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Club Focus - Angels Running Club

These Girls Can

 This Girl Can has been a high profile activity campaign, urging women across the country to get fit. But for one Gloucester club it’s more a case of ‘this girl already has been for years and years’.

Angels Running Club

Angels Running Club has been in operation since 1988 with a female-only membership who meet twice weekly. They also organise an annual 10k event which men and women can both enter. Edwina Driver-Dickerson is one of the founder members and she spoke with runABC.

Tell us a little about the history of the club:

The Angels were the brainchild of Inger Baud 27 years ago and I’ve been with the club from day beginning in 1988.

What is a typical training night at the club?

We meet regularly on a Wednesday evening and go out on different runs according to ability. We also have a Tuesday efforts session for people wanting to improve their running / racing times

Tell us about the membership …

Our club consists of approximately 55 female runners - we have a committee which meets regularly to decide the week to week running of the club.

What is the biggest achievement by the club?

I think that has to be our longevity. We were the first all-female affiliated running club in Gloucester and still are!

Does the club organise any races?

We organise the Angels 10K which is part of the Gloucestershire AAA County Road Race series so it attracts some pretty decent runners. It’s also popular because it’s a an exciting and undulating course with

breathtaking views of the Malverns and the River Severn. Anthony Bailey from Cheltenham & County Harriers and Shona Crombie-Hicks from Bourton Roadrunners were winners in 2015. The race starts and finishes at the Woodpeckers Cricket Club in Ashleworth village so there’s nice buzz about the event.

Tell us about the social life of the club?

We have regular social runs on a Wednesday evening (off road in the summer). And we also hold a social evening to have tea and a chat once a month after our Wednesday run. We usually plan a big trip each year – this year we’re off to Center Parcs in October and we have plans to do the local parkrun when we’re there!

If you had to describe the club in three words what would they be?

Friendly, encouraging and social.

 

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