Looe Pioneers Running Club

Run to fitness with the Looe Pioneers

AAA registered

Looe Pioneers at Hannafore in the club's early days - 2005!
Looe has a new and thriving running club, the Looe Pioneers which is for all ages & abilities - there are currently up to 30 - 50 people attending regularly - many children and ladies, new runners and old.

The club meets every Wednesday at 7pm at the Bus shelter near the Bowls Club at Hannafore. 2 or 3 groups of differing abilities then proceed to run/jog from Hannafore to Looe via the Millpool car park / or Shutta area - seafront, & back. The new club has been set up by two keen local runners, school headmaster Roger Carter and Ian Slee, whose daily commute to work until retirement in 2005 was a 5 mile run along the coastal path to
nearby Talland Bay
Visitors and prospective members are always welcome - see below
  The Looe Pioneers at the Cardiff Half Marathon of 2006
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Cardiff Half Marathon 15th October 2006
12 Looe club members ran the Cardiff Half Marathon and one ran the Full Marathon

Back row: John Bowden, Roger Carter, Simon Winfield, Oliver Tuckett, Jack Tuckett

Middle row:
Oliver, Geraldine, Ali, Jane, Lynne Tuckett, Tim

Front row:
Ian, Fred
  Cardiff Half Marathon 2006 - June's Diary: - A first for a lot of us - including myself. Ian and great pal Roger Carter set this club up last year when we retired from running the Beach Cafe in Talland Bay, near Looe. Running has always been Ian's passion and Looe didn't have a club. Ian has now coached many of us through to our 1st half-marathon with smaller/shorter races done in between plus club night every Wednesday and longer runs on Sun am's for the better runners. There are now many children and lady runners making up the majority of the club, and it has all proved quite a local success.
    Sadly, Ian was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in May this year and he can no longer run. However, he was able to make the journey to Cardiff to support the club in the Half and full Marathons. Our 2 sons ran also - one flying in from Spain the night before - and we all ran for Ian. How I managed to complete the distance I will never know and I can't remember running the final lap of the Stadium, but with encouragement from 2 friends I managed it. Thank you Lynne & Geraldine!
    We stayed B&B in Cardiff, enjoyed 2 great meals out - 1 in an Italian, 21 of us on 1 long table! and all thought Cardiff a lovely City. The run was a terrific route - thro' the parks, out to Cardiff Bay and thro' the Castle grounds. To finish in the Millennium Stadium was just amazing - a first for everyone and all were very impressed. A truly great, and for us - v emotional weekend. Thank you Cardiff!
October 2006
  Looe Fun Run - 1st August 2006 (Looe Carnival Week)  

Looe Pioneers pose for press photo

John Gossan - 4th overall, 1st Looe man, 1st male over 50


Roger Carter - Joint founder of Pioneers

Ellen Wilson

Ian - Joint founder of Pioneers

Many club members progressed to competing in local 10k races & half marathons. In September 2005, 6 club members travelled to the New Forest to run the New Forest Half & full Marathon. Barry Mills, Simon Winfield & Sue Williams ably completed the Half whilst Ian, Denis Marsh & Roger Carter bravely ran the full Marathon. Roger scored a personal best on the day which was very creditable as the course was very testing & the weather extremely warm. The Club also entered the Westward Winter League which features a grass track event once a month. The younger members also enjoyed entering the Boconoc 5 mile event, the annual Looe fun-run & recently the Trenode cross-country race.
Events: Sunday 20th November 2005. Cornish Marathon
2 senior Club members, Roger Carter & John Gossan, completed the grueling 26.2 mile course in fine style. This was Roger's 2nd Cornish Marathon appearance & he duly knocked 17 minutes off last year's time. John was pleased with his 1st attempt at the notoriously difficult course, despite suffering with a back injury in the closing stages. Well done to both!

Looe Pioneers invites everyone interested in getting - and keeping - fit - young and old - experienced runners or absolute beginners to join them - telephone Roger Carter at 01503 262566 or June at 01503 264300 to do so. Adults 50p, children (under 18's) free.

The Club is grateful to West Looe Town Trust for its generous help in providing club members with running strip for competitive occasions and registration with the AAA (Amateur Athletic Association)

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