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Hayle Runners hold new members evening

Rob Cocking at Hayle Induction evening

Last month Hayle Runners held a new members evening to ensure that the recent influx of new members had a better understanding of how the club works and the opportunities they have for enjoying their new found sporting interest.

More than 50 members listened to presentations including keynote speaker Rob Cocking, the newly appointed Club and Coach Coordinator for the Duchy Athletics Network who explained how Hayle Runners and other clubs within the Network were working to improve the quality of coaching in Cornwall with a view to helping runners make the most of their sport. The Network is supported by English Athletics,local athletics and running clubs, Cornwall Sports Partnership and a range of other partners.

Club Chairman Alan Shepherd acted as Compere for the evening which also included a series of short presentations from Club Treasurer Phil Rowe on Why runners should run a Marathon, Club Captain Craig Tonkin on How the Cornish Grand Prix series of races works, Rachel Bowker and Mike Baldwin on the social activities organised by the club, Mike Wright and Jackie Bowden on the importance of using the right running kit and Scott Abraham on Hayle Junior Athletics Club.

The evening also included the official launch of Hayle Runners' new website and the clubs Members booklet which is available to download from the website, giving a wealth of information on how the club works and how to make the best of your running.

Alan Shepherd felt it was a really worthwhile event: "We have had a large influx of new members since Christmas and we realised it would be a good idea to get people together and explain to them how to make the best of their club membership.We managed to pack a lot of information into a short period of time as well as giving people the opportunity to meet and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.The feedback has been really encouraging and I am sure we will repeat the event".

Hayle Runners' training nights are held at Hayle Rugby Club on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm where runners of all abilities and speeds are supported by coaches and welcomed. Currently longer runs are also arranged on Sundays to help runners prepare for marathons and half marathons when no grand prix races are being held. Structured coaching support is also available at Carn Brea track on Thursdays at 7pm.