A new running club at the Tamar Trails Centre near Gulworthy is off to a flying start, and is inviting anyone in need of a post summer holiday exercise regime to come along. Launched last month by experienced runner Colin Kirk-Potter, the Tamar Trail Runners meet every Tuesday evening and Thursday morning and welcome people of any age and ability. The group runs for approximately an hour around the woodland trails, whatever the weather, splitting into different sub-groups for those who want a more challenging run and those just starting out. The club is already proving popular, welcoming over 40 runners in just one session alone. Colin has now also opened a running hub retail outlet as part of the Tamar Trails Centre, selling running clothes, shoes and accessories. He’s even offering customers the chance to “road test” trainers on the trails. An ex Royal Marine, Colin has run everything from the Derbyshire Dovedale Dash to the London Marathon and 105-mile Alps Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. “The Tamar Trails is a fantastic place to run,” he says. “The air is fresh, there’s loads of fascinating history to explore and the terrain is really varied with both short and longer route options. The best thing is that it’s all off road so you won’t see a single car. “The club is really accessible and we get people of all abilities and ages coming along. It’s also an incredibly affordable exercise option from £1 per drop in session to just £15 for the whole year. The key thing is the environment. We encourage everyone to hang around and have a chat and a coffee after a run. We also offer trail running training, dietary advice, workshops and talks.” For those wanting a whole body workout Colin is running outdoor fitness classes at the Tamar Trails on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings, at £3 per session. “The benefits of outdoor exercise have been well documented, with GPs being called on just recently to prescribe green space exercise for overweight patients,” Colin says. “We’re lucky to have this on our doorstep. It’s is a stunning setting and for me beats being inside a sweaty gym hands down.” Classes will continue through the winter months and run on the following days:
Tuesdays at 10am, fitness class
Tuesdays at 7pm, running club
Thursdays at 10am, running club
Thursdays at 6.30pm, fitness class
In addition, the Tamar Trails Centre will be launching weekly Parkrun sessions on Saturday mornings starting on 29 October.