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Maybe this might be you
Interview with Debbie Mowle (Chair) and Jacqui Knowles (Secretary) of Rochford Running Club (14th Sept. 2012)
Rochford Running Club is a ‘new kid on the block’ of Rochford but which has grown amazingly in this year. For the sake of ease, although Debbie and Jacqui flowed backwards and forwards in the conversation, both sharing equally, in the interview that follows, we will simply identify them together as Rochford Running Club (RRC). We hope you will find it as interesting as we did, and for some of you, perhaps, a doorway into a new world!
RL: Since the Olympics, has the word gone out that running is the thing to do?
RRC: It seems to be but the difference with us is that we seem to have found a gap in the market. Although there are the big running clubs, what we picked up is that there is nobody to start you out, for people who do not run, and who probably do not exercise, but want to know how to start. That is the hardest bit, so initially we have taken them from not running in up to twelve weeks where they can do three or four miles, and we’ve done that very successfully.
RL: How long have you been doing this?
RRC: Since the Spring. We’ve had sixty on two beginners’ courses so far and we have thirty three people starting with us tomorrow. In the beginning we really didn’t know where it was going to go. We had a few people say to us, we’d like to start running but we’re not really sure how to and it escalated from there and we set up a beginners’ group over twelve weeks, starting back in March, and we’ve been overwhelmed with the interest. We found ourselves with a waiting list so we did another one, and once they graduated so to speak, it was a case of where do they go from here, because we now had them running three miles but they still didn’t want to go on to the big professional clubs, so where do they go from here – hence Rochford Running Club was born. We already knew a big group of runners locally who just used to meet up in the streets and run but never actually had a group as such to run with, and Rochford Running Club was just born.