Two local runners from the Healthy Living Centre’s Gentle Joggers running group are set to get their trainers on for the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k.
Giles Searby, 51, from Staveley, and Paul Cole, 47, from Inkersall, are looking forward to being at the start line for the event on Sunday 17th October 2021 to represent the Gentle Joggers.
The running group, Gentle Joggers, started by Andrea Walker, an instructor at the Healthy Living Centre, meet every Monday. When the gyms were not open, last summer, the group continued to allow its members to meet in small groups.
Giles said: “It felt really important doing that at that time because there wasn’t really much for people in terms of going to gyms… it was good for people’s physical health, but people also enjoyed it for the mental side of things, because they were getting to do something with people which there wasn’t a lot of opportunities to do at the time.”
Breaking into different groups for different abilities, Giles helps Andrea run the sessions, seeing likeminded individuals going for a gentle jog, chatting and getting to know each other.
Paul said: “We’ve made friends through the group, and we started going out with folks at weekends, even… going to Rother Valley [Country Park]. We’ve paddle-boarded and gone swimming… and it’s all come from this Monday Group with Andrea.”
Having ran the Great North Run a couple of times, the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k will be Paul’s first experience of running that distance. He’s hoping it will keep him motivated once the Great North Run’s complete so that he can keep his training plan going, which allows him to stay positive.
Paul’s taking a casual approach to his training by enjoying the Gentle Jogger’s Monday nights. He just wants to make sure he doesn’t injure himself while completing the Great North Run so that he can comfortably do the Chesterfield 10k.
Giles is another practised runner. He started with a couch to marathon programme 3 and a half years ago and then kept going. He’s done everything from park runs to marathons and is looking forward to running the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k in October. His training involves 4 or 5 runs a week.
He said: “I do the running group on a Monday. Wednesdays, I’ll be at the track at Spinkhill doing a track session, I do park runs on a Saturday now that they’re back and then usually go for a long run on Sunday.”
Paul has some final words of wisdom for anyone planning to take part in the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k.
Paul said: “It’s not a race. It’s a goal, it’s an achievement. Don’t take it as a race. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t try to beat the man or woman in front of you. Just try to get to the finish line and then you’ve achieved your goal.”
To register for the Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10K, visit the Redbrik website: www.chesterfield10k.com
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