Border Striders hit the track for fun and fitness
YOU may have seen them come flying past or perhaps heard the distant sound of the whistle.
No, it's not another fun run or race, but simply the Border Striders running group getting through their weekly sessions.
Border Striders is a running club attended by more than 200 runners, with ages ranging from 7-years-old to Master runners in their 40s.
The club holds sessions across South East Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and of course, the three sessions each week held at various locations on the Northern New South Wales Coast.
The coach, Brian Chapman established Border Striders in 1991, after an extremely successful running career which saw him take out places in prestigious marathons.
"I wanted to pass my knowledge onto younger runners," Brian said.
"They are the ones with the incredible talent; I am just here to make sure their talent isn't wasted."
It may sound crazy, who would want to train to run? However, Brian's squad is the leading junior long-distance squad in the country and more the half the group has competed at state level, with many moving on to national and international events.
"I have been with Brian for years, we are like a big family," said Leshay Wells, one of Brian's most successful tweed runners.
Whether someone is a world class runner, making an attempt to get fit or just another opportunity for parents to let their little ones get rid of some excess energy, Border Striders will welcome anyone with motivation and a pair of running shoes.
Visit borderstriders.net to find out more