‘GIRLS ON THE MOVE’ ARE SET TO POUND THE STREETS OF PENARTH

Girls who take up running could one day find themselves in the Cardiff Half Marathon could

Girls who take up running could – one day – find themselves in the Cardiff Half Marathon

The super-fit, and – some might say –  provocatively-named, group “Women Running Penarth” is already a well established feature of the Sunday morning street scene in Penarth – but now there’s a new street-jogging group being formed for younger females .

  “Girls on the Move” is a  new girls-only running group being set up in Penarth this month to encourage more girls aged between 14 and 18 to become more physically active.

The new group  is part of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s “Sports and Play” initiative. .The group gets going on January 16th and will be led by specialist female coaches.

There’ll be runs every Monday and every Thursday between 16:00 and 17:00 – beginning with indoor circuits at Penarth Leisure Centre which will help newcomers to the sport find their running feet. After the first two weeks the group will continue to meet at Penarth Leisure Centre – but will get out on the streets and jog to different areas of Penarth.

Cllr Gwyn John

Cllr Gwyn John

The results of a recent school sports survey showed that girls wanted more opportunities to run in Penarth . Now they’ve got them.

Cllr Gwyn John, Vale of Glamorgan Council ‘cabinet’ member for  Leisure Services, said  the group would offer a “safe and friendly way to start running, and is perfect for girls aged 14-18 with limited or no experience in running.”

Those interested can contact Sophie Wilkinson at slwilkinson@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.

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13 Responses to ‘GIRLS ON THE MOVE’ ARE SET TO POUND THE STREETS OF PENARTH

  1. Jenny says:

    How appalling.

  2. 249ers says:

    Jenny, what objections do you have to :- “Girls on the Move” is a new girls-only running group being set up in Penarth this month to encourage more girls aged between 14 and 18 to become more physically active?
    Why do you think this group and its aims are ‘appalling’?

  3. Dave says:

    typo I think she meant appealing

  4. Sally says:

    Instilling competitive narcissism at a young age, I expect.
    Have you ever seen a female jogger in Penarth who doesn’t think an awful lot of herself?

    • Woman who runs in Penarth says:

      Wow… that’s quite a negative comment to make, has something happened to upset you? Plus, in order to quantify that statement, you’d have needed to speak individually to every single female ‘jogger’ in Penarth, unless you are lucky enough to have the power to read minds?

      Any jogger/runner out there, of any gender, size or experience is out there doing something to improve their wellbeing. I thoroughly recommend it, especially over making negative and incorrect sweeping statements via a news website.

      Sally- I’d happily take you for a run one day, just shout 🙂

      • pompousfruit says:

        As long as they aren’t running along busy main roads or along the High Street during rush hour then I don’t see a problem. It often makes me laugh to see women running past a park in daylight hours that they could use to run in. Running on grass doesn’t cause as much injury to the knees as running on hard tarmac does

    • Lindsay says:

      I’ve never stopped one in order to find out

    • snoggerdog says:

      the man in the mirror tells me every morning that im the most handsome man in penarth,so i give him a shave !

  5. AK says:

    Brilliant idea to get girls of that age out in the fresh air and away from instagram and Twitter.

    As for the negative comments, the detractors have clearly not seen the red faces sweaty (sorry – glowing) red faces at the top of the zig zag till.

    Run and enjoy

  6. Grapas14 says:

    Hi Sally, In answer to your question – yes I have seen a lot of female joggers in Penarth who do not think an awful lot of themselves; I have come across many people who have taken up the sport as they lacked confidence and were unhappy with an aspect of themselves whether it be related to appearance, health or something else. Many of these people took a long time to work up the courage to go out and run in public where they are exposed to judgement by others. I have nothing but respect and encouragement for anyone trying to better themselves by involvement in any kind of sport. The only person most amateur runners I know are competing with is themselves for the purpose of self improvement.

    You may want to take up the kind offer from “woman who runs in Penarth” and join her for a run one day, I’m sure you will be welcomed and supported just like anyone else.

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