The Paul Popham Running Club brought Christmas to Swansea on a sunny May Day Bank Holiday weekend.
The club started in February 2016 with the aim of helping people in Swansea to learn to run for life. Initially training beginners over an 8-week period to go from zero to 5k, culminating in the Swansea Bay 5k Park Run.
Since the very first 8-week program, the club has grown to cater for all abilities, supporting members continued improvement of their running fitness to take part in 10k’s, half-marathons, marathons and triathlons.
Due to lockdown restrictions, the Running Club were unable to run its intended Virtual Christmas relay in December 2020, but members did not let that dampen their Christmas Spirit.
Instead, the club decided that once it was safe to do so (in line with COVID Regulations) they would still run in Christmas fancy dress – whatever the weather!
The Swansea Bay seafront was decorated with running elves, fairies and reindeers, and the teams had to complete 26.2 miles, which was divided amongst team members.
The winning team – Team Santa and The Savage Elves – completed the distance in an amazing 3 hours and 36 mins. As they only had three team members this is especially impressive – massive kudos to them!!!
More importantly, seeing all the team members running with massive smiles on their faces in the glorious sunshine is a perfect example of what the club is all about. It is not just a running club; it is where you make lifelong friends and fantastic memories.
To find out more about the Paul Popham Running Club, or to join, visit: http://www.paulpophamrunningclub.co.uk/membership/