A Penwortham running group was out over the weekend dressed in rainbow colours to raise funds for Lancashire Teaching Hospital.
The Penwortham Pavemnet Plodders is a group set up earlier this year as an online community for people in the area to chat and share tips about exercise.
The members got dressed up in bright colours this weekend to take part in the Virtual Rainbow Run for the local NHS charity. Lancs Teaching Hospital raises vital funds to support Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals.
Nicola Macken founded the running group as a online community after noticing many other runners in her area:
“This group has been going since the beginning of February. I started doing the couch to 5K in January and I was doing it for a few weeks going along Liverpool Road and on the bypass up to Hutton and I noticed how many people were also doing it.
“I thought it would be quiet cool to have a space where people could just chat and share tips. I had a search around on Facebook and found a few proper running groups but there didn’t seem to be an online community just for chatting so I started a group myself.”
Nicola didn’t expect the group to grow as quickly as it did and is very happy with what it has become:
“I invited a few friends and didn’t expect it to take off much but It really did, we’ve got around 300 members in the group now. We were planning to have a meet up in person but then Covid came along and got in the way but that didn’t stop it becoming a really nice online community, I think more so because of lockdown it has just provided a nice motivational environment for everyone.”
The Plodders is for all ages and ability levels, they set each other challenges to encourage everyone to get out and about:
“We started running weekly challenges, things like encouraging people to visit local landmarks like the Penwortham pylon. It provided that motivation for people even if it’s just a walk or a jog, we’ve got some hardcore runners as well.
“It has become a supportive community for people who are even different levels, my run is more like a walk for some people but we have people that will go out and just smash a half marathon on the weekend.”
The Penwortham mum liked the sound of joining in with the Virtual Rainbow Run and the members really got behind it:
“My son goes to Whitefield and they sent around a poster about the charity organising the Virtual Rainbow Run for October and they were asking people to organise their own events to feed into their wider fundraising, it was themed around rainbows which were used in lockdown for carers and NHS workers and things like that and I thought it would be a good thing for us to do and would link in nicely to our weekend challenges.
“We already have a few people in our group which are NHS workers and it just felt like a nice thing to support that we could raise some money for but people have really got behind it and we have raised around £1400 over the weekend.”
You can still donate to help the Plodders raise as much as possible for Lancashire Teaching Hospital by clicking here.
If you would like to join the Penwortham Pavement Plodders, check out their Facebook group here.