My running club struggles to attract and retain women (in contrast to almost every other running club in the country!) and is currently going through some soul searching over the possible reasons and potential remedies. My thoughts are that the pace of the runs is too fast. I like the club, and running 4 or 5 miles on a Thursday night at a higher pace than I’m used to is good for my running however I can’t do my long runs with them: I’m dropped within a mile and the remainder of the run is soul destroying.
Yesterday at parkrun, I was chatting to two of my female club-mates who are also parkrun regulars. We were discussing the issue and discovered we all felt the same about the pace of the longer runs, so we decided to form a one off breakaway group and run together this morning.
We met at 10 am in a cold and frosty Victoria Park (strangely empty without the usual 200 other runners) and headed towards the River Clyde. It was not quite as icy as I expected, although we took to the grass verges from time to time. We ran 6 miles at a nice easy 11:00 min/mile pace and were able to chat and enjoy the scenery, which was at its best.
Now I’m off to a club meeting for jog leaders. One of the agenda items? How to retain women in the club 🙂
Running: 14.1 miles