Are you looking to get fit or start a new regime during summer?

Our budding journalist, Ella, regularly runs – so here’s her advice and accounts of what’s about: Jogger’s Clubs
 
Running can offer you a new sense of purpose in life as it’s a great way to take time out of your day to relax, socialise, meet new people, create and beat personal goals and to simply be in the moment.
 
Peterborough showcases a wide range of sports clubs which offer equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race or religion to suit everyone’s abilities and interests.
 
I have been running consistently from 2015, ever since my mum encouraged me to attend the runner’s club ‘Werrington Juniors Joggers’ in-order to help me find a new hobby, and I’m so glad that she did.
 
Depending on your location, Peterborough offers a variety of running clubs no matter your ability, so there will always be a group to suit your speed. From becoming a member and building up my confidence, I have been given the opportunity to compete in competitions and races where I have risen “leaps and bounds” within my fitness levels.
 
However, it doesn’t always have to be competitive, as running can be a conscious experience to simply run and listen to your body and what it wants. This is perfect if you’re thinking about jogging but don’t have the confidence, know how to begin or feel intimidated by the idea. The jogger’s clubs aren’t competitive (unless you want to be!) and there isn’t a strict schedule where you must attend every week.
 
When I first started, I didn’t know how to begin or even improve my skills. I felt very welcomed by all the coaches there and those who attended. The coaches are incredibly kind and helpful and are more than happy to support you when you run.
 
Since joining the club, I have learnt how to find the correct pace and posture which is a staple for running success.
 
You must let your gaze guide you which will straighten your neck and back. By looking in front, it’s safer and it can make you feel as though you’re moving faster! It’s also vital that you keep your shoulders loose and straight so that they don’t dip side to side when you run. Even though running is mainly a lower-body activity, your arms aren’t just along for the ride. They should swing forward and back with unclenched fists as your hands control the tension of your upper body. To keep a straight back, imagine that you are ‘running tall’ this allows you to keep high stride strength and speed.
 
If you’re sprinting, lift your knees high to achieve maximum leg power and if you’re distance running, keep a slight knee lift to sustain a longer length of time and push off the ground with full force.
 
At the Werrington Leisure Centre, I attend the seniors club which runs every Thursday from 6:30-7:30. When I’m there, I am greeted by the people who attend as well as my sports coach Ron, who has been a coach since 1992. He is a huge support and has encouraged me immensely by helping me improve my running skills so I can get the most out of a race. My club begins with a slow warm up by doing a slow jog, either around the track or within Werrington so we are always met with something different for new challenges. This then builds up with 100m, 200m sprints and longer jogs depending on your fitness level and how comfortable you are.
 
If you’re interested in running and want to join a club, I highly recommend Werrington Joggers to kick start your running goals.
 
Ella Titman
Level 3 Creative digital media production (Journalism)
Peterborough Regional College
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