Running club makes great strides

Just Regional
Jul 10, 2024 3 mins read

Fitness trainer Keree Sutton is delighted by the progress of a Hellesdon running group, which has now evolved into the Heart and Sole Run Club after an eventful year.

Keree’s mission began with a handful of people, keen to take their first running steps, meeting on Sunday mornings in Reepham Road.
“It started off with an idea of getting the wannabe runner to run but with other people to help get them motivated and accountable,” said Keree. “I didn’t really plan for the future, I just knew I wanted to help people to start running.

GROWING SUCCESS: Keree Sutton (right) with Jo Hill at the SADs UK run.

“When we started, we were running just over a mile with a two-minute run and one-minute walk and we carried this on for several weeks, then increased the distance slowly.

“We are of all different fitness abilities, ages, shape and size. We have around 14 people who are consistent every week. A few others sometimes work so are unable to make every Sunday. The joy is there is no commitment and no charge.”

The group is split into groups running three routes – a slower 5k, an intermediate 7k and a challenging 10k.

“We welcome newbies and beginners all the time, reassuring them not to be put off by the distance as we can adapt this each week,” said Keree.
Members have completed the Aylsham 10k, a Muddy 5k Race for Life and raised almost £200 for cancer research, over £600 for SADS UK and £350 for local food banks.

“We are more than a run club; we are there to help and support each other,” added Keree. “The running group has helped members with their mental health in such a positive way, making friends, and becoming more confident in everyday life. We meet with a hug every Sunday morning and no one runs alone.”

The runners have certainly made an impact on the streets of Hellesdon, donning colourful fancy dress outfits for charity fun runs. Keree also runs fitness classes at Avian dance studios in Norwich and is dedicated to helping people break the barrier of starting to exercise.

“I’m so passionate about getting people fitter, healthier and happier and concentrating on moving for their mental health.”

The club meets every Sunday morning outside Cards n Things, in Reepham Road. It meets at 8am during the summer months, changing to 8.30am/8.45am closer to winter. Beginners are welcome every week. For more information contact kereept@ gmail.com

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