Keep-fit groups get up and running

People looking to kick-start their fitness can look forward to new opportunities to take up running this autumn.

Published: Tuesday, 6th November 2018

Cherwell District Council is inviting newcomers to the sport to join Bicester Striders, Banbury Begin To Run and Rural Runners, based in Hook Norton. Formed off the back of council training, the three groups offer the chance to maintain or improve fitness in a friendly, social environment. 
Earlier this autumn Run Together Cherwell, an organisation set up by the council, and Sport England provided training for 15 volunteer run leaders, some of whom will be hosting the sessions. 
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “The council wants to support people to lead healthier more active lifestyles, and running is an ideal way to achieve that. 
“It can improve stamina, strength and cardiovascular health so it’s fantastic from a physical perspective. And by bringing people together as a group, we can also help combat social isolation and foster a sense of friendship and community in our towns.”
Bicester Striders holds its first meeting, a five-kilometre run, on Wednesday, 14 November. Participants will be meeting at 7.15pm near the Fltr coffee shop, Nightingale Place, Langford Village, Bicester.
Banbury Begin To Run will meet for the first time on Tuesday, 20 November at 10.30am at the entrance to Spiceball Park. It is a ladies-only group that will meet twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday. 
Rural Runners starts today, Tuesday, 6 November meeting at Hook Norton Sports and Social Club at 7pm. They are offering weekly 5 to 10 kilometre runs along countryside and off-road routes.
A further ten groups are expected to be launched in the new year by leaders trained on this autumn’s course. Further information about these new groups will be available on the council website around the turn of the year.
Those wanting to join the three groups launched this month can find out more via their respective web pages: