Local running club Tadcaster Harriers is experiencing a membership boom as we move further into 2022, with a dozen new members joining in the last two months alone.
Tadcaster Echo had a chat with club chairman Mark Swinden to find out more about the local running group.
Mark told us: “We have survived the Covid restrictions very well and kept the club going with lots of virtual events and small group activity as regulations have allowed. New members have just kept on joining. We are an adult only club with a 50-50 split between men and women.
“As we look forward to spring, we are preparing for our beginners’ group which starts on 31st March, which we have been able unable to run for the last two years. We know there’s a lot of interest out there with all the enquiries we’ve received. We are really looking forward to this again and we have four new run leaders in training.”
The following month sees the return of the York and District Road Race League, and after a two-year absence, the club is looking forward to good results this summer.
The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at Tadcaster Community Sports Trust for training and social runs. The coaches and run leaders look after a wide range of speeds from 12-minute milling right through to those very fast runners who are regularly placing in competitive races.
It’s not all racing though. Regular “run and talk” events focus on mental health, and there will be events throughout the year supporting the two club charities of the year, The British Lung Foundation and Motor Neurone Disease Association, as well as social events!
New runners to the club are always welcome – just email Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you are a beginner you can sign up at this address, www.groups.runtogether.co.uk/TryRunningTadcaster