Honiton juniors get new running club

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

P4909-03-08TI Honiton junior Running club.
Judy Davey - coach during a warm up.
photo Terry Ife

P4909-03-08TI Honiton junior Running club. Judy Davey - coach during a warm up. photo Terry Ife

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An enthusiastic group of 13 youngsters between the ages of 11-16 turned out for the first meeting of Honiton Running Club's junior section and others are already booked in.

An enthusiastic group of 13 youngsters between the ages of 11-16 turned out for the first meeting of Honiton Running Club's junior section and others are already booked in. Honiton RC has been working towards having a junior section for almost a year, following the results of a survey which showed that most members were in favour. Ten members took a level 1 coaching course in September but the main leaders have all completed a Level 2 course. Several coaches have also visited the successful junior clubs run by Axe Valley and Sidmouth running clubs. Chief coach Richard Harvey has been coaching young runners at Exeter Arena for the last three years. Honiton Juniors is open to young people of any ability in school years 7-11. The first aim is for the members to have fun while at the same time developing their running talents. Club night is on Tuesday but soon there will be opportunities at the weekends. There is a growing number of local fun runs in which members are able to take part. Honiton Running Club has received accreditation from UK Athletics under the Clubs Future scheme and is preparing to participate in the English Athletics national accreditation scheme, Clubmark. A problem that held the club up was finding a suitable safe place in the town to train. A running track would be the obvious venue but the nearest ones are in Exeter and Taunton. Honiton does not have vast car parks like Sidmouth and Seaton and doesn't even have a large all-weather playing surface, which the hockey club and community college desperately need. The club's first two meetings took place at Cameron-Fuller's car park at Heathpark by kind permission of the owners and has now made a booking at Littletown Primary School and the club will meet there every Tuesday at 6.30pm during term time.There are places for new members at the moment but both Sidmouth RC and Axe Valley Runners have waiting lists so it is very likely that Honiton RC will soon be over subscribed. Anyone wishing to join should do so without delay. To join visit the Honiton RC website www.honitonrc.com and go to the juniors' page or contact John Burgess on (01404) 42341.

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