EVESHAM Vale Running Club secured the Clubmark award on their sixth anniversary celebrated at Falcons Bar.

Founded by Colin Tether in 2006, Vale now have more than 140 members, holding a Saturday morning social run and Wednesday session.

The members range from amateur runners to regionally-ranked crosscountry competitors.

Evesham received England Athletics’ accredited club status to recognise their high operating standards.

Matt Granger, the Hereford and Worcester Athletics Network coordinator, said: “The Clubmark process can be a lengthy one and requires a lot of commitment and dedication from a key group of members.

“I am delighted the club stuck it out and hope they are now starting to see the benefits of being Clubmark accredited.”

Vale chairman Adam Spiers said: “The club has grown from strength-tostrength and is now an integral part of the community.

“I especially want to thank Virginia Pawlyn for leading the effort to complete the Clubmark process.”

They welcome runners of all abilities and meet each Monday at Falcons Bar, Waterside, at 7pm.

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At the Forest of Dean Autumn half-marathon, David Hughes won his age group with a time of one hour 53 minutes 22 seconds.