Your chance to get up and running towards new life

Running group on harbour

Up and Running in action - Credit: Submitted

A Torbay club is offering residents the chance to get up and running - towards healthier and happier lifestyles.

Up and Running Torbay are offering a new beginners course after a summer of busy outdoors activity.

They want to help people get more active and to improve their physical and mental well-being in a friendly, encouraging environment.

A spokesman said: "The totally inclusive, non-competitive running and well-being club prides itself on providing an encouraging and supportive environment. It is about people coming together to enjoy getting fit, make new friends and have a social run.

Running group take a rest

All smiles from the Up and Runners - Credit: Submitted

"Every runner is encouraged to run at their own pace. If you have always fancied trying something new, or would like to give running a go but don’t think you can do it or can’t motivate yourself to do it on your own, or just fancy getting out in the fresh air and getting active and fitter then our courses are ideal for you.

"This is a well-structured supportive course. Slow progression from walking to running. Once the course is completed you will to be able to run (at your pace) a 5K."

One runner said: “This amazing running club has been a lifeline during these miserable times”
The club is offering a free daytime course prioritising over 55’s due to start on Thursday September 23 at 9.30am. If you are interested, email upandrunningtorbay@gmail.com  and express your interest, and the club will get back to you with further details. 

Over the summer, beginners’ course runners have gone on to take part in the weekly parkrun and/or continued their running within the weekly club.

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The club spokesman said: "We offer a variety of groups, of different paces and mileage, all with a qualified Run Leader. We mix up the groups so runners are well matched with different routes each week. All our members are supportive, friendly and appreciate the respite that the club can provide from the daily stresses for a few hours a week."