Like every sports organisation, we cancelled organised group training sessions, in March. But our membership rallied together and put on an amazing series of virtual challenges and supported each other. Have a look down this page for links and details of activities our members got up to. We think it really highlights that being a member of a club is as much about the community you become a part of, as the things it does.
As lockdown eased, we were amongst the first Scottish clubs to publish a coronavirus exit plan, under the Scottish Athletics framework. We resumed small-scale group training in August. We now have larger group training, and began welcoming new members from our waiting list, in September. We’ve also staged a few small, covid plan compliant club events, to give a taste of competition, and hope to organise more as we go. It’s all kept under review as rules and restrictions change: The latest club plan is accessible below.
We were delighted to discover our members’ efforts over the year would see the club shortlisted for, and would go on to win Scottish Athletics’ banner club award: “Impact and Innovation Club of the Year“.
We’ve an exciting club championship for 2020/21, with virtual variations whilst we are unable to race, with small scale covid compliant events planned where and when we can. If you’re interested in joining us, see our ‘Try Running with us’ page
Club coronavirus plan, enabling a return to training
ℹ️We’ve a letter to members that gives everybody the key info, here’s the current level 4 version. This should be read in conjunction with our full club Coronavirus plan, for the November 2020 Levels framework.
Note the club is in the Glasgow City area, and the currently applicable level is listed here (via gov.scot). When Glasgow is at Level 4 we will simply adapt our training setup to allow members to meet in smaller groups, more locally, so they can still train with members from the same local authority.
Previous or superseded plans/letters to members:
- Level 3 letter to members (superseded when Glasgow enters Level 4) available here.
- 26th September 2020 update is available to download here: BRR_ Coronavirus Club plan and members info #6_ October 10 2020. More details for members, on the club forum.
- Our (now superseded) plan when the rules of six became effective in late September: BRR_ Coronavirus Club plan and members info #5_ Late September 2020
- Our Glasgow local area measures plan (now superseded) BRR_ Coronavirus Club plan and members info_ September 2020-Glasgow local measures
- Our return to group training (now superseded by local measures – Sept 2020): BRR_Coronavirus Club plan and members info_ August 2020 – News announcement here.
- Our original plan (July 2020, now superseded): final-2020-07-26-BRR_ Coronavirus Club plan and members info – News announcement here.
Running is a sport we can continue – within the applicable social distancing rules and regulations – on our own. Just because we couldn’t train together, it didn’t mean we couldn’t rally around to support and motivate each other right through the crisis.
It’s training, just different!
Here’s some of the things we’ve been up to, and we’ll be sure to keep this page updated as we go with things as we go! Stay tuned to our news page and social media pages for more details!
A huge and heartfelt thank you to all our members for their amazing ideas, contributions, enthusiasm and support throughout. It means a lot to each and every member, and has made drawing this page up a pleasure, even in these difficult times.
Zoom home training
We’ve Oscar’s Online Zoom home cross-fit sessions three evenings a week! Participants have been donating to charity too, supporting the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. If you prefer Yoga, Kelly is running a weekly Yoga session too. Details generally on our members’ Facebook group, but please get in touch with us to find out more.
Just because we can’t race our favourite distance just now, doesn’t mean we can’t get out there and challenge ourselves, and each other: there’s loads to keep us motivated.
We are absolutely loving the Scottish Athletics organised virtual races taking place through this crisis, and really grateful to everybody at our governing body who helps make them happen. We were the biggest club, by participation, in the first virtual relay event. Not content there, in the second 15 minute challenge we won overall club in the club distance challenge and a total of seven categories!
In the 1 mile virtual time trial, our Ladies came 2nd Master’s team, and we were again the biggest club by participation with a whopping 77 members taking part. We’re eagerly awaiting the next challenge now!
In the meantime, our members are able to take on our own Strava segments we’ve setup and added to our club championship, to help take the place of some of the cancelled races. They’re publicly available, and full details on our news page.
We’re big fans of social media, and also have our popular club members’ forum too.
Our accounts have been buzzing with members virtually supporting each other, tackling our training plan, or just getting out for a run for the first time in a while. It’s great to have a supportive network. You can find us on the following places:
- Strava: strava.com/clubs/31150/
- Facebook: facebook.com/bellahoustonroadrunners/
- Twitter: @bellaroadrunner
- Instagram: @bellaroadrunner
- Posting weekly training updates from our coaches, to help keep structure and motivation going.
- Writing to members every month with a round-up of what’s been going on. Not everybody is on social media or checking our forum, so we thought an update email would help.
- A fantastic series of “Meet the Bellas” interviews has been run over on our private social media page, allowing members to get to know each other a bit better, virtually!
- Enjoying hosted quizzes!
- We had a great Zoom talk from Iain Reid Physiotherapy, about strengthening for runners.
- Members are volunteering at a local food bank in the Pollok area, helping with unpacking donations and sorting logistics. Many thanks to Rhoda for coordinating! Their brilliant efforts are helping 100+ lockdown-impacted families.
- Holding meetings online to keep the club ticking over. We had a huge turnout for our 2020 AGM, which featured various presentations and videos, which you can watch online. Plus our coaching group, Trustees and the coronavirus sub-group, are regularly meeting via Zoom.
- Enjoying great memories from our 20th anniversary birthday bash back in January! We had great fun, and Scottish Athletics published a fantastic article about it on their website.
Loads more on our news page!
- Scottish Athletics have a Coronavirus resource page, and some factsheets for athletes about maintaining their wellbeing and nutrition, during these extraordinary times.
- NHS Inform has a lot of Coronavirus information
- The Scottish Government has lots of details on Coronavirus
- For looking after our Mental health, SAMH has a great Coronavirus Mental Health Information Hub
- Closer to home you can find all of our Coronavirus news via the coronavirus tag.
Videos and Selfies!
It’s not all about running just now – many of us are finding motivation hard in the lockdown. Having fellow club members to support and encourage each other has been brilliant. It’s also about having lots of fun along the way. Club members have been creating a few videos through the crisis which you can catch on our youtube channel, and are embedded below!
We hope you like them!
Huge thanks to the many members involved in organising and putting these together, with a particular thank you to Laura, Leanne and Kevin. We’ve even had a spot of local newspaper coverage!
The Seven Golden Rules of Running Etiquette
Our very talented members Marty and Alan put this fantastic video together
Group Selfies – of a sort!
Our first foray into club-wide participation was a selfie challenge during the Scottish Athletics virtual relay. Members snapped a selfie, and they were brought together by Laura in a set of seven super selfies!
Home made race numbers featured in a few too, as well as lots of great pics with members sporting their club tops!
As part of the 15 minute time trial challenge, our ‘Bella twist’ was a shoe relay video featuring loads of members.
Bellas Breaking Free
After a busy weekend of running, many of us needed to get on with our housework 😜. Some of our talented members got together to create a fun video of everyone doing their household chores. We really can’t wait until lockdown is lifted so we can ‘Break Free’ !!!
Many thanks to Laura, Kevin and Leanne for coordinating everything, and to Marty and Alan for the soundtrack.
Bella Baton Bonanza!
This time we joined up with our local rivals Bellahouston Harriers to create the 💜BELLA BATON BONANZA💙 .
We miss seeing our competitors at local running events, and thought this would be a great way to link in with them and pass a virtual baton during lockdow.
A lockdown activities highlights reel
During our 2020 AGM, Club President Richard Leyton presented a video report of the year, which you watch here. At the end of the report, we featured a special video ‘Bella Twists’, which pulled together what we’ve been getting up to through lockdown, and tried to capture the spirit of club members throughout! We hope you like it!
Bellas climb Everest!
We love virtual challenges, and the hill challenge put it to clubs to accumulate the most ascent. Together the club climbed higher than Everest is above sea level!
Push up party
We challenged club members to do some pushups as part of the 2nd club relay challenge!
Saturday Night Shuffle
We’ve not stopped there, we’re publishing new videos on our youtube channel, and you can catch our updated “Bella Twists” video on our Awards night post, and our Jimmy Irvine Bella 10k 10 year retrospective.