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    empowering women to get active

     

    All-female, non-competitive community sports club for women of all ages and abilities

     

    Tackling gender imbalance in sports participation and bringing life-changing improvements to the physical and mental health of women

     

    Charity registration number 1189672

  • girls ALIVE is an all-female, non-competitive community sports club providing activities for women of all ages and abilities in Surrey & West Sussex.

     

    The girls ALIVE mission is simply to 'get women active' so whether you fancy running, hiking, swimming or mountain cycling there is always beginner or entry-level sessions on offer for those who are new or returning to exercise.

     

    Our volunteer and skills sharing programmes, build confidence and offer opportunities to learn new skills whilst supporting others on their journey to a more active life.

     

    girls ALIVE is where women join forces to overcome obstacles that prevent them from exercising.

     

    Charity registration number 1189672

     

  • 1-month free trial

    We'd love you to join us as a trial member so you can experience first-hand the magic of our little community

    Click here for trial membership

     

    What are the member benefits?

    • Weekly schedule of volunteer-led activities across running, walking, cycling and swimming

    • Tailored and affordable progression coaching and courses

    • Being part of a positive network of women whose encouragement is infectious and incredibly powerful

    • 50% reduction on British cycling membership plus member discounts for Fullsteam Events, Surrey Hills Adventure Company, Head for the Hills bike shop etc.

    • Skills sharing programme to increase confidence and independence

    • Comprehensive volunteer programme offering development in leadership and other life skills

     

    What is the cost when my free trial ends?

    • Club subs are £6.50 per month and can be paid monthly, quarterly ( £19.50) or annually (£78)

    • Club membership grants are available for those who are facing financial challenges

     

    For more detail about membership email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

  • girls ALIVE

    in your community?

    Start your own girls ALIVE group

     

    Would you like to start a girls ALIVE group in your community? Once you've chosen an activity, decided what time and day suits you best, then get in touch. We will help guide you through setting up your activity and how to encourage others to join in.

     

    Start small and you'll be surprised by how quickly your group will grow.

     

     

    girls ALIVE support

     

    As a girls ALIVE activity leader, you'll become part of the wider girls ALIVE family, giving you access to admin and communications support, marketing tools, insurance, plus training for yourself and your volunteers. In short, everything you will need to develop a vibrant and fun activity group at the heart of your community.

     

    Get in touch

     

    Simply click the link below and email us to find out more.

     

    We very much look forward to hearing from you.

     

  • Contact & Connect

     

    email - enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

     

    Charity registration number 1189672

  • Where it all started

     

    During the time when, good friends, Philippa Curphey and Eleanor Lestrange had young children, their focus had been almost solely on family and work. Like many women at this stage of life, they had not engaged in any regular exercise or taken time to focus on themselves for years. As a result, Eleanor was suffering with repeated episodes of anxiety and Philippa wanted to regain her sense of independence after having children.

     

     

    In the Autumn of 2016, they come to the conclusion that it was time to take responsibility and to improve their health and well-being, so they decided to adjust their priorities and do something about it. The pair, who are known for not doing things by half, both chose to take on huge personal challenges. Philippa, who in a previous life had enjoyed recreational running, trained for and completed The London Marathon in April 2017. Eleanor took up cycling, and similarly, within 6 weeks had signed up to The Prudential Ride London’s 100-mile cycling challenge which she completed in the summer of the same year.

     

     

    Having been overwhelmed by the positive impact that exercise, encouragement and support from their local community had on both their mental health and physical well being, they felt compelled to share what they have learned so that other women could benefit too and September 2017 Philippa and Eleanor put their newfound enthusiasm and passion for community sports to good use and created the 'girls ALIVE' initiative.

  • girls ALIVE Dorking - Run Group

    There is something for everyone in the girls ALIVE run group! Whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned runner girls ALIVE has a run session for you.

     

    We have a wide range of runs in our welcoming weekly schedule. From couch 2 5k to our 5 mile trail run, you are sure to find something for you. Our volunteers love to meet new members and are always encouraging! In our lovely sociable groups there is no pressure to run at a certain pace and you are bound to find someone at a similar level.

     

    For more details or to join email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

     

     

    Monday 9.15 am - Brockham Green - 5K Run/Walk

    Brockham Green RH3 7JR - parking available around the Green

    If you’ve done a little running before or fancy taking a step up from a beginner’s group, then join one of our experienced run leaders who will guide you on a gentle 5km loop through beautiful Brockham.

    Tuesday 7:00 p.m. - Dorking - coached couch 2 5k course

    Various locations around Dorking

    Our experienced run coach, Kirsty, has created a 10 week training plan to take you from couch to 5K. Specifically for beginners, Kirsty will lead run sessions which gradually build confidence and distance!
    These sessions include a training plan, dedicated c25K members group and support and advice from our coach.
     
     

    Cost is £57.50 for 10 week programme

    Tuesday 7.00 pm - Dorking - 5 to 10K group run

    Various locations around Dorking.

    An enjoyable evening run for those already comfortable running 5K and wanting to build on their running strength and distance.

    Friday 09.00 a.m. - Couch to 5K Run Club

    Brockham Green RH3 7JR - parking available around the Green

    Running alongside Tuesday's coach led program, these runs will help support you as you start your running journey with girls ALIVE. Couch to 5K is specifically designed for those who are new to running and who want to work slowly and gradually towards running 5km. You don't need any previous running experience.

    Saturday 08.45 a.m. - Park Run meet up Dorking

    Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking. RH5 6AA

    Join some of our ladies at the Mole Valley park run meet.

    Come along for some girls ALIVE pre run encouragement and perhaps a high five at the end!

    Sunday 08.00 a.m. - 5 Mile Trail run

    Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking. RH5 6AA

    A beautiful 5 mile trail run around Denbies and Ranmore common. Blow away the cobwebs first thing on a Sunday morning!

  • girls ALIVE colour chart

    This chart is our reference point to help us to describe the type of activity that is planned

    and to help you choose activities that you would like to join.

  • girls ALIVE Dorking - Road Cycling Group

     

    Our road cycling group, or ride club as we call it, meets several times a week and offers rides spanning a wide ability range.

     

    For the absolute beginner, we run a 4 week 'First steps into road cycling' course that builds knowledge and confidence on the road as well as teaching the basics of group cycling, getting you ready to join our club group rides.

     

    We offer a range of rides across the week and weekend depending on ride leader availability. All rides are posted on Spond, our club app, a few days before. Scroll down to the page below to see the range of rides we offer.

     

    To join or for more information please email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

  • Road cycling colour chart

    This chart is our reference point to help us to describe the type of ride that is planned

    and to help you choose a ride that you would like to join.

  • girls ALIVE - Cross Country Cycling

    The idea for Cross Country (or XC) riding is to get outside explore, take in the view, and have fun. XC riding emphasises endurance and distance covered above technical skill and difficulty of the terrain.

     

    Some rides are short and local and some are a bit further afield taking advantage of the wonderful countryside we have in the SE corner of England. We ride on a mix of tracks, "non-technical" trails, byways, bridleways, disused railway lines, canal towpaths, and quiet roads.

     

    The location, surface and distance varies so details are provided for each ride so that you can choose the ride best for your riding style and level, from beginner to more advanced adventurer.

     

    A wide variety of bikes are suitable for XC riding including hardtail mountain bikes, full-suspension mountain bikes, or gravel bikes.

     

    We plan to offer a Saturday ride every 4 weeks plus additional weekend or evening rides when we can. All rides are posted on Spond, our club app, a few days before. Scroll down to the page below to see the range of rides we offer.

     

    To join or for more information please email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

  • XC cycling colour chart

    This chart is our reference point to help us to describe the type of ride that is planned

    and to help you choose a ride that you would like to join.

  • girls ALIVE Dorking - Mountain Biking Group

    • Are you a lapsed mountain biker?
    • Maybe you lack riding buddies and/ or confidence to try new routes?
    • Maybe you are a road or cross-country rider who wants to give it a go?
    • Maybe you just want to have fun in the hills?

    Whatever your previous experience, all you need is a mountain bike, a helmet, and a sense of adventure. We ride on Monday and Friday mornings and sometimes at weekends. In the summer we often do evening rides. We ride downhill trails all over the Surrey Hills; Ranmore, Leith, Holmbury and pitch.

     

    The group is mixed ability and very encouraging. Please email our off-road Group Guardian jenny@girlsalive.org.uk and she will be happy to give you more detail and answer any questions you may have.

     

    We look forward to riding with you soon!

    Monday 9.30 am - Dorking / Peaslake

     

    Approx 2.5 hours ride with meetups in Dorking and Peaslake

    All levels welcome

    Tuesday evenings 6.00 pm - Dorking

    Meet our MTB ride leaders!

  • MTB colour reference chart

    This chart is our reference point to help us to describe the type of ride that is planned

    and to help you choose a ride that you would like to join.

  • girls ALIVE - Zwift Virtual Cycling Group

     

    Here at girls ALIVE we love getting out and about in the fresh air, no matter the weather! But we also appreciate the many benefits of exercising virtually. Our Zwift group have discovered the joys of exercising at home without losing the girls ALIVE camaraderie! Here is what our Zwift group guardian George has to say about the group:

     

    Cycling on the roads on my own in the winter months during lockdown was proving to be a challenge but equally the thought of getting onto a turbo trainer filled me with dread. I needed to be creative! On 1st January 2021 I set myself a virtual challenge of cycling every day that month working my way through the Zwift Watopia routes. By the end of January, I had achieved my goal but it was very clear I was craving the wonderful feeling of riding with my amazing girls ALIVE ladies. Their camaraderie, laughter, encouragement and togetherness was missing from my solo rides! After a couple of texts with some equally desperate gA girls, gA Virtual was born. We started out with 1 Thursday ride a week but we very quickly needed more so we added in another night on Tuesdays! We can cycle all over the Virtual world and be cycling and chatting to our gA buddies feeling connected and very happy. There's no faffing, we can ride whatever the weather, and we don't have to worry about childcare! Some ladies finish work at 7:15pm and can be climbing Box Hill by 7:30pm. The Zwift sticky band keeps us together but we can all push ourselves to our personal limits and we can try and beat our own times on previous rides on certain segments. The group now has riders from all over the UK from Warwickshire, Sussex, London, Kent and Surrey. I've ridden routes that I would never ever considered riding and it has brought out the inner demon in me as I can concentrate on power rather than corners, junctions, descents and cars! After every ride, the WhatsApp group is buzzing with excitement from ladies who have achieved things that they never thought they would. Be warned, the Virtual world is rather addictive and you never get the feeling of not turning up. It's fun and the sense of achievement is virtually out of this world!

     

    For more details or to join email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    Tuesday Evenings - 7.30 p.m.

    Zwift - Virtual girls ALIVE meet up

    A chance to train virtually together.
     
    Our Tuesday night ride is generally longer rides & hills

    Thursday Evenings - 7.30 p.m.

    Zwift - Virtual girls ALIVE meet up

    A chance to train virtually together.
     
    Our Tuesday night ride is a Zwift group work out, which includes different levels of power.
  • girls ALIVE Dorking - Hike Group

    girls ALIVE Hikes are wonderfully friendly and welcoming. Different levels of walks are offered throughout the week to cater to all ability levels. See our regular hikes below.

     

    For more details about the different levels of hike, see our colour chart on the next page.

     

    If you'd like more details about our hike groups please email esther@girlsalive.org.uk and she will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

     

    Tuesday morning 9.15 am - Brockham

    Green (Blue)

    Brockham Green RH3 7JR.

    Parking available around the green.

    On Tuesday mornings we usually hike for 1.5/2hrs and vary the routes to make the most of what's on our doorstep. Sticking to footpaths, bridleways, and sometimes on country lanes we take in some lovely views. We always welcome new hikers and nobody ever gets left behind. We don't tend to stop off for coffee/cake on our morning hikes but there is a cafe on the green if you need refreshments after your hike!

    Wednesday evening (Pink)

    7.30 pm, Hillier Garden Centre

    Hillier Garden Centre RH4 1NP

    Parking is available at the Garden Centre

     

    We head up a traffic-free road and then gently climb using a zig-zag footpath, this brings us out at the top of Box Hill. We head over the back of the hill and down a long chalky path into the belly of the Juniper valley. There’s plenty of space to walk side by side, great for chatting, but don’t get complacent because on our left are the lung buster steps! If we’re lucky we can make it to Broadwood's Folly as the sun is setting. The last segment takes us back to Salomon’s viewpoint for some star gazing and pointing at recognisable landmarks, then we head back down the hill to the cars. We cover 5 miles, 900ft elevation, it takes under two hours and we walk come rain or shine

    Thursday evening hike (Blue)

    7.00 pm, The pump, Brockham Green

    This walk takes us from the pump on the green along the coffin path to the Betchworth church. We follow the Mole along the road to the beautiful deer then up a short sharp bridle path to Buckland stores. Then a short distance till we pass over the sandy arable field to the back of the Red Lion before we loop back to brockham green. It's about 4 miles and usually takes about 1 1/2 hours.

    Saturday morning long hike fortnightly (Pink/black)

    8.00 am, various meet points

    Our long hikes are designed for those wanting to discover the stunning countryside and walking routes on our doorstep (or sometimes a little further afield). A minimum of nine miles per walk, these hikes are for those with a good level of fitness as we are often walking for three hours plus and some routes can be tougher than others as we search for the best views Surrey has to offer. As with all girls ALIVE activities, no one is ever left behind and we'll always help and support each other along the way. Coffee and cake stops will be factored into routes wherever possible.

  • Walking and hiking colour chart

    This chart is our reference point to help us to describe the type of walk that is planned

    and to help you choose the walks that you would like to join.

  • girls ALIVE - Pool swimming

    Our coached pool sessions are a great way to take your swimming to the next level. Whether you are a pure breaststroke swimmer who wants to learn front crawl or an intermediate swimmer who wants to push your fitness and improve your technique, we have a class for you. Our patient and encouraging female coaches, tailor the sessions to your ability level and keep you progressing.

     

    We are currently running 3 courses spanning ability groups. See below for details.

     

    You are welcome to join our swimming courses as a full or trial member. Email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk for more detail and bookings

    Breaststroke to front crawl - Green

    Sunday 6.15 pm, Dunottar School RH2 7EL

     
    Take your swimming to the next level with our confidence-building breaststroke to front crawl course.
     
    Our patient and encouraging girls ALIVE coach will take you through breathing, stroke technique and body position as well as teach you fun drills to help you practice on your own.
     
    She will create a swim set each week to keep you improving and progressing.
     
    Courses are 6 x 30 min sessions
     
    Cost of the 6-week course is £46.25

    Front crawl improvers - Blue

    Monday 9.00 pm, Dorking Sports Centre RH4 1SN

     
    Take your swimming to the next level with our confidence-building Front Crawl improvers coaching.
     
    Our patient and encouraging girls ALIVE coach will give help you to improve your stroke, build confidence and become more efficient as you move through the water.
     
    She will create a swim set each week to keep you improving and progressing.
     
     
    Courses are 6 x 60 min sessions
     
    Cost of the 6-week course is £61.75

    Intermediate training - Pink

    Friday 7.30 pm, Dorking Sports Centre RH4 1SN

     
    Improve your stamina, technique and efficiency in the water with our intermediate swimmer coached sessions.
     
    Our girls ALIVE coach will create a swim set each week to keep you improving and progressing.
     
    These sessions are designed for intermediate swimmers who can swim front crawl and have a reasonable level of fitness.
     
    Courses are 6 x 60 min sessions
     
    Cost of the 6-week course is £61.75
  • girls ALIVE - Open Water Swimming

     

    girls ALIVE members benefit from a wide range of open water swimming opportunities including swim meets, progression training and our unique Channel training squad programme.

     

    Our wonderfully welcoming, all-female group meetings regularly to swim together in lakes, rivers and the sea.

     

    We offer a range of courses to support you at every stage of your open water journey from new open water swimmer to experienced sea swimmer. See details below

     

    Our unique Channel training squad is open to all members who are interested in learning the skills required to take on a cold water distance challenge, regardless of ability level. In 2021, members of the girls ALIVE Channel training squad completed 2 successful Channel relay crossings. Those members now generously share their knowledge and experience by mentoring others who are interested in a similar challenge.

     

    For more details or to join email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    Introduction to cold water swimming courses

    24th & 31st October 9.30 am
    Diver's Cove, Godstone RH9 8ND
     
    Our experienced cold water and marathon swimming coach, Amanda, will take you through swim planning, prep, kit, water temp, swim times, acclimatisation, cold water shock, breathing, water quality, safe entry and exit, the importance of assessing risk and emergency planning, how to warm up safely and the sheer magic of the cold water.
     
    This is a 90 min small group course also open to trial members.
     

    Cost is £27.50

     

    To book email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    Lake meet and swim

    Tuesday 9.00 - 10.45 am
    Sunday 9.00 - 10.45 am
    The SHAC, Buckland Park Lake, Reigate RH3 7BG
     
    Come along for a friendly swim with some fellow yellow caps and you are bound to find someone at your pace for an enjoyable autumn dip!
     
    girls ALIVE members enjoy an exclusive 10% discount when booking a swim at the SHAC
     
    And if you want to look the part, order a girls ALIVE swim hat by clicking this link

     

    For more information about our swim meets email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    Sea meet and swim

    Arranged on an ad hoc basis - dependant on sea conditions
    Brighton and Dover
     
    We meet to swim and experience a range of open water environments including the sea.
     
    For those who have completed our water safety and intro to sea swimming courses, we arrange ad hoc beach swims throughout the year.

     

    For more information about our swim meets email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    River meet and swim

    Arranged on an ad hoc basis - weather and water quality dependant
    The River Mole, Dorking & The River Wey, Ripley
     
    We meet to swim and experience a range of open water environments including rivers.
     
    For those who have completed our water safety and intro to open water courses, we arrange ad hoc river dips from autumn through to spring.

     

    For more information about our swim meets email enquiries@girlsalive.org.uk

    Channel training squad

    Our all-female squad meet to support each other in learning and practising the skills required for cold water distance challenges.
     
    Those with Channel swimming experience generously share their knowledge and support our coaches in their mission to pass on the magic of cold water swimming.
     
    This group is open to all members regardless of ability level. It's all about personal goals no matter where you are at in your swim journey.
     
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  • girls ALIVE Club membership terms and conditions

    As a girls ALIVE Club member I agree to...

    • Champion female sports participation and gender equality
    • Maintain a welcoming, inclusive and non-competitive atmosphere at all times.
    • Treat everyone as an equal and show kindness and encouragement to others.
    • Behave in a reasonable and respectful manner during club activities and in all communications.
    • Respect my girls ALIVE network and not use it to promote any personal, business or other charity interests.
    • Take sole responsibility for my own decision-making and health and safety at all times.
    • Get clearance from my GP before taking part in any girls ALIVE physical activity sessions.
    • Pay any club subs that are due before taking part in girls ALIVE activities.

    girls ALIVE Club retains the right to...

    • Cancel activity sessions when necessary.
    • Limit activity participant numbers when necessary.
    • Refuse membership on the grounds of non-payment of Club subs.
    • Remove or expel any member for unreasonable or dangerous behaviour.
    • With their permission, securely hold members personal data for the purposes of club management and communications.

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