History of the Black Pear Joggers

On a summers evening, Monday club night, there may well be nearly 200 Black Pear Joggers heading out for a run (usually including a number of people who are joining in for the first time). In the summer of 1999 there was an average of 12 people (and a dog!) attending the Club at Perdiswell Leisure Centre on Bilford Road, Worcester, who kindly host us. The club’s origins go back even further though…

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1980s: Perdiswell Ladies

Back in the 80s, Olympic marathon runner Sally Ellis founded the Perdiswell Ladies Jogging Club. Much of the history and how this eventually led to the Black Pear Joggers is not known, but it shows that the club and its home at Perdiswell has a long history.

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1999: Twelve people and a dog

Back in the summer of 1999, an average of 12 people and a dog met for a run. This was prior to it becoming an ‘official’ club.

2001: A club is formed

Around 2001 people decided to form an official club: Worcester Joggers, The club colours were blue, and the club continued to grow, with people attracted to a friendly atmosphere, different paces, group leaders, mustering for back markers, and social events (lots of people new to the City joined to make friends).

The original Worcester Joggers website can still be accessed online today, which features a range of historic photos and club information!

2005: Black Pear Joggers

In 2005 the club applied to become affiliated to UK Athletics, and the club’s name changed to Black Pear Joggers to avoid confusion with the already affiliated Worcester AC. The kit was changed from the original blue, to black with white and orange hoops.

Why Black Pear?

The Black Pear of Worcester, from which the Club is named, dates back to Roman times . English bowmen from Worcestershire carried black pear to the battle of Agincourt; and when Queen Elizabeth 1st visited the City in 1575 the Black Pear tree was part of the welcome celebrations, and the Queen ordered 3 pears to be added to the City’s coat of arms.

2010: Croome Capability Canter

Since voted into the top 10 off-road races by readers of Runners World, the club started its Croome Capability Canter race back in 2010. A 6.5 mile (10kish) multi-terrain race around the scenic Croome Park; designed by renowned 18th century landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Members of the club do a fantastic job organising and marshaling the event each year, giving it a great reputation. The race often sells out within a day (the record was minutes!). The race has raised tens of thousands of pounds donated to the National Trust to help them maintain the estate.

2012: Cross Country

The club made their first official debut in the regional cross country leagues. Team captain’s Chris Harris and Lorraine Westcott (now Griffiths), encouraged members to don their spikes and represent the club at various fixtures.

With great club cameraderie, members of all abilities have taken part and enjoyed the tough winter training.

Since the debut, the club’s men’s team have seen success with promotions to division 2 of the Birmingham Men’s League and division 1 of the Midlands Women’s League.