The Beginners Are Progressing Quickly

The Beginners Are Progressing Quickly
Having completed their three mile, non-stop run last Wednesday evening (9th January), Jane Stein, Nikki Gosney and Lee-Ann Thomas all received their 3 mile certificates from Head Coach Tim Mitchell. They had no idea of the events that would unfold in the evening that lay ahead writes Hamish Spence.
The three ladies ran with the beginners group to give moral support to the five other group members that were taking on the non-stop 3 mile challenge.
As the group headed along Livonia Road, one of the ‘challengers’ became unwell. So, with some quick thinking and without anyone stopping, Nikki made the very helpful call to lead the others in the group on around the route. This enabled another five more members of the Beginners Group to complete the non-stop three mile course, while Jane, Lee-Ann and Terry looked after the casualty.
Happily, it all turned out well and Terry said a sincere thanks to our three new members who absolutely embody our ethos at SRC. Without their quick thinking, the evenings attempt would have been thwarted.

New Coaches+Course

New Coach and Run Leaders

Sidmouth running club are pleased to welcome two new Leaders in Running Fitness into their ranks. Both David Lee and Tim Clay have completed and passed the one day course required to achieve the qualification. The course will enable them to deliver fun and safe sessions to multi-ability groups and give advice and support to new runners as well as developing a pathway for those who want to progress. It focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club. David has already had his first taste of leading, stepping up to the plate on Monday night and the feedback I got from those taking part was very positive.

Meanwhile Tim Mitchell is in the process of working towards a Coach in Running Fitness qualification. This course is about the broad application to non-track based endurance running events rather than specific events or distances. He will learn how to coach endurance running on a variety of surfaces, how to plan a progressive training programme, and helping participants develop towards their specific goals.

Tim has already completed his first two training days of this very involved and intense course. This will be followed by a third training day and then a further assessment day in the months to come.

The club is also very grateful to Justin Ashby who is organising an 8 week training course that will focus on the Ottery 10k in May. The course is open to all, beginners doing their first 10k, improvers for those who have done 1 or 2 10k’s but want a better time and the advanced personal best runners. Details of the course can be found on the club website or on the notice board at Port Royal.

With Becky Robson and Ian Walker organising this year’s time trials, Guess the time of your run coming in the summer and organised Park Run trips there are busy times ahead for club members.

If you are not already a member and would like to give it a go, turn up on a Wednesday night at 6:45 at Port Royal and join us for a 2 mile starter run.