So there are lots of running club choices out there, so why chose the yellow army? What makes us so different from the other groups?
"Kayleigh's group has grown so much. Why not ours? What do they do differently?"
I saw this on another running site, what makes the yellow army special I think is also our individual touch, our ideas and how our leaders personalities come across through the sessions, website, social media and our own experiences.
My aim for the yellow army is quality over quantity. I want every member to go away thinking" actually I can do this!" I want to share this amazing sport and also the community, the community in which we help and support each other and runs times and positions are irrelevant.
The yellow army began after I did a race in the alps a good friend of mine, who has his own run coaching business, Charlie sharp, had been encouraging me for ages to start a running club of my own, and through my own lack of confidence I kept putting it off saying I wasn't good enough, "Seriously why would people come and run with me?"
I mentioned a challenge to a few ladies, I trained at the gym and said I would help them train for a little local race called the parbold hill race, just a little 11k run with lots of mud, hills and a few obstacles! And that's where it all started!
Encouraging non runners to come give running and outdoor fitness a try. Aimed at beginners like myself a few years before. Individuals who often say , we are not good enough, or fit enough to run. Thinking that we can only race if we are a certain standard, you can't join a running club if you don't fit into a time bracket to run 10k!
How do you get to run at that pace if no one will help you? Encourage and support you? Push you, even nag you to go out and try a run?
So that's how we started and at the race 6 months or so later we had a pretty big army of yellow t-shirts, members stayed to cheer every single member in even waiting till the last runner who was our yellow army member Hannah had run through the finish line with the biggest cheer.
So my mission for the yellow army is simple to help encourage people to realise what they are capable of, what their mind and body can achieve and you don't have to be a certain dress size, figure, weight, age etc to experience the running community.
What also makes the yellow army special is we are not some numpties taking the group that just like to run. Between myself and Daddy Dave we have experience and qualifications. I am a level 3 personal trainer, we have both done our fell leadership course and are insured. On the team we also have a nutritionist, and ski instructor so he is highly qualified in his mountain skills and mountain related safety certificates, and well Daddy Dave's running CV is pretty impressive, I know I'm biased but it does speak for itself!
Daddy Dave's running CV:
JUST A SELECT FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE RACES/CHALLENGES
2006: DADDY DAVE JOINED THE NEWBRUGH NOMADS AGED 46
2008: COMPLETED THE BOB GRAHAM ROUND IN 22 HOURS 18 MINS
2008: PARBOLD HILL RACE IN 46.11
2009: COMPLETED THE ULTRA TRAIL MONT BLANC, 100 MILER IN 38 HOURS 58
2009: WAINWRIGHT 7 IN 19 HOURS 57
2009:TOUR OF PENDLE 2 HOURS 54
2009: OLD COUNTY TOPS IN 8 HOURS 42
2010: ULTRA TRAIL MONT BLANC CAME 147TH
2010: FELLSMAN IN 15 HOURS 04
2010: HOWARTH HOBBLE 32 MILES IN 4 HOURS 51
2010: ROUND ROTHERHAM 50 MILES IN 8 HOURS 51
2011: JOSS NAYLOR CHALLENGE 11 HOURS 34
2011: TDS 23 HOURS 54
2012: ULTRA TRAIL MONT BLANC
2012: LAKELAND 100 IN 27 HOURS 20
2012: WASDALE FELL RACE 5:05
2012: ENNERDALE HORSESHOE IN 4:51
2013: LANGDALE HORSE SHOE 2 HOURS 49
2013: BORROWDALE FELL RACE 3 HOURS 53
2014: ULTRA TRAIL MONT BLANC IN 36 HOURS 25
2014: SOLO JERRY CHARNLEY CHALLENGE IN 13 HOURS 10 AND AGAIN IN 13 HOURS 25
The yellow army team also make the club what it is today and that can't be described.
but there is no egos, everyone is supportive and encouraging and we celebrate individuals success, and that comes all forms, that success is often being able to get to the top of a hill only stopping 3 times and last week they stopped 4, why would you not celebrate this? awesome
Daddy dave always says commit to be fit!
that doesn't mean you have to be the fittest, have a 6 pack and run 10k in a record time, fitness is individual, its doing something to help your mind, body and soul, giving you a feel good feeling or a boost. fitness doesn't have to be in a gym or running its just increasing your activity, washing the car, hoovering the house, dancing around the kitchen to your favourite song, its moving that little bit more than normal. It's also the community, its letting go of the days stresses, it's chatting to someone about anything and everything, that might be the only person they speak to that day, it's about letting go of frustrations, sharing experiences to help others. Commit to helping your mental health and some quality you time.