From humble beginnings two years ago local running group Bramley Breezers have grown to a huge running and social concern, writes JILL BUCKLEY. From an initial gathering of less than a dozen in Bramley Park they are now attracting more than 100 participants now for their sessions.
The Dispatch first reported on the Breezers on their formation in this article from two years ago.
And last Friday the Breezers celebrated their collective success with a second birthday party at Bramley Villagers Club. There was music from local band Automatic Is Easy as well as a DJ, food and dancing.
Alongside that there was a raffle the proceeds from which are going to fund courses to have more qualified Run Leaders to lead the groups and cope with the increasing numbers of members, as well as to cover club expenses.
The club is currently free but from next year the club will be affiliated to UK Athletics so there will be a charge to cover membership fees; £6 for social runners or £20 for those who wish to be affiliated to UK Athletics.
They currently have 13 run leaders leading groups of various ability from faster runners to walkers. Group Leader Claire Higgins said:
“We need more run leaders as we have over 100 runners every Monday and 80 out on a Wednesday too. Big thanks to Leeds City Council for funding our latest run leaders and to all our runners for making it such a great friendly group for everyone.”
Bramley Breezers now meet at Bramley Villagers Club at 6:50 pm on Mondays. There is now also an additional “Wednesday Shuffle” at 6:45 pm alongside a Stormtroopers Run, also on the Wednesday at 7pm.
The group are very keen to point out that they are very much an inclusive club.
“We are a social group and not competitive (unless we are racing!!) We all have different abilities and therefore, we ensure we motivate all others in the group and provide support if needed.”
For more information on Bramley Breezers visit their Run Together page.