Cleobury Mortimer Running Club
Cleobury Mortimer Running Club was established on a warm Tuesday evening in September 2015 when a group of around 8 like-minded runners met at Cleobury Sports hall for the first time.
The friends had been running together with other groups but there was no provision for a structured club (with coaching available) within the town.
As some of the group were training with Ludlow Runners, we approached them about helping CMRC find its feet and they were incredibly keen to assist us. They enabled us become a 'satellite club' and oversaw all the administration of the club whilst allowing us to grow. They were instrumental in getting us started.
As the club had also overseen the set-up of Wyre Forest parkrun our reputation was growing fast and so were members! Within just 18 months numbers had grown to around 60.
As the numbers increased so did the confidence of the club's founders and with encouragement from our friends at Ludlow Runners we were able to set up our own stand alone England Athletics Club in January 2018.
Our membership is now around 120 crossing all abilities and ages and we have 5 different groups leaving the sports hall on Tuesdays at 7pm as well as beginners sessions on Wednesdays and Social Runs on Thursdays and Fridays. We have two successful England Athletics Running Coaches (two more in training) and seven qualified Leaders. Our involvement at Wyre Forest parkrun is as strong as ever.
Our hard work, enthusiasm and inclusivity was rewarded in September 2018 when we were presented with England Athletics Volunteer Award for the 'best running club or group' in the West Midlands. A very worthy accolade.
Our aim is to provide quality coaching by experienced, knowledgeable England Athletics coaches in an inclusive, encouraging and fun environment. We are blessed to run in a beautiful part South Shropshire and make the most of it utilising all the local streets, lanes and footpaths as our training ground.
If you want to learn to run, improve your running or just run for social or health reasons then joining a running club is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Cleobury Mortimer Running Club will help and support you every 'step' of the way.