SOUTH Tyneside’s largest sporting club is adding another string to its bow.
Rugby, cricket, tennis and squash are already on offer at South Shields and Westoe Club in Dean Road.
Now, in a bid to get people fit, continue the Olympic legacy of London 2012 and encourage cross-sport working, a new running club will meet for the first time on Monday
It will be open to people of all abilities and ages, and qualified coaches and trainers will be on hand to put people through their paces.
Athlete and borough Olympic torch bearer Nick Ridgeon has been brought in to offer his expertise.
Mr Ridgeon said the aim was to make the running club “less intimidating” than others, and to provide a platform for runners of all abilities to prepare for events such as the Great North Run.
The aim is also to enable members to branch out into other sports.
He said: “People are often put off from taking part in sports because they think they are not fit enough.
“The training here will offer a pathway to take part in other sports.
“People can choose to stay and run or take up rugby, squash or whatever they care to. You don’t have to be sports-specific. It will provide an alternative to running on the seafront and will be less intimidating than some existing running clubs. Everyone will be welcome here, no matter what their level of ability is.
“There are 12 weeks or so to go before the Great North Run, and people will be able to get the perfect build-up here, with all the support they need from the coaching staff.”
Duncan Murray, chairman of the club, said: “It will be open to people from six to 60 and beyond.
“It is all about getting fit and getting involved with sport. People can either run or walk with the squad. It’s about continuing the legacy of the Olympics.”
Entry is just £2 and for the first month the first soft drink will be free of charge.
Anyone wanting to join up can go along to the club on Monday from 6pm to 7pm.
For more information can call 07939 165679 or 456 1506.