By Steven Dawson
Although we have seen a bit of a lull in races during the Christmas period, members have continued to be active taking in regular Parkruns.
Early December saw the annual North Eastern Counties Athletics Association Cross Country Championships take place at Temple Park in South Shields.
In the Senior Men’s race two members took part with Richard Campbell 42:11 and Trevor Needham 49:47 taking part. There was one member that Jayne Rudd 39:18 took part in the Senior Women’s race.
On December 27, five members took part in the Ribble Valley 10k with John Surtees (34:35), Gareth Kyle (36:17), Richard Trowles (38:52), Tracey Surtees (42:15) and Daniel Tatham (46:16) all representing the club.
Its that time of year where we are all starting with good intentions and want to get fit or lose weight. I know there are a lot who decide to get fit and that may involve running. If that is you, and you would like to get into running, then why not come along to one of our sessions.
Our sessions are led by qualified Coaches and Run Leaders, who do their best to create a supportive and encouraging environment for you to train in.
We have runners of all abilities at the club so there will be someone there who can help keep you going when you need that support.
We strongly encourage non-Members who are perhaps interested in training with us to come along to see what we offer, initially on a ‘try before you buy’ basis.
We hope that after a few sessions you will have enjoyed training with us and will want to become a Member of the Club.
Our structured outdoor sessions take place every Tuesday at 7pm and we usually, meet at the Sports Complex.
There are occasions where we meet somewhere else. We do these in three groups so that the session can fit around people of all abilities.
Again, ideal if you want to take your running to the next level and good for all abilities
On Thursday’s we meet at Shildon 2000 Stadium with the session starting at 6:30pm.
We usually meet at Sunnydale Leisure Centre from 6:15pm with the option for a warm-up around the edge of the track.
There is a more informal beginner’s session every Monday as well as a social run on Wednesday which can be used as a recovery run.
It is also a good opportunity to have a chat with someone as you run.
Those sessions usually start at 6:30pm at the Oakleaf Sports Complex but check out our Facebook page before attending any of the sessions to make sure they are still taking place.
If you are interested in joining or want to find out more, you can turn up for one of our sessions. More information is available on our website www.ayclifferunningclub.org.uk or our Facebook page.
If you would like to chat with someone, then you can email [email protected]. Make 2023 the year you get into running and join us to keep it going for many more years.