Grangetown gets in the running

24 July 2016

A new social running club has started in Grangetown, aimed at getting people fitter.

The first #RunGrangetown was held on Sunday 7th August at The Marl. A second takes place two weeks later.

The project is being supported by Run Wales, Community Gateway, Communities First and Cardiff University’s healthcare school and student volunteering wing.

But don’t worry if you’ve not run before or for a while. The aim is to start off with a mile run and build up eventually to a five mile around Cardiff Barrage.

The second run is on Sunday 21st August (The Marl, 10am, three miles) and the third on Sunday 4th September (10am, The Marl for five miles around the Barrage).

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Ali Abdi, Community Gateway partnerships manager and member of Run Grangetown, said: “We’re all novice runners and while we’re not likely to trouble the Olympic Games just yet, we’re an enthusiastic bunch.”

The project developed out of a number of first-time runners from Grangetown taking part in the World half marathon in Cardiff in March, which included elite runners led by Olympic champion Mo Farah.

“After running the World Half, many of us wanted to keep the momentum going so we entered he Cardiff Half too,” said Ali. “The new running group will encourage us to run regularly and train with fellow novices. It’s fun, sociable and helps us all to keep fit.”

While Community Gateway has initially helped Run Grangetown get off the ground, the aim is for the runners themselves to take it over.

Community Gateway is funding two places on a Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course that will provide a leader with the skills to deliver fun and safe sessions to multi-ability groups.

Jemma White, who is taking a place on the LiRF course, has entered the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon on October 2nd and wants to encourage others to enjoy running.

Jemma said: “I’m excited to be completing the LiRF certificate so that I can help the group get established and support people to get out there and run, no matter what their goal is.

“After completing the World Half Marathon in March via Community Gateway, my next goal is a trail 10km race and then the Cardiff Half. I’m sure Run Grangetown will help me beat my target time!”

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