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Run for your life – it’s running month at Melton Sports

October is Running Month at Melton Sports with our #RunEveryDay challenge, Beat the Clocks promotion and a free sports massage clinic.

Running is one of the most effective ways to get fit, lose weight and improve both your heart health and mental well-being so we think it deserves its own month in the sporting calendar.

Once again we are teaming up with Ron Hill, the leading British running brand, to share and celebrate the simple joys of running.

The idea is to encourage people to put together their own run streak and share their experiences via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help spread the #RunEveryDay message.

A run streak can be anything, a week, 10 days, 20 days or the full 31, whatever you feel comfortable with or have time for.

And every run counts, be it a club run, parkrun or organised race, a breakfast run, a run-home-from-work run or night-time run. In other words, short or long, quick or slow, it doesn’t matter as long as you go!

To give you that extra little motivation we will have a few small prizes to give away to support the campaign and mark the launch of Ron Hill’s autumn/winter range at Melton Sports – so make sure you share your runs and pictures via our social media platforms @meltonsports

One thing we feel strongly about is runner safety which is why we have a Beat the Clocks promotion to mark the end of British Summer Time.

Wearing bright and reflective clothing and having a light or head torch is a must as the nights draw in so for every Ron Hill rain jacket sold customers can pick a pair of Hilly running socks (worth £9-13) up for free.

And to keep everyone fit and injury-free we will be joined by sports massage therapist Emma Sharkey in the shop on Saturday, October 6 (11am to 2pm) for a drop-in advice session. Short treatments and taping will be available and no appointments are necessary, just pop in.

There is lots out there for new or returning runners. You can hardly miss Melton Running Club which meets at Parkside by the borough council offices on Mondays (6.30pm). It offers a number of routes from 5k to 10k and runs a beginners’ 10-week running course twice a year.

There is now also a satellite club, MRC Asfordby (Wednesdays at the Parish Hall, 6.30pm), while in the Vale RunFit Melton Belvoir offers group sessions for adults and children aged eight-plus (Long Clawson Village Hall, Tuesdays during term-time 6pm). We will be taking our pop up shop to RunFit on October 9, Melton Running Club on October 15 and MRC Asfordby on November 7. Check out all these clubs on Facebook.

And, of course, there is parkrun, the free timed 5k runs which are held every Saturday at 9am. Melton Country Park is your ‘home’ parkrun but many runners enjoy being ‘tourists’ and visit others such as Rutland Water, Dishley Park Loughborough, Rushcliffe, Belton House in Grantham and Victoria Park and Braunstone in Leicester.

If you get the ‘running bug’ then England Athletics affiliated club Stilton Striders may well be for you. Club runs on Wednesday evenings are either road or trail runs depending on the time of year while there are coached ‘drills and skills’ sessions on Thursdays and a social run on Fridays before the weekend’s exertions.

The club caters for all with groups of runners also enjoying cross-country, fell running and orienteering, marathon and ultra running, duathlon and triathlon. For more, and details about the Junior Striders, visit

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