The Crediton Running Network, or CRN as it is known by its members, was founded in 2011 after the sad demise of the Women’s Running Network, a national network of clubs with a base in Exeter. The WRN was for women only and had a strong ethos of inclusivity, favouring beginners but also providing training for some near elite runners. Crediton had never had a running club apart from the WRN. Many people ran on their own and those more ambitious runners would have joined Southwest Road Runners in Exeter or other clubs in the area. When 2011 arrived a decision had to be made on how to proceed. Some of the WRN members from the Crediton area had been in positions of responsibility in that organisation so it was a fairly easy transition to establish our own Crediton based club which was to include men. It was decided that the same philosophy of inclusivity should be established in the newly named CRN—so named as a sort of homage to WRN and an acknowledgement that it had done a great deal for many women runners. The club received backing from MDDC and the Crediton Club and formed a sort of partnership with the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre where club runs mostly started and finished. Some leaders had already received LiRF (leader in running fitness) training from the WRN so it was possible to start leading runs in Crediton. Backing from England Athletics (the governing body in the running world which also provides insurance) was sought and CRN became an affiliated club. Permission was granted for the club to use the seal of Crediton and local colours of black and gold or yellow were chosen. A committee was formed, a constitution was written and we were off! In an opening ceremony Mayor Frank Letch cut a ribbon and a speech was made by local marathon phenomenon Ian Webber. The Crediton Courier gave a great deal of publicity to the club’s establishment. CRN soon began to recruit members and to run beginners running courses. More people trained as leaders and a few as coaches. Saturday morning training runs for the half marathon and marathons were started. Strength, agility and stretching became part of what was on offer, as well as advice on how to deal with injuries and niggles. Another aspect of CRN’s early days was the organising of “social runs”. These were typically on a Saturday or a Sunday and were open to all runners. A small fee was charged which was used to support a charity and there was cake. There was always cake. These runs often took place away from Crediton and explored routes out in the wider countryside. At its height CRN had over 100 members on its books with a fairly impressive retention. “Satellites” were formed with such organisations as Queen Elizabeth Academy and Ernest Jackson where runs would take place from their premises. CRN joined InStep Devon, an England Athletics backed network of running clubs around the Exeter area. It provided leader training subsidies and help with running events as well as hosting its own events. In 2009 the WRN started the Crediton Crunch. Memories of the 2008 credit crisis lingered and this 10k (ish) mixed terrain race was a welcome distraction from all of that. The WRN ran it for 2 years and then in 2012 CRN took it on in conjunction with Ernest Jackson. It became a very successful and popular race and formed part of the InStep Devon championship. CRN continued with the Crunch for nearly every year until Covid came along and then it was done as a ”virtual” race with people running it on their own. Covid and the resultant restrictions has taken its toll on CRN, now 10 years old, along with many organisations. It is back up and running and hoping to re-establish itself as the vibrant active club it has always been.