By Moira de Groot of North Bristol Running Group (NBRG).
Thanks to the efforts of Alan and Sheila Wilcox and their band of helpers, ‘running fever’ is spreading around Bradley Stoke at a great pace. A fabulous team of runners, dressed in the new North Bristol Running Group green kit, took part in the Bradley Stoke Festival 10k on Sunday 7th June. Much fun was had before, during and after the run and it was wonderful to see all the participants from the different areas of the running group coming together at this local event.
Although the achievements at the 10k race need much praise and recognition, the main highlight of the weekend was seeing a group of 30 plus beginners taking on the 5k Little Stoke parkrun on Saturday morning. Many of these runners could not even run 50 yards six weeks before they joined the North Bristol Running Group’s Beginners’ Course, but they did it and they did it in style! One runner said: “All the beginners were amazing and I have made some lovely friends. I can’t wait for the next chapter for us all. Feeling proud!” Huge congratulations to every single beginner – it is a marvellous achievement. The beginners now move on to the Improvers’ Group and hope to see more progress.
The next Beginners’ Course will take place in the autumn.
If you would like to start running or get back into running, come along and join this friendly bunch. There is no charge for running with the group – simply arrive at the advertised times and there is sure to be someone who will run with you.
The group meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and the School Run group meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9.15am. All runs start from Bradley Stoke Surgery.
For more information, follow the North Bristol Running Group page on Facebook or contact Alan Wilcox on 07890 182387.
Photo: Members of North Bristol Running Group prior to the start of the Bradley Stoke 10k Run.
This article originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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