Welcome to the Exmouth Running Belles
Welcome to the Exmouth Running Belles website. We are a group of just under 60 members. 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-Horne and Clare Medlock. All of us started running later in life (past the age of 40!) We all have Leadership in Running qualifications with England Athletics. We also all have current Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks). Clare is the membership secretary, Lorraine is the qualified first aider and Cally is the social secretary.
We have club membership with England Athletics, which has provided us with the insurance and additional benefits. There is an option for Belles to become affiliated athletes with England Athletics, which gives an added bonus of one entry (per club) for the London Marathon! Please speak with one of the leaders for more details.
We meet twice a week. On a Monday and a Thursday, we run from 7pm until about 8pm. We ask if you 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 type of session we are running and also can be determined by weather and light.
We meet at the Cranford Sports Club, 42 Salterton Road, Exmouth, EX8 2EQ. We ask you not to park in the club car park, unless you are a member. There is free on street parking surrounding the club. When inside the club, do ask for a tour to see what is on offer (full class timetable, covered heated swimming pool and well equipped gym).
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 very successful in our fundraising efforts too. We have been known to raise £10,000 in a year for various charities.
We have an ethos that no one is ever left behind. We routinely use a looping principle where faster, stronger runners loop back to behind the last runner. (We have all been there so we 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.