Virtual Club Championships – 07/02/2021

New Virtual Club Championship


Following the success of the recent Virtual Races it is with great excitement that we are able to announce that 2021 is the Inaugural "Alchester Virtual Club Championships”.


The Alchester Virtual Club Championships will follow the same format as the normal Club Championships, there will be a total of 20 races and your best scores in 15 races will be your total for the year.  If you don’t want to do a distance, have a bad run or miss a run, it doesn’t matter as your worst 5 scores will be ignored.    

As with the normal Club Championship there will be prizes awarded at the annual awards.


The races will be across a wide range of distances, so hopefully enough variety for everyone starting this month and ending in November.  


Dates & distances for this month are:


1 mile​​Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th
10k ​​Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th

As with previous Virtual events you will be set a target time and the run will need to be completed within a set period of time, targets will be set once a month. 


Points will be awarded based upon who beats their target time by the biggest margin in each race and these will be carried forward into the Championship.  


We hope that everyone is looking forward to it, we are very excited to bring this new Virtual Club Championship. 


A list of further planned distances and rules will follow shortly.  


Finally if you have done one of the previous virtual races you’ll automatically be entered but if you haven’t & want to take part please let us know by Tuesday 9th Feb. 




The Virtual Team 

(we are real people by the way & not some bots!)

Details of AGM (January 2021) – 20/01/2021

Our AGM is on Thursday 11th February at 8pm. This will take place online and a link will be forwarded to you in due course.

Members are encouraged to consider joining the committee and a list of the roles is on our website as follows:

Alchester Running club (

There are both formal and informal roles and tasks for the committee, and apart from the formal roles, other tasks will be allocated at the first committee meeting after the AGM (date tbc after elections of committee). If you have any questions about what any of the roles entail or about becoming part of the committee (eg how much time you'd need to commit to, what sort of tasks, etc) please contact one of the committee members (or the current Chair, Rob Kerr) who will be happy to discuss this with you. Some committee members may be stepping down after the AGM, so new members will be welcomed!

Even if you are not considering joining the committee, we encourage you to attend the AGM as an important opportunity for you to have your say, ask questions and help us to ensure the future success of the club.


Alchester Running Club Committee

Newsletter & training update – 10/12/2020

Hi all,

Hope you�re all keeping well and staying motivated as we head towards winter.

As you�ll know, the current lockdown is coming to an end on 2nd December, and we can begin our training again from that date. You�ll find all the details and more below.

Training update Training sessions are back on a Tuesday and Thursday. All the same rules as before will apply, and we�d like you to keep booking through our booking system please. Bookings will close at 4pm on the day of the run.

Please remember to keep your distance from people before and after runs, and consider wearing a snood or similar.

The booking form will be emailed to new members: 

Virtual club events

Our Autumn virtual series is now underway, with an impressive 57 people taking part in the first event. Today (Monday 30th November) is the start of your week�s window to complete the 10k (6.2 miles) distance. Good luck and remember, you have until late on Sunday 6th December to post your time.

Our upcoming events are as follows:

Monday November 30th � Sunday December 6th 10k (in lieu of our own Andy Reading event)

Monday December 14th � Tuesday December 22nd 7 miles (in lieu of Hooky Xmas canter)

Christmas Day or Boxing Day 5km

Awards night
Thanks to those who attended Friday�s virtual awards night and to the organisers for doing a great job in the circumstances. It was good to have a catch up and a few drinks, while recognising the winners of this year�s championship.

Well done to all our winners, and please find the full listing below:

Senior Ladies 1st:
Kathleen Davies
2nd: Claire True
3rd: Olivia Bayliss

1st: Claire Court
2nd: Annelies Henshall
3rd: Ellie Dommett

1st: Lisa Horwood
2nd: Steph Fisher
3rd: Katy Andrews

1st: Caroline Kerr
2nd: Gillian Warson

Senior Men
1st: David Ingram
2nd: Vinnie Bayliss
3rd: Chris Lumley

1st: Paul Leverton
2nd: Andy Stickley
3rd: Jonathan White

1st: Simon Best
2nd: Stephen Sangar
3rd: Steve Bowen

1st: John Nelson
2nd: Rob Kerr
3rd: John Ingram

1st: Nigel Lambert
2nd: David Basham

Summer Virtual Winners
1st Lisa Ward
2nd Katy Andrews
3rd Ruth Daykin

Winter kit

Our new stock of hi-viz tops has arrived. They have the added benefit of reflective writing on the front and back to help you stay visible on the dark winter evenings.

Long sleeved tops are £20
Short sleeved tops are £17

Please contact John Nelson to place your order by email at or text/call 07791 395199.

See you soon,

Alchester Running Club

Autumn 2020 Virtual Races – 12/11/2020

Following on from the summer series of virtual events we’re going to do it again starting this Monday, November 16th.  We will hold a new event every other week up until Boxing Day.


You will have a week to run each event starting on the Monday and finishing on the Sunday.  We will aim to publish the results the next day & everything will go into a "Autumn 2020 Champs”.

Each run will be a handicap & we’ll get the targets out at least the day before each event.


Virtual 1 – 5 Miles

Monday Nov 16th – Sunday Nov 22nd


Virtual 2 - 10k (in lieu of our own Andy Reading event)

Monday Nov 30th – Sunday Dec 6th


Virtual 3 - 7 miles (in lieu of Hooky Xmas canter)

Monday Dec 14th – Tuesday Dec 22nd


Virtual 4 – 5km

Christmas Day or Boxing Day 5km


For anybody that previously took part we’ll give you a target time.  If you didn’t take part or are new to the club just reply to this email before Friday & let us know a fast 5k or parkrun time for you.

Full instructions for each event will come with the handicap times so keep an eye out this weekend.

Social distancing rules apply.


Good luck.

November Newsletter – 05/11/2020

Hope you’re keeping safe and well. 


As you may have guessed, there won’t be a club training run tonight and training will now be postponed temporarily. More details below plus updates on virtual events, awards and more. 




With the recent government announcement of a second national lockdown, club training will now come to a temporary halt.  

This time running won’t be as solitary – we’re allowed to exercise with one other person. Richard has also offered to put together some training plans, so we’ll share these with you for inspiration.


As soon as anything changes, we’ll be in touch and open up the bookings again.  


Club Championship 2019-2020 


Due to the circumstances, we’ve revised our Club Championship criteria for this year. In the end, only ten of the 29 scheduled events took place: five Oxfordshire League XCs, Eynsham 10k, Hooky Christmas Canter, Winslow 10k, Banbury 15 and one parkrun (from November 2019 to March 2020). So rather than using the 14 best scores, with a minimum of five to qualify for a prize, we used the best six scores, with a minimum of three events to qualify.  Winners will be announced at the upcoming virtual awards evening. 


Following on from a successful summer series of virtual races and with few races in the calendar for now, we’re going to organise a virtual event every fortnight from w/c 16th November. The events will be handicapped and subject to any lockdown restrictions at the time. 


There won’t be a points system or championship, it’s just something for a bit of fun and we’ll keep you posted on the scores and the winners. You’ll also have a longer time frame to complete your run due to the darker evenings. 


Andy and Gary will share more details soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Oxon Races website for any local events that may still be going ahead in the coming months. 


Alchester virtual awards ceremony


We aren’t going to be able to hold our usual end of season awards party this year but that isn’t going to stop us from recognising our championships winners!  


Please save the date of Friday 27th November 2020 and we’ll plan to hold a virtual awards ceremony that evening. 


More details to follow.  


Unsung hero award 

Last but not least, Alchester has received an ‘Unsung hero’ certificate signed by our local MP to thank the club for its efforts to deliver prescription medicines to vulnerable residents during the first lockdown. The letter and certificate are attached, in case you’d like to take a look. 


Club Chairman Rob Kerr said: "It seems we're on first name terms with our local MP! It feels like a long time now since we were doing the prescription runs. Another big thank you to all those who helped – and watch this space, we may be called on to help again.” 


Keep the running going during lockdown and see you soon, 


Alchester Running Club 

October Update 16/10/20 – 16/10/2020

Firstly, a quick word from our Chairman, Rob Kerr on the Virtual London Marathon. 


Alchester fielded an incredible 27 runners, the majority covering the same route. What a day! Atrocious running conditions, especially those who went out early… Some amazing performances – but whether it was just over three hours or just under six, it was an amazing club day with lots of support at the water/cake stations (great cakes Mike!) around the course and plenty of people to support runners along the way and greet the finishers as they crossed the line. 

These are difficult times for all of us and difficult for many sports to function at all. But this day proved we can still come together as a club, run at all levels and support each other. 

Thank you to all the runners (most now sporting their well earned LVM t-shirts) and all the supporters – made me proud to be an Alchester member. 


Robert Kerr – Chairman 


You can find all the Virtual London Marathon results here


High vis running kit survey 

With the nights drawing in, we’re thinking of ordering some high visibility running kit. Could you let us know if you’d be interested in making an order please, by responding to this quick survey? We’d need to know by the end of Sunday 18thOctober. 

Training update 

The Tuesday/Thursday booking form for the rest of October is now live and we’ll be sharing a booking form for November soon. 

Where possible, it would be great if you could book before 4pm on the day you want to go running. If you think you could help out with the bookings between 4-7pm, we’d be glad to hear from you. Lisa has been doing a great job with this so far but we’d welcome an extra pair of hands. 

October booking form:

You can see confirmed runners here: 

Health and safety 

Given the circumstances, we’d like to ask members to consider wearing a face covering if we’re congregating at the start of training, and potentially for warming up and cooling down. This should be something suitable for light exercise, like a snood, scarf or bandanna.

Keep running and see you soon, 

Alchester Running Club 

Club Update – 23/09/2020

Hi all, 

Hope you're keeping well. It's been great to see some of you at the weekly club sessions. 

We just wanted to give you a quick update on training and some of the real and virtual events coming up. 


Club training update  


Training is still going strong, so feel free to come along to Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. It’s all been working well so far. 


Tuesday speed sessions - We're sending weekly email updates on venues while we continue testing a few different venues to find the best solution for socially distanced training. We hope to find a permanent base soon and will keep you updated.  


Thursday training run - We’re back to the winter route now the evenings are getting shorter. Please meet at the back of the sports centre at the entrance to the bowling alley.  


To join either session, please click on the link in the email to complete a health declaration form (we need a completed form for each session). If you have any queries or concerns about this, please let us know. 


Weekend runs  


We plan to offer some weekend runs where we can get together and try some country routes in the surrounding area. We’ll keep you posted on the details.  


Virtual London Marathon - Sunday 4th October  


Some of our members are taking part in this year’s virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October. We’d like to encourage you to get involved and support those taking part by having a go at running the virtual event too, either as individuals (if you’re in long distance training) or as a relay team. Or just come out and offer some (socially distanced) moral support to the runners who’ve spent the best part of the year preparing for the event.  


We’ve created a virtual map so you know the best places to stand and cheer them on, and there may even be cake! stations are highlighted on the map.  


Most runners are expected to set out at around 9.30am. We’ll keep you posted.  




And if you’ve been missing real races this year, there are some events coming up for you to consider. These include:   

  • Newbury Racecourse 5K, 10K and Half  
  • Sonning 10K and 5K    
  • Stowe September Trail Series - Run 3  
  • MK5K PB Special
  • Woodley 10K  
  • Cotswold Country Park and Beach 5K  
  • Run Silverstone  
  • Tempo Winter Series - Race 1  
  • Moor Park 10k  
  • Royal Windsor River Trail Run - Marathon/Half/10K.  

Cross country  


The first two cross country events of the season have been cancelled. The organisers have stated that as things stand, there’s a question mark over whether the remaining three scheduled fixtures will go ahead. On that basis, there will be no prizes at the end of the season (even if the remaining fixtures take place).  


See for further details.  


Andy Reading  

It is with regret the Andy Reading Race Committee has decided to cancel this year’s event (which had been scheduled for 13th December). We hope to be able to rekindle this event for 2021.  

Call for new club members 


The club currently has 122 members. We have an expert coach and a great mix of people. If you have any friends or family members who'd be interested in joining, the membership fee will drop to £25 in October.  

For more information, please see:  


Finally, if you need any club kit, please contact John Nelson:  


Keep running and hope to see you soon at one of the club sessions, 


Alchester Running Club  

Getting back to training – 01/08/2020

Hi everyone,

Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who came and piloted a session on Tuesday and gave feedback verbally or via email. It was really great to be
back together with people even if running around a car park is a
slightly odd way to spend a Tuesday evening.

We're planning to continue piloting a few things over August to see what
works best and to see if we can eventually find a way to open up
sessions to more runners, in the short term however there will be a
numbers cap, and we will be sending out information week by week so that
we can assess and refine as we go along. You patience as we work it all
out is appreciated.

We're also going to trial a Thursday session (with a view that
pace groups will rotate over a 2 week basis to enable different people
to go out at the pace which works for them).

So, next week sessions are:

Tuesday 4th August - Speed session at the park and ride at 7pm. For up
to 24 runners. This will be offered to those who didn't attend this week
first off, but we will then fill spots from those who came this week so
do complete the booking form if you want to come.

Thursday 6th August - summer route 7/8/9/10/10+
minute mile pace groups, for up to 25 runners (5 per group) from 7pm
each group will need at least 1 person who knows the route in the group.


Alchester members only at this stage please.

The booking form for both sessions is:

And the list of people signed (to be able to check you're booked on) is:
(there is a tab at the bottom for each day).

Please note I'm on holiday over the next few days, so there may be a
delay in getting the signed up list completed but I will get it up to
date on Sunday evening and will email those signed up to confirm by 4pm
on the day of each session.

As ever, any questions or concerns please do let me know.


– 19/03/2020

Club sessions suspended

It will come as no surprise we’ve suspended training sessions  on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a minimum of 5 weeks

We live in extraordinary times .  At least as runners we can still get out and run ! albeit not in a large groups

It’s frustrating, but in the scheme of things most of us will have  far more important things to worry about .


English athletics statement - 17th March 9am:-


Club Championship


Due to the likelihood of event cancellations, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend the club championship programme.

For those who have already entered future races on the calendar, I trust you will understand and respect this decision.

Points accrued to date will remain unaffected.  We will think carefully about how to recommence the programme in due course to ensure it is fair to all.

Mota-vation series cancelled.


Unfortunately Kidlington Running Club have decided that, with deep regret, they can't go ahead with the Mota-vation race series this year.

This is both because of the potential infection risks over the next few months, but also because, as a road race series, marshalling is critical for the races' safety and there is a high risk that key people may need to pull out at very short notice.

They are as disappointed by this as we will be.  They are still hoping to be able to put on the last race of the series on 27th August at Stratfield Brake as a single race - more information will follow nearer the time.



London Marathon Coach – Sunday October 4th

We have rescheduled the booking for October.  We hope to see you all on the new date however if you can no longer attend we will happily reimburse your money.

For payment or booking details please email Wendy at



Membership Renewals


Please refer to Mike’s email dated 3rd March where you will find all the information to renew your membership.


Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March the following year.


Following the recent club AGM it was agreed that our Membership fees would remain unchanged for this year and hence for the membership year starting 1st April our fee will be £35 for first claim members and £20 for second claim members (i.e. if you are a first claim member of a different affiliated club).


To renew this year please visit, click on the 'Join us/Renew'tab and follow the instructions. Renewal payments are to be made by BACS (30-90-77; 00792184) and put your name as the reference so that we can identify that you have paid. Please let me know if you have any difficulty with this.


Keep calm and carry on running


On behalf of

Alchester RC

March Update Part 1 – 05/03/2020

Cross Country is over


The XC season is now over !  A relief for some disappointment for others.


The final results for both individuals and teams standings can be viewed at


Well done to those that took part throughout the series.  A real team effort both at the race and behind the scenes.  A huge amount of work goes into these events so a massive thanks to everybody that helped over the previous 5 races.  Entries, marshalling, tent, tea, cakes, race hares, course set up etc.  Let’s not forget Jenny who searches through the results on a Monday morning to update the club champs.  On that note the latest table to include Henley XC will be on line very soon.


A special thanks goes to Alan’s wife Rach (non-member) who marshalled at every race.  We really do appreciate it.


Well done to John Nelson who finished first vet 60 in the series.



Mota-vation begins


Save the dates!  Provisional dates for this year's Mota-vation series are 30th April28th May25th June30th July and 27th August. More information to follow once it's available. For those who are new to the club, this is a series of local road races held on Thursday evenings over the summer. They're about 4 miles each, are great fun, and suitable for everyone of every pace. The more the merrier! We get a big discount on the price through the club's bulk entry, so it's a bargain too!



London Marathon Coach – Sunday April 26th

If you would like a seat or have already booked and require payment details please email Wendy at


Come and watch sub 2 hour record holder Kipchoge take on Bakelli, Mo Farah and Alchester’s finest.

The club will be providing a coach to this year’s event.  The coach (with toilet) will pick you up from the sports centre and drop you off at the start line. There will also be a second drop in London for spectators.  The coach will then be waiting for you adjacent to the finish line on the Mall.  All members, their family and friends are welcome.  Prices are £15 for members and family.  £20 for non-members.



Membership Renewals


Please refer to Mike’s email dated 3rd March where you will find all the information to renew your membership.  If you can’t find the email please check your trash or spam folders.  If you still can’t find it please contact Mike Fisher.



Club Championship


Forthcoming races are:-


15th March – Banbury 15.

5th April – White Horse Half Marathon – SOLD OUT

» Click here to view more results.