Combining fish and chips with a run - perfect!

Coach Bram came up with an absolutely brilliant idea and decided to combine a run with a visit to a local fish and chip shop. Naturally, this proved popular with our members, so much so, that we are doing it all over again for our Urmston group on the 5th June! (meeting 6.30pm at the Bird I’th Hand pub) We had a lovely evening, the weather was kind, and there’s lots of talk now about chocolate runs, milkshake runs, and plogging (running and picking up litter)! Watch this space!

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#Runandtalk with the #MileShyClub

We hosted our monthly #runandtalk session last night, which was hosted by Trish and Claire from our Mental Health Support team! These ‘Run Around the Block’ sessions are aimed at those who might have experience of mental health issues, either personally, or as a family member or friend. These non-judgemental sessions are a great way to try out running with a smaller group, and we only cover a mile which can be walked or jogged. The sessions are followed by cake and drinks at a local cafe/bar!

At this session, Trish guided us through breathing techniques and taught us ways we can use our breathing to control our emotional state. Then we heard from Claire, a trained therapist, on some very useful self-care tips.

Our monthly Wednesday runs are advertised on the RunTogether website so check out the future dates and come down and see us!

Our Slimming World journey continues...

We’ve been back at Slimming World this week, speaking at two more groups within Trafford! We absolutely LOVE meeting new people and find that like Slimming World, we support our members and celebrate the wins! It’s great to see friends and family from Slimming World sessions come visit our clubs which are just on their doorstep - what a great way to get healthy and fit together!

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Crazy few days - Media City racing, hill training, North Carolina performance and Lyme ParkRun (hell)

Wow the last few days have been EPIC! Thursday was always meant to be low key but quite a few of us turned up at the Media City 5k and 10k race... all our runners completed the 10k and at the same time our Thursday session took on hill training! Then yesterday, Dawn from the club, based in North Carolina in the USA, ran an amazingly fast 5k in 28 minutes! And finally! Whilst you were in bed listening to the rain, a hardy group of us (WHY?!!!) took on one of THE hardest Park Runs - Lyme Park Run - in gale force winds and hail! What a turn out! You know why we do this? It's because no matter where we are, we are always in it TOGETHER and that's why we love it.

Doing it for the guys at the Manchester Marathon

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We are so SUPER PROUD of our four #MileShyClub runners who took on the Manchester marathon - Richard, Mark, Gordy and Richard. Apart from Gordy, this was the first ever marathon for our lovely guys and we are delighted to say they all completed it in epic style. Gordy, as usual, completed the race in under 3 hours 30 minutes, Richard was cheered on by his very dedicated girlfriend who appeared at various points around the race (and he nearly cried when he got a standing ovation at the Slug and Lettuce afterwards). David terrified us all when his result showed ‘DNF’ (Did Not Finish) but we were unsurprised to learn that he had stopped to help a fellow runner over the finish line, whilst using his tried and tested method of eating cake to get round. He did finish the race (and the cake)! Then there’s our Mark, injured at the start, injured along the way, but still pulling in an outstanding performance and completing his longest ever run, cheered on by his family. Amazing achievement guys, well done!

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Oh! And huge well done to the 30 or so volunteer marshalls from the Club who looked after a 6 mile route along the course - these races do not happen without your help, although rumour has it next year some of the girls who marshalled this year are making a comeback and plan to join the boys…

Watch this space!

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An inspiring story to tell

Today, one of our amazing runners inspired us all with her story:

"This weekend my sponsorship kit for the Manchester 10k arrived from The Christie and I cried. They were tears of sadness because the logo on the t-shirt took me back to being there for my treatment and also for all those who are still experiencing it. They were also happy tears though, every single time I sat in that chair for chemo, I dreamt of a day that I would be back up and running and now I am 😄

Thank you mileshyclub for the part you have played in helping me to accomplish this. I appreciate your time and support enormously.

I'm now looking forward to Saturday when I'll become coach Janette and to all the opportunities that this will bring for me to enable people to achieve their running dreams".

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Runner Self Defence

Last night we hosted our annual self defence class for runners! The safety of our runners is of the utmost importance to us, and it was brilliant to see so many of you take part. We even learnt that some of our members already had safe words! (ahem!) Many thanks to Atlantic Martial Arts and to Gordy and Bronagh from the club for organising.

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