Natural Bourne Runners receive funding boost from Bourne and District Lions Club
The soaring success of a new Bourne-based running club has been recognised by a funding boost.
Natural Bourne Runners was formed in September last year with the promise that it would be free to all.
It had just five runners attend its first session but membership numbers have since grown to more than 80 with sessions regularly attracting more than 20 runners.
They have now been awarded a grant by the Bourne and District Lions Club to help pay for additional British Athletics qualified run leaders.
Steve Cole, one of the founders, explained: “When we started the club we couldn’t have imagined how popular it would become in such a short space of time.
“At the moment we have just two qualified run leaders but we now need extra help.
“This money will allow us to send two willing members to a British Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course, ensuring we can cope with future growth.
“We can’t thank Bourne Lions enough. Since making contact they have been incredibly supportive of what we’re doing and how we’re offering a free service to the people of Bourne.
“Their generosity will ensure the club can continue to grow in numbers and the quality of sessions we offer.”
The club started with a single session on a Monday evening but has quickly increased to four each week to cope with growing demand.
Sessions are now on Monday and Wednesday evenings, plus two sessions on Saturdays. Three of the sessions range in distance from 5km to 15km, with Saturday afternoon tailored to those who want to run up to 15-miles.
Steve added: “At the moment our sessions start at 5km in distance making Natural Bourne Runners ideal for those looking to make the step-up from 5km to 10km and beyond.
“We also enter events as a group and encourage the social aspect too - we’re more than just a club whose sole purpose is running.
“We feel the social aspect of being part of a group is just as important.
You can find out more about Natural Bourne Runners on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/natural.bourne.runners/) or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the work done by the Bourne and District Lions Club, go to: www.bournelions.org/
More by this authorJames Bedford