Roaring to get running

pictures for Join Our Club Stainland Lions story. This is John Bassinder, men's captain and publications officer
pictures for Join Our Club Stainland Lions story. This is John Bassinder, men's captain and publications officer
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A RUNNING club is offering a helping hand to women wanting to take part in Halifax’s first Race for Life.

Cancer Research UK is bringing the 5k run to Savile Park on Sunday, July 24.

Stainland Lions Running Club is inviting women who might feel uneasy about tackling just over three miles to join its beginners’ course for men and women.

It starts on Monday, April 11, and lasts for nine weeks.

Club chairman John Bassinder said the course is aimed at anybody over age 18 including absolute beginners.

“In the past the course has attracted many people who have never run before but had wanted to, and people not wanting to go out alone, or maybe just waiting for that little nudge to get them started,” he said.

The evening course is overseen by qualified coaches, and includes advice on warm up, stretching exercises and avoiding injuries.

“Everyone who runs had to start somewhere, and this is the best opportunity to start properly,” said Mr Bassinder.

“Running is not an elitist activity and Stainland is not an elitist club.

“Running is for everybody.

“Race for Life and other charity fun runs have created a new interest in running.”

The club has around 300 members split into groups from absolute beginners upwards.

The course is held at the Lion’s headquarters, Heath RUFC, West Vale, and costs £10 for the full nine weeks.

Further information from Genevieve Thompson on 01422 361639.

About 1,800 women can take part in the Halifax race.

You can sign up now at www.raceforlife.org or by calling 0871 6411111.

lHow are you training for the Race for Life? Email yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk