Our Club: Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club

PUBLISHED: 03:06 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:12 20 February 2013

Our Club: Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club

Our Club: Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club

The road runners

The road runners

Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club has been fostering runners and triathletes since 1984, engaging all ages and abilities in sport.

Headed up by chairperson and head coach Clive Pinnion (aided by a dedicated team) there are several club nights every week, as well as events such as a summer 5k series and the Hadleigh 10 mile road race, to keep members on their toes.

Well-known member Mathew Blacoe, who has been running for over 30 years and is regularly seen pounding the pavements of Hadleigh says there are many benefits to being a member: Apart from the obvious benefits of feeling fit and healthy, theres the chance to explore new places, taking in beautiful scenery. But also its about the physical and mental challenge of training and racing, setting new targets and personal improvement.

I would always recommend joining a running club for the friendship, camaraderie and opportunities for training and racing a club like Hadleigh Hares can offer. I have been a member of a number of large, nationally successful clubs in the past, but I find Hadleigh Hares a very welcoming, friendly and well organised club who genuinely care and cater for all their members whatever their ability.

The range of training sessions we offer is very impressive including specific training for beginners, improvers, the more advanced, ladies only, strength and conditioning and, of course, our flourishing junior section. In addition we offer triathlon training and racing, plus beneficial links with support services such as sports therapy, physiotherapy and osteopathy. Not to mention readily available training advice and guidance from our very enthusiastic team of coaches.

Born to run

I have many memorable and amusing moments from racing, says Mat Blacoe.

Competing in a four man road relay on Douglas seafront, on the Isle of Man on a storm-ravaged Easter Sunday, became a test of nerve and endurance.

As the race progressed conditions became worse with driving torrential rain, a howling gale and towering waves pulverising the course. By the time it came to my turn to run, the course was under two feet of sea water and covered in sand, rocks and seaweed. I managed to complete the course by dodging flying deck chairs, dustbins and 6ft waves.

Another highlight was competing in the Montane Lakeland 50 last summer, raising funds for a local girl Xanthe Carter. The race of 50 miles and 11,000ft of climb across stunning Lake District scenery, in combination with superb organisation, brilliant crowd support and a total in excess of 1,500 raised was a very rewarding experience.

Get involved

Hadleigh Hares meet at Hadleigh Leisure Centre.

Monday: beginners night 7pm.

Tuesday: juniors 6pm-7pm, youth 7pm-8pm, ladies 7pm-8pm

Thursday: club night for all 7pm-8pm


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