June 2018 News
We listened to your feedback...
Thank you for all your feedback about how we can improve the Run Leader app and make it easier to use. We're delighted to let you know that the following updates have been made, with further enhancements planned next month:
More runner information: the check-in screen now shows the number of previous sessions each runner has attended and highlights ‘new runners'.
Add sessions: a new ‘My Groups' area allows you to add sessions as well as inspect your groups and existing runs.
Cancel sessions: if you need to cancel a session, simply swipe left on the 'My Schedule' screen or tap the new '...' button at the bottom of the check-in screen and select 'cancel session'. You can then send an email to your registered runners to let them know.
Easier contact look-up: when adding runners to your sessions the ‘look-up' screen is presented first to allow easier access to existing contacts. You can also search by email address.
To start enjoying the updates, simply log in to the app and click ‘Install'.
Deadline Fast Approaching for the 2018 Volunteer Awards!
Nominations are coming in thick & fast for:
- RUN LEADER OF THE YEAR
- RUNTOGETHER GROUP OF THE YEAR
- INCLUSION AWARD
- VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Don't miss this opportunity to see your group recognised in the Regional Volunteer Awards, culminating in the national presentations at the star-studded Hall of Fame event.
We all know that #ItCantHappenWithoutU, delivering run sessions, day-in, day-out, and we value every one of you. But, there has to be a winner so we need you to tell us what makes your group or fellow run leader stand out from the crowd.
By sharing your group's story with us, they could follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, Dudley Garner from RunTogether Up The Tempo, pictured above standing alongside Britain's heroes from the 4 x 100m relay in the 2004 Olympics.
It's quick and easy to nominate, simply click below and complete the form.
Nominations close 12pm, 16th July 2018!
Tell us more!
THANK YOU! In February’s newsletter we asked for your participation in an exciting piece of research that we are involved in with partners from the University of Birmingham and the University of the West of Scotland. We had a fantastic response with around 500 people completing the survey.
The research is designed to better understand your experiences as either a Runner or Run Leader to help us understand why social running groups have the potential to be so beneficial and allow for more groups to be promoted to enhance health and well-being. It will also help us to provide RunTogether Leaders with better support, advice, and training in the future.
As part of this research, we invited you to take part in three surveys during 2018 (February, June and October). The June survey is now live, and we would love everyone to be involved, whether you completed the first survey in February or not.
This is an independent study and under no circumstances will your individual responses be shared with RunTogether staff, nor will responses be shared between Run Leaders and running group participants.
Exclusive 4 Month Membership at DW Fitness First
As the official retail and fitness partner of England Athletics and RunTogether, DW Fitness First have created a four-month ‘WE ARE RUNNERS’ membership package exclusively for you.
Your membership includes everything you need to support your training and make fitness a part of your life. With full access to the latest fitness equipment, a wide range of group classes and workouts, and dedicated support from their certified experts.
Choose from a number of membership packages, depending on the tier of club(s) you want to access. To view the various membership tiers click here.
Run Leader offer ends 30th June - please tell your runners!
RunTogether is growing so fast that we're on the look-out for new Run Leaders to train up and either add capacity to your group or to set up additional groups, for example at a school gate or workplace. As well as the recent addition of Run Leader Mentors to support new leaders, we have a fantastic training package for runners interested in becoming leaders. Please spread the word with your runners / friends / family so that together we can help more people to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of social running.
CONGRATULATIONS to our committed runners and leaders at Sutton Park. As you'll see from their photograph, when 'the beast from the east' hit England, their fabulous team of Run Leaders didn’t miss a session, they simply put their hats, thermals and trainers on and met their runners with enthusiastic smiles!
They also have walking groups to help all the locals get out and be active and have sessions listed on their page right up to November, making it easy for new and existing runners to book on and check-in to sessions.
Keep up the great work, SE Fitness!
If you'd like to nominate your group to win this highly acclaimed title, email us telling us why your group deserves to win at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach more runners with accessible communications!
The information you send out or display about your runs is a vital part of the RunTogether experience so it's important that every communication, whether it is a calendar of events, a poster or a newsletter, reaches the widest possible audience.
However, there are a number of different factors that prevent some groups of people or individuals from receiving or understanding communications. The way in which disabled people access communications may be different to non-disabled people; and people with different impairments have different needs or experience different ‘barriers’ to accessing your information.
There are approximately 11 million disabled people in the UK – so as a group, disabled people are a large part of your potential audience. Ensuring the information you share is inclusive will make it more accessible and easy for everyone to understand.
To help you ensure your communications are as accessible as possible, we highly recommend taking a look at the video and PDF resources created by the Active Alliance (previously known as EFDS).
WIN 10 RunTogether t-shirts!
We love capturing fun video boomerangs on our visits to RunTogether Groups, which you can find on our social media channels. Now it's your turn! Record your most fun and creative boomerang before the end of the month and either post it to the RunTogether Facebook page or tag us in your post on Instagram. We'll select and announce the winning video on 2nd July and reward the winner with 10 RunTogether t-shirts for their group.
For anyone not familiar with video boomerangs, they are short snippets of video repeating a forward and back sequence multiple times. To enter the competition, simply download the Boomerang app, capture your video, then upload it to your preferred social media platform.
Meet Olympian and Word Championship Medallist, Jenny Meadows!
As part of our partnership with DW Fitness First, we are delighted to invite you to attend one of our regional events hosted by Jenny Meadows. Jenny will be sharing her expertise on subjects such as physical preparation for endurance runners, as well as being available for a Q&A session.
These events are FREE to attend and also include the opportunity for you to find out how DW Fitness First can work locally with your RunTogether group.
The next events coming up are being held in Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle and Widnes.