Sawtry Walk To Run became a fully affiliated England Athletics Running Club in June 2018 having started out as a Run Together Group through which we still run our free beginners programmes.
We started out as a super friendly Run Together group set up in October 2017 by Group Leader Nona who completed her Leadership In Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification with England Athletics. As someone who had never run, Nona used running to help her lose 5 stone. She always thought running was not for her but actually she found out running is for everyone and this was her motivation to set up a beginners group to help get people fitter and healthier – physically and mentally. Although originally aimed at beginners, Sawtry Walk To Run’s organic growth showed a clear need for Sawtry to have its own running club and there are now over 100 Club members of all abilities including Jeffers and those training for Iron Mans and Ultras.
We have a full committee, 2 qualified coaches, 9 LiRFs and a qualified guide runner.
We are part of EA’s #RunandTalk campaign which aims to promote mental well being through running -more details on our Mental Health page – and we get involved in community events such as Sawtry Sport 4 All and fundraising activities such as our Santa Run which raised over £1000 for Hunts Community Cancer Network.
We are also very involved in the local running community and do a ‘parkrun takeover’ twice a year at Ferry Meadows parkrun as well as volunteer at various events. In September 2020, we are putting on our first official race – The Sawtry 10 Mile.
The fee to join to the Club is £20 per year (£10 if you join after October) and after this, all run sessions are free. For those who enjoy entering races, you can pay an additional £15 which we pass on to England Athletics so you can become an EA registered athlete.
Currently we meet at:
St Judiths in Sawtry on Sundays 8.30am
on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.15pm outside Lifestyles Gym, Sawtry in Green End Road
If you want to run but think you can’t, you are as welcome to join us as those who have been running for many years. There is a place for all abilities, no matter what your starting point.