In 2014 Dick Griffin (who at the time was President of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC) and his two close friends, Lisa Richards and Jo Clarke, talked about the possibility of starting a voluntary running course to encourage people to take up running.
Joined by their shared love of running, and a desire to help non-runners discover health, fitness and the fun that running in a supportive and motivational group could bring, they decided to start a group to help people achieve what seemed almost impossible for them – taking part in a 5km parkrun in 9-10 weeks.
In September 2014, having placed a few posters around local Norman Park advertising the course, fourteen people turned up on a brisk Autumnal morning and Zero to Hero Runners was born.
That first course was a massive success. All participants completed the parkrun....and loved it! Word of mouth spread, and the second course brought 20 people. By the end of 2015 more than 150 previously self confessed non-runners had taken part in the parkrun, and eight more coaches had qualified to help with the growing numbers. Graduates of the course come back weekly to go on an ‘improvers’ run of four or more miles at a brisker, more challenging pace. Regular runner Wendy Leach opens the cafe at the Athletics Track and after the weekly run everyone can catch up over homemade soup, bacon rolls and cups of tea.
Twice a week Wendy holds a session at the park so that runners can complete their 'homework' in a group setting.
Pro-Active Bromley became involved and funding was secured for the additional training and equipment. In December of 2015 the group was nominated for Sports Club of the Year at the London Sports Awards.
We meet on Wednesday mornings in the Norman Park carpark at 10am....see contacts page for details of our next course.
We are a non-profit group that is committed to working with you to gain the running results you want. Whether your aim is to run a distance you never have before, perhaps lose weight and tone up, or just meet new friends, we can help you achieve your running goals.