New Pilates classes and Social Run launch

Did you start running in lockdown? 

Launching in Shrewsbury this month Runlates Pilates classes and social runs aim to keep you enjoying your running, helping to avoid common injuries and meet like-minded people to explore with!  Downloads of the NHS Couch 2 5k app hit an all time high last year, and exploring on foot with friends is a great way to both improve your physical and mental health.

"Whether you are a new or experienced runner, Pilates helps to prevent common niggles around hips, knees, calves and ankles", says Vic Gidney, certified instructor and founder of Runlates. "I realised when I started running longer distances how important it was to build good muscle balance and maintain all round strength and flexibility. Running is a repetitive movement, so it's really easy for certain muscles to become dominant, and feel tight and uncomfortable".  Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, targeting all-round strength and stability, and allows options to both add or reduce challenge depending on your level of experience.

Classes will be held at the Shrewsbury Museum on Friday mornings at 9.30am, with a social run following the class at 10.30am, and at Barnabas Church and Community Centre in Coleham on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm, with a social run beforehand at 5.30pm.  Runs are optional and free if you join the class, or you can join the run only.  Both classes and runs are friendly, inclusive and open to all levels.

"I only started running through the encouragement of friends", says Vic, "and what started as a short run with a coffee after ended up gradually building towards longer events. I'm excited to meet others on their running journeys, and help to keep them fit, healthy and enjoying their running for as long - or far - as possible!".

For more details or to book, find us on facebook @runlates or head to