We, the Potters Trotters are a group of friendly, enthusiastic and vibrant women who LOVE to run, but also laugh (a lot!), encourage (always!) and challenge ourselves – often achieving a variety of personal goals. We meet at the Brindley Building in Staffordshire University at 6:30pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
The beauty of our club is that we run, yes to keep fit and to improve, reach new heights of achievement, but mostly, to meet people with same interest as us and to form some very special friendships. In my opinion we are the ideal running club – a combination of determination, resilience, inspiration … all sprinkled with FUN! Not that I am biased of course! ;-)
If you don’t believe me, please read some of our comments from members below. Some have been coming to the club for years, but others perhaps only a few months:
Sue: ‘We are real ladies who care about each other, we don't judge abilities and we support each other unconditionally. Everyone is very welcoming.’
Lauren: Before I joined I didn't push myself to run further distances, and didn't have the confidence to sign up for some races alone. The club gave me the motivation and the confidence to do more - the encouragement and kindness shown by everyone is amazing!
Jackie: ‘I had never even done 5k before I joined, and yet I did 8 miles the other week thanks to the encouragement of ladies from the group! There are no worries about being slow, or holding people up.’
Rose: ‘I know many clubs say they are for all but we really are. All speeds and all ages from the very young to the the more mature. We all support and encourage each other’.
Alison: ‘A group of ladies who enjoy running, caring about others within the club and being there for one another, giving support along the way.’
Charlotte: ‘For me, the club has inspired me to enter a wide variety of races and push myself - I never thought that I would do anything like the Thunder Run for example! That was completely out of my comfort zone. Most of all though, the friendships that I have made in joining our club are fantastic and the inspiration from such a lovely group of ladies has been wonderful. Love our club!’
Michelle: ‘I was never sporty at school and began running quite late in life. I find it unbelievable that I have managed two half marathons. Running raises my mood and zest for life. I have met some lovely ladies and formed lasting friendships.’
Helen: ‘I am proud to be a Trotter, I find running one of the hardest and challenging things I have attempted in life but the warm welcome, encouragement and support has made it one of the most rewarding and positive achievements. The group helps us to set and achieve goals.’
Jen: ‘Suffering with mental health issues means I don't always go out, meet new people or even have the will to get up in the morning, but I've got people who help motivate me to exercise, get outside, talk to strangers who have now become friends and just have a bloody good time! I ran/walked a half marathon. Me! I'm so pleased that I had the courage to join to better myself, push myself, get fit, be healthier and get involved.’
Louise: ‘Keep fit for amateurs and those who've done very little exercise in the past. A chance to do this is a supportive environment where you achieve and excel your objectives through the fab support and great friendships.’
Alison: ‘ A few thoughts include: Healthy body, healthy minds. Endorphins are us. Gets those synapses connecting. Connecting communities. Healthy hearts. Community spirited. Inspiration, motivation, respiration, perspiration, destination!’
Melanie: ‘I remember the first night I went along to fill in the registration form for the beginners course, I was so nervous and anxious I felt sick. But I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and did it. I've struggled for years with mental health issues and find it so hard to do things, but I feel very supported by Potters Trotters and have made lots of pink pals! We encourage and support each other and the club helps with my confidence. Potters Trotters are a truly wonderful group of ladies. All shapes, sizes and abilities and non-judgmental. I've never had so many friends. Thank you all.’
Ruth: ‘The exercise makes me feel better both physically and mentally. Great friends made through club. Non-judgmental, supportive and fun.’
Julie: ‘To have a group of women that are all there for the same purpose and are there to support one another is so beneficial and important. I have never been able to run, even at school, and the few times I have tried before, I had always given up. Now doing it in my 50s has been so inspirational, because of sharing and getting such great support from the others in the group. I have made some lovely friends, and there is always without exception someone to run with and support you when it gets tough. It's not something I find easy or natural, but the benefits physically and mentally are many, and can be life changing. I think everyone can benefit greatly by belonging to such a group. It's also much cheaper than other forms of exercise so accessible to everyone. Having great support, and meeting such a diverse group of women is truly inspirational. These woman can!!
Lindsey: ‘We are a no frills ladies’ running club which caters for all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. If you want to be a serious runner you can be, however, if you want to laugh, chat and run then we are the club for you. We are Potters Trotters!’
I think that these comments sum us up perfectly! :-)