Budleigh Blazers get new kit thanks to Earls

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 July 2018

Kevin Wood of Earls Cafe has agreed to sponsor and provide kit for a parent and child running group in Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Tom Dixon

Kevin Wood of Earls Cafe has agreed to sponsor and provide kit for a parent and child running group in Budleigh Salterton. Picture: Tom Dixon

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A group of active parents and children in Budleigh Salterton are celebrating after a café in the town provided them with new kit.

Kevin Wood, of Earls Coffee House, in High Street, has forked out the cash to give members of the ‘Budleigh Blazers’ group new running vests.

The group is made up of a mix of St Peter’s Primary School pupils and their parents. The Blazers, who meet one morning a week to take advantage of the town’s idyllic setting for a looping run down to the town’s seafront, will also be sponsored by the café.

St Peter’s Primary School teacher Lisa Broad, who currently organises the weekly runs, said: “It is really wonderful to see both children and parents getting out and being active in the morning together, especially when we live somewhere as beautiful as Budleigh.

“Many of these children and their parents have now gone on to take part in parkrun in Exmouth every Saturday morning too.

“The children say they feel energised and happy all day after a good morning run. We are there every Thursday morning, rain or shine.”

The group was inspired by one parent and her daughter, who wanted to take advantage of the town’s iconic look on a busy schedule.

They started running together and once word spread they were soon joined by more than 20 other parents and children and the before school running club known as Budleigh Blazers was born.

The group now meets outside St Peter’s Primary School at 8am once a week to do a circuit, which involves running down to the seafront and back up stopping at Earls Coffee House, in High Street, at around 8.30am.

Café owner Kevin and his staff provide fresh orange and apple juice, iced water, and a selection of fruit and pastries for breakfast before the Blazers head back to the school.

He said: “I myself have used sport throughout my life competing first half-marathons and marathons and finally competing ironman triathlons around Europe.

“I feel if we can encourage sport in children at a young age it becomes part of life and leads to a healthier life both physically and mentally.”

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