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No mean feet for Running Hub!

The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us all just how much we depend upon our wonderful NHS and with that thought in mind the Running Hub in Royal Tunbridge Wells has just given away 100 pairs of trainers to local NHS staff.

The surprise gesture was announced on Facebook by store owner David Castle, a former Stubbington Green runner and current Tunbridge Wells Harrier on Friday (27 March) and the response was simply overwhelming.

As a young Tonbridge AC athlete, Castle was an English Schools 1500m finalist and later ran 1:53 for 800m; 3:48 for 1500m and 8:47 for 3000m. As recently as last year he was still ducking under 18:00 as an M45 in a parkrun and he can look back on an immensely satisfying 30-plus years of running.

Now he is putting his experience to use in the popular Running Hub, which is currently closed to the public but still extremely active with mail orders, video and telephone consultations. To comply with present health requirements they offer home delivery without personal contact.

As soon as the generous offer was made the Facebook post was awash with requests and a complex exercise was commenced to, quite literally, support our NHS heroes – no mean feet!

David's post read: “We want to help our fatigued NHS workers and provide just a small amount of relief in this exhausting fight against COVID-19. So we're giving away 100 pairs of shoes to local NHS staff to help them either in the workplace or get to their workplace. The shoes are brand new, older models and we have a range of sizes and brands to fit”.

The socially responsible and safe collection arrangements included three time slots for shift workers; a one in/one out basis; providing hand sanitiser on entry and keeping a safe distance. The 100-shoe total was reached within 12 hours and has resulted in a heart-warming response from the under pressure NHS front line.

Quick to put her shoes to good use was Maria, who posted: “Thank you very much David for the beautiful trainers. I will be giving them a go at the weekend, when I get my day off. Stay safe and thanks again!!”

The positive reaction from so many people, including non-NHS staff and those who missed the opportunity, prompted Castle to update his post: “To everyone who has shared, commented and liked this post, we have been overwhelmed by the response and the positive comments about this small gesture in appreciation of the tireless work our local NHS workers are doing. This is our small thank you for all your hard work”.

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