Health staff hotfoot it to prestigious award
A team of health workers from Bury who found a shared love in running have won an award at this years’ Bury 10k race!
The ‘Silver Street Striders’, a running club made up of staff from NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recently learnt they won the Mixed Team Challenge award in this year’s Bury 10k organised by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Run For All, with an average race time of 46 minutes and 12 seconds.
Running as a group, called The Silver Street Striders (as the CCG’s headquarters is on Silver Street, Bury), brought the team closer as colleagues and friends, whilst getting fit in the process.
Glyn Williams, a Business Analyst from NHS Bury CCG brought the group together, he said: “We started off as a group of like-minded colleagues who wanted to get a little fitter and so we started a running club, after work, just once a week. Some of the group were already seasoned runners whilst others were starting from scratch. We set ourselves a challenge of running a 5k race and built up using the ‘Couch to 5k programme’ run, then following on from that achievement some of the group felt confident enough to sign up as a team for the Bury 10k. Come sun or rain, that didn’t stop us training and it was a great team effort and result in our first race as a team!”
4 runners in the group achieved personal best times in the run.
Silver Street Striders are really setting the pace and leading by example in Bury when it comes to living a healthier, more active lifestyle. In December, some members of the team are taking on board another slightly longer challenge in the form of the Stockport 10 mile race, and there are plans for another ‘Couch to 5k programme’ to introduce other staff members to running.