The Island of Jersey is the ultimate playground for the serial runner. Over the years I’ve approached the discipline from a few different angles; running on my own, with friends, taking part in events competitions and running in clubs. They all have their benefits, but here’s the best 3 ways I’ve found to run Jersey…
The Corporate Runner
Rumour has it that in joining JTC I now have access to one of the most revered corporate running clubs in the Island! Meeting up once a week, the free club caters for staff of all abilities that want to improve and better themselves (also the ethos of being a JTC employee I’m told!) This is no jog and water-cooler gossip, but varied sessions including interval and hill sprints to revive and invigorate you after the end of a hard days work. Job titles have little meaning in this club as it's your feet that do the talking.! JTC’s competitive and winning attitude in the trust and corporate sector spills over into their participation in sporting events, where they’re always keen to see their teams take home gold. Expect to get caught up in the hype and lust after their snazzy running vests. As well as good team building, it encourages staff to adopt a healthy lifestyle, maintain a good work/life balance and is a hell of a stress buster!
Search out whether your firm has a running club, or start one of your own and take the opportunity to beat your boss.
Think your firm has a better running club than JTC? Let me know about it!
Run JTC For: Being part of a winning team.
Craig Meredith established the Endurance Project to make elite running coaching accessible to everyone, irrespective of ability. This club caters for all levels and looks to give runners the encouragement and edge they need to better their technique and times. Highly experienced and connected within the running community, Craig can give advice on gait analysis, rehabilitation, direct people on diet and nutrition (there isn’t much about running he doesn’t know!) Based on varied interval sessions you are grouped with people of similar ability that will help you progress your running at your own pace. Prepare to be committed about your running; they meet every Wednesday evening at the Liberation Tree by the Raddison Blu and go out in rain or shine. Craig admits that one side effect of being a very experienced coach is that this club does attract the more elite runners of the Island, but try not to let that faze you. If you have a highly competitive nature this is the running club is for you, alternatively, let the egos pass you by and join just for the social camaraderie (rumour has it there is even “run & cinema” nights!)
This is the running club I’d like to find more time in my diary to go to and where I know I will see the best results in my running.
Run Endurance Project For: the best value running coaching on the Island.
The Girlie Runner
Jersey Girls Can is a free, non-competitive running group, offering support and encouragement to help women meet their running goals. I fell in love with this group the moment I joined their Facebook page. It’s jam-packed full of inspiration and positive reinforcement, with women shouting out for running buddies, sharing their achievements and most importantly creating new and lasting friendships. I caught up with the girls the start of their couch to 5k challenge, which was met with phenomenal interest. All there for different reasons, these women bond and train together without the worry of judgement or pressure from their peers or coaches. Established by Laura Storey with the support of Kylie Hatter the club introduces women to running and helps them start a journey to self improvement and a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Far more than just a running club, this group broadcasts the message that running can have a positive and life changing effect on everyone.