Byron Bay Runners are a very newly formed ‘not for profit’ community club in Byron Bay based at the Sport and Cultural Centre. Founded by a few regular runners who live in Byron, the club wishes to promote running as a cheap and inclusive recreational activity to all members of the Byron community, and beyond.
‘We currently have approximately 55 members ranging from eight to 60-plus years,’ says president and coach at the club, Caroline Bailey. ‘Some of these compete at state and national-level, but most of us just love a good run!’
The club offers weekly track training sessions with Caroline and Athletics Australia-accredited coaches, as well as social runs, time trials and team membership to major running events such as the Gold Coast Marathon Festival.
Caroline says that current membership is a fairly even split between males and females and juniors to masters age (+30yrs) athletes. ‘Most of the junior athletes compete in school and track and cross-country events,’ she says. ‘Seniors and masters enjoy taking part in anything from local fun runs to road and trail marathons, and often compete at state and interstate competitions. We usually have teams entered in the Gold Coast Marathon Festival, Corporate Challenge ‘Super Sports Centre’ and ‘Salt’ series, Lamington Classic, 6ft track marathon and the Byron Lighthouse Run.’
Caroline is a registered Level II coach with Athletics Australia (club coach – middle/long distance) and the Australian Track & Field Coaches Association. Prior to moving to Byron, she was assistant coach with Caboolture Road Runners. She currently coaches the Junior Middle-Long Distance squad, and can provide individually tailored training programs for senior and masters age athletes.? Her personal philosophy on running is that it is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities; everyone has the ability to improve upon their own fitness, running technique and overall performance as a runner – and they should have a lot of fun along the way!
‘We aim to promote running as an affordable and inclusive recreational sporting activity to the local Byron community and beyond. We are best described as a friendly group of dedicated recreational runners, and whether you are a Byron resident, or simply visiting, we would love you to come along to one of our weekly runs!’
The club has several different activities for runners, with social runs of 10km on Thursdays and longer runs on Sundays, trails runs, which are organised by members throughout the course of the year, and track sessions at the Herb Elliott Athletics Track at the Ewingsdale Sport and Cultural Centre with the junior squad for 10–13-year-olds and the senior squad, 14 years and over, on Tuesdays.
For more information about the Byron Bay Runners, contact Caroline Bailey on 0409 804 131 or visit the website: www.byronbayrunners.com.