Why Join A Club?
Join a club and you’ll have plenty of like-minded people to share your hobby with, to encourage you when you can’t be bothered, to help you when you are going wrong, and to help you push yourself to discover reserves you didn’t even know you had. You’ll also have people to compare yourself against and to pick up tips from. It will give you training partners, increase your motivation, add competition opportunities, and give access to advice from experienced runners and coaches, which will all add up to make you a better, stronger, faster runner.
Thinking of joining us? Never run before? Worried you won’t be able to keep up?
Well worry no more! Hayle Runners pride themselves in catering for all abilities, from complete novices to 5 minute milers. That’s why we have more than 20 dedicated coaches and leaders. They will take you for walk/runs of increasing distance until you are able to run 4 or 5 miles comfortably. We can also target races for you. If you’ve always wanted to run a half marathon or even a marathon, we can help you get up to that distance and you will be guaranteed huge support on the race day and a friendly bunch of Hayle Runners waiting for you at the finish line.
The club meets at Hayle Rugby Club (behind M+S) on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Thursday evenings at Carn Brea Running track at 7pm.
Wee also meet up on Sunday mornings for longer training runs (usually marathon training). Tuesday is the best night for beginners as we have dedicated groups to support them
Tuesdays We normally have 70-80 runners who split into about eight groups of differing abilities. We run between two and seven miles. In the summer we concentrate on running on the Towans and the beach as well as some quiet road running. In the winter we stick to road running through Hayle, alternating between hill work and distance. The runs normally last an hour and there are changing rooms and showers available at the end. Details of the beginners running group can be found in the Training Section.
Thursdays are as above but the majority of the club choose to attend our Level 3 coaching sessions at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre. There we have three or more coaches who take groups of differing speeds over a selection of drills. Don’t worry if this sounds a bit intimidating – it’s not. Because we’re running round in circles you run to your own pace with a group of runners of similar ability. If it really hurts then you can always stop and join in again on the next circuit. If you’d prefer the social running, there is still the normal run from the rugby club.
Sundays These runs start from either a cafe (we like our cake) or one of the club member’s houses and are usually aimed at marathon training. They increase by a mile a week starting from about 10 miles and getting up to around 21 miles. There are different ability groups and refreshments are provided around the course (and after). If you’ve got your eyes on a marathon, these runs are a must.
Races We take part in the Cornish Grand prix series which consists of 14 races varying from 4 miles to marathon distance. If you would like to take part in one, it couldn’t be simpler. A month or so before a race, check the website, Facebook or Andy or Craig will come around the club with a clip board and ask you. All you need do is say “yes” and turn up on the day. The club will arrange your entry and pick your race number up for you. You just come and find Craig or Andy at the Hayle check in desk and pay the race fee direct to them. This means that Hayle runners don’t have to queue up like everyone else. (This service is unique to Hayle.)
Running Shoes The biggest mistake made by new runners is in buying their shoes. Unfortunately the large high street “sports” shops often don’t have qualified assistants to check your running gait and recommend the correct shoes for you. We recommend The Cornwall Running Store at Wadebridge or At Your Pace in Helston. Both have a good knowledge in running shoes and will check your gait free of charge. If you’ve already bought your shoes, don’t worry. For the first few months when your mileage is low, they’re not going to hurt. But as you progress over 5 or 6 miles, you’ll need to get your gait analysed.
Still not convinced? Thinking of joining a different club? Well here’s 20 reasons why we’re the best.
1. You’ll never run alone … that’s a promise.
2. Every runner waits for every runner to finish a race and cheer you in.
3. Your race entries are done for you, so no queuing and no forms to fill in.
4. We have 18 coaches. All are available free of charge.
5. You’ll get friendly advice on anything running related.
6. We run trips to the London Marathon and many other races.
7. We never run anywhere where there isn’t a bar and/or tea and cakes at the end.
8. We organise marathon training and provide drink stops and jelly beans (sugar keeps you going) en route.
9. We will keep all of your race times personal bests (PBs), produce tables to see how you’re doing and full race results.
10. Our website tells you about all the races taking place over the next 12 months all over Cornwall, plus others much much further afield.
11. We offer coaching tips, general advice and even what to eat, to help make you faster and fitter.
12. We put on extra social runs, usually as an excuse for a drink at the end.
13. Run with us to the magical Mousehole lights at Christmas and across the beach at Gwithian on the first light evening in spring.
14. We have up to nine guaranteed London marathon places (subject to raising money for our preferred charity Cornwall Heart Unit Fund).
15. We update our website almost daily with news to keep you informed.
16. We are without a doubt the friendliest and most sociable running club in the County.
17. Join us for our legendary wine tasting evenings.
18. And post marathon curries.
19. And you get all this for just £35 a year.
So what are you waiting for … either e-mail us or give one of us a ring (numbers and emails on the About Us page) and make this year the year you start getting fit.
We look forward to seeing you.