Second Sunday 5 is a cross-country running event on Wimbledon Common, organised by the UK’s oldest running club, Thames Hare & Hounds. The event takes place on the second Sunday of each month and is designed to be a friendly and fun way to improve your running and meet like-minded people.

I’ve been known to bother the middle-order at the occasional Second Sunday 5 event and also represented (albeit poorly) Wellington College in the Alumni race, an annual public school’s 5-mile running race also organised by Thames Hare & Hounds, also on Wimbledon Common.

I really liked the simplicity of the events and the way TH&H was run by devoted, well-organised volunteers. There was no way my recently-found enjoyment of running was ever going to help TH&H become more successful at race meetings but I realised that I could help in another way. So I approached TH&H, highlighted a few of the issues on their existing website and offered The Content Works’ time and expertise for free, in order to rebuild the secondsunday5.com website to a high-standard and help keep TH&H ahead of the pack!

By creating a more modern-looking website, designed to rank well in search engines, I hope we can encourage local runners from popular running events like the Wimbledon and Fulham Parkruns to join Second Sunday 5 and help swell the TH&H ranks.

The old website at secondsunday5.com was good; functional, easy to use and fast to load but it didn’t fit well on a mobile device.  We wanted to help support the Second Sunday 5 initiative by ensuring their website was cutting edge and worked across all devices; mobile, desktop and tablet.

ss5 old mobile - Pro Bono: Building Second Sunday 5's new website

The major issue with the old site was that it wasn’t mobile responsive, as the screenshot above demonstrates. Major search engines like Google are starting to penalise websites that aren’t optimised for mobile devices. A website like the above is hard to navigate on mobile as the type is too small to read and the tap targets too close together to be usable. Mobile responsiveness was the main priority, to ensure that secondsunday5.com maintained its standing in search engines to ensure a steady flow of traffic.

 

ss5 old - Pro Bono: Building Second Sunday 5's new website

 

The screenshot above shows the old site, which although it served its purpose very well, it looked a little dated and didn’t scale well on mobile. The screenshot below shows the new website, which incorporates the new branding that SS5 use on their T-Shirts and number boards.

ss5 new - Pro Bono: Building Second Sunday 5's new website

 

The above screenshot shows Secondsunday5’s new website, built on a WordPress content management system, using a responsive theme. It is designed to be simple to manage, so the TH&H team can easily make changes to the website’s content, add more pages and update areas like the gallery and race results without needing to know HTML. The site uses a simple framework and features javascript, AJAX, CSS3 and HTML5. It’s lightweight, fast and cross-browser compatible.

We’re really proud to play a part in TH&H’s story and wish them all the best for continued success. You can visit the website here: secondsunday5.com

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