Running Clubs

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01/08/2002 at 13:11
Does anyone know of a plodder-friendly running club in the Manchester area? The only clubs I know of round here are Sale Harriers and the like and they scare me silly.
01/08/2002 at 13:40
Being a total novice myself (and not local) I don't know the answer to that, so apologies for "joining in" on your thread - but I would like to find the same sort of thing in the Guildford area.

Running clubs can be quite intimidating if everyone's so much faster than you, even if they try to welcome you.
01/08/2002 at 13:48
How right that is. I keep putting off joining a club thinking I have to run a sub 50 min 10k first!
01/08/2002 at 14:08
Hi Bean Counter, for Manchester based running clubs try the following:-

Give some a ring. You should be able to find a club to suit you.


01/08/2002 at 14:12
Thanks fat face. Will do!
01/08/2002 at 14:33
Hi all

I am a recreational runner and 5k is my longest distance - just got a pb of 29.03 at the Southampton Race for Life

No good for Manchester but maybe of interest for Guildford or anyone else reading this.

I go to a 'Run 4 Fun' club in Basingstoke.


cost £2 per session Monday night drills, Wednesday nights long runs - anything from 3.5 to 6.5 miles

Linda who takes the group is really good and is a duathlon champion

I am a recreational runner and 5k is my longest distance - just got a pb of 29.03 at the Southampton Race for Life
01/08/2002 at 15:36

The South of England AA office on 020 8664 7244 will have a list of running clubs in that area.

For other parts of the country:

AA of Wales office: 01633 416633
Midland Counties AA: 0121 452 1500
Northern ireland AA: 02890 602707
North of England AA: 0113 246 1835
Scottish Athletic Federation: 0131 317 7320
01/08/2002 at 15:42
Thanks guys. :-)
01/08/2002 at 15:42
For a quality Running Club in Lincolnshire
Ropsley Road Runners
A large website with massive LINKS and RACE REVIEW areas.
Over 70 race reviews. Add your own review of any race.
Lots MORE!!!
Several quality races including the famous ROPSLEY RAID 15 Mile Trail Race
on December 1st

01/08/2002 at 16:11
I know what you mean It wasn't until i did a couple of loacl races in East Yorks I realised not everyone is a seb coe or a paula radcliffe......

There are many people who run for the company and friendship.....and run like i do/did....My time for a 10k has come down to 54:31...not fast by most standards but many run at a steady pace......

Most will let you go and have a look round maybe even run with them for a training session to see if it's what you expect...

I joined East Hull Harriesr a couple of months ago and I went out with them for the first time two weeks ago and they made sure I didn't get left behind and I was ok as i was running a route i didn't know at all........It daunting at first as i only knoew a lady called tina from the summer league but it was good....

go and have a look see........
06/08/2002 at 14:26
This may seem like a total numpty question from someone who has been running for only the past 4 months out of the previous 37 years, but what actually happens at running clubs ? what are the activities ? please don't reply with "running" ;)

is it mostly geared up to training/racing ?
is there much simple recreational running ?

fyi i'm doing 5k in 30min and am gradually stretching my distances up towards 10k.

06/08/2002 at 14:57
Training (go for a large club if you require structure)
"Long runs" for the marathon season esp. pre London training.
Lots of people better than you who if you run with them will get you up to their standard.
Car share to races and target races to get lots of club members in one place.
Meetings and after race pub meetings (Guiness power!)
Otherwise plenty of drinking and having fun.
Our club go to dog racing, have treasure hunt. Hare and houngs runs when enough people.
And more!
We are all out to enjoy running.
Best Wishes,
06/08/2002 at 15:02
Our club meets twice weekly formally but also we meet up for races and informally others run together on other days.

Our Tuesday summer sessions are based on training on a local grass track. We do all sorts from short repeated sprints, relays, 300m repeated runs.

Our winter Tuesdays and Thursdays meets are runs (inc fartleks) on local lanes and safe roads. Streetlit in winter.

I expect all clubs differ a little but I joined with a 32 min 5k having emailed the club coach first (I got the email address from British Athletics website).

Its a terrific source of help and inspiration for me so I would recommend you see if you can find a club locally and have a chat to them.

07/08/2002 at 09:13
Thanks for the feedback guys.
08/08/2002 at 12:09
OK, you've done Guildford and Manchester, how about Dunstable? I've been dabbling at running for years, have never raced, once got good enough to do 10K long runs and hold a conversation all the way round (you can tell I am a beginner - I cant tell you the times I've done!) but can't seem to keep the motivation. Would a club laugh me off the streets? Or would a club have people like me as well? And if so, are there any in my area?
08/08/2002 at 13:08
Hi, I used to live in Luton and went to the Stopsley Striders. They run from the regional sports centre in Stopsley. I know it can be a bit of a nightmare driving from Dunstable to Luton but they always had a beginners group which did 30min runs at talk-pace and were really supportive of new runners. When I was going a couple of years ago they ran at about 7-30pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Even if you don't want to go there, they may know of other clubs in Dunstable.

Hope that helps.
08/08/2002 at 13:52

2 months ago I joined a running club for the first time, I have been running more off than on for around 4 years, and have not done any serious running for 2years. I now run between 6-8 miles in approx. 1hr twice a week. I am usually the slowest, but I am working on that, they take it in turns to run with me, so they get some speed work in, they give me plenty of encouragement and advice, so no I don't think they would laugh you off the streets.
08/08/2002 at 18:06
Hi Liz,

I'm not from your area, but you may want to look at:
dunstable road runners club

I'm not sure that the link will survive intact. If not, I'll try again.


08/08/2002 at 18:25

as predicted, it didn't work :-(

Trying again:

Dunstable Road Runners

If that doesn't work, try manually entering the following address:
02/09/2002 at 17:00
I am a complete beginner and would like to find a running club in my area - potters bar in hertfordshire - any ideas?
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