Over the past 2 years the club has strived to achieve two core aims; to be able to offer structured coached sessions to all members, and to fully integrate the club in to the local community.
These aims have been achieved through a succession of successful collaborations. We have worked closely our governing body, England Athletics, to ensure that we are always following good practice and have the right policies and training in place. Training and support for our coaches comes through close ties with the Greater Cambridge Athletics Network and Suffolk Sport, and has enabled us to qualify 2 coaches and 19 Run Leaders. We began offering Run England beginner’s courses in 2011 and now after our 6th course we have helped over 100 people to start running, many of whom still run with the club and compete with us in local races. Now we are working with the County Sports Partnership to help deliver recreational running projects, and helping other local clubs to start beginner’s courses in their own towns. We collaborated with the Borough Council to set up two permanently marked 5K running routes in local parks, with the aim of encouraging more members of the community to try running for fitness and enjoyment. And finally, we worked with Abbeycroft Leisure to stage the Haverhill’s first Sport Relief Mile event, raising significant sums of money for good causes.
As well as being very successful at encouraging recreational running in Haverhill, the club also maintains it’s competitive side. Our members compete in races most weekend, representing both the club and the town around the region. The club welcomes anyone who wants to join, and tries its best to help everyone achieve their goals whatever they may be.