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Harwich youngsters race to buy new equipment

Youngsters at a Harwich running club have used funding from a power company to meet new coronavirus restrictions on the reduced size of training groups.

From Press releases - 23 October 2020 12:00 AM

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Harwich Runners have used a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks, the company which distributes electricity across the East of England, to fund new equipment.

The need to meet in smaller numbers for training means the club required more of everything normally shared by a larger group such as batons and bibs.

Employee Richard Newman, an engineer based in Colchester, applied for the award for the Essex club where he volunteers to help coach the junior section.

Richard said: “As with other sports clubs, the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the way we normally do things, but the club has worked hard to put all the necessary safety measures in place for training to restart.

“Needing to train in smaller groups because of the Covid-19 restrictions we required more equipment to support us with this so will buy a variety with this welcome funding including cones, poles, hurdles, relay batons and bibs.

“I have been running for about 13 years and then got involved in coaching youngsters at the club when my own children started showing an interest a few years ago.

“We have a junior group with children aged eight to 17 and normally compete in races throughout the year. Right now that isn’t always possible so we had a virtual relay race last Saturday as we continue to use inventive ways to keep on running.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.