The club was developed by like minded, motivated runners with a passion for fitness, the countryside and local pubs.
We take part in a range of local and national events (see recent results for a selection!). At present we rarely have enough members to make up a team for these events, but we did field an excellent team for the Ridgeway Relay last year - see below.
Above: Polly hands over to Kirsten in the Ridgeway Relay in June 2014
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, June Frith, Claire Digweed, Esther Good, Brian Billington, Victoria Chidsey and Geoff Anderson who is also our "Coach in Running Fitness" who are trained to help keep our training sessions focused and well-informed, based on current information from Run England and UK Athletics.
Mary-Anne joined the club in December 2014 and has written this piece for us about joining the running club,
What do you do when you move house in deepest, darkest December and want to run? Suddenly you can't just step outside the door and do your usual 5, knowing where it's light , safe and what you're going to come across. So I took my courage in my hands and decided to join a ruining club for the first time , contacting the Hungerford Hares. I knew I would be pretty slow compared to most club runners but I was welcomed on my first night with real generosity of spirit and not looked back. I have met some lovely people , have managed to maintain my weekly runs through a cold , long Winter and got to know lots of great local runs. But the most remarkable thing is the improvement in my running due to the weekly structured session with the club. My time has come right down and I feel so much stronger. Having come to running in my late 40s I'd given up on the idea of improving , but having turned 50 this year I have a new lease of running life !