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glrc.pngRun To Enjoy What Nature Has To Offer
glrc1.jpgHaving moved to the area ten years ago, a neighbour of mine invited me to go along to one of the Gnosall Ladies Running Club ‘Bootcamp’ sessions on a Saturday morning. Well you can imagine my shock at the thought of setting my alarm on a Friday evening to get up at 5.55am to meet at 6.30am on a Saturday morning (having never been a keen runner before, might I add!). However it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made when it comes to exercising and socializing.

There are many things that I love about running first thing in the morning but one of the main reasons is that it gives me a great feeling to start the day off and I get to run at a time with friends that does not affect my hectic weekend family life. Secondly I get to see some of the most beautiful places that we are very fortunate to have around us, right here on our doorstep that I wouldn’t normally see. The sunrises are breathtaking and the sounds of nature first thing are like something from a Disney movie. We also see a wonderful array of wildlife throughout the year, from herons along the canal to the hares running

glrc3.pngthrough the fields. ‘Bootcamp Bob’ has taken us running around some of the most stunning landscape, all within an average of 6 to 8 miles, sometimes if we have the energy maybe a little more. What is even more wonderful to see is the changing of these landscapes throughout the seasons. This is something you really need to experience yourselves.

Over the years some of the routes have acquired some rather unique names - ’The Jungle’, ‘The King’, ‘Bluebell Valley’, ‘Amazon Queen’, ‘Lindor Wood’, ‘Strawberry Fields’ to mention but a few, each one having its own characteristics in terrain. What I enjoy also about Bootcamp is that each week the route will be different so that the run never becomes ‘boring’ or ‘samey’. We all have different commitments and time constraints on a Saturday so we agree a running time between us so you never feel that the run isn’t for you.

I have always felt very welcome at GLRC and from the very first run I was made to feel part of the team. I run with some of the kindest, funniest and most supportive group of friends, and I hope to continue to run with the group for many years to come. I would definitely encourage anyone of any age or ability to come along and give Bootcamp a try, whatever your goals. The benefits certainly outweigh that early start!

Hayley Hedge

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