Sedate Sevenoaks in Kent was shaken and stirred by the sight of women in pink giving Breast Cancer Care Pink Week a sprint start on Saturday (1 October). Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers were joined by visitors from the Ladies Running Centre in Bruges for a mass participation Pink Run, ending with a sea of women, dressed in pink, running down the High Street.
Bart Eelbode, the only male member and coach of the Ladies Running Centre in Bruges, was looking for an English running group to 'twin' with. He found SLJ, who had just won the Run England 'Running Group of the Year' award 2014.
Last September a group of 20 SLJ members enjoyed a fantastic visit to Bruges, with the bar set very high for a return visit. This year double that number of Belgian ladies decided to pay Sevenoaks a visit! The visitors were treated to a 'Three Peaks Challenge Run', through the contours of Sevenoaks’ environs before that final dash through the town centre, followed by a civic reception attended by Sevenoaks Mayor, Councillor Andrew Eyre.
Sam Palmer, founder of SLJ said: “During the last 15 years, SLJ has welcomed over 1,000 women to recreational running and we are thrilled to share our passion for our sport and love of the Sevenoaks countryside with ladies from over the Channel in Bruges”.
Last year, SLJ combined forces with Oaks Blokes to raise more than £1,000 for this worthy charity.
Image courtesy Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers