READY TO RUN: 45 women turned up to Carly Hicks women’s running group on Wednesday night, with many wearing the shirts she designed. 

Picture: Contributed.
READY TO RUN: 45 women turned up to Carly Hicks women’s running group on Wednesday night, with many wearing the shirts she designed. Picture: Contributed.

Women supporting women in Roma’s new running group

RUNNING: Carly Hicks knows gyms can be intimidating for women, so she wanted to create an environment where women could feel supported, no matter what stage of their fitness journey.

Nine weeks ago, Mrs Hicks put a call out on Facebook for women interested in joining a running group in Roma.

The group grew from 10 women in the first week to 45 on Wednesday night.

“It will never be an elite group, it’s about women supporting women,” Mrs Hicks said.

“Whether it’s to boost self confidence, improve mental health, lose weight or improve time, everyone is running for their own reasons.”

Mrs Hicks was inspired to start the running group after training all year for a half marathon and being approached by many women asking how she achieved it.

“I come from a non-running background, so I know it can be hard to start when you don’t feel confident but we really stress the group is for all abilities,” she said.

“We have some ladies who finally came after sitting on the fence for a while and they realised that they can do this and that it’s not as scary as they thought it would be.

“No one runs alone, we make sure there is always someone running with you.”

Mrs Hicks said the movement had escalated so rapidly, she had now designed running shirts for the group and been approached by Running Mums Australia to blog about her progress.

“Every week we highlight one member who has improved and its great to see their self-confidence building and stepping out of their comfort zone,” she said.

“Everyone has something to offer.

“Running doesn’t discriminate, you just put one foot in front of the other.

“I’ve got an awesome little tribe. A huge shout-out to the women, they’re more inspiring then they realise.”

To join the running group, meet in the Big Rig carpark Wednesday at 6pm.