Running Groups In Essex
- Fit in a Run, Manningtree Sports Centre, near Colchester
- Bare Your Sole: Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea Group, Chalkwell Seafront, Southend-on-Sea
- Beginners Group for Distance, Brentwood Centre
- Billericay Norsey Woods Group, Norsey Woods Visitor Centre, Billericay
- Billericay Striders Run England Beginners Group, Hannakins Farm Community Centre
- Castle Point, John Burrows Sports Ground, Benfleet
- Castle Point Joggers, The Old Fire Station, Hadleigh
- Hadleigh Novice Runners, The Old Fire Station, Hadleigh
- Edwards Hall Group A, Edwards Hall Primary School, Eastwood nr Southend
- Edwards Hall Group B, Edwards Hall Primary School, Eastwood nr Southend
- EL Running Club, Southchurch Park, Southend
- Fittology - Let Us Carry You Further, various local parks, Rochford
- Girls Go Running, various places in & around Bishops Stortford
- Harlow Running Club - Beginners, Mark Hall Sport Centre, Harlow
- Phoenix Striders, Laindon Community Centre, Basildon
- Purfleet Fun Runners, The Royal Carpark, Purfleet
- Rochford Running Club - Beginners group
- Rochford Adult Community College, Southend
- Run 4 Fun Basildon Beginners, Gloucester Park near Entrance to Basildon Sporting Village
- Run Together, The Locker Room Gym, Southend
- Run, Believe and Achieve ,Basildon Sporting Village
- Running Fitness, Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre
- Ruskin Runners, Anglia Ruskin University Sports Centre, Chelmsford
- Saffron Striders Run in England Beginners , Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden
- Run with Slc Runners
- SLC Health & Fitness club, Walton on the Naze
- St Teresa's Group A, St Teresa's Primary School, Rochford
- The School Run, Harwich Sports Centre
- Thriftgreen Trotters, Brentwood Centre
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Purfleet Road Runners
Keen to encourage others to find a love for running in the manner she had, Gill West decided to form Purfleet Fun Runners in July 2011...
She told southernrunningguide.com: "After belonging to a running club for a number of years I realised that I would achieve a greater sense of satisfaction leading a group and trying to motivate others to run.
“I was a bit of a late starter and one of the slower runners even as I improved but I always felt that I'd done something worthwhile for myself after completing a few miles. I wanted to give others the opportunity to feel the same way and so Purfleet Fun Runners came about."
Gill is a qualified jog leader with Run England, a national programme aimed at getting more people into running, and that is exactly what she has done in the group's inaugural year.
As the group's name suggests, members meet in Purfleet - the car park entrance of The Royal to be exact. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.50pm for a prompt 7pm start and Gill is keen to stress that it is completely free to join. Of her 18 members Gill says: "Most are women but we have started to get a few men. We range from all speeds from about a 9 minute mile to a 13.5 minute mile.
“Amongst us there are a few who 'used' to run and are hoping to get back into the habit, some who would like to improve and some who just want to get fit whilst being with other people. One or two had hardly ran before they joined us."
It is a mixed clientele in terms of age as well, with members ranging from 19 to 58. Gill says: "I feel the group caters well for all ages and abilities, and we all get along great. I would say that our group is ideal for anyone looking to start out in running, or get back into it while spending time with a great bunch of people."
We asked Gill what sort of sessions new members could expect: "The sessions are run over a distance of 3.25 miles, with a couple of hills thrown in! There is scope for some runners to extend the distance if they wish. It is all pretty easy going and members can be assured that there will be a session/route that is well within their capabilities. No one is left behind!"
The mixed ability nature of the group means that some have chosen to go on to take part in events while others are happy to simply get some exercise in over the course of the week. Some of the group take part in the local parkrun (Valentines, Ilford) and enjoy the social nature of the timed event.
When asked for 'stand-out' members of the group, Gill struggles: "To me they all stand out; I am extremely proud of every one of them!" But when pushed she does mention Patricia, who could only walk/run the training route to begin with but can now run the whole distance, and Folake who is always the back marker in training but now wants to aim towards running a 10k.
Purfleet Fun Runners is a great example of how running groups are improving people's fitness levels across the country in a relaxed but fun setting and how people like Gill are making it happen.
Article featured in Southern Running Guide Autumn 2012