running during lockdown

That bug just won’t go away – and now we are even more restricted as to what we can do to keep ourselves fit, well and sane.

Exercise of any sort is fantastic for physical and mental wellbeing and running is an efficient use of your time when you’re juggling other commitments – you can start your workout from your front door; no special equipment is needed; cold water cleans your shoes and your running clothes wash and dry rapidly (compared with hosing down a muddy bike, changing tyres etc).

The important thing is to stay safe. Under the latest government rules – see here – you are allowed to run with one other person. Our facebook page is a good way of contacting other MRC members if you can’t find a buddy for your run, or contact us as we will try to help.

If you decide to run alone, remember to wear highly visible clothing, particularly in low light conditions. Let someone you trust know your route and proposed timings. There are great tracking apps out there – assuming you take your phone or cellular activity watch with you.

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Hi All, I hope your running and training is going well and that you are managing to get out and run despite these challenging times.

As many of our readers are members of Maltby Running Club, it will come as no surprise that MRC members are taking part in lots of heroic endurance events, despite the difficulty in getting to organised races.

So a big shout out please to Gail Barber and Martin Knight , who have been training assiduously for this Saturday’s Spire Ultra Race. Now we are in Tier 3 Gail and Martin cannot be at the actual event and have decided to run an equivalent route around South Yorkshire, on the same date and time, 31st October. They will set off from Maltby Leisure Centre at 8.30 a.m. and will complete a single lap of a 33.6 mile route, finishing up in Maltby.

It would be fantastic if you could come and cheer them on, preferably wearing your MRC gear and making as much noise as you can. The proposed, approximate timings are as follows:

leave Maltby 0830hrs

Firbeck (8 miles) 0945hrs

Woodsetts (14 miles) 1110hrs

Turnerwood (16 miles) 1135hrs

Harthill (20 miles) 1220hrs

Wales (22 miles) 1250hrs

Aston (24.5 miles) 1315hrs

Ulley (26 miles) 1340hrs

Wickersley (30 miles) 1440hrs

Maltby (34 miles) 1530hrs.

They will be running unsupported and will be really pleased if you could come and cheer them on. You can throw food if you like! Martin has put the route on Strava and here is the link:


As you will know, there is a bug going around at the moment. You will also know that we are all being encouraged to download the NHS contact tracing app and use it to check into various locations as we go about our daily business.

Here at Maltby Running Club we have looked at how we can fulfil our responsibilities as an organisation. We have obtained a unique QR code which we will bring to all our training sessions. We would ask that you use it to check in whenever you attend a training session so that, if one of our runners is unfortunate enough to get Covid19, you can be contacted.


Now the nights are drawing in and only the dedicated are still out there running, we’re pleased to tell you that we’re still meeting at the leisure centre car park for a training run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and also on Sunday mornings. The Tuesday and Thursday meets are at 6.30p.m. for all groups.

We are making sure we comply with the latest government health guidelines and rules and ask that you also familiarise yourself with these so we can continue to exercise safely.

see you there!

On the run since 1983