I just wanted to pop on and write a quick blog about mustering, why we do it and why we love it.
Mustering is our way of running and something that we will always do, its fantastic. No one gets left behind and the faster runners are able to get their distance up during the run.
The main principles of mustering is that the 'slowest' member of the group runs in the middle of everyone else. The faster runners go on ahead (but not too far), turn back and run past the last runner until they turn back and repeat.
I love mustering, I always think of it as a challenge, I set myself little targets, some runs for distance and some for speed and if I am having a bad day (they do happen) I take it nice and steady and it really doesn't matter because I know I won't be left behind
For lots of our runners we know mustering can feel a little daunting especially if you aren't used to doing it, it can take a little while for you to become fast enough to muster and it takes a lot of confidence to take that first turn back towards the back of the pack.
Mustering isn't just about the faster and slower runners, the middle pack play a massive part in keeping the group together. Only you know how tired you are feeling during a run, although you might not be able to go on as far a the fast runners we do ask that you turn back at a point you are comfortable with and tuck back in when you feel ready (As long as this is always past the slowest runner).
In my opinion mustering is what makes Happy Feet so unique and special, regardless of your pace we all get to be together and support each other, to me there is no better feeling than that.
Our local Sports Partnership recently asked local clubs and organisations like ours to sign up to the CALM pledge.
It involved us demonstrating that we had been to Safeguarding training, and had a policy in place, Emergency First Aid training and Mental Health Awareness training. We were very pleased to provide the relevant documentation for the first two, but needed to undertake the Mental Health Awareness training, which is an online learning course.
Marie took the course and gained a 100% pass. The Partnership then required her to complete their own questionnaire to be sure that the learning was being, or would be, applied.
As you all know, our sessions are friendly, relaxed and inclusive and both Marie and Rhiannon are open about their own mental health and are happy to chat with members.
This is the CALM Pledge and we are proud to say -
We at Happy Feet Fitness are committed to promoting equality, inclusiveness and anti-stigma around mental health by ensuring our club is:
Caring - we encourage an environment which displays kindness and concern for others
Aware - we have club members and staff who are well informed around mental health conditions and will promote ways to support this
Listening - we will give attention and respond to participants who reach out for support
Mindful - we are aware of mental health conditions and its impact on Everyone