Nantwich Running Club sets the pace at awards event 

Nantwich Running Club ( have won England Athletics ‘Club of the Year’ for the North West Region and picked up their award at a glittering ceremony.

Nantwich Running Club received a framed certificate and trophy from Sarah Friday, Club Support Manager, at the England Athletics Volunteer Awards 2022 event at Blackburn Rovers Football Club on the evening of Thursday 24th November 2022. 

The England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards celebrated the fantastic contribution that athletics and running volunteers make to the sport.

Nantwich Running Club was established in March 2021 by Willaston endurance running coach Mike Stevens and has since attracted 450 members of all abilities.

Members state that the club has helped them with their mental health and wellbeing, encouraged them to become more social post lockdown and introduced them to others who have become lifelong friends.

The club meets at Malbank High School and members run in small groups of ten people for up to sixty minutes every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6.30pm.

There are fourteen chatty pace groups, each supported by a Run Leader, who follows an organised route ranging in distance from three to seven miles each session.

Most members are either new to running or new to running in groups, though three members are England Masters athletes and one member represents Team GB as a Duathlete.

Mike Stevens, Founder of Nantwich Running Club, said: “I’m honoured to receive the award on behalf of the club. It’s tremendous recognition for the inclusiveness of all our members, the work of a fantastic committee and the passion of a dedicated group of run leaders.”

There was further local success on the night as South Cheshire Harriers ( were runners-up in the same ‘Club of the Year’ category.

Story and photograph by Jonathan White