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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas and a big thank you from everyone at RunTogether. With 42,858 runners, just under 1,400 groups and 283,321 sessions booked, 2017 has been a fantastic year. We've watched groups complete their first 5K, seen some complete their first marathon, and have had the privilege of hearing and sharing some truly inspirational stories on the impact RunTogether has made to the lives of individuals. None of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment of you and other fellow Run Leaders. Without fail, you are listing your sessions on the website making RunTogether accessible to all. You are creating fun, friendly and supportive running groups and we are so proud of the work you do!

We want to make 2018 bigger and better, introducing more people to running and the impact it can have. So keep loading your sessions over the Christmas and New Year period!

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Winter Running at DW Fitness First Derby
Runners from Jog Oakwood and Derby JogFit RunTogether Groups came together last week for a special evening of winter running training at DW Fitness First, Derby. To celebrate the launch of our partnership with DW Fitness First, Richard Massey, a highly experienced local coach, led a winter training talk, followed by drills and a 5K run.
To help with your winter training, check out our exclusive offers from DW Fitness First;

4-Month Gym Membership with 25% discount - plus no joining fee
Up to 50% off winter training gear

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#EveryMilestoneMatters BBC Get Inspired, Unsung Hero Award

Denise Larrad has been awarded the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award, at the BBC Sports Personality Awards! We are proud to have Denise as a RunTogether Run Leader, who commits her time to helping others. Denise says, ‘It’s nothing special it is just what you do, just trying to get other people moving a bit’. In the market town of Hinckley, Denise’s tireless volunteering is helping people #RunTogether, and her efforts and enthusiasm have certainly not gone unnoticed.

Denise, provides the inspiration, motivation and encouragement for others with, fun, friendly and inclusive running sessions and is a very deserving winner of the Unsung Hero Award.
Members of her running group said:
‘She’s just bubbly that’s why she gets so many people out running.’
‘It’s keeping me fit & I’ve made loads of new friends.’
‘She goes out of her way to support everyone.’
‘She does so much for other people; she’s a superstar.’

Read more milestones stories here 

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RunTogether is for everyone!

Did you know, research suggest, that there are 9.4 million people in England who have a health condition or impairment (that’s 1 in 5 of us)? However, 7 in 10 disabled people have not taken part in any physical activity in the past month (compared to 1 in 5 for non-disabled people) even though 7 in 10 disabled people want to do more sport . For guidance and advice on attracting and supporting disabled runners in your RunTogether group check out the Disability Guidance on the RunTogether website. Any questions? Email us support@runtogether.co.uk 

Watch Cassie;s story here 

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Staying Safe This Winter

It is great to see so many of you staying visible during the dark winter nights. Special shout out to RunTogether Tingley RunFIT who have pulled together a great piece on running safety on our website. Haven't got your high visibility vests yet? Run Leaders can order vests here

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GROUP OF THE MONTH: RunTogether GR8Runners

We are pleased to present our December Group of the Month RunTogether GR8Runners
Led by brilliant Group Leader, Ged. With dynamic drills, brilliant warm-ups and scenic runs, this group know how to make the most out of lunchtime. Runners Fanella & Shona, have been part of the group for a year and said they love the benefits of lunchtime running, as it gets them away from their desks and makes their afternoons productive. This group list sessions on the RunTogether website, check everyone in and actively engage across social media. If your group #BookCheckInRun and you think you deserve to win next months Group of the Month title, then email us, support@runtogether.co.uk. Tell us why your group are amazing, and you may feature in our January 2018 newsletter!

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Our Final Regional Award Winners!

London Winner: RunTogether Fly Girls Running Community 

This brilliant group are committed to helping inactive middle-aged and older women, BAME women and girls and reducing the high levels of childhood obesity in the borough of Brent. These groups have been chosen to improve physical and mental well-being for participants, and the Run Leader Amanda engages the local community to participate, by organising wellbeing talks on fitness, nutrition and mental health while also inviting health professionals to speak. This fantastic group has encouraged non runners to take up running with many group members having now entered into running events. Deserving winners, well done RunTogether Fly Girls Running Community,  keep up the great work!

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South East Winner: Sandi, Group Leader of RunTogether Hamstreet Runners 

Every Tuesday night and Saturday morning, Sandi, supports her runners through fantastic sessions. On Saturday mornings after the more experienced runners have finished she stays behind and runs a beginners club too for those not used to running. Sandi is exceptionally well organised listing sessions on the RunTogether website and always ensuring runners #BookCheckInRun. For the marathon runners among the group,  Sandi uses her car to drive around and support them through their training. During the winter months, she spreads salt pre-run, to ensure everyone enjoys a safe session.  While also organising competitions and fun runs, it is clear to see Sandi goes the extra mile and is passionate about running.

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Finishing the year on a high!

SAVE THE DATE

Saturday 27th January to Friday 2nd February 2018 #RunAndTalk week. 
Improving mental wellbeing through running by encouraging people to start, return, or continue to run. Look out for more information in January's newsletter.

Contact us

If you need any help adding sessions, we're always here to provide assistance. Either:
Visit the online guides here
Email us: support@runtogether.co.uk
Call us: 0121 347 6543 option 4