The Venloop Running Team is a running team housed in a separate athletics association. With this athletics association, the Venloop Foundation aims to provide young running talents from North Limburg with a platform to make the most of their sporting potential and thus also give the running sport in North Limburg a new boost.
The Venloop Running Team started in January 2014 and now consists of 23 athletes and two trainers. The athletes are scouted at talent tests or local competitions and train together three times a week. The Venloop Running Team scouts running talent in Venlo and the surrounding area (from Swalmen to Venray and from Venlo to Meijel). The Venloop Running Team focuses mainly on young people aged 12 to 25. The talents participate in regional, national and international competitions and are trained to become (inter)national top athletes.
Together, the team has already managed to achieve many great results.
For example, Sophie Dielissen (2014, 2015 and 2017), Sam Lavrijsen (2015) and Danique Verdellen (2016) won the 5 km at the Weir Venloop. In 2018, former trainer An Lenders won the 10 km while Leon Hendrikx was the fastest Venloner in the half marathon in 2016.
In 2019, Pjotr Dolfsma, Jip Janissen, Niels Peeters and Jordi Tijssen captured a bronze medal in the 4 x 800 metres at the Dutch Relay Championships. Two years earlier, almost the same group (Pjotr Dolfsma, Jip Janissen, Niels Peeters and Olivier Gijbels) had won a bronze medal in the boys C. In 2015, Sophie Dielissen, Romi de Bruijn, Anne van Heeckeren and Danique Verdellen also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 800 metres in the girls A.
At the Dutch Junior Championships, athletes from the Venloop Running Team managed to capture four silver and six bronze medals. The last medals were won by Max Hutjens. He won a silver medal at the National cross for juniors D in 2021 and a bronze medal at the 1000 metres indoor for boys D1 in 2020.
In 2019, Pjotr Dolfsma won a silver medal in the 1500 metres at the National indoor for C2 juniors and Fenne Janssen also picked up a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the NK indoor for girls A. In 2018, Sophie Dielissen managed to win silver medals in the 5000 metres for girls A and the 3000 metres indoor for girls A. In 2017, Rens Simons won a bronze medal in the 3000 metres steeple for Boys A while Sophie Dielissen won a bronze medal in the 3000 metres indoor for Girls A. In 2016, there were bronze medals for Fenne Janssen (1500 metres indoor girls C2) and Danique Verdellen (1500 metres girls B).
Curious about these top athletes? Check out their athlete profiles, their spots in national rankings and the Venloop Running Team club records here.
Tuesday: 18:30 - 20:30, track and running training (Sportpark Vrijenbroek Venlo)
Wednesday: 18:00 - 19:30, strength training
Thursday: 18:30 - 20:30, track and running training (Sportpark Vrijenbroek Venlo)
Friday: 18:00 - 19:00, bootcamp training
Sunday: 09:00 - 11:00 (Belfeld woods)
Picture : Laurens Eggen
Persons with an aptitude for running or who would like to know more about the Venloop Running Team can email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Venloop Running Team is funded by the Venloop Foundation. Partner is the LoopCentrum and medical parters are Funqtio Physiotherapy and Medisch Centrum Viecuri.