Leamington running group just for youngsters

Rachel Berney with runners at the first LAA session.
Rachel Berney with runners at the first LAA session.

Children and teenagers can now attend a new weekly running group in Leamington.

The LAA Runners was launched by coach Rachel Berney, founder of Leamington Athletics Academy (LAA) track and field club.

The club is aimed at ten to 16-year-olds of any running ability - although parents are welcome to join in on runs.

Rachel said: “Every year, hundreds of kids enter school cross country events and love it. After the competitions, the only outlet is track and field clubs, which historically have been a bit elitist.

“We just want to provide age-appropriate running for children.“

The group meets every Tuesday at Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre car park at 6.45pm and each session lasts for around 45 minutes (3-5km).

Rachel added: “We just want to share the love of sport with everyone, whatever their ability or ambition.

“With this in mind, LAA Runners is encouraging parents/carers to join the group with their children - although we may push them a little harder!”

Places cost £1 per session and hi-vis vests are provided for runners who are under 18.

For further details, email info@leamingtonathletics.co.uk or search on Facebook for ‘LAA Runners’.