Recently, the Fliers’ group leaders had a very productive meeting discussing how to take the group forward. Here are the minutes from the meeting 🙂

Mental Health Ambassador

Charlotte is working very closely with other running groups at the moment. As much as possible our aim is to continue encouraging everyone to #runandtalk to improve their mental well-being through running and to help break down the stigma associated with mental health. There are so many benefits of running, and not all are physical. Running can help relieve stress and anxiety, as well as improve self-confidence. The Fliers are also looking into the possibility of working with the charity ‘addaction’ who support people suffering from drug abuse and mental health issues.

Monday Night Running

For the foreseeable future, official runs on a Monday night will remain as the first Monday of the month (due to leader availability and leader to runner ratios) 6.30-7.30pm. However, there will be ‘Run With Friends’ events from time to time on a Monday night.

Running For Everyone

On official run group nights our aim is to make the sessions as inclusive as possible for all abilities. We ask that runners have an idea of the session they want to participate in before the start of the event.

Running Events

We thought it would be a good idea to promote local running events and aim to have a good turn out of Fliers so that we can enjoy the events as a group. At the end of last year, lots of Fliers participated in the Saltford Dash. This year, we’re supporting the Forest of Dean Half marathon (19th March), the Frenchay 10k (9th April) and the St Peter’s Hospice Tour de Bristol (8th April – http://tourdebristol.stpetershospice.org.uk/enter-the-ride/). Of course, we will always support our local parkrun events and hopefully arrange some parkrun tourism in the summer.

The Fliers’ Website

The website receives a lot of traffic which is amazing. Matt is constantly looking at ways to improve it and is thankful for any offers of support in this department. Let him know if you can help (i.e. If website design is part of your job).

Developing Others – Obtaining a LiRF

Matt, Jer, George and James are currently leading a Male C25k programme for Sportspound in order to secure funding for a new leader. Funding from Mangotsfield Festival has paid for Jer’s leadership qualification and the remainder is going towards funding Charlotte (Mental Health Ambassador) who is training in Exeter at the end of February. Our aim is to raise more money to fund more leaders as we believe in developing others to achieve their potential. In a recent Survey Monkey questionnaire, several group members expressed an interest in becoming a leader but didn’t assign their name to the request. Please let us know who are so we can action plan for the future 🙂

Building Capacity Within

There are several members of the Fliers who have specific skills that they are willing to share with the group. Amy Johns will kindly deliver a ‘hypnotherapy sports talk’ for us in the near future and resident firefighter Andy Baker is prepared to lead a first aid course for us (which we have heard is amazing from others that have done it). If you have a specific skill set that you think would benefit the group, please let us know.

Celebration Shirts

Lots of runners in the group have set themselves targets this year to achieve a C25k, 10k, half marathon or full marathon. To celebrate these achievements (when obtained) we have designed some new shirts which you might want to buy. More details to follow.

Fund Raising

As we are a free running group and make no money from the sale of clothing, we are constantly looking into ways to raise money to pay for new leaders. The run leaders are looking into organising a fun night (quiz, Mr & Mrs, games etc) at various venues (whether it be Stanbridge Primary, Downend Secondary or somewhere else. If anyone knows of a venue which we could hire for a minimal cost, let us know.

Sponsorship

We are currently sponsored by Ocean estate agents and they have sponsorship exclusivity for the upcoming year for adult shirts. We’d like to organise a relay run between branches in the near future to show our appreciation.

Community Work

We believe that we should support the community which we serve as much as possible. We are looking into doing ‘Tea & Chat’ runs for local residential homes and working with youth groups to encourage children running in the community. This month (Feb), we are going to support the Keep Bristol Warm campaign in the city centre. If there is a community project you think that we should get involved in, let us know 🙂