RR Charity 2020

Message from our Charity Coordinator Rachel Helsby charity@readingroadrunners.org

 

Charity of the Year – Parenting Special Children

I am feel honoured and privileged that members have voted for me to be the charity organiser of the year to raise money for local charity Parenting Special Children (PSC) which supports over 2,500 Berkshire families last year.

Parenting Special Children was set up by Ruth Pearce, Founder and Chief Executive in 2006 and its mission is to provide specialist parenting support to parents and carers of children and young people with Special Needs, so that they can create positive change in their lives.

The charity offers specialist parenting support to families of children and young people with Special needs and/or disability in Berkshire. From Autism, ADHD, trauma and attachment, to sleep and diagnosis support they offer a wide range of services. They also run a number of family events each year so that these families can have the sort of every days-out that other families would do routinely.

PSC also helps these families feel less isolated by running a number of support groups. For example they have a group for family members who are caring for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents and, more recently, they have set up a dads and male carers support group which is proving very popular.  It is always good to talk.

We will shortly be setting up the charity page on our Reading Roadrunners website, and also a direct fundraising page for members who wish to raise money for the charity directly.   Money raised through Reading Road Runners will go towards funding PSC’s sleep service.  Children with additional needs are at increased risk of sleep difficulties and, as a results, parents/carers and siblings also don’t get enough sleep a key element of well-being.

I hope you will get an opportunity to learn more about the charity and the variety of work it does through meeting the volunteers at club events throughout the year. In the meantime, you can find out more about the charity by visiting their website:

https://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk

RR Charity page is also here https://readingroadrunners.org/charity/

As your charity organiser, I am committed to giving as much time as I can to the role and, as a very local charity, PSC volunteers are also ready to help me. I am very open to constructive ideas from members about how I can do my role and welcome advice from those that gone before me.  Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me at track on a Wednesday evening.

By raising the visibility of this charity and the work it does, I also I hope I will also encourage us all to think a little more about people that act a bit differently to the norm. To stop and think. To show a bit more compassion. And be kind. Because God knows right now the world needs a bit more of that.

Rachel Helsby

Dinner Dance 2020

Dinner Dance & Roadrunners Charity Donation

Our club held it’s annual Dinner Dance on Sunday 8th March. Anne Goodhall who arranged the event commented ‘It went like a dream’. Our runners are normally used to pounding the track, roads & trail but last night many could be seen strutting their stuff on the Dance Floor. Awards and thanks were handed out to runners, volunteers & committee members.
One of the highlights of the evening was our Chairman Phil Reay handing our 2019 club charity First Days Children’s Charity a cheque for over £10,000 raised by our club with the help of our charity coordinator Zoë Browne.

swallowfield

Swallowfield 10K and 3K Races

The 10K is a sensational measured road race through rural Berkshire countryside. Starting in Swallowfield village the route passes along quiet country roads to Farley Hill and then back along country lanes to Swallowfield Parish Hall. Every competitor completing the course will receive a finishers medal. There will be special awards for the fastest in class. Once again, the roads will be closed to through traffic in Swallowfield.

The 3K fun run is on an (almost) completely off road course mainly on grass through the grounds of Swallowfield Park.

Duathlon

The Duathlon consists of a 6.7km run through Farley Hill, followed by a 18.5km cycle across rural West Berkshire and finishing with a flat 3.7km run around Swallowfield.

Road Closures

Roads in and around Swallowfield and Farley Hill will be closed to through traffic from 9:30am on 15th September reopening at 2:30pm. There will also be delays to local traffic at Brookside Nursery in Swallowfield at 10:30am to allow the races to start safely; traffic will be held for 10 minutes at Swallowfield Park. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

More information is available in the letter provided to local residents. The map of the closure can be found here.

1st Swallowfield Scouts

The Swallowfield 10+3 is run by the 1st Swallowfield Scouts Group to raise funds for the benefit of all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Young Explorers who belong to the group. Please support us by entering the races or helping on the day. For details of how you can support, please contact the committee at: info@swallowfield10plus3.com

For the 2019 results, please visit: www.racedirector.co.uk/events/swallowfield-10-plus-3-2019

Thinking of Joining?

Thinking of Joining Us?

Thank you for your interest in joining our running club!

You can find out more about us as a club here

If you are interested in joining the best thing to do is come along to one of our Wednesday night track sessions at Palmer Park. There is a coach each week who’ll look after those interested in joining the club, providing an introduction to the club, to running on track and introduce you to some of the runners.

The track session starts at 6:30pm at Palmer Park, see more here

You don’t have to tell us you are coming in advance, but it’s worth getting to the track a little early so we can chat to you and put you at ease before the session. Soon you’ll be able to keep an eye out for one of our buddies to chat to in reception and at track side before the session starts.

Once you’ve come along to your first session we’ll email you more information about the club (if you are happy for us to do so) and you the have two further free sessions to try us out before we ask you to join us.

There is also the option of coming along to see who we are and how we work without doing any running, if that’s something you’d like to do please contact coachalexa@readingroadrunners.org

Once you feel ready to join up you can do so online here

AGM-2020

Notice of the 2020 Annual General Meeting

 

Notice is hereby given of the Club’s 2020 Annual General Meeting.
VENUE: Sutton Bowls Club, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, RG6 5HQ.
DATE: Tuesday 10th March 2020 commencing promptly at 7.30pm.

All AGM Pack files can be downloaded below by clicking on the link.

Download all AGM Pack files below (as a zip file)

1-2020 Agenda

2-Minutes of the 2019 AGM

3-Proposed modification of the Club Constitution

4-2020 Coaching overview

5-2019 AGM Reports

6-XC proposal – Team Captains

7-Community Amateur Sports Club Status