Due the the recent announcements from the government, FRA and England Athletics, Todmorden Harriers-organised Packruns and Monday Beginners Group will be restarting w/c 27th July. However, participants must comply to new rules for these activities. Please check the Tod Harriers forum, or our Facebook page for full details before attending. We look forward to seeing you for a run!
As with so many aspects of life during this pandemic this is not a return to “normal”. All runners have to share the responsibility for making our events a “Covid secure environment”. Despite our club’s instinctive repulsion for rules, we cannot return to group running without making some changes and imposing some formalities. The club has aimed to achieve the lightest possible touch with the new “rules” and we will always try to reduce the administrative burden whenever we can.
We have completed a Covid 19 Risk Assessment; please read this document.
Runners must complete a one-time Participation Form This can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively WhatsApp or hand to the run leader.
The run leader will take the names of all who attend each run – please make yourself known to them at the start
Run group leaders (fast/medium/slow etc..) will carry FA kits
There will be staggered start times
Pack Runs – every Wednesday evening
Every month we visit a different pub on Wednesday evenings and try to organise four different groups: beginners, slow, medium and fast. We also try not to lose anyone. All runners are welcome. The runs are off-road in daylight hours and on-road (or choice of headtorch off-road) in the winter months.
August 2020 Pack Run Venue (18:55-19:05pm staggered start)
The Hare & Hounds, Old Town
Address: Lane Ends, Old Town, HX7 8TN
Parking: Pub Car Park and surrounding roads
Food and Drink: Taylor’s Beer & chip butties
Running Terrain: Midgley Moor, Hardcastle Craggs, Luddenden Dene
People gather at the “pub of the month” in time for a 7.00pm start (6.45 in April and September). There are usually 3 or 4 groups of varying abilities and all will do a variation of the same basic route – which will be decided on the night according to weather etc. The faster groups go faster and thus run further.
No! You don’t have to be a member to come along and run with us. In fact, pack runs are an ideal way to get to know us and find out whether Tod Harriers is the club for you.
Appropriate running kit and shoes for the weather and terrain. If on the fells bring a waterproof taped-seam cagoule with a hood and overtrousers, hat, gloves, whistle and a mobile in a bumbag or rucsac in addition to what you set off in. If it is dark bring a head torch or hand torch and something reflective or hi-viz. A change of clothing for afterwards….oh – and money for food and liquid refreshment if desired.
We don’t set out to cover a certain distance – the aim is to stay out for 60-90mins. Daylight pack runs tend to last longer than dark, winter pack runs because it is less cold and more fun. If you are worried about not keeping up start out with a slow group and move up a level next week if it was too slow. During a pack run the faster runners in a group will stop at regular intervals to allow everyone to catch up. Don’t worry – you won’t be “dropped” and left on your own.
Most people turn up ready to run. The pub won’t mind you using their toilets to get changed in before or after the run. And there’s the car. Some people don’t bother and just get on with it in the car park!
We carefully choose pack run venues that provide affordable food – you’ve come straight from work and will be starving after the run. Quite often they will put on a “special” for us. If you are vegetarian we insist that the pub will provide for you. You don’t have to stay on after the run – eat at home to avoid the expense.
Of course you can – it’s a pub isn’t it! Just because you’re injured/unwell/resting/can’t be bothered doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the social scene!
“…it can feel a bit daunting on your own as there are so many people with often different faces every week, but everyone is so welcoming this wasn’t a problem.”
Upcoming 2020 venues