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Beginners’ running course starts this Friday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017 at 9:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing participants of a North Bristol Running Group beginners' course.

North Bristol Running Group (NBRG) is once again offering its popular beginners’ course, starting on Friday of this week.

The course will run for eight weeks and support you to reach the goal of completing a 5km (3.1 mile) run or jog by the time you graduate at a local parkrun (even if you have never run before!).

The course will be held on Friday evenings at Bradley Stoke Community School (netball courts) from 6.30pm and the cost of the course is £10 in total. Over the eight weeks, NBRG’s run leaders and helpers will support you to gradually increase the distance that you run whilst following a structured training session which will include warm up, stretching, running, a short sprint and a warm down.

The first session will take place on Friday 13th October. Interested in joining? Please email Sheila, one of the run leaders, at for full details.

Sheila says:

“North Bristol Running Group is a local running group, based in Bradley Stoke. It is a friendly group of runners who support each other to train; it’s very informal and we welcome every type of runner to join our group.”

“We communicate our running activities via our Facebook page, so please take a look there.”

• North Bristol Running Group on Facebook

Photo: Participants of a previous NBRG beginners’ course in 2015.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 9). The magazine is 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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Local MP to run Bristol half marathon in aid of children’s cancer charity

Posted on Monday 11th September 2017 at 1:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti is supporting CLIC Sargent

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti writes:

Next weekend, I will be running in the Great Bristol Half Marathon. Over the years I have run this half marathon several times, as well as the London Marathon, to raise money for charities such as Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Blesma, The Julian Trust and Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. This year I am hoping to raise funds for CLIC Sargent.

CLIC Sargent are a fantastic charity, who do amazing work within our local community. They are almost entirely reliant on donations from the public to fund the range of services they offer, which aim to support families from the initial diagnosis through every stage of treatment. Each family receives a unique experience tailored to their individual needs by CLIC Sargent’s specialist care team, who are there to help, support and guide anyone who requires their help.

CLIC Sargent are looking to build on the work they already do and have set the following aims to achieve by 2025:

  • Deliver the right support for everyone – at diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment has ended
  • Provide more support for those who are bereaved because of childhood cancer
  • Open more CLIC Sargent Homes from Home , close to specialist hospitals
  • Spread the best practice they’ve established in nursing
  • Offer easily available financial support and welfare advice
  • Increase income, in partnership with their supporters

To achieve this, they will need an increase in their funding and I would like to play a small part in helping them achieve their targets.

If you would like to support CLIC Sargent, then please donate via my JustGiving page.

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Local runner pulls out all the stops to help visually impaired access his sport

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 11:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Blind runner Chris Blackabee competing in the 2016 Budapest Marathon with his guide Colin Johnson.

Blind and partially-sighted people across Bristol are being offered help in taking up the sport of running, thanks to the efforts of a Bradley Stoke resident.

Colin Johnson, a member of Westbury Harriers and a keen runner for over ten years, has organised a ‘Couch to 5k’ training course aimed specifically at blind and visually impaired people.

The course, which started on Wednesday 1st March, is supported by a team of 24 volunteers who Colin arranged to be trained as UK Athletics accredited ‘running guides for the blind’, through a course held recently at the SGS College WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.

Adults with a visual impairment wishing to take their first steps in running are invited to attend the weekly ‘Couch to 5k’ sessions, for which the meeting point is Action for Blind People (RNIB), 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EB. Under-16s are also welcome, providing a parent/guardian is present and able to participate.

Colin explained that he became involved in ‘guiding’ last year when a running friend of his was looking for someone to help guide a runner in a marathon. “I love running myself, and how it helps me not only in a physical sense but also mentally, and I thought it would be great to help others also gain similar benefits and joys from the sport.”

The runner Colin has been guiding is Chris Blackabee, who has been blind since birth. Together, they successfully completed the Budapest Marathon, and Colin says it was a “fantastic feeling” helping Chris achieve his marathon goal.

Chris is no stranger to challenges. Having been totally blind for most of his life hasn’t stopped him from becoming a triathlete, a skier (both downhill and cross-country) and a rock climber. “He is an inspiration to me with his can-do attitude to life, “ adds Colin.

Explaining what it means to be able to compete as a runner despite his disability, Chris said: “Running has completely changed my whole attitude to taking part in mainstream sporting activities, thanks to sighted athletes who have helped me every step of the way. Not only has it helped with my physical health but it has also assisted with my mental wellbeing. I now feel a part of an inclusive mainstream sport.”

Find out more about the ‘Couch to 5k’ course »

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Get running with Sole Sisters in the new year!

Posted on Sunday 8th January 2017 at 7:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of Sole Sisters Running Club on a Christmas-themed training run.

The Sole Sisters beginners’ course is ideal for any ladies who want to start running, but don’t know how to begin. Three times each year (each course has a limit of 45 people for ‘health & safety’ reasons) we offer a training course for women who wish to start running, have never run before or are returning after a long period of rest/illness/injury.

Please print off and complete our Sole Sisters application form (available on our website) and bring it with you to the first session. Our next course starts on Monday 9th January 2017.

We set a realistic training programme, it’s a gradual build-up of mileage which, at the end of six weeks you will be able to join one of our main groups and hopefully enjoy it with a certain amount of self-satisfaction.

The course costs £15. If you wish to become a full member you can pay the remaining £17 during the six-week course, with this you will receive England Athletics affiliation, an official Sole Sisters running vest and all the benefits the club offers. After this time, membership will be at the standard £32. A £1 subscription will be payable for each night of attendance once the course has finished.

Many of our current members started out on this course and are now running regular 10ks, half marathons and even full marathons, so what we offer is a trusted method.

If you are joining/running/jogging for the first time, no special kit is required, other than a good pair of trainers and a sports bra. Please remember to bring a drink, wear lightweight clothing and remember, on dark evenings, high-visibility clothing is advisable. We do advise that if you continue to jog, a pair of specialised running shoes and a sports bra are essential. If the weather looks as if you may get wet or is very hot, please bring a change of clothing/shoes and possibly a towel for such circumstances.

During the duration of the course, please arrive at the stated venue at 7pm to register and meet the coaches and other beginners. We have a club calendar on our website that lists what venue we are due to meet at. You do not need to pre-register, just turn up on the night.

Any questions before, please email

Photo: Members of Sole Sisters Running Club on a Christmas-themed training run.

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 30). The magazine is 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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