Neon nights support charity run in daylight
Published on Friday, 9th June 2017
Over 50 runners (pictured) from a single community running group took part in Northallerton’s 10k road race last month
The runners, many of them in their very first race form part of the Neon Nights running group, which spans all ages and abilities.
The Neon Nights are an integral part of Hambleton’s ‘Running Hub’ programme and now have over 100 members.
“We started the running group three years ago,” said Amanda Piper the founder and leader of the Neon Nights Community Running Group.
“I hated running solo and needed motivation so I rounded up six of my friends to run with me and a few months later Neon Nights was born.
“Hambleton District Council provided funding and support to train more run leaders enabling us to start new beginners groups to add to our Neon Community and we are still continuing to grow. These guys are my life, my family and my friends.”
Community Running Groups meet and run in and around Northallerton, Thirsk, Stokesley and Bedale at present and more are planned. Aimed at complete novices to improvers, the runs are open to everyone aged 14 or over and led by an England Athletics qualified coach.
“You may have thought about taking up running, but don’t know where to start or don’t want to run alone,” added David Earl, Hambleton District Council’s Development Officer – Health and Wellbeing.
“If you want to meet new friends and feel part of a running community or just simply run, then sessions will help you get started alongside other like-minded people to guide you on your running journey - whilst having fun at the same time. There is a huge buzz around the groups and the hard work and dedication of people like Amanda ensures that the running community in Hambleton continues to grow.”
For more information about community running groups across Hambleton contact David Earl 01609 767202 [email protected]