The Sidmouth Running Club (SRC) Juniors have been running since 2018 and is going from strength to strength, writes Alexa Baker.
They have a strong group of run leaders, led by England Athletics qualified juniors coach Kerry Boyle.
Children from across the local area are coming to the club and as they welcome more children in they are also looking for more willing volunteers.
Wednesday evening saw the end of term session for the 8+, 11+ and 12+ junior groups.
The 11+ group, in particular, enjoyed their run with a view and chocolate! Run leader Adrian Horne who helps with the group said: “Well done to assistant coach Claire Ashby who plans the sessions. Her group are really coming on and managed a distance of nearly three miles on Wednesday!”
Run leader Charlotte Forrer said: “All the age groups have had a brilliant term learning the fundamentals of athletics.
From eight years of age England Athletics recommends that children develop all their skills in running, jumping and throwing which is why we keep our sessions varied and multi-skilled.
“This helps the Sidmouth Juniors to stay healthy as they are growing and developing.
“We are indebted to our team of assistants, Leeann Thomson, Sharon Hunt, Catherine Hilton, Tim Daffron and Adrian [Horne].”
The feedback from the children has been very positive and encouraging. In the 8+ group, Iz said: “I love running club as I get to make new friends and keep fit” while Zac said: “I love spending time with my friends and love how kind Charlie is” and Louis, from the 11+ group said: “The best about running is the views” and Izzie T said: ”Running club has been amazing; it’s been great fun doing it”.
The running club is hosting a training event on September 12 September for run leaders and parents that would like to be more involved.
The leaders will go through the main skills that they teach, play a few of the games and have a bit of a celebration of everything they have achieved so far.
The running club is also happy to support its members to get extra qualifications through England Athletics so that they can feel even more prepared.
Reservations are now being taken for their September term. This summer they were full so make sure you get onto the waiting list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org