Welcome to Exmouth Running Belles
Welcome to the Exmouth Running Belles website. We are a group of just under 40 in number. We are women of all ages, shapes and sizes who love running in a supportive social environment.
We officially launched in 2012 but have been running as a group for a few years before that. There are three leaders - Cally Rowland Lapwood, Lorraine Kirby & Clare Medlock. All of us have started running later in life (past the age of 40!) We all have leadership in running qualifications with England athletics. We all have current Criminal Records Bureau checks (now disclosure and barring checks). Clare is the membership secretary, Lorraine is the qualified first aider and Cally is the social secretary.
We have a membership with the Association of Running Clubs. We found this is the most cost effective cover for us as a club.We meet twice a week. On a Monday and Thursday. We run from 7pm until about 8pm. We ask if you can turn up a little earlier so we are ready to run at 7pm. Sometimes we are out a little longer and other weeks shorter. This depends on the session we are running. We meet in the Rethink Centre, Meeting Street, Exmouth, EX8 1LN. There is no parking. We suggest you park on the road or on the London Hotel Car Park (Magnolia centre car park) which is free after 6pm.
About the Belles
When people ask us about the Belles we describe ourselves as a supportive, sociable running group. Belles can be as competitive as they wish. Some Belles enjoy the social side of running, whilst others enter races (and win!). We have been successful in our fundraising efforts too. We have been known to raise £10,000 in a year for various charities, including rethink who kindly let us use their premises to meet.
We have an ethos that no one is ever left behind. We use a looping principle where faster stronger runners loop back to behind the last runner. (We have all been there so know how it feels!) This way we stay as a group, the slower runners can go at their own pace whilst faster runners can opt to increase distance and speed.