Sue and Ray Brigden set up the Combe Grove Running Club ten years ago and regular meetings still take place every Thursday morning. We caught up with Sue, to find out how it all began & what gets them out of bed and into their trainers in the morning.
How did the running club begin?
We started the running club ten years ago on the recommendation of a friend who was a member at the time. Training has happened once a week since then and we now have around 22 members regularly attending.
Who can come?
Any Combe Grove member. Our mantra is that if you want to run you can run and we welcome anyone who wants to try training with us.
What would a newcomer be able to expect?
The key thing is that we train, rather than go out on a route. The first Thursday of every month is our timed mile, and we provide different sessions and coaching each week. We set milestones and have prizes for things like ‘most improved’ and ‘biggest achievement’ so there’s lots of support if you’re new to the club.
What has kept the running club going for ten years?
The running club isn’t just training, there’s a big social aspect too, and we all stay for coffee and cake afterward. We’re all different ages and come from different backgrounds, but running creates a level playing field. There’s a great deal of empathy, support and friendship between us, and we’ve all got behind fundraising for shared causes, including marathons & 10Ks, which has created some wonderful bonds.
How do you stay motivated?
There are times when you don’t want to leave a nice warm bed to go out running, but once you get to Combe Grove and get out in the fresh air, it’s the perfect wake up, and running has made such a difference to all of our lives in terms of health & fitness. I highly recommend giving it a go!
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