Venloop Running Team
The Venloop Running Team is a running team which aims to give young athletes a platform to get the best out of their sporting possibilities. With this unique project we wish to give the running sport in North-Limburg a new and fresh look. The team focuses on youngsters in the age category of 12- 25 years.
The Venloop Running Team was founded in January 2014 and now consists of 12 athletes and two trainers. The athletes are scouted at talent tests or local competitions and train together three times a week. They also train together with Running Team Simba from Nijmegen a few times a year.
Back row from the left to the right: Martijn, Niels, Jip, Rens, Fenne, Suze
Front row from the left to the right: An, Max, Ravi, Sjuulke, Nina, Rik
The Venloop Running Team scouts running talents in Venlo and its surroundings (from Swalmen to Venray and from Venlo to Meijel). The talents are trained to become (inter)national top athletes.
In the Spring and Autumn, the athletes go on a training weekend. In recent years they visited the Eifel region in Germany in the Spring and Nutterden, also in Germany, in the Autumn. In 2014, athlete Jip Vastenburg dropped by to share her sporting experiences, while athlete Susan Kuijken made a visit in 2015.
The Venloop Running Team athletes participate in regional, national and international competitions.
Recent years saw Sophie Dielissen (2014, 2015 and 2017) and Danique Verdellen (2016) win the 5 km Weir Venloop. In 2018 An Lenders won the 10 km while Leon Hendrikx was the fastest runner from Venlo in the 2016 half marathon.
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 took bronze at the Dutch Relay Championships in the 4 x 800 metres.
At the Dutch Junior Championships the athletes of the Venloop Running Team won three silver and six bronze medals. The last medal was achieved by Max Hutjens, he won a bronze medal in 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 took 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 January 2016, Fenne Janssen won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the national indoor games for C-second year runners. Danique Verdellen also managed to scoop a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the Dutch Championships for B-juniors in Breda (2016).
The Venloop Running Team is funded by the Venloop foundation. Partner is Het LoopCentrum and the medical partners are Funqtio Fysiotherapie en Medisch Centrum Viecuri.
People who have a talent for the running sport or wish to learn more about the Venloop Running Team can request additional information by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Tuesday: 6:30 - 8:30 PM, track and running training (Sportpark Vrijenbroek Venlo)
Wednesday: 6:00 - 7:30 PM, strength training
Thursday: 6:30 - 8:30 PM, track and running training (Sportpark Vrijenbroek Venlo)
Friday: 6:00 - 7:00 PM, bootcamp training
Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00 AM (The woods of Belfeld)
Foto: Laurens Eggen