The mayor of Ealing attended as a new running club was officially launched in Southall.
Southall Running Club was set up by Kelvin Walker, the race director of Ealing Half Marathon, and Southall resident Jags Sanghera.
The event took place on Tuesday evening (25 August) at Ealing Council’s recently refurbished Spikes Bridge Park, in Southall, where the club meets each week.
Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer came along, with local councillors, Atul Pathak OBE (APPT Corp), as well as representatives of London Tigers, Ealing Police, Southall Community Alliance and Ealing Half Marathon.
Kelvin and Jags set the club up because they wanted to do something to address local participation levels in sport while improving people’s health and fitness. The club now has more than 50 registered users and has a weekly attendance of more than 25 people of all ages and abilities every Tuesday evening.
Jags said: “I had never run in my life before and when Kelvin approached me last year I jumped at the chance to improve my own health, which was not in great shape. Less than a year later I am testament to the benefits of running and keeping fit because I am now in the best shape I have been for years and made many new friends at the club.”
“We were delighted to help set up the Southall running group,” added Kelvin. “The aim of the Ealing Half Marathon CIC, a formal not-for-profit organisation, is to get more people running more often. The response in Southall has been amazing and, together with our school visits, shows what an incredible community we have in west London.
“Jags is a great community champion and it has been a pleasure to see the group grow under his guidance. He is now a qualified running leader and has made the sessions fun, working alongside other leaders who we have trained.”
The free sessions have proved so popular that the pair are now looking to extend the sessions to Southall Park and it is hoped that one day Southall will have its own annual fun run and timed run event.
You can find more information about the club on the Ealing Half Marathon website.