Successful launch of Tooting Run Club under the auspices of Herne Hill Harriers

In addition to its core activities of track & field, ​road and cross country training and competition, Herne Hill Harriers also boasts a proud record of community outreach. Its latest initiative is “Tooting Run Club” which was launched on Tooting Common on 28 March.

Club President Glen Keegan says “Tooting Run Club is a community activity programme that’s open to everyone aged 18 or over. One of our key aims is to widen participation and increase activity levels of local people, particularly those from under-represented communities. And one of the ways we hope to help is by offering free training and free access to Tooting Track’s sporting facilities. We are very grateful to Wandsworth Council for their help and support in this regard.”

Programme Director, @RunWithTahir ​summarises the essence of Tooting Run Club as being about ​​enjoyment and improvement “we want to see ​engagement in the community right across the board. If we just start with the running side of things, we will develop your confidence and fitness, and for those who have done some running before, ​improve your running times by sharing our tips and insights. There is of course broader improvements that come with that, achieving better physical and mental health, which leads to increases in confidence and a more positive outlook. And then there’s the social side, participants have the opportunity to expand their network and connections by meeting new local people, hopefully some lasting friendships will evolve and help improve all round quality of life.”

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Thanks to the outstanding work so far of the programme lead Tahir Shams supported by Glen Keegan, Andrew Black, Talat Shams and Keith Newton the launch has been a stunning success.  

Within the Wandsworth Council bid we said we’d be aiming to attract 100 participants by the end of the programme, at beginner and intermediate level (5km ish focus).  In the end we had to cap numbers for the 28/3 session at 150, and have already sold out for next Monday!