Runner’s week is a chance for regular runners and those returning to the sport, to learn what's like to run with Cheltenham Running Club.
Running alone might be good but it's easy to get stuck in a routine of running the same routes at the same speed, you might end up not progressing if runs are missed, or you might start to feel lonely. There are so many benefits to having a group to run with!
You don't need to be anywhere near Cheltenham to attend! It's all on Zoom!
Book in and you'll be sent the booking link in a confirmation email.
I used to run in my younger years when I was in the RAF and tried again about 6 years ago with another running club but unfortunately did not enjoy it and gave up. Having had a recommendation from a previous work colleague and friend, Tina Sawle, I joined Cheltenham Running Club in January 2019.
Age is not a barrier, nor is fitness level. I am now 57 years old and having started on the Couch to 5km programme, I successfully completed the Cheltenham Parkrun in June 2019. That was it, I was hooked and I joined the Summer Training Squad to continue my journey.
I suffered a knee injury which set me back a little and I missed the Cheltenham Challenge 10km in August. However, with the support of physio, advice from Conor and other members of the Club, I was able to build up strength and get going again. I am amazed at how much I have improved from those early days when I thought I would never run 1km without stopping never mind 10km!
I have now gained confidence and recently completed my first official 10km in the Worcester City event on 15th September.
The members of the club are so friendly and supportive, I couldn’t have done it without them.
I found the training videos, Facebook group and training plan great for keeping up motivation, plus socialising on training nights, to remind myself of individual & shared goals!
I’m glad I joined the Summer squad and have enjoyed the experience.
Being in a squad means getting a training programme to work with; but for me the most important part is giving and receiving encouragement, support and advice.
After completing the CRC Couch to 5K, which was a great 10 weeks, I wanted my next challenge and found the Summer Challenge being 10km in September.
At the start we welcomed new members at every level, then the fun continued as a routine Tuesday’s intervals, Thursday run and our long run completed on Sundays.
During this period I have not only made new friends but also been inspired to enter other challenges. I have now twice beaten my 5k PB and now Running 8km non stop. I am not only feeling better, fitter, but friends and family have noticed the change in myself.
Thank you to Conor and his team of trainers and the others at CRC
It is a very good club for those beginning to run whatever age you are. There is a very friendly atmosphere to encourage people to reach their goal. This is one of the best running clubs in Cheltenham.
I wanted to get back into running after a break of 2 years. I set myself the Cheltenham half marathon in Oct as my target. The club got me going again and they are so welcoming and inclusive. Conor gives great advice. I thoroughly recommend the club and am constantly telling friends about it.