are you a Jolly Jogger ?

A new beginners jog group in New Mills is looking to welcome more friendly faces in 2017.

Elinor Doherty set up the Jolly Joggers group three months ago and already sees around 15 people regularly attending free Sunday morning jogs.

The Birch Vale resident undertook a Leader in Running Fitness course after being inspired by her friend and fellow jog leader, Jon Clare, and heading out with Lyme Runners in Disley.

Elinor, who is a Cover Supervisor at Glossopdale Community College, said: “I just wanted to give people a friendly, non-intimidating way of getting into running. It’s so good for mental health and fitness and it can be a real joy and make you feel great about yourself. I love seeing the Jolly Joggers get better and the walkers get their jog on; it’s so nice, makes me a bit emotional actually!

“I am not a fast runner myself, and running clubs are intimidating for me – the leader of the group! I don’t run fast, I sometimes walk a bit, but I do it and I feel great when I do, so I wanted other people to have that. Some people hadn’t jogged at all when they first started, and now parkrun and 10k routes are in their sights; I am really proud of them all.”

Local resident, Andy Birchenall is a member of the group. He commented: “Having had a close call with Cancer last year I decided it was time to get myself a little fitter and healthier. I cannot praise highly enough the way that the Jolly Joggers have made me feel; so welcome and part of a fun team, well done to all of you! I have just done Lyme Park parkrun for the first time and looking forward to a jolly 2017!”

Fellow Jolly Jogger, Michelle Thorpe added: “I decided to go along as I’d started running earlier in the year and find it much more enjoyable when running with company. With the Jolly Joggers encouragement and support, I completed my first ever 10k just before Christmas. Some of us walk, some of us run, but above all, we have fun!”

Lizzie Barber said: “I was big into running and cycling three years ago but a massive change in my home life put my fitness on the back burner. I did run occasionally but not enough to maintain fitness or keep off weight. I started a run challenge in October last year, where I ran a mile a day. I was just finding my mojo when the Jolly Joggers was formed and I thought hallelujah as I was able to run with company again. From past experiences, running with friends motivates you more and allows you to meet like-minded people.”

The Jolly Joggers meet at the start of the The Torrs, next to Ensor Way (in-between the Co-op store and bus stop), at 10.30am on Sundays.  For more information, find New Mills Jolly Joggers on Facebook or email Elinor on

Or you can come and help raise funds for the group at the Visit New Mills Quizit in February


with thanks to Rebecca Cassidy

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