Welcome to this weeks newsletter!
It was good to see Run Club return last week and be so well attended! But a quick reminder, just in case some have missed it, The Lake is now closed!
The Committee meet regularly to discuss ways in which we can provide an even better membership for club members; if you have any suggestions, comments, concerns or words of praise then please let us know at the email address below!
If you would like to make some contributions to the letter, then please feel free to send any content you would like adding, or suggestions for future editions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in the next update.
Date for the Diary - The Club AGM!
Tuesday 3rd October - The Crown & Thistle, 18 Bridge St, Abingdon, OX14 3HS Next month is our Annual General Meeting, giving you the chance to have your say on how the club is run; reviewing the last 12 months and allowing you the opportunity to shape how the next 12 months will look.
Over the next few weeks there will be a quick overview of the committee and their individual roles within this weekly newsletter. We change the Chair Person every year and will also be looking to see if anyone is keen on taking part on the Committee. So keep an eye on this slot over the coming weeks and you can understand what goes on behind the scenes to ensure our Club remains the friendly and fun place that it is!
Committee Role Overview: Welfare Officer The welfare officer is the first point of contact for any club member with a concern or grievance with other club members or coaches (we are such a lovely club that I have never had to do deal with anything like this, and neither did my predecessor or the one before that!).
The welfare officer is responsible for updating risk assessments and emergency action plans for all the venues where coached sessions take place - this is done twice a year, in time for the start of the Summer and Winter training, respectively. All follow the same format and all have just been transferred to the official BTF form, so updating will involve minimum effort: quick check to make sure all still relevant, then save it under a new date! Easy peasy.
Committee Role Overview: Social Secretary
As Social Secretary you are responsible for fun! We have a reputation of being a friendly social club so it is the Social Sec's responsibility to keep it that way. Organise a few nights out (Curry and Thai meals etc), the last Lake Swin, last Pool Swim, the AGM and of course the Christmas party for example.
The Social Secretary is also responsible for the weekly Club Newsletter, which is pretty straight forward and takes roughly 15-30 mins a week.
This is a really nice role to get to know everyone at the Club and to have a real impact on the atmosphere and already friendly culture!
Bring a friend for free
Got a friend who just needs a little nudge to come along to training? Heard someone talking about entering a triathlon but you know they could do with some training buddies? Bring them along to any of our sessions to try. We're more than happy for people to come along and try a couple of sessions before they decide to join, so forward this email onto them and let's encourage more people into the world of triathlon :)
Did you know we had a club group on Strava? By joining the group, you enter the leaderboard as to who is completed what hours of training that week - don't worry, your privacy settings will determine what everyone can see, but the Strava group totals are uploaded to our website so people can see how much we are all training.
Don't be fooled though, the person with the most training hours doesn't necessarily equate to the person who wins everything! Join the Strava group today.
Monday - 19.00 - Run Social - Tilsley Park, meet at reception
***New shorter routes are available for those people who want to run for less than 5km, so if you're wanting to get back into running after a break, come along!***
Whilst this is not a coached session, it will help develop your running endurance - we take a 10km (ish) route around Abingdon (shorter routes are available, 5km and 7km) and run in ability groups. No-one will be left behind and there is ALWAYS someone to run with. A great way to keep your running up AND have a mini social at the same time. Win win! Tuesday - 19:00 - Track Running - Tilsley Park Sports Facility, Abingdon, OX14 1PU
£4.50 payable at reception.
The most effective way of improving your running speed and technique. The session will be suitable for all abilities so if you have not been to the track before, come along and quash those apprehensions, you will work hard, you will improve your running and you will have fun. Dress appropriately for the weather, with the track sessions layers are best as you will warm up. Also bring along a drink and a method of timing yourself if you have it.
Thursday - 19:00-20:00 / 20:00-21:00hrs - Pool Swim - Abingdon White Horse Leisure Centre, OX14 3PJ
£3 payable to coaching staff on poolside (do not pay at reception).
Please come along to your usual session for a structured swim session that will improve your fitness and technique. If you have them bring along your fins, hand paddles etc. and a drink.