ERR Update – Taking Stock of Now

Dear all,

Normally we meet at Eynsham Pavilion at 18:30 every Wednesday and now we would be enjoying running through Wytham Woods, along the River Thames and participating in the annual Motavation racing series, a real summer-season highlight.

These are not normal times, nevertheless the invention and fortitude of our running community is bringing some new routines and some new experiences. Perhaps most importantly, we are together!

During the past nine weeks, 76 of our runners have completed virtual park-runs which take place, solo, at 9am every Saturday morning.

The main thing is participation and some routine. Interestingly, some run times are improving too!

We have several events happening at the moment – please see below for full details – including a monthly running challenge, which has captured the imagination differently, “How far can you run in an hour?”

We have new Wednesday evening highlight, “Pilates for Runners LIVE with Frankie Snare” which is enjoyed by around 45 runners each week, over Zoom. We are building our strength and becoming more aware of our posture and core power. We are also discovering new muscles, movements and flexibilities.

We invite you to join us! Please email us at – we would love to invite you to try us out.


Best wishes,

Simon Walker

Club Chair



Our next running events:


Missing your ParkRun?

  1. Solo Virtual Park-run(VPR)

Latest Results

When: Every Saturday at 9am

What: Run 5k

How: Upload your time to Strava or email your time to

Reward?: See you name in lights on the ERR VPR Leader-board, complete 5 and get an ERR buff (while stocks last). Compete 10 and get an (erm), well, not sure yet J.


  1. Virtual “Motavations” monthly (dates below) started Thursday April 30th with “Flat-moor”

Latest Results

When: Dates as below

What: Race 4 miles ‘on-the-nose’, picking the actual or a similar contoured course, hopefully the titles can help your route selection.

How: Upload your time to Strava or email your time to

Reward?: See your name in lights on the ERR Web Site, PLUS Prizes of bottles of wine for the fastest run in the series and a prize of a bottle of wine for the most improved at the end! We’d like this to be motivating for your running goals – for speedsters and to recognise participation and improvement for all.


Race 1 30th April Charlton-on-Otmoor “Flat-moor”
Race 2 28th May Bletchingdon “2-hills”
Race 3 25th June Combe I “1-big-hill”
Race 4 30th July Combe II “2-big-ones”
Race 5 27th August Stratfield Brake “Flat-again”


Anyone local could run the actual course, but the majority of us will simply need to replicate


  1. The run as far as you can in an hour ‘hour’.

Latest Results

When: Started Easter Sunday and May 10th, next dates June 14th, July 12th

What: Run for 1 hour, cover as much distance as you can!

How: Upload your time to Strava or email your time to

Reward?: This is something to build on, so a monthly challenge for you to see if they can extend the distance each time to gauge improvement. Or just to run for an hour, no pressure.


  1. The Witney and Eynsham Challenges – Ideas are brewing, emails are zapping, Zoom calls are zooming – for this fixture favourite both racing and socially – announcement coming soon!


  1. Non-competitive-trail-half-marathonat some point – with a set date, start time, and then a social Zoom session after to chat about it.


  1. Wednesday Club Night – ongoing, Club Night Pilates for Runners, LIVE at 6:30pm, every Wednesday, with Frankie Snare. Later in May we will also hold a small running event (A team Marathon-off) and club chat afterwards.


Thanks folks and sending good running vibes!

Best wishes,


Club Chair


PS We, as a committee and club remain solidly behind the England Athletics Advice on safe running and social distancing. The latest information is here and the headlines are below. Thanks. Stay safe, you are very precious!