2016/17 Newcomers - City Of Birmingham Striders (06/10/2016)

The third and final new club this season is again from the Birmingham area. Seth Atkin has sent in his resume of the club.

"City of Birmingham Striders (COBS) is a club for runners of all abilities. COBS is a small club with a core of highly committed runners. The club values its diversity and is proud to work closely with Birmingham City Council and others in the development of running in and across the city of Birmingham. We have open sessions and specific training programmes at all levels. We meet at three different locations around Birmingham city centre making extensive use of the canal network and a lot of the Birmingham 10k route. COBS led a pilot for the active parks programme in 2013 at Edgbaston Reservoir. Our association with the Birmingham waterways is symbolised by the inclusion of a swan on our purple club clothing.

The club is organised around developing and supporting our sessions and programmes. The sessions are led by UKA qualified run leaders (CiRF and LiRF). COBS was formed in 2013 and affiliated with England Athletics in the same year (October 2013). The club grew out of a group of people who met at the Yoga Haven studio in central Birmingham and trained weekly for the Birmingham half marathon in 2012. The club secretary and EA coach, Seth Atkin, led these founding sessions and is managing club participation in the Birmingham and District cross country league. COBS aim is to actively encourage participation in running at all levels. Our first regional event was the Midland Counties 5 & 7 championships in 2013. Since then we have competed in regional, national and masters relays, the Midland regional relays, and the women’s cross country league.

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We prioritise races to enter as a club including regional cross country races,Cannon Hill parkrun several times per year, some of the Warwickshire Road Race league races, the Great Birmingham half and 10k, Centurion Grand Prix, and an annual favourite is the Conductive Education 10k in early November. COBS looks forward to taking part for the first time in the Birmingham and District Cross Country league."

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