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Bolton Arena Community Run Group in partnership with Horwich Harriers is beginning free running sessions on 5th January 2022 meeting every Wednesday at 17:50, at Bolton Arena main reception.

The group is led by Horwich RMI Harriers Run Leader, Marcus Taylor. The group is free to attend, and is for all abilities.

Bolton Arena Community Run Group was set up as a partnership between Bolton Arena, and long-established athletics club Horwich RMI Harriers, to encourage newer runners to be part of a group and to have fun exercising together.

Start the new year by getting into running with Bolton Arena and reap the benefits as follows:

  1. Motivation & commitment

It’s far too easy to come up with excuses to give one of your runs a miss…’I’m too tired’, ‘I had a busy day’, ‘It’s raining’, ‘I’ll rest and come back stronger tomorrow’. Having a group or friend that’s expecting you to show up will help keep you accountable when those excuses start to show up. We rarely regret exercising once we’ve done it, but it’s the getting those trainers on and stepping outside that’s often the hardest step (pun intended). The community aspect of joining others encourages you to get out the door with like-minded people and not miss a session.

  1. Boost your mood

We’ve all heard that endorphins are released during and after exercise, that’s why it makes us feel so great! But did you know that research also shows exercising with others can help you to feel more calm post exercise too? Research has demonstrated that we feel more tired after exercising with others, possibly due to an element of competition and therefore, it is likely we are working harder. There’s no better feeling after a run than knowing you’ve given it your all, right?! Furthermore, another study showed that exercising with others as opposed to doing it alone produced greater benefits in all round mental health too!

  1. Building the habit

Habits take time to build. One of the best ways to start building your running habit is to have a structured plan as to when you’re going to train rather than just running when you feel like it. Running with a friend, or group, is a great way to proactively plan your running.

  1. Push yourself

Hitting a new PB is something the majority of us will strive for once we’ve caught the running bug. Completing a 5k or 10k PB on your own can be tough and requires incredible effort and determination. If you’ve ever run at an event, you’ll have experienced that running alongside and around others has a huge impact on your own motivation, and therefore likelihood of performing well. Research has shown that working alongside and/or with others increases our levels of motivation and as a result, how long and hard we exercise for.

  1. Build bonds

Running as part of a group or with a friend means you sweat, struggle, and grind through it as one. When groups go through adversity together, strong bonds are made. There’s no better way to meet new people and build new connections than to collectively tackle something. Hitting the hills with others means you’ll also experience support, having to help motivate others, and share wins together. All of these are great experiences that help us thrive day to day.

Bolton Arena Community Run Group was set up as a partnership between Bolton Arena, and long-established athletics club Horwich RMI Harriers, to encourage newer runners to be part of a group and to have fun exercising together.

We welcome anyone who is interested in the social aspect of running with others in a variety of sessions, which include steady runs around Horwich and Lostock, hill sessions and interval training.

Simply turn up on the night or pre book by visiting https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/BoltonArenaCRG

For more information contact 01204 488100 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

For more information about our Community Run Group,
please call us on 01204 488104 or email memberships@boltonarena.com

Call us on 01204 488100 or email info@boltonarena.com