WIN-WIN When you Nominate Your Group!
With just five days left to nominate your group for 'RunTogether Group of the Year', we have 8 x £50 vouchers* up for grabs to spend at DW Sports, so this really is a WIN-WIN opportunity! All you have to do is nominate by 12pm on Monday 16th July to be in with a chance of winning.
The annual awards, hosted by England Athletics, celebrate the thousands of volunteers up and down the country who make our fantastic sport happen every day. Nine regional awards ceremonies will take place during September-October and all those winners will be in the running (excuse the pun!) for the national title, awarded at the prestigious Hall of Fame event on 13th October.
It's quick and easy to nominate, simply visit the Volunteer Awards website and tell us why your group deserves to win. *Conditions apply. See www.englandathletics.org/competition-terms for details.
Please note the competition deadline has now passed.
Dame Kelly Holmes with RunTogether Mole Valley Runners!
After sending many videos of their group in action to Dame Kelly Holmes as part of her #JoinInJune initiative, RunTogether Mole Valley Runners were over the moon to have this sporting legend join one of their sessions.
Kelly joined 27 RunTogether runners as they headed out from Effingham up to Polesden Lacey National Trust. Run Leader, Debbie, led the session with a warm up involving pegs. She explained:
"It was hilarious, lots of fun and helped to ease people's nerves. We then headed off for a 8 to 9.5k run. Faster runners looped back, this meant Kelly too, to ensure she was able to chat to everyone en route. She gave runners lots of tips & advice but also boosted the confidence of everyone. It was truly amazing, a lifetime event."
Tell us what's been happening for your group and you could feature in our next newsletter and in 'Your Stories' on the website. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories.
Further App Enhancements!
We hope that last month's app enhancements are making the admin of your groups easier. We're delighted to let you know that we're making a few more improvements to the Run Leader app to make it even better. The following will be available next month:
Add Runs directly from the Run Leader app. This can be added from the ‘My Schedule’ page or through the ‘My Groups’ Group Detail page.
Add Sessions from the ‘My Schedule’ screen.
My Groups will allow you to access a number of interesting statistics on your group, including:
Group Runs: the number of active runs available in that specific group
Runners: the number of runners who have been checked-in to a run during this period
Run Sessions: the total number of completed sessions across all runs in that group during this period.
Making Your RunTogether Group More Appealing
To help groups and clubs to engage with and attract disabled people, The Activity Alliance (formerly known as the English Federation of Disability Sport) have a resource called 'Talk to Me'. It outlines 10 principles that RunTogether groups could follow to help make their group more appealing to disabled people. These include simple things, such as welcoming people and reassuring them that the activity will be suitable for them. If you have any questions about how to make your group appealing and accessible, please contact email@example.com.
DW Fitness First CORE App
Great news, you now have FREE access to the DW Fitness First CORE app. As a member of RunTogether, this is just one of the added-value benefits you receive from DW Fitness First.
CORE is your new fitness companion that helps you get the very best from your training whilst also giving you access to great deals on the latest running kit in-store and online at DWSports.com. It’s a fantastic tool for helping you reach your fitness goals, track your progress and access challenges and training plans.
What’s more, for every pound you spend in-store and online DW Fitness First will be investing back into RunTogether by funding Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) busaries for new Run Leaders who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
Download the free app TODAY by clicking the appropriate link below.
When creating your account on the app, select 'member of England’s RunTogether' when prompted.
GROUP OF THE MONTH: RunTogether West Berkshire!
Huge congratulations to Sue Bennett and Dave Sollis of RunTogether West Berkshire, incredibly deserving winners of this month's GOTM title!
Leading a committed group of runners ranging in age from 12 to 74, Sue and Dave are both Mental Health Champions, helping to break down the stigma around mental health by encouraging the local community to #RunAndTalk. Sue is also a Run Leader Mentor, supporting new run leaders in the area. For Mental Health Awareness Week they ran a brilliant session focusing on stress management which included an impressive amount of cake to follow!
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Could your group be next month's winner? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your nomination and why your group deserves the title.
And the winner is...
RunTogether ACE School Gate Run! Congratulations, we loved your 'post-run floss' Boomerang video! Ten RunTogether t-shirts are on their way to your group. Thank you to all the entrants, it was a tough decision; we hope you enjoyed making them as much as we enjoyed watching them. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more competitions over the coming months. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for daily motivation, top tips and the latest competitions...
#RunAndTalk Applications are OPEN!
If your RunTogether Group is interested in becoming part of #RunAndTalk, our programme created to help break down the stigma around mental health and encourage more people to improve their well-being by running and talking, we'd like to hear from you.