Welcome to our running group
Next run: Friday 22 June 2018
About our group
Official RunTogether running group based in Norwich.
I STARTED RUNNING IN 2013 FOLLOWING A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY IN 2009.
RUNNING HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO MY MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH AND I WANT TO HELP PROVIDE THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHERS.
RunTogether Leader / Group of the Year: Dudley Garner / Up The Tempo (nominated by Gail Barnard)
Dudley has led the Up The Tempo group for the past 18 months plus, in Eaton Park, Norwich, offering Couch To 5k courses and further support for graduates. His Chief Nominators Gail, Di, and Gillian said,"After weeks of secrecy, gathering the group’s “Heartfelt Words” for Dudley’s nomination, what a privilege it was to be able to represent the group at the Winners Award Ceremony at Bedford. We felt so warmly welcomed and part of something bigger in our East Region of Run Together, Run England. Immense appreciation was shown to us all and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch with some great conversations. A truly wonderful day included watching the youth competing in track and field athletics. We loved the whole experience."
And here are the Group's heartfelt words: We’ve many friends, camaraderie and no cliques! We’re all different, valued by him and feel part of a special family. We’re all abilities and ages, overcoming personal barriers. He’s turned non-runners into confident budding runners with endless possibilities! He motivates, showing empathy, encouragement and praise. He’s always overjoyed at any achievements we make, nothing's too much trouble, gives enthusiastic personalised support and I run now not just for the joy of running but also being part of the team. After 30+ years lack of exercise the course has been a major move for me. I now have the confidence and desire to go forward. For the first time in 47 years, as a couple we are exercising together, other than walking, and never run before because of childhood illness and now I’m older I wondered if it was possible. 5k was the impossible dream. Dudley believes in blending physical fitness with good mental health. He gives his time for free: it’s got to be accessible for all. He has plans to offer us further opportunities and has started a coaching course. Dudley was a non-runner, but an accident led to a brain injury and his rehabilitation led to him start running. He is our most fantastic Run Leader, a worthy winner of this award. Oh and what a wicked sense of humour!
Dudley reported, "It was a fantastic day to be part of and great to have some of my run group with me. For me, the award came as a total shock but also a massive confidence boost that people are benefitting from what I'm doing. I have a brain injury and associated mental health problems and to have something so wonderfully positive is priceless for me. I also have memory issues so having a memento is mega to remind sometimes i do have something good to offer. I have been really encouraged off the back of just my nomination to do more coaching and i really want to go down a running for wellbeing route and hope to look into funding to allow me to afford to do this and offer a community service."
Our group numbers
- 3 Groups runs per week
- 620 Total KM this year
- 8K Average run distance
- 127 Active runners