Love Running Tuesday Nighters

Over the years we have discovered that there are many runners who do not have the confidence (yet!) to join a “proper running Club”, but would love the opportunity to do a regular run with other like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are also a lot of people who would like to start jogging/running but do not know where to start, or don’t want to run on their own. I therefore started a social running group in 2012 aimed at such people, and in 2013 both Simon and I achieved our Run England “Leadership in Running Fitness” qualifications.
In July 2013, the “Love Running Tuesday Nighters” was born – a fully licensed and registered Run England running group for adults and adolescents (over 12s) of all abilities.
We meet at 5.50pm (sign in for a prompt 6pm start) on Tuesday evenings at the St Mary’s Hospital Helipad car-park, and anyone is welcome to join us; particularly beginners and novice runners (beginners should check with their GPs first that they are healthy enough to begin jogging).
There is a choice of 3 distances every week; a 1.5 mile jog/walk for beginners, an intermediate group of around 3 miles and a 4-5 mile run for more advanced runners. The route changes every week, and route maps are emailed to all signed-up members in advance. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A “FAST” RUNNER TO BE IN THE ADVANCED GROUP!
The emphasis is on the social and fun aspect of running together – rather than speed and distance – and it is about building confidence and offering a stepping-stone to those wishing to improve or join a running Club. It is completely free to take part, though you will be asked to complete a RunTogether (the new 2017 name for Run England) membership form after a couple runs to ensure that you are covered by my Run England Public Liability Insurance.
2016 Awards
2016 was quite a year for the group! In February we were nominated for a local “Community Action Award”, and we won our “Sports” category, plus a cash prize of £300 which helped to buy the group “Back-marker” safety bibs, gifts for the key volunteers, munchies at our 5th anniversary event and cover a lot of our admin costs for the past few years 🙂
In the summer we were amazed to win the “Run England Running Group of the Year” regional finals for the south/south-east of England, and former Olympic athlete Christine Benning visited us on a Tuesday night to present the award on behalf of Run England:
In October 2016 we learned we had actually WON the nationals too, making the Love Running Tuesday Nighters the “Best Run England Running Group in the UK for 2016”! Lovely Neil Deans from Sport England came down to present our award, but as it was late October it was our Hallowe’en run!!
Neil not only approved of the fun-run and dressing up, but brought his family along in fancy-dress to join in too!
Our routes tend to be pavement-based, although we use some footpaths and cycletracks in the summer months, so road-running shoes are best.  Headphones are not permitted for safety reasons, and also because it a social running group with the emphasis on mutual support and encouragement. Chatting is definitely encouraged!
All runners are asked to wear high-viz and/or reflective bibs during the dark months for their own safety, and every runner is requested to sign in and out every week so I can ensure we don’t lose anyone!
Leave your worries at home and come and join the fun!
Jo (Group Leader) x

12 thoughts on “Love Running Tuesday Nighters

  1. admin Post author

    Hi Sarah
    What you have to do is come along on a Tuesday night!
    We currently meet at the car park next to Newport Rowing Club, at the Newport end of the Newport-Cowes Cycle Path. We meet at about 6pm, aiming to get going at 6:15.
    Depending on your confidence, we have up to 3 groups; beginners (walk-running up to about 2 to 2.5 miles), intermediate (steady running up to around 3 miles) and the main group (never more than 4.5 miles).
    Jo and I (her husband, Simon) really look forward to welcoming you along to our very friendly group!

  2. admin Post author

    Hi Brenda

    We meet at the Helipad car park around the back of St Mary’s Hospital in Newport. If you turn off the dual carriageway at B&Q, turning left at the B&Q mini roundabout. At the next mini roundabout (ITS Hire), take the first exit straight ahead, pass the ambulance station on your left, then the helipad car park is the next left turn. Drive up the slope and park in the large car park.
    We meet at 6pm, aiming to get running no later than 6:15.
    Look forward to seeing you there!
    Simon and Jo

  3. Lora

    Aah sorry my computer went a bit mad and posted before I was ready!

    I was meant to say my dogs lead will be attached to my waist belt and he is well trained not to interfere with other runners on runs, or trip anyone up 🙂



  4. admin Post author

    So sorry I didn’t respond to this sooner, Lora!
    As you now know, having brought your lovely dog to the Love Running Tuesday Nighters group yesterday, we’re happy to welcome well behaved dogs!
    We’d like dogs to be kept on leads at all times, and due respect shown to others in the running group.
    I forget the name of your dog, but you both looked happy when I passed you yesterday evening. Hopefully we’ll see you both again in the very near future, although we’ll not be able to do any more off-road routes until next Spring when the evenings start to get lighter.
    Kind regards,
    Simon (and Jo)

  5. Jackie Whiller

    Hi I would like to come to a tuesday night run and am wondering if you are running tomorrow 25/11 and if so where from


  6. Tanya

    Could you please tell me does the Tuesday nighters still happen?

    Kind regards

  7. Gill O'Neill

    I’m visiting the Island next week and am a C25K graduate, so I wondered about coming along on Tuesday. Do you still meet at St Mary’s Hospital?

  8. Frances Mitchell

    Dear Jo and Simon
    Is there a love running group tomorrow Tuesday 8th August? I do not seem to have had an email with the runs. I could have accidentally deleted it.
    Thank You

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