Thinking of joining us

We meet every Wednesday at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start at Horwich Leisure Centre. A normal Wednesday night consists of a group warm up, which involves a few gentle stretches, lead by Clive – nothing too demanding and all very informal and friendly. During the winter months we split into two groups, one group heads onto the fells with headtorches, while the other group trains on the roads around Horwich. During the summer, one group trains on Winter Hill and the surrounding hills, while the other group trains on the trails round Rivington.  Have a look at the Diary section of the website to see what we’ve been up to on a Wednesday evening. If you are interested in joining us, we welcome all abilities, contact us for more information.

Still not sure about joining a club, and would like to know the benefits, then have a read of the article below, taken from

No longer are running clubs the preserve of stick-thin, competitive types who seem to spend every spare moment clocking up the miles in readiness for yet another race. Thankfully, those days are gone, and today’s running clubs are more diverse, both in terms of the ability of their runners, but also in their attitude to running. Joining a running club without any intention of actually entering a race is now a very real possibility! So, why join a running club? Aside from the benefits of joining – in the form of reduced fees for race entry – being a club member allows you to make the psychological shift so that you can now call yourself a ‘a runner’, rather than just ‘someone who runs’. In addition, there are plenty of practical benefits too:

Support and safety

One of the pleasures of running can be the solitude of running alone, but it’s also great to add variety and get involved with other runners as part of a group run. Club members can also meet up outside of club sessions, so joining a club can be a great way to find a running partner, perhaps even someone who is training for the same event as you. The support of runners can be useful on those long runs, particularly when the going gets tough or your motivation is starting to waiver. Running with others also provides the bonus of being far safer, particularly for female runners. <strong>Increasing your competitive drive Ok, not everyone can be a winner, and not everyone even wants to compete, but even the least victory-hungry among us can find a competitive urge brought about by running with others. Running as part of a group, you’ll find yourself setting little targets, even if it’s just to make sure you beat that annoying guy that sped past you weeks before when you had only just joined. Running with others will likely bring a little competitiveness to your running, and this will leads to greater improvement than might otherwise have been the case. <strong>Useful source of information</strong> Running clubs provide a wealth of local information that can be really beneficial to your running. From advice on the best and safest running routes, to tips on where to find a good physiotherapist or sports masseur in the area, to what are the best local races to enter, you’ll find no shortage of people ready to share their local knowledge with you.

Access to coaching advice
You don’t need to be have ambitions of running a sub-3 hour marathon to be deserving of coaching advice! Everyone can do with a few coaching tips, even if it is something as simple as a few pointers about your running technique. Not all clubs have coaches on hand, so coaching is one of the reasons you want to join a club, make sure it is available before signing up. If you have a running events on the horizon, a coach will be able to advise you on the types of training sessions that you need to be doing to potentially meet your performance targets.

Choosing the right running club for you

If there’s a few clubs in your local area, then that gives you a choice of finding the one that is right for you. It’s definitely worth making a few enquiries to find out a few details, such as what days of the week the club meets, so you know it meets with your own weekly commitments. Before joining, why not show up for a session to get an idea of the type of people that go along, and see whether your own running ability is provided for. Some clubs do much of their training on the tracks, whereas others are more road-running focused. Others are driven by results and county league tables and may be more suited to those planning to raise regularly, and some clubs simply cannot do without ending every week’s training session with a session in the local boozer.