Day three, and as well as me sharing my club, race and route of the day you guys have been tweeting too! Don’t forget anyone who tweets me this week will be entered in to the draw to win a Science in Sport Endurance Pack, so get involved!
Club of the Day
Based at Fitness First Cheltenham, the club run 6pm Tuesday, 6.45pm Thursday and 10am Sundays with a focus on improvement. They have a number of membership levels and can provide tailored training to get the most out of your running, plus the benefits of being supported by the gym facilities including changing rooms, treadmills and pool. You can get much more information here.
Race of the Day
Not actually a race (there is no “winner”, although there is a first finisher!) Cheltenham Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed run around the lake at Pittville Park. Every Saturday at 9am 250+ runners line up to take on the 5km course, which is three laps of the lake and playing field. I wrote about parkrun last year and have since gone on to volunteer as a Run Director amongst many other roles, and have now run 30 parkruns myself including some tourism at Newent, Chippenham and Forest of Dean parkruns!
You can get much more info from the website here or my blog post here and the simple and FREE registration page is here. I’ll be at parkrun this Saturday morning so if you are coming along let me know, it would be great to meet you!
Route of the day
Sticking with Pittville Park, another great option for new runners is the 3-2-1 Route installed by Run England.
The routes start on the path next to Leisure@ and opposite Prince of Wales stadium (so there’s plenty of parking available) and you can find this sign as you walk in to the park.
The idea is a simple one, there are three measured loops available around the park, of 1, 2 or 3kms.
You can combine them as you see fit, knowing that the distance is accurate. They are all on paths within the park so there is no traffic to worry about, and there are distance markers and direction arrows on discs set in to the floor so you can’t get lost.
One of my favourite morning runs is to jog to the park along the Honeybourne Line, do a hard effort around the 3km route and jog home.
Let me know if you give it a go, I’d love to hear how you got on.