By Mark Shales
A GREENFIELD running club is encouraging beginners to take up the sport following the success of the recent Dovestone Diamond race.
Neurological physiotherapist Colin Green, 42, set up the Greenfield Greyhounds in 2001 to help his sister-in-law ease back from illness as well as raise money for good causes.
The club helped organise the 250-competitor strong 10km Dovestone race in May – but the group is aimed at novices and Colin admitted it really is the taking part that counts.
“The emphasis is on absolute beginners,” he said. “There is a wide range of abilities but beginners are the core and of course all runners were beginners once.
“I enjoy helping new runners enjoy the sport as much as I do, particularly those who have never set foot in a ‘proper’ running club and have never run at all before.
“It’s also good to encourage slightly more experienced runners to push themselves further and achieve their goals. People should give it a go, they may surprise themselves.”
The group has an age range of 18-65 and runs a ten-week absolute beginners course, going from no running experience at all to completing a 5km run.
Meeting at the Greenfield Conservative Club on Tuesdays nights, they currently have three different groups, beginning with a 5km group setting off at 6pm.
Those involved in the ten-week beginner’s programme start 15 minutes later before the 10km-based group set off running at 7pm.
And Colin, a member of Oldham-based club Royton Road Runners before setting up the Greyhounds, admits local scenery acts as big incentive to get out running.
“Saddleworth is one of the most beautiful areas to run in,” he said. “We like to capitalise on this by encouraging off-road and country-lane runs whenever we can depending on conditions and light nights.”
The Greyhounds donate all profits to local and national charities and have raised almost £4000 to date.
The next beginners group will take place on Tuesday, August 6. For more information call Colin on 07803 933760 or look up the ‘Greenfield Greyhounds Runners Group’ on Facebook.