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There is an active club scene in Leicestershire and MIDLANDS RUNNING GUIDE took a closer look at Fleckney & Kibworth Running Club to find out what was happening there ...

Fleckney & Kibworth RC

ONE FEATURE of Fleckney & Kibworth Running Club really struck a chord with us.  It’s something that happens in different guises at other clubs but we thought the F&K guys were doing it particularly well.  Club stalwart Lorna Muskett has devised a format that provides members with an incentive to improve their performances.  Basically the club awards a certificate at a set standard (from pewter - via bronze, silver, gold and diamond - to platinum and beyond) based on time and age.  To get an ‘end of year’ certificate a member has to reach the set standard at three different distances from 5k to marathon.

   I reckoned it was a simple system that would motivate members to extend themselves and reach for the next level.  Apparently the Fleckney & Kibworth approach is based on a scheme that is being rolled out across Leicestershire in the near future.

   With F&C members aiming for those ‘end of year’ acknowledgements, the club will be looking to improve its position in the Leicestershire Road Running League and the Derby Runner Cross Country League.  Club captain Andy Kemp told us: “Taking part in the leagues is a nice focal point for members’ training.  As a young club, we still get a buzz out of running alongside some of the more established names.  These are good opportunities for some of the more competitive members to test their progress.

   “Although to be honest racing and big events is only a small part of what Fleckney & Kibworth RC is about.  We’re a friendly bunch and very committed to the idea that there is a place for everyone at the club.

   “Our twice-weekly training sessions are about keeping everyone involved.  If a steady run is on the programme we might go out in three groups, one for an easy 3 or 4 miles, one for 5/6 miles and the third for a more demanding 7/8 miles.  We stagger the starts and generally arrive back at our Beauchamp College HQ at Oadby (on the outskirts of south-east Leicester) close together for some post-session chat.

   “We’re also committed to providing opportunities for people in the wider community to try running for fun and fitness.  We run regular beginners and improvers nights which John Redfearn coordinates.  John is one of a small group who have completed Running England’s Leadership in Running Fitness course so we’re well-placed to welcome and develop beginners.

   “We’ve attracted a few new members via the beginners’ courses.  Another new face who’s taken to running like a duck to water is Sam ‘Taddy’ Pole.  Sam’s a real enthusiast and a regular racer who has been recording a string of PBs.

   “But as I say, for most of us it’s about enjoying ourselves as we stay fit.  Although some of our feature summer runs (we de-camp from our winter base at  Beauchamp College to the rural villages around Fleckney and Kibworth) like our session out of the Cow and Plough mean the emphasis is more on post-run fun.  Those summer runs give us a chance to explore the canals and footpaths of a scenic part of the county and to sample the refreshments at some nice country pubs!

   “The social side of Fleckney & Kibworth RC is important and it comes to the fore on our expeditions further afield.  A dozen of us headed up the M1 for the Great North Run in September and we took a party to Snowdonia for a weekend of walking and running.  And eating!  The Awards night is also a big highlight of the year.”

   Yes, we bet the Fleckney & Kibworth Awards night is a belter!  All those happy guys and gals collecting their gold and silver certificates.  With their clever incentives, friendly approach and stand-out green and yellow vests, Fleckney & Kibworth Running Club has made a big impression in their short but eventful history.  And the prospects are excellent for them to continue to progress and become one of the county’s top clubs.

Article featured in Midlands Running Guide Winter 2014/2015


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