St Austell Running Club (STARC) started in October 2007 to serve St Austell and the surrounding area and is still actively recruiting members. All levels of ability are welcomed and a weekly training schedule has been established to cater for experienced runners and newcomers / beginners. Each weekly training session is part of a structured plan geared towards certain races, and can be as intense as the individual wishes to make it. The training schedule is updated on a monthly basis and posted on the STARC website www.staustellrunningclub.co.uk so club members and visitors can see in advance what the session will be. The STARC website is constantly up-dated and includes all aspects of club and Cornish road running activities, with details of clubnight training, etc.
Based at Tregorrick Park (St Austell Rugby Club), we meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. for a 6.45 p.m. training session. Experienced Group Leaders and qualified Coaches, take charge of running groups ranging from beginners through to established runners, ensuring that no-one trains alone. We have a ‘Foundation Group’, especially for beginners and these runners receive specialist support to gain confidence, before joining the main training groups. A ‘Progression Group’ was started in October 2010, where members from the Foundation Group can run further, but at the same pace. A rota of experienced Group Leaders and Coaches has been established to take the ‘Foundation and Progression Groups’ each Tuesday and Thursday. A ‘Run / Walk’ beginners group was started in April 2010 and meets at 6.30 p.m. on Mondays, at Tregorrick Park (St Austell Rugby Club) . This group is now a firmly established part of STARC, and there are regularly up to 40 partaking each week. Many have progressed to the ‘Foundation Group’ and mainstream running groups of the main club, and are now participating in local races. STARC are rightly proud of this Monday Run / Walk Group, which has been quite inspirational since it’s inception. Support and constructive help and advice is widely available throughout the club, so please ask if you have any questions.
We are very committed to training Coaches and Group Leaders and have invested in the qualifying of around 40 members in these capacities.
Throughout the year, we organise track sessions at the nearby Par Running Track where we hire the facilities for floodlit speed sessions. Our club coaches encourage members of all abilities to improve their fitness with shorter, faster training efforts. These sessions are carefully structured and proving popular on a Tuesday at 6.30p.m. There is a small charge for track hire with these sessions. Throughout the winter months the runs follow street lit routes around St Austell and Carlyon Bay, but when the lighter evenings arrive we go ‘off-road’ as much as possible, using the Pentewan Trail, cliff paths, clay trails, Rugby Club fields etc. Longer social runs on a Sunday morning are very successful in building up stamina base and commence from various locations around the area each week. Members run in groups depending on ability for longer distances than is possible on clubnights, which are invaluable to build up stamina for longer races such as half-marathons or marathons. It is much easier to run in company than on your own!! We now have around 290 paid-up members, with an average of 70-80 training regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The club take a very active part in the Cornish Road Running and Multi – Terrain Grand Prix series of races that are run across Cornwall, and encourage all our members to participate, even if it’s in the shorter races. We also have an active Triathlon section and supported the recent qualification of a Grade 2 Coach for training purposes. The Triathletes compete regularly at triathlons locally and further afield, with much success. STARC assists with the Sticker 5 (5 Mile Road Running GP Race on June 15th 2013), the Boconnoc 5 (5 Mile Multi-Terrain GP race on July 4th, 2013) and the Imerys Clay Country Marathon (full and half marathons on 19th May 2013). All these runs have accompanying 1 Mile Fun Runs which is important as it is an introduction to active sport for youth throughout the local community.
STARC also host a Duchy Athletics Network 5k race at the Rugby Club. This is a part of the DAN 5k series of races.
Club vests, in traditional St Austell purple, with the STARC logo are available and we also have t-shirts, hoodies and reflective t-shirts and bibs for the winter months, when it is a club rule to wear reflective tops for obvious safety reasons. This club kit is available at the local specialist running shop at Carlyon Bay, Personal Best Running Store.
If you are interested in coming along to a clubnight, bring your kit and trainers, with a reflective top for safety (in Winter only), and you will be welcomed on any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Changing and showering facilities are available at the Rugby Club. Annual Membership is currently £37 per year, from the Annual General Meeting in October. £7.50 of this is paid to the Rugby Club for use of facilities and Social Membership, with £10 to UK Athletics for an individual Race Licence. The remaining £19.50 goes towards general club funds. If you would like to join the club, please contact the Membership Secretary.
For further details concerning any aspect of STARC please contact Terry Wyatt, our Webmaster, via the website or any of the following Officers: Chairman Terry Wyatt 07801304085 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Andy Trudgian 07840 681649 email@example.com Membership Secretary Jane Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org