A CELEBRATION running event was held in Hinckley last weekend (Saturday 21 March) as a thank you to inspirational run leader Denise Larrad.
The thank you event was organised by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council's Active Together Team and involved beginner running teams taking part in a relay around the 3-2-1 Run England route at Hollycroft Park.
Since becoming the local Torch Bearer for the London Olympics 2012, Denise has proved to be a committed leader of beginner running groups in Barwell and Hinckley and is always out with her runners in all weathers.
As well as a run leader, Denise is also a volunteer for Age UK LSR and an events assistant with the Borough Council.
Any money she earns through her running groups goes to charity. “I don’t do any of this for money,” she said, "I do it because I want to encourage more people to get more active and show them how fun it can be.
"You don’t have to be an athlete to join my running sessions as they are for beginners. We are such a friendly group and everyone is so welcoming”.
Denise is currently running two beginners groups for people who want to take up jogging for the first time in a controlled environment.
One of the groups meets every Tuesday at 9.20am in Richmond Park, Richmond Road, Hinckley, while the other group meets every Tuesday at 6.30pm at the George Ward Centre, Church Lane, Barwell.
Both groups charge £2 per session and hi-vis vests are provided on dark evenings.