New coastal run at Happisburgh celebrates big achievement for ‘non-runners’

Participants in Happisburgh's first 5K coastal fun run. FiT2Run founders Sonya Powley and Jacqui Mo

Participants in Happisburgh's first 5K coastal fun run. FiT2Run founders Sonya Powley and Jacqui Morris are pictured back row sixth from right and far right respectively. Picture: FiT2Run - Credit: Archant

Novice runners who only took up the exercise this summer, have just celebrated success in a new coastal 5K fun run.

The Happisburgh event ended with participants receiving a FiT2RuN 5K medal, and enjoying coffee and cake in the Small Sticks Café at Cart Gap.

The group of 17 run with FiT2Run, started in June by keen runners Sonya Powley and Jacqui Morris.

The pair launched the community initiative because they often encouraged friends to join them but some said they did not know how to run, or were too scared to run alone.

The two completed the Leadership in Running Fitness course through UK Athletics, supported by Active Norfolk, and set up a voluntary running club.

Despite relying solely on a Facebook page and word of mouth, nine beginners turned up for the first meeting. This soon leapt to an average of 20 at each meeting, and a second evening was added at the request of the participants, who were enjoying both the fitness and social aspects of gatherings.

To celebrate four months of training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the Happisburgh 5K event was staged, bringing together a range of abilities and experience.

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Running meetings will continue through the winter, mainly at weekends, with a return to beginner training in spring next year, as well as social runs.

For more information go to the FiT2RuN Facebook page.

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