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Blog - Mon 16th Apr 2018 - Running A Running Club - Heason Events

Running A Running Club

16th Apr 2018


A few years back I used to take my oldest (then 8) and a couple of his friends to a local running club. The Hope Valley Hurricanes meet on a Thursday night in Hope throughout the year and in all weather. It was a really amazing group. 50+ kids aged between 8 and about 16 would turn up, with waterproofs and head torches when necessary, and be led off into the Peak District by a dozen volunteer run leaders. Each week would see a different route, with some entertaining drills and exercises thrown in to keep interest levels high. It had an energy.

 

Things changed and we stopped going which was sad, so I started helping out for an hour at an after-school running club at my boys' school in the village where we live. The club already existed and had a reasonable number of runners along with two or three members of staff. This year we've moved it up a notch and taken a leaf out of the Hurricanes book and made an effort to make it more interesting for the kids. A few more parents have got involved, and last week we had a whopping 19 runners from reception to year 6, 3 staff members, and 3 parents. We've put together a list of different runs and published them for the whole of the term right through to July. Last week was Strava Art in a local field. We split the kids into groups of 3 or 4, assigned an adult to them with a phone, and facilitated them drawing shapes of their own design. It was incredible. They were falling over themselves for a turn with the phone, darting off left right and centre, using teamwork to help plot the course with cones, and getting instant feedback as the designs were uploaded to the web. My youngest, now aged 9, and truth be told not a particularly enthusiastic runner, declared it the best running club ever!

Running Club 1

We're getting some Tshirts made for them to further encourage them. There are 59 kids in the school, so we have over a third of them taking part.  I'm publishing this here simply to encourage others to do the same if you can. Here's what we published to the kids and parents back in March:

 

Running Club Strava Art]

Strava Art day... The results can be found here.

Every Thursday after school. It’s a mixed ability group with kids from every class, but there’s always something for everyone if you’re willing to give a go. The main things is to make sure everyone has fun and runs! Parents welcome to join in and help too.

 

1st March (World Book Day)
Wild & Muddy Hay Wood Scramble. 3km. Hilly, muddy and lots of fun. School pick up @ 4.30pm

 

8th March
Parent's Evening

 

15th March
Longshaw Loop
5km relatively flat on mainly dry trails with café pick up @ 4.30pm. Shorter loop available for younger runners.

 

22nd March (Spring Fair)
Bleep Test on school yard - 50p a go. Pick up at Spring Fair

 

29th March
Easter Holidays

 

5th April
Easter Holidays

 

12th April
Strava Art
Draw designs in the sheep field using online tracking app Strava. School pick up at 4.30pm.

 

19th April
Curbar Gap to Grindleford
5.25km flat & downhill on mainly dry trails with great views of the village. Shorter option for younger runners. Pick up at school @ 4.30pm

 

26th April
Longshaw Loop
5km relatively flat on mainly dry trails with café pick up @ 4.30pm. Shorter loop available for younger runners.

 

3rd May
Hay Wood Hash
A 'Hare' will set off in advance of the group and lay a trail using flour. The group will set off in pursuit and try to catch the hare, hoping not to fall foul of the false trail markers. 3km, rough & muddy. School pick up @ 4.30pm

 

10th May
Longshaw Loop
5km relatively flat on mainly dry trails with café pick up @ 4.30pm.Shorter loop available for younger runners.

 

17th May
Jubilee Rock Climb. 5km. Hilly & rough track through Hay Wood to Jubilee Rock, then on to the Quarryman's Kitchen. Pick up @ Grindleford Station Café @ 4.30pm

 

24th May
Riverside Ramble. Hathersage & back. Up to 6km, flat as a pancake. Run as far as you can, but keep enough energy to get back. School pick up @ 4.30pm

 

31st May
Half Term

 

7th Jun
Junior Fell Race Recce
School pick up @ 4.30pm

 

14th Jun - Village Fell Race (Adult)
Orienteering in the Sheep Field

 

21st Jun
Village Fell Race (Adult). 7km. Hilly, boggy and tough. Shorter loop for younger runners. School pick up @4.45pm

 

28th Jun
Solstice Spooky Flora Run. Private land loop to Flora and back via the secret lily pond and old pump house. Pick up at School @ 4.30pm.

 

5th Jul
Curbar Gap to Grindleford
5.25km flat & downhill on mainly dry trails with great views of the village. Pick up at school @ 4.30pm

 

12th Jul
To be decided

 

19th Jul
School Trip.