Meet the graduates of Saffron Walden’s beginners running course

PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 July 2010

The beginners group with coach Keith Savill (far right)

The beginners group with coach Keith Savill (far right)

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A NEW running group for complete beginners has reached the finish line in Saffron Walden.

A NEW running group for complete beginners has reached the finish line in Saffron Walden.

The 10-week course run by the town’s running club, the Saffron Striders, finished this week, with more than 25 novice runners celebrating after completing the programme.

The course was part of a Run In England scheme backed by England Athletics and aimed at newcomers, or anyone who hasn’t put their tracksuit and trainers on for many years.

Saffron Strider Keith Savill led the course, putting the group through their paces every Tuesday evening for the last two and a half months.

He said: “We publicised the new group and soon had over 70 enquiries - more than double the number we could take on the course.

“We have had up to 30 runners on a regular basis aged from 18 to 70 and they have all done brilliantly. Many of the new runners have made such great progress that they’re going to move onto the main club’s Tuesday night runs.

““Everyone has improved and this course has given those taking part the chance to take some regular exercise and meet new people.

“I’d just like to say thanks to all of them for joining in with such enthusiasm and they all should be very proud of their efforts.”

The Saffron Striders is a successful running club which has been going for more than 20 years. And now, with the inaugural beginners course proving such a success, plans are under way for another course for newcomers to running in September.

“We will be contacting the people already on the waiting list first, but if there are places left after that we will be advertising for more recruits,” said Mr Savill.

For more information visit saffronstriders.org.uk or to find out about Run in England visit runinengland.co.uk

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