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Delighted to welcome Washington Running Club

Delighted to welcome Washington Running Club

We are delighted to welcome Washington Running Club as our latest club partner.  The club’s Secretary Tim Bateson recently contacted the Foundation who told us that there hasn’t been a running club in the Washington area for over 30 years. Tim started running himself about 5 years ago to lose weight and within 2 years completed a marathon in under 3 hours! At the end of last year Tim helped set up Washington Running Club and within a few short months the club has attracted 50 new members.

In order to progress and be able to grow their membership the club now needs good qualified running coaches and that’s exactly what the Tony Blair Sports Foundation can help with.

Working in partnership with the club, the Foundation will fund and support 3 Washington Running Club members to take a Run England, Leadership in Running Fitness course. The course will equip members with the skills and insurance needed to deliver fun and safe sessions to groups of runners with different abilities including new runners and those who already run but want to progress. Having trained Leaders also means the club can register as an official UKA Run England Group.

Jeanette Pickard, Chief Executive of the Foundation says:

“It was great to meet with Tim and to hear about how he has helped to set up a new community running club. We meet a lot of people who want to start running but are worried about joining a club in case they’re not good enough or fast enough. It was clear from talking with Tim that Washington Running Club welcomes runners of all abilities and I would urge anyone thinking about starting running to go along to the club and get involved.”

In order to promote the club and raise start up funds Washington Running Club are hosting their first 5k race. The inaugural Washington RC 5k – to be known as The Bottoms Up Cup, in memory of Stephen Bottoms who was a member of the original 1970s Washington Running Club – will take place on May 31st in Princess Anne Park in Washington and is open to ALL ability levels.

Club Secretary, Tim Bateson added:

“It was a breath of fresh air to meet Arlene and Jeanette from the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. Arlene got in touch me shortly after I contacted them to arrange a meeting and discuss our plans for the club. I was very impressed by their knowledge and links for not just running, but many sports across the NE region. Their direct approach to work with people as individuals and at a club level was very assuring.

I think that by partnering with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, it will help the club grow connections with other sporting organisations and for individuals to progress their own coaching abilities and network with other sports leaders.”

For further information about the club and how to enter The Bottoms Up Cup please go to: