There was some great news for the Jog Derbyshire team last month as leaders and groups scooped regional awards in the Derbyshire Sports Awards.
Jog Duffield leader Julie Corne and Derby based Pride Joggers leader Helen Purdy won the Community Award at the Derby City Sports Awards.
Hadfield based Start2Jog with leaders Barry Sherwood, Mel Greenwood and Sue Brocklehurst won the Active 4 Life Award and were runners up in the Club of the Year and Community Award in the High Peak Sports Awards. They also went forward to the countywide awards where they enjoyed a star-studded evening at the Derby Roundhouse.
Helen and Julie
These two jog leaders won the Community Award for their commitment to organising the monthly Kedleston Trails over the past five years. They worked with the National Trust to make the event successful, giving people the chance to take part in a fun, friendly jog in the beautiful surroundings of the stately home grounds.
This comes in addition to their own weekly beginner groups in Duffield and Derby. They’ve helped many people to experience the physical, mental and emotional benefits of getting active with others outdoors.
Julie said: “Jog Derbyshire is a brilliant project to be involved with as it is all about getting people running for fitness without the ‘scariness’ of a traditional running club.
“We felt proud to be nominated, let alone winning the community award! It was also a benefit to raise the profile of such an excellent project as Jog Derbyshire. It was an honour to spend an evening with local sports stars.”
Helen said: “My involvement with Jog Derbyshire is my proudest achievement. Our group isn’t the biggest but we’ve been going for eight years and more than 80 people have given running a go with us. Some have gone on to do half-marathons, marathons and even triathlons but what makes me smile the most is when a complete beginner completes their first non-stop run. There’s nothing better than helping someone who thinks they can’t do it to realise they actually can.
“Through Jog Derbyshire I’ve made lots of friends, been able to help with other Derby running events and of course shared the joy of the Kedleston Trails. Happy days!
The Hadfield based group won the Active 4 Life Award for making a difference to the health and wellbeing of a wide variety of people in their local area.
The group started off small back in 2015 with leader and keen runner Barry going out with a couple of local women who were new to jogging and wanted to get fit. It grew quickly from there with the group now including a massive 100 people. Ages range from 16-years to 70-years and include a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.
The club is now affiliated with England Athletics and joined Jog Derbyshire over a year ago. They continue to go from strength to strength
Barry said: “We were really pleased to win the High Peak award. We had a great time at the Derbyshire Sports Awards evening. Even though we didn’t win that one it was nice to be in the company of people like Olympians and businesses. We were the only running group from Derbyshire there so that’s not bad for our little group from Hadfield!
“It’s great being a part of Jog Derbyshire. We’re fairly similar in terms of outlook and ethos so it’s a good fit. We love being part of things like Jog into January – being able to hand medals and certificates out to people who couldn’t run as far as their lounge window before they started is a great feeling.”