At RunActive we believe in teamwork! In sport we see that teamwork really does make the dream work! And as a community, we have most visibly seen this through the year we have faced. The support we have received over the short periods we have been able to open our doors this year, has shown us teamwork at its finest! From Team RunActive working hard to prepare the shop, to members of our local running clubs coming down to shop local and refresh their running kit. As a community, coming together to support one another has been the brightest light in the darkness this year has cast us.
To show our appreciation to our community, we asked the talented Ash Fields at Our Tiny Windows to illustrate our message on the front of our shop for all to see. Ash has been painting the town of Leigh-On-Sea, giving local shop owners the chance to give back to their community in an array of Christmas messages and supportive slogans!
Our window shows six runners approaching a finish line in great excitement, representing our local running clubs with the logos on their vests: Southend Flyers, Benfleet Running Club, Southend Athletics Club, Castle Point Joggers, Rochford Running Club, and the Leigh-On-Sea Striders. Throughout this year, exercise has become a key part in many lives, to escape from tedious routines and to just get outside! Running clubs are highly popular in the Essex area helping keep runners motivated, active and social but when this was no longer allowed this made lockdown that extra bit tougher. As runners new and old, hit the streets solo with no competition but the numbers on their Strava, they start to miss the group motivation felt from running as a club. Now restrictions have eased somewhat, and shops have turned their signs from closed to open, we must realise that we are no longer alone, as a team we are all in this together, approaching the finish line. As a team we are here to support our local businesses, running clubs, friends, families, and our community.
After a challenging year,
The end may not seem near,
But through whatever,
We are in this together!