Club will help new runners

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SUNDERLAND Harrier David Savage has formed the first registered Run England Running Group in the city.

The group meets at Seaburn Leisure Centre on a Thursday evening from 6.15 to 7pm and welcomes everyone, whatever their ability, to the free sessions.

There are many such groups sprouting up all over the country with the aim to get people into the joys of running and fitness and being part of England’s running community.

The Run England groups have been formed to help and encourage more people to run, and to run more often. And to help them have fun and enjoyment along the way!

Joining Run England is a great first step if you want to get into running. They are there to offer support, advice and encouragement and help you to get the most from your running.

And if you have already got a few miles under your belt you too will be able to find plenty of people just like you in the Run England community.

Savage, an over 40 veteran, who has only been running a couple of years, gained his UKA licence to lead the group by taking the Leadership in Running Fitness qualification.

He said: “The Seaburn running/fitness group aims to encourage beginners and new runners into the sport with the goal of comfortably achieving distances up to 5k and 10k easily and with a smile – ideal for a charity event or just to keep in shape.

“The emphasis of the group is to have fun, self-belief, to dispel the myth that running is not just for the elite and is something you can do and enjoy.

“During the session, we will carry out a variety of fun warm-ups, easy workouts, a nice cool down and stretches to make sure you go home feeling happy, relaxed and ready to come back with your friends.’’

Savage is the current North East leader and fourth in the UK in the Run Britain Reward Running Grand Prix. The competition is based on achieving 13 different measures of progress within running.

This ranges from training mileage, frequency of racing, joining a group or club, lowering your handicap score, raising £111 or more for charity etc.

He is a Sunderland parkrun regular and joined the Harriers 18 months ago. He has bests for 5k of 19.42, 10k 42.09, 10 mile 70.17, half marathon 95.18 and marathon 3.47.46.

The Roker-based athlete added: “As the group leader I want to encourage new runners into the sport to show how anyone can run, improve and most importantly that it can be fun.

“I am keen to pass on to members of the group the techniques and training tips that I have learnt from being a complete beginner through to a seasoned cross-country campaigner with the Harriers’ and marathon runner within 3 years.’’

H Elswick Harriers stage their Norman Woodcock Memorial five mile road race on Saturday at Gosforth Park, Newcastle at 2pm. It is held on a fast, flat course of three laps of the ambulance track inside the racecourse, entirely on road.

The race HQ is opposite the Border Minstrel Public House in High Gosforth Park. There are limited changing facilities, but ample parking.

H Saltwell Harriers are appealing for club runners to enter their 10k Road Race on Saturday, December 17 at 12.30pm from Saltwell Park.

There are only 100 entries left from the maximum entry of 400.

There are also races for U13, U15, U17 Boys and Girls starting at 11.30 am. For queries about the races contact Race Director, Keith Wood email: woodk2@btopenworld.com.