Residents urged to get Up and Running with club's new courses

Up and Running Torbay donates £250 to Rowcroft Hospice

Up and Running Torbay donates £250 to Rowcroft Hospice - Credit: Submitted

Torbay residents are being urged to get 'Up and Running' this festive season.

The Bay’s local wellbeing running club, Up and Running Torbay, is calling on new members to join them.

A club spokesperson said: "The club are always trying to make getting active more enjoyable.

"Our weekly runs are a great way to explore our local area and to embrace the elements with a social chat along the way.

"As a non-competitive club it’s all about just getting out there and enjoying the run as well as the company.

Up and Running Torbay wants to make getting active more enjoyable

Up and Running Torbay wants to make getting active more enjoyable - Credit: Submitted

"Although this year has been a challenging year for us all, the club has thrived with a growing membership.

"Through the restrictions, we set different lockdown challenges that everyone completed and although we all ran on our own we interacted virtually as a team.

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"The joys of social media kept us connected and involved. This was amazingly enjoyed by all who took part and encouraged people to remain active.

"When we were allowed to resume club nights everyone was fit, ready to go and we could now enjoy each other’s company in person.

"Up and Running Torbay is so much more than a running club - it provides an environment for everyone to relax, chat and enjoy meeting new people.

"We support each other running and getting fitter along the way. As a club we like to support local charities that always appreciate that little extra financial help.

"Every runner has their own reason for starting running, whether this is recovery from illness, to lose weight, to meet new friends or to simply just get out of the house.

"Some join to learn to run for their chosen charity. This year, many of our runners have entered various races for charities that are close to their hearts.

"These runners of varying ages are so inspirational and although the mileages were different, the club supported them along their journey.

"One runner completed her first half marathon at the Plym Trails and seeing her hugging her granddaughter at the finish line with such a proud smile on her face was a picture that sticks with us.

Up and Running Torbay's donation to local food banks

Up and Running Torbay's donation to local food banks - Credit: Submitted

"Others completed the Torbay 10K for the first time and one runner supported the “I’m walking for Breast Cancer Now” fundraiser where she varied her 100 miles with different walks and runs.

"We are proud of all our runners whether they have completed an event or not.

"This club is all about running your pace and their own personal achievement. For some, this is just making new friends and having a safe run in a group.

"As a club we have recently, all dressed up as Santa’s and Elves and we run 5k, and raised £215 for Children’s Hospice South West. We have also raised and donated £250 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and a further £250 to Rowcroft Hospice. Lastly, we did a food collection for the local food bank."

There are also two new beginners’ courses starting in January.

One ten-week, free course will run on Tuesday evenings, starting on January 11 at 6.30pm and the other is a 12-week, free Thursday morning course starting on January 13 at 9.30am - over-55s have priority on this course.

"We are able to offer these courses are free of charge to local people as they are funded by Torbay Council Back to Sport Project and Active Devon CAN Project," said the club spokesperson.

Anyone interested should email Upandrunningtorbay@gmail.com