These ladies are infected! No not by COVID – by the RUNNING BUG. And they are on a mission to share the benefits of getting out and active in the fresh air with other women in Calderdale.

The Running Aunties is a running and walking group aimed at women of colour. Bernadette Stancliffe, Tahreen Iqbal and Shanaz Fazal started the group when they realised there was a gap locally for running opportunities that cater specifically for BAME women.

Bernadette said,

When you want to take that first step into physical activity it’s so important to be able to see people like you represented. Running has an amazing effect on people; it changes their lives and gives people improved self esteem. We hope when people see a group of Black and Asian women running, they might feel inspired to run too.

The Running Aunties meet on Sunday mornings at 8.45am starting at the Salterhebble entrance of the Canal where there is parking and it is accessible.

Safe and social distancing compliant, There is a walking option too for members who do not feel able to run. Beginner runners will be supported to start the NHS 0 – 5k 8 week programme.

For more information, please contact Bernadette on 07901378786 or by emailing bernadettestancliffe@gmail.com.

“With special thanks to Kevin Shields from RIOT RUNNERS who inspired and supported us to get moving 12 months ago” – the Running Aunties

For support getting into physical activity, call Staying Well on 01422 392767