RaceRunning in Bath goes from strength to strength

Cerebral Palsy Sport has supported Nova Sports and Coaching in delivering RaceRunning Start sessions alongside Quest 88, and is now working with the club to promote the regular sessions the club is delivering. 

The club was created when a children’s physio team at a local hospital in Bath were really keen to offer RaceRunning in their area. They contacted the sports inclusion project lead in the council who put them in touch with Nova Sports and Coaching – a new company just starting in the area who were developing inclusive sports opportunities for children and young people locally. With some funding  from the council, and help and advice from Quest 88 providing runners , a series of taster sessions were set up. 

From one family attending the first session, the numbers grew to a total of 16 coming along over 6 sessions. Nova were able to use that interest to apply for grants with the support of the fundraising lead at a local special school. With a combination of donations from two local rotary clubs, a successful community vote award from Aviva and a generous donation from Bath Disability Trust they bought 6 new and one second hand RaceRunner. 

It has taken about 18 months to get to the point of now starting a regular club – but that time has allowed  for more and more children to come and get involved from Somerset, Wiltshire and east Bristol. It’s latest development is to have successfully trialled a new RaceRunner for the smallest of their children for Quest 88. 

Children’s Physio Emily Graham helps at the club and said;

“Nova, with the local children’s physios, are incredibly excited to be able to offer this club with minimal cost for participants. Race running enables children and young people with a wide range of physical ability to participate in something active together. One mum whose daughter attends says that it is the only exercise that her daughter can participate in that raised her heart rate and gets her out of breath. From a physio perspective race running helps on so many levels- strength, flexibility, stamina, motivation and aerobic exercise but, most of all, it’s really good fun!”

“Bringing siblings or a friend to join in too is encouraged, with other fun activities available for everyone in between getting your breath back from RaceRunning.”

Nova Sports and Coaching will also be part of the Cerebral Palsy Sport RaceRunning Operational Group which will hold its first meeting later this month. This group will be developing a support network for current clubs and new clubs and will feed into the RR Development Group, which includes British Athletics and CPISRA.

Find out more about the Bath RaceRunning Club and their sessions this autumn by contacting: bathracerunning@gmail.com

If you would like more information about developing RaceRunning at your club please contact the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Officer Adi Fawcett: adi.fawcett@cpsport.org 0115 925 7027,

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