New running project is investing in local leaders
More and more runners are expected to be treading Cornish paths and streets following a workshop that took place this weekend to train more running group leaders in the county.
On Saturday May 4, 20 running enthusiasts undertook a Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course at Truro Prep School and are all now fully qualified to set up their own local running groups.
Nine of the students' tuition fees were funded by 'Run Cornwall', a local sports project that is investing in beginner running and walking groups, with the aim of improving the active health of the county.
Rob Cockings from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, who coordinates the Run Cornwall project, explains: "We launched Run Cornwall earlier in the year, with funding received from England Athletics, and have so far set up a number of successful beginner running and walking groups across the county. But, we are still planning on increasing these numbers and have therefore invested in training new leaders who are now all set to encourage and guide new participants to take up running in an enjoyable and sociable environment."
There are currently Run Cornwall beginner running and walking groups happening in Truro, Falmouth, St Austell and Hayle, with more groups due to launch in St Agnes, Callington, St Merryn, Bodmin and Helston in upcoming months.
Nel Savage, one of the new Run Cornwall group leaders who attended the LiRF course training and will be leading a group in Mount Hawke, enthuses: "I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to take part in the course today and hope to soon start up my own run/walk group for people that may be apprehensive about joining an established group. I have a keen interest in health and well being and hope to promote the benefits of exercising outdoors to those that may ordinarily not be too keen. It will be a friendly, social group and I encourage anyone to get involved!"
Run Cornwall is on hand to support beginner runners and groups in the county and also has funding to help leaders become qualified. If you are interested in either joining a group or setting one up, please contact Rob Cockings at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 / firstname.lastname@example.org