How I swapped the loneliness of the cross-country runner for the cosiness of the club

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2016/may/25/cross-country-running-club-hay-on-wye-hotfooters

A move to Hay-on-Wye transformed me from a lone urban to a solitary rural runner. But getting over scepticism to join the local club has been a revelation

“New shoes, eh?” the man said to me in a knowing tone. “So, what’s the tread? Let’s have a look.” I’d just joined the local running club. “Tread?” I thought. “What’s ‘tread’?” Back then, my shoe knowledge was farcical. The week before, I had gone online, found a random website selling running ge…