The loneliness of the long distance runner may be a thing of the past, thanks to a new running club.
Claire Smith, Hannah Bosomworth and Sam Holtby, who has completed a Running in Leadership course with Run England, are recruiting any adult over the age of 18 and of any standard to find out more about their ambitions for Malton Running Club when they hold an official launch party next month,
“Hopefully, we are going to get a lot of beginners but alongside that, maybe get people who have already done a little bit of running but want join in with other like-minded runners to help them progress,” said Claire, of Norton.
All three will be on hand to offer tips and put together training plans to help runners build up stamina if they are working towards a specific target.
But the emphasis is on fun and allowing members to develop at their own pace.
“Whatever people’s goals are – be it a 5km, 10km, half marathon or marathon – we can help them as we have that experience,” said Claire, who recently completed the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon alongside Hannah, her training partner.
Hannah added: “We want people to take what they want from this club, we want it to be for everybody.”
“A lot of people are scared to join a running club and it can feel scary for anyone who hasn’t done much running but we want it so people – of any ability – do feel comfortable and know that we will be there to support them and each other.”
They are also hoping to attract mums who are looking to build up their fitness, but in a social setting.
The trio are all former members of Pickering Running Club but decided to branch out and create a Malton and Norton-based club to make it easier for people who live in the southern part of the district to take part.
Hannah said: “We thought if we base ourselves in Malton, it takes up less travelling time and is better for people with children as they do not have too far to go. We are not making anything out of it. Membership will be free and we will need to get established first and then see how we go before we decide whether to become affiliated.”