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New free running group for mums on Norwich’s Mile Cross Estate

PUBLISHED: 16:04 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 15 August 2017

Some of the members of the Mile X Mums Run group. (Top row from left) Tracie Reynolds and her 16-year-old daughter Codey Lewis and (bottom row from left) group organiser Jen Clarke and member Sophie Kendall. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Some of the members of the Mile X Mums Run group. (Top row from left) Tracie Reynolds and her 16-year-old daughter Codey Lewis and (bottom row from left) group organiser Jen Clarke and member Sophie Kendall. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

SOPHIE KENDALL

Mums on a mission to get active and meet like-minded people can pull on their trainers at a new free women’s running group.

Jen Clarke (left), organiser of Mile X Mums Run group, running in Sloughbottom Park with group member Tracie Reynolds. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIEJen Clarke (left), organiser of Mile X Mums Run group, running in Sloughbottom Park with group member Tracie Reynolds. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

The weekly Mile X Mums Run group, set up by Norwich’s King’s Community Church in June, takes place every Monday evening from the Norman Centre which sits at the heart of the city’s Mile Cross Estate.

Participants run around Sloughbottom Park and even though the mixed ability group is open to anyone, it is primarily aimed at mums of any age who live on Mile Cross.

Organiser Jen Clarke, 31, from Bolingbroke Road in Norwich, who has a two-old boy and 10-month-old girl, said: “Running helps in all sorts of areas like mental health. Being a mum can be a lonely job and it is a really hard role. There are a lot of mums out there that don’t get time off from home to sort out their headspace. I thought it would be good for mums to get together and support each other.

“The group is for total beginners. I wanted to empower mums to take control of their health. It is important for them to have some me time. The group allows mums to know what they feel is normal and share stories. It is a safe place for women.”

Members can run as far and as fast as they wish and no previous experience is necessary - just enthusiasm and a pair of trainers.

The session takes place from 7.30pm until 8.30pm and is non-competitive.

Mrs Clarke, an occupational therapist, said there was the potential to start daytime and buggy runs during school hours.

King’s Community Church has had a presence at the Norwich City Council-owned Norman Centre, off Bignold Road, for the past eight years.

The idea for Mile X Mums Run came about in May 2017 after the church discussed its future role within the estate.

“I want to show the community we care about their health,” Mrs Clarke added.

Group member and caterer Tracie Reynolds, 47, from Burges Road, who has a 16-year-old daughter and 20-year-old son, said: “The group is good because it shows there are like-minded people out there. It is a friendly little group.”

People can just turn up at the Norman Centre. Alternatively, email milexmumsrun@gmail.com, follow @milexmumsrun on Instagram or like King’s Venue on Facebook.

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