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November 7, 2012
The great work of Run England's group leaders, groups and local activators was honoured as part of the England Athletics National Volunteer Awards, on an evening which also saw some of the biggest names in English athletics inducted into the Hall of Fame.
This years event comes after a particularly special year for athletics - England Athletics recognises the important role that the volunteers have played during Olympic Year. It was therefore very fitting given the tributes paid by so many of the inductees to those who had helped them along the way that the National Volunteer Awards were also presented to recognise those who are currently doing so much work to support the sport in England.
It was also fitting that this year saw the work of those involved in Run England groups also recognised at the Hall of Fame and Volunteer Awards evening for the first time. Congratulations to all of the winners!
In just 12 months Walney Wind Cheetahs have achieved many things - including in training more than 100 beginners to complete a 5km fun run. The group works to get individuals and families more active and healthier and has partnered with the local newspaper and Leisure Centre to promote their activities.
Six members are qualified group leaders, and over 80 members are registered with Run England. During 2012 over 150 people have attended training with total attendances exceeding 1,200! Five members train with Barrow Striders and each week many members attend the local 5k parkrun. All are committed to progress and develop by encouraging people to bring along family, friends and work colleagues.
The group’s efforts have helped raise money to provide activities and facilities for local youngsters, working closely with the local athletics club and parkrun. The members strive to create a friendly, social group that people are proud and happy to be associated with.
The group even has a Facebook page, a weekly newsletter and email list for members to keep in touch, as well as a weekly column in their local newspaper highlighting the health and fitness benefits associated with running.