Following the closure of the council-funded Glasgow Running Network’s (GRN) last year, a new group has emerged and is going from strength to strength. Glasgow Phoenix Runners began life in April 2016 shortly after the GRN was axed and is designed to bridge the gap between JogScotland groups and running clubs.
Paul from Glasgow Phoenix Runners was instrumental in the creation of the new network. He told runABC Scotland how it came about: “When the GRN told us they were stopping the sessions due to budget cuts. A few of the coaches and myself decided to keep the sessions going that we had led on a volunteer basis. Three other sessions at Bellahouston, Kelvingrove and Castlemilk became JogScotland groups.”
Glasgow Phoenix Runners, like its predecessor, has an inclusive approach. Paul explains: “As long as you can run the distance given before the session starts then your pace doesn't matter to us. We're a very informal group, who like to keep it fun and social. We've got a big difference in paces in the groups and nobody will be left behind!”
The group features 16 qualified JogScotland leaders and meets at various days and times during the week. Sessions are held at the Gorbals, Tollcross, Garrowhill, Maryhill, and Scotstoun. Distances covered range from 5k to marathon training.
For more information, visit the Glasgow Phoenix Runners website.