Acorns in lockdown!

Since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Acorns have been busy out and running making the most of the opportunities within the official guidance.

Early on some inventive souls came up with different photo or Strava art challenges for us to complete whilst out running and exploring our local areas. Topics included the most unusual red item, the most pointless sign, a new route from home and even the finest garden gnome!

In the last couple of months, many Acorns have participated in the various distance races organised by the fantastic York Virtual Running Club, which have provided much needed motivation and competition.

Last weekend was the Cleveland Way Relay, but not as we know it! Unfortunately, the normal format of a relay race along the Cleveland Way could not go ahead, however a substitute race where the same length legs were run from home was run by teams representing several running clubs in York. For some extra intra-club rivalry, 2 Acorn teams battled it out as a relay with virtual WhatsApp handovers and finished only 1 minute apart!

We are now taking some cautious but positive steps back towards group training with small bubbles of up to 6 runners meeting at various locations across the city to run together. We have had to adapt to the difficulties of socially distanced running and have found focused sessions such as hill reps or intervals are often well suited as spacing out is easier.