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glrc1.pngI started running because I realised that I spent so much time worrying about the fact that I didn't exercise that it would be less taxing to get on and do something!

I had never been particularly 'sporty', hated getting sweaty and would always end up with a headache if I exerted myself even a little, but at 36, I was hurtling towards the big 40.

One night I announced to Stef that I was setting my alarm for 6am and I was going for a run. I can't remember his exact response but I imagine he was shocked and be-mused!.

I did a lap of The High Street and Brookhouse Road, I was absolutely shattered but determined to keep going. 

Every day I would run to an extra lamppost until finally I could manage 5km

I started running with my Dad (Bootcamp Bob), he knows lots of exciting new routes, and having ran daily for over 30 years, including Marathons, I was able to pick his brains.

My first race was the Gnosall 10km in 2014, which I ran with Lorraine and Maria. Gnosall Ladies Running Club was born! We would run with Dad early every Saturday morning, cross country, and our numbers have grown and grown. 


glrc2.pngI have run lots of 10km races and half Marathons and ran my first full Marathon 2 months ago which I absolutely loved.

Through running, I have learnt so much about myself, my strengths and my weakness'. 

I know my own body so much better and I am so thankful that it is in full working order.

To run through the countryside and being surrounded by nature makes you feel so free and it has helped my mental health so much.

The best thing I have gained in the last few years, is some amazing friendships.... there is something about the joint suffering of a tough run that is really bonding!.

The conversations that you have put on a run are fantastic if not, sometimes surreal so what next for this 'not very sporty ' lady, mmmm..maybe an Ultra Marathon??!!


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Presentation of Gnosall Painting Group’s Fred Price Trophy for drawing

Painting Group2.pngGnosall Painting Group held its annual drawing competition for members of the group on Friday 15th November at Gnosall Methodist Church.

Members of the Group had to draw a picture of a Farm Building using pencil, ink, or charcoal. The winning entry was Carol Perry’s pencil drawing of a barn interior and she is seen in the photograph being presented with the Fred Price trophy for drawing by Bob Spendlove, a well known artist based in Telford, who judged the competition.

Anyone interested in joining the Group, who meet in Gnosall Methodist Church on Fridays, contact Carol Perry on 01785 824917

Nancy Rae Gnosall Painting Group

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