:


In lieu of requiring members to complete a pre-activity health questionnaire before joining Club runs, our policy is that by attending sessions you are confirming that you have not got any Covid symptoms to the best of your knowledge.


By choosing to attend for club training sessions, you are undertaking to comply with the following:

* Only attend club running/training sessions on the basis that you believe you have not experienced any Covid-19 symptoms and are willing to comply with COVID-19 health and safety requirements concerning social distancing and hygiene before, during or after activity

* Attend to join a club run 5 minutes before the run is due to start ready to run (no changing facilities etc. currently available) so that a photo may be taken of everyone taking part. We will convene at a safe distance from the Leisure Centre

* If you become unwell subsequently and are diagnosed with Covid-19, undertake to inform the Club as soon as your illness is confirmed so that anyone who ran with you may be informed for tracking and testing purposes.


Anyone not registered with the Club (and England Athletics) will be required to complete a form (Neil has copies and Chris also has copies for the Improvers).



The guidance from England Athletics (updated 13 May 2021) has been published. Please note: the UK Government may update guidance as we progress through the four steps of the roadmap.


Step 3 from 17th May states:


• Athletics & running can take place for educational purposes (schools,

childcare clubs, colleges, and universities).

• Outdoor & Indoor sport facilities can open.

• Formal organised athletics & running (outdoor and indoor) activity that is

Covid-secure can take place for both children and adults.

• Outdoor unorganised activity (non-coached) can take place in groups

of 30 or less.

• Indoor unorganised activity (non-coached) can take place in groups of 6

or less.

• Disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor sport

without being subject to social contact limits.

• Outdoor and indoor competition can take place (with a license).

• Outdoor and indoor intra club competition (without a license).

• Outdoor spectators; multiple groups of 30 or less (per venue capacity).

• Indoor spectators; multiple groups of 6 or less (per venue capacity).

• Accommodation/hotels are open allowing for two-day events and

larger scale events are allowed with spectators.

• No restrictions on travel.



For information: Advertised Dates for Races

Please see pinned Facebook post for the full list.


Fell County Championships: Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials, 4 September, 10.30 am.


Other fell races which are now being advertised are as follows:


Wednesday 7 July, DCRO Dash at Castleton 8.5K

Wednesday 14 July, Black Rocks Fell Race, 9.5K

Thursday, 29 July, Brassington Hill Race, Matlock

Thursday, 12 August, Ricky’s Race, 7.1K


Notts AC is advertising the following races (application forms still awaited):

Friday, 25 Jun – Tim Wealthall Miles – great fun last year!

Friday, 2 July – Notts 10 mile




Some junior parkruns re-started 11 April, and 5K events will hopefully return in England on 5 June according to recent announcements – arrangements currently being undertaken though confirmation is still awaited about local events.


Websites for virtual races:


Virtual Runner, website at has lots of different races and challenges available over a variety of distances.


Nice Work – see .



Link for checking personal information on the myATHLETICS Portal:


If you have any information about races you are planning to run or any news which may be of interest to members, please pass this on to Chris for the newsletter.

Check our Facebook page for updates on routes, races, lift shares and further information. 


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