Jake Amos is the founder of the Hitchin Running Club. He was born in Hitchin in 1978. He spent a decade in the construction industry before re-training with several qualifications for the fitness industry. Upon leaving the industry and changing from a poor lifestyle, he joined a gym and started running to lose weight and to get fitter. Shortly after, he formed Hitchin Running Club, in 2007. He has since completed 2 Ironman Triathlons and many marathons and works for North Herts College working with the Sports division. He also met his wife at the running club and they have 2 children. They live in Hitchin.
Hello, we are Hitchin Running Club, or, as we're also known - The Hares!
Sometimes people might be apprehensive about running clubs because they may think that they have to be a serious athlete, or maybe they have had a bad experience before.
When you come along and to the Hitchin Running Club and see what we do, we hope that your mind will be changed.
We have people from all types of backgrounds and abilities, but the most important thing is that running must be fun, because without the enjoyment then it would soon become demotivating.
We formed in 2007 and we started out as a gym class but soon progressed on to a fully functioning organisation so that people from in and around Hitchin had a place to go to run alongside other like-minded people. Hitchin Running Club was formed by Jake Amos and it is based at Hitchin Rugby Club.
The club itself has different club meeting times:
Currently people from 15 to 62 years old run with us
In the winter time, on the first Wednesday of every month we have interval based sessions, that can be either jogging up a hill several times to build up leg strength, or running on flat ground for faster pacing to build our stamina up (helps us to run faster!) or sometimes we do relay running in pairs and groups but altogether though, so that the fun element is always present (and we actually use relay batons too!)
As a club we take part in and also host races,too.
We are part of a summer league that competes against other clubs in the Herts area. A typical race involves turning up, you run, then eat food after! These events are for all abilities too as the winner might get around in about 30 minutes but then the last place person might come home in 1 hour 10 minutes….it's always that person that get the biggest cheers.
We also take part in a winter cross-country league which is just as much fun as the summer league, this time running around in the mud and laughing with other people.
As a club we also host a public race each year in June. It’s called the Hitchin Hares Relay Race. It’s for all abilities and you can make a team of 2-4 people and the course is off road. At the end there is food for all competitors. All the details for this race can be found on the club website.
If you're thinking about joining a local running club, contact Jake through the club website.