Well thank you QLD Premier, that was a nice Sunday surprise.
Great news, group sessions are back with a few changes. We will continue to run Thursdays group session virtually however the opportunity to run a group session on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning was too good to pass up.
Above is our Club COVID Safe Plan, please make sure you read and are aware if you are going to attend our group session. If you haven't yet bought access to group sessions then remember they are currently discounted during COVID-19 crisis. You can buy these over in the Team App Store.
We are pleased to announce that run sessions will be returning when the Stage 2 restrictions come into effect and our first running session is planned to be Tuesday 02 June so mark it in your calendar.
To help facilitate a return to running sessions we need to make sure all members have Team App on their mobile device and they have requested to be on the Fortius Running Club team. This will be vital in ensuring we meet all of our obligations set out by the QLD government. We also encourage the use of the COVID SAFE app.
If you don't have Team App yet please see the below instructions for more information.
You will now be required to RSVP to the running sessions so that the coaches can keep track of who is attending should any contact tracing be required. All members that intend to come to the session must RSVP in advance. This is non-negotiable. If you turn up to a session and have not RSVP'd you may be turned away. Training sessions will also be capped to ensure we meet the set government requirements of 20 (please note you will see a lower cap set in team app, this is to ensure the coaches and other observers can attend if required).
If the cap is reached and you RSVP you will be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list will self update as people update their individual RSVP. For example if you are first on the waiting list and someone updates their RSVP to "No" you will automatically be bumped up the list and have a spot. The waiting list is populated by time order so first in first served basis.
You will be responsible for checking your attendance status the night prior to the session, the club will do its best to notify you of your status the night before via the Team App functionality however the ultimate responsibility lays with the member. Should you update your RSVP to "NO" after 8pm the night prior to the commencement of training this will be classed as a no show as you have reduced the ability of another club member to attend. If a club member does this causing you to be bumped up to the "YES" list and you no show because you weren't aware this will not count towards as a no show. Coaches will be aware of who updates their RSVP late.
If you RSVP "Yes" and then don't turn up there will be a two strike policy and should you do it again you will automatically be waitlisted for future events. We know this may seem harsh however we are endeavouring to make it fair and equitable for everyone.
We expect this requirement to be in place for approx 6 weeks until Stage 3 comes in, after which we will return to normal and return to training with SBTC.
When you RSVP you will be asked three questions, one, whether you have read the Fortius Running Club COVID safe plan (HERE) and two whether you are fit and well and not showing any signs of a cold, flu or COVID, and three that if you develop symptoms after your RSVP or generally feel unwell you will not attend training. You must answer these questions truthfully by confirming YES OR NO in the answer box and should anything change after you have RSVP'd you must update your RSVP to reflect this. Anyone showing signs of being unwell will be turned away and prevented from attending training.
Coaches will take a roll call of attendance at the start of every session so please ensure you arrive early. There will be hand sanitiser available at the start and all attendees must wash or sanitise their hands prior to starting the session. Throughout the session all attendees must make sure they maintain the required social distancing at all times. This applies to after the session at coffee as well.
We are aware that some club members prefer to train by themselves during this time however we kindly ask that if you are planning on not running with the club and organising your own training with other club members that you plan to meet at an alternative location or do not meet until the training group has departed to remove any perception that we may be breaching the regulations. This also applies to coffee afterwards. We would suggest that you change out of club kit after the session if you are going to stay and enjoy a coffee.
Please remember at all times to keep a safe distance, maintain good hygiene practises at home and outside, stay home if you're feeling unwell, and most importantly look after each other.
Stay safe out there folks and remember this is just temporary provided we continue to play by the rules. If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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How did you get into running? – Got into running because of encouragement from friends who are runners
What was the last race you’ve done? – Gold Coast Marathon
Would you say you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert, and how does it relate to your running? - Definitely introvert. I’m happy to set my own goals
What’s your favourite thing about running? – spending time with other runners and trying different locations
What annoys you most? – people who are oblivious to other runners around them and take up the entire path - we are with you on that one Robyn
What’s the running highlight you’re most proud of? – completing Gold Coast Marathon
Do you think you’ll stay at your current distance awhile? Why or why not? – Happy to stay at Half Marathon – training is nowhere near as hard
Are you more of a “run to relax” or a “run to get it done with” type of person? – Definitely run to relax, I see it as “my time”
How much time do you spend running in a week? – Usually 3 hours running
What is your favourite regular course and why? – Love around New Farm to the City. Great path and there is always something different to see on the river
Were you running growing up? – Growing up, I couldn’t run more than 100m and that was a struggle
What is your definition of a perfect run? – Going somewhere different with good friends
What (running related) are you most proud of in the last year? – Most proud of completing the marathon
What runs makes you feel most accomplished? – Feel most accomplished after pacing Parkrun. IT’s nice to help other runners achieve a goal
Who (running related) do you admire most in the world? – Pip and Sherman (Firends). Their efforts both in their training and runs is amazing
If you were to win a race price money, what would you do with it? – Travel to exotic locations that have Parkrun
What race or run do you regret not doing in the last year? – Regret not doing a Parkrun in Tasmania, wasn’t near one on a Saturday
If you see a puddle on the ground, do you run around it, over it or get straight into it? – Run around it, don’t love wet feet
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – love to be able to fly so I can see spectacular views
If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go? – early 1900’s less technology, perhaps a simpler life, better work life balance
If you got to name a new race, how would you decide what to call it? – find a unique location with an interesting name
What would be the title of your running book? – one foot in front of the other
Do you have a favourite, book, blog or running resource you use? – other runners. I value their experience
Fortius Running Club is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation that offers a supportive and social environment for members to train, prepare and enjoy participation in road and trail running events across Queensland and overseas.