SHREWTON Running Club has celebrated its fifth birthday with a virtual running challenge.

The club say that to some, celebrating five years “may not seem that significant, but for a club based in a small Wiltshire village that has enjoyed a continuous growth in membership, this is a significant achievement, and certainly cause for celebration”.

The club focuses on combining the love of the sport with the social aspect running can give.

They say: “Fundamentally, it’s about combining the fun of running together with making new friends, and exploring our superb countryside.

“Emphasis is placed on the Club’s inclusiveness and welcoming members regardless of their ability. Everyone is made to feel welcome, supported and part of the club regardless of their ability.”

The club also has a regular programme of training sessions, delivered in a fun way, which are not as daunting as they may sound.

Members also regularly compete in running events from Parkruns to ultra-marathons, and participate in Wiltshire Athletics Road and Off-Road league races, having achieved some “fantastic results” in recent years. The past 12 months has been challenging for the club, with the pandemic “significantly impacting on club activity”, but despite this it has remained strong, and continues to attract new members.

The club has been unable to meet in groups throughout the last 11 months, but they continue to support and encourage one another through online interactions.

Together with regular virtual social events, the club has continued to keep spirits high.

It says: "At times like these mental health is a key concern, and the support each member gives each other shows that the benefits of both physical activity and communication is a crucial way of keeping us all healthy".

Shrewton Running Club are affiliated to England Athletics, Wiltshire Athletic Association and the Association of Running Clubs.

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