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 5.45pm 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 are a choice of 3 distances every week; a 2 mile jog/walk for beginners, an intermediate group of around 3 miles and a 4-4.5 mile run for more advanced runners. The route changes every week, and route maps are emailed to all signed-up members in advance.
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 Run England membership forms after 4 runs (no charge) to ensure that you are covered by my Run England Public Liability Insurance!
The 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 encouraged for safety reasons, and also because it a social running group with the emphasis on mutual support and encouragement! All runners are asked to wear high-viz and/or reflective bibs during the dark months for their own safety.
Leave your worries at home and come and join the fun!