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Sporting success to inspire us

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It has been a thrilling summer for British sport. Our men’s cricketers have successfully won back the Ashes from Australia, while our women have played out an exciting series in their own version of the little urn.

British teams have also done themselves proud in the Euro Hockey Championships in London and the World Athletic Championships in Beijing. And now we’ve got the Rugby World Cup coming up this month.

Fenland Running Club members
Fenland Running Club members

All of which should act as a great inspiration for our own local sportsmen and women, whose seasons are just getting into full swing

For me, of all the great achievements by our athletes in Beijing the most remarkable was that of Jessica Ennis-Hill. To win a gold medal having just returned to the sport after having her first child was truly amazing. Mind you, the golds for Greg Rutherford in the long jump and Mo Farah in the 10,000 metres were also special!

So maybe you fancy yourself as the next Mo Farah? Well then, why not get yourself down to the Fenland Running Club? In August I had the chance to meet the lovely people from the club. They are super-passionate about their sport and their club has a warm, family-like feel. I felt very welcomed by them and I am sure any new member would feel the same.

The club welcomes people of all ages and abilities; tailoring their training to ensure that everyone can achieve their own personal goals and targets. One of their initiatives to get more people running is the Get Back to Running Course.

Their latest course ran until August 20. Altogether 57 people attended at least part of the course with a core of 20 attending regularly. Some had run before while others were completely new to the sport. Their ages ranged from 16 to 67!

The aim was to get participants to be able to run 5K and be integrated into Fenland Running Club’s full training sessions. Several took part in time trials and some tackled the Park Run in King’s Lynn.

Participants celebrated the end of the course with tea and cakes, and some wore their souvenir running vests designed by Club Secretary, Sharon Bird. The group was coached by Fenland Running Club’s Leaders in Running Fitness, notably Jane Greenwood, Dean Racey, Ann Trett, Tracey Farr and Roger Williams. Fenland Running Club meet at Wisbech Rugby Club, Harecroft Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm. Lace up your trainers and give it a go.

Smash Up badminton is a fun and innovative take on badminton aimed at teenagers and caters for all ability levels. The focus is solely on having fun – bring along some friends, listen to some music, play some badminton, have some fun.

We will be running sessions at Neale Wade Academy in March on Mondays (6-7pm) and Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech on Tuesdays (5-6pm). Both start week commencing September 14.

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