Green for Go as group races ahead

Published on: 31 Mar 2015

MEMBERS of a running group in Staple Hill will no doubt be making other runners green with envy over their distinctive new kit.

MEMBERS of a running group in Staple Hill will no doubt be making other runners green with envy over their distinctive new kit.

Staple Hill Runners welcomed their first running kit complete with personalised logos thanks to a subsidised grant from Community First.

The group was established in August 2013 as a result of a partnership between Run England and South Gloucestershire Council, which funded run leader training to enable recreational running groups to be set up in the district. 

With the help of Brian Gardner from South Gloucestershire Council, the group was set up with the aim of providing free running sessions for the local community and to encourage people to run. 

Now, 18 months on, Staple Hill Runners regularly welcomes 20 or so people to the sessions each week and has been instrumental in the setting up of the Run England 3-2-1 route in Page Park.

William Lee ,who runs with the group, saw an opportunity to apply for the grant from Community First, which funds local community projects.

A son of another member of the club designed a logo that depicted the local area and nature of the group. 

Group leader, Helen Newberry said: “It’s been fantastic watching the group grow and be part of the local community. Myself and the other group leader, Angie Hobbs, really enjoy leading the sessions and encouraging people to push themselves to reach their goals, having our own kit with a personalised logo is the icing on the cake!  “The grant has meant that the kit is affordable and gets us noticed when we’re training and at local events like Pomphrey Hill parkrun. We’d love to welcome many more people to the group!”

Staple Hill Runners trains every Thursday at 7pm and meet outside Page Park (Broad St).  For details email sh.runners@hotmail.co.uk  www.facebook/staplehillrunners

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