Head Coach at ParkRunandBeyond is an Active Essex Hero

THE Head Coach at a popular running group in Harlow has been awarded an Essex Active Hero Award.

The awards were organised by Essex County Council in partnership with Active Essex.

In 2019, Adrian Fell, along with Sharon Wright and Alex Smith started ParkrunandBeyond (PRAB).

It was for those runners who had got into running via the 5k park runs but now wanted to try and stretch themselves a little bit more.

The group met twice a week at the athletics track in the grounds of Mark Hall Academy.

When Covid-19 hit, many were concerned that they would miss out on their running and all its physical and mental benefits.

However, Mr Fell didn’t fail and over the last nine months has kept everyone running.

His group have an on-line forum on Facebook; Adrian has on-line gym sessions live from his garage and is always on hand to encourage.

He was presented with his award on Saturday lunchtime, somewhat appropriately, by the exercise trail in Newhall.

He was joined (distantly) by fellow PRAB members, Martin Elven and Lee Wood.

Lee Wood took up running less than two years ago. His 5k time has gone down from 32 mins to a remarkable 16.42.

Lee said: “Adrian works tirelessly to improve all of the athletes he trains; not just at PRAB, but at Harlow Athletics Club and Harlow Penguins as well.

“Whether it’s 6am on a Tuesday morning or midnight on a Saturday, he is always available to give advice, review training plans, or even just for a chat.

“Adrian’s been training me for 18 months now and I’ve found it’s these personal touches, ones that you won’t find anywhere else, that have really engaged me and helped my become a better runner.

” This award is an acknowledgement of all of the hard work and efforts Adrian puts into the community and it’s duly deserved”

Martin Elven echoed Lee’s praise. Martin said: “I know I can speak for all of those at PRAB, who have benefitted enormously from Adrian’s support.

He is always supportive but especially so over the last nine months. This award is richly deserved.

We will also be showcasing other people in Harlow how have been recognised.

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