My radio show running on air has been broadcasting for a few weeks now on South Leeds Community Radio. I have been enjoying making it and already I have been getting some encouraging feedback and involvement from other people. Alongside the radio show I am running a group for people to get started with running, and last week was the first session. I was a bit scared about how it would go and if anyone would turn up, but it was fab!
Jill joined me to record my show in the morning and then stayed to help me with the group. As we were getting ready to go my friend James put in a surprise appearance – complete with a tin of his yummy Ginger Crunch for us to enjoy afterwards! Big thanks to you both for support – it was much appreciated.
Most of the group were fellow volunteers from SLCR who had been cajoled into coming along, and there was one lady who, although already a runner, was seeking additional support and guidance. She had heard about running on air through a friend, who in turn is a friend of a volunteer.
So our little group headed off towards Cross Flatts Park. It’s about a 10-minute walk, so we chatted on the way, and then did some warm-up drills when we arrived. Then it was a 1-minute walk, 2-minutes jog session, covering a mile in total to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile. We did our mile in 13:46, so we now have a benchmark to improve upon.
After some stretches we walked back to the station for snacks and pats on the back.
Everyone did really well, and there were a couple of people in particular who surprised and impressed me. They all said they had enjoyed it and promised to come back. Some were even asking about races and there were parkrun sign-ups going on while we were still there!
It was really fun for me to share something that I enjoy so much, and it was great to help others discover the joy of being active. I’m excited to see everyone progress over the next few weeks and months, and I hope they continue to enjoy their running journey with me.