Getting ready for GEAR

WITH just 78 days to go until the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run, there couldn’t be a better time for race entrants to get their training into gear.

Local running club Ryston Runners is organising this year’s training sessions, which will all take place at Lynsport and Leisure Park. The hour-long training sessions are aimed at beginners and improvers to help them prepare for race day on 6 May.

Sessions will take place each Wednesday in March, starting at 7pm. There is no need to book, just turn up, dressed ready to run, and meet in the foyer at Lynnsport.

Roger Partridge, Borough Council Race Director, said: “These pre-race training events have proved very popular in the past. They can help people focus their training and alleviate their nerves if they haven’t run in a formal event before. I am delighted that Ryston Runners has offered to run these events. They are a local club, with fully qualified UKA coaches and many years’ experience in training athletes for all sorts of events.”

Andy Smith from the Ryston Runners, added: “These training sessions are designed to be fun as well as practical. They will be an opportunity to learn some top tips about training and running in race conditions. They will also enable race entrants to meet other runners. We hope that the events will prepare people not only for this race but also for other events they may enter in the future.”

The sessions are free of charge for anyone participating in the Bespak GEAR.

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The Bespak GEAR training sessions take place on 7, 14, 21 and 28 March, commencing at 7pm. Participants are advised to turn up a few minutes early and should be dressed in outdoor running clothes.