We meet every Tuesday night at the Hungerford Rugby club (click here for map or download map as PDF) at 7.30pm and try and cater for all running abilities. In the summer we go out to different areas to run, mostly cross country, and usually start and finish at a pub.
We sometimes have a social drink after the Tuesday sessions.
The club was developed by like minded, motivated runners with a passion for fitness, the countryside and local pubs. The club was developed in 2007 and this year is our 10th anniversary.
We take part in a range of local and national events (see recent results for a selection!).
Above: Polly hands over to Kirsten in the Ridgeway Relay
We have a small committee that meets regularly throughout the year to plan training programmes and think of ways to improve the club. We try to respond to ideas from our members, and are always ready to welcome new blood to help us in a range of ways.
We now have 7 trained 'Leaders in Running Fitness' - Mandy Waldon, Brian Billington, Simon Hodkin, Andy Davy, and Geoff Anderson (who is also our 'Coach in Running Fitness') - who are all trained to help keep our sessions focused and well-informed, based on current information from Run England and UK Athletics.
Hilary Murgatroyd joined the club in June 2016 and has written this piece for us about joining the running club,
HEALTHIER, HAPPIER - AND I DIDN'T NEED TO GIVE UP CHIPS
I joined Hungerford Hares almost by accident in June 2016. My neighbour, Martine, had recently started running and was really enthusiastic about the support she had received from the members so I tagged along one evening. I didn't know what to expect, had no idea how far, or even if I could run and, if I'm really honest, didn't even expect to stay. A year on I am still amazed at how much my life has changed.
I discovered that I could in fact run, perhaps not very fast or far, but with the help and encouragement of a great group of friendly people I gradually got better and, most importantly, realised that running is actually a lot of fun as well as being physically rewarding. I have made a load of new friends and have got to know our beautiful countryside a lot better. I completed my first 10K in March this year and I'm aiming for a half-marathon in October. Not bad for someone who only ever broke into a run when she was late for the train!
But, for me, the biggest benefit from running is the additional boost it brought to my wellbeing - not just physically but in mind too. Like everyone else my life can get busy, hectic and sometimes a bit stressful but running has given me a whole new outlet to help keep things balanced and has given me new goals and targets.
My highlight so far has been the local bluebell wood runs which were visually stunning and fell perfectly on beautiful spring evenings and while not every run is blessed with good weather, there's still a lot of satisfaction and reward to be gained. Even if I do sometimes get home wet through and covered in mud I know I've achieved something that day and that's good enough for me - well, that and a nice hot plate of chips afterwards!
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