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I joined the summer squad after chatting to CRC members and being inspired!
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.
"a cohesive, supportive group feel"
The Summer Training Squad Facebook group has been a really useful support. It’s encouraging seeing the different runs that members have posted and everyone supporting each other to congratulate after a completed run and also boost each other when the runs haven’t gone quite so well.
Conor follows up either online, by phone or in person at club runs when people have found a run difficult and he adapts individual programs when necessary.
Even though people have different individual programs due to their chosen targeted events there is still a cohesive, supportive group feel. Definitely a way of keeping people motivated to improve through the support of a friendly running community.
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.
Trepidation Be Gone
I started with some trepidation as a couch potato in Jan 2017 and by the end of March I had done my first Park Run (5km).
I continued running throughout 2017 as a stress buster and the club coach, Conor Graham, helped me with my technique and stamina.
Now at the beginning of 2018 I am working towards my first Half Marathon. Completely unbelievable and I would have given up a long time ago without Cheltenham Running Club.
I ran Gloucester 10k by November, never thought that would be possible before!
I joined CRC in April 2017, and it was the best decision...Was not a runner at all previously, but with amazing community and support I ran Gloucester 10k by November, never thought that would be possible before!
Graduated from Couch to 5k Group to Non-stop Runner in Week 2!
I joined the clubs C25K programme as someone who had never been running. In a matter of weeks was running in the 8kph non-stop group with some great new friends! The club is excellent for self improvement & socialising
Joined Couch to 5k in Lockdown!
I joined CRC in lockdown 3 as I set myself the challenge of completing Couch to 5k! With the support of Conor and my fellow C25K squad members, the useful Zoom calls and training videos I did it! I'm now in the Summer Squad working my way towards 10K and love the support and encouragement of running with others now we can! Everyone in the club is super supportive and the comments you get in the Facebook group really help to motivate you. Who would have thought I would be running 3 times a week and why did I leave it until my 50s to do so!!!
Couch to 5k Success
Learning about pacing and intervals has completely changed the way I run. I know it is important to run the best way for me and to not compare my journey to anyone else's. I would like to thank Conor and the members of the club for their continued support, I couldn't do this without you!!