Running Groups in Merseyside
Running groups are aimed at beginners and those whose emphasis is on fun and fitness, letting people run in a safe and friendly environment, building up a camaraderie with fellow runners. As you would expect in a large metropolitan area, Merseyside has a great choice including Run England groups, commercially run groups, workplace and groups associated with running stores and sports centres/gyms.
- Active Sefton - Bootle Group Bootle Leisure Centre
- Active Sefton - Litherland Group Litherland Sports Park
- Bromborough Runners - Croft Retail Park
- Chester Northgate - Northgate Arena Tel: 01513552520
- Crosby Stormers - Crosby Leisure Centre
- Delamere Forest Group - Information Centre (Linmere)
- Ellesmere Port Group - Whitby Sports and Social Club
- Greens Running Club - Reception, Riverside Drive
- Halton Jog Club - St’s Peter & Paul High School, Widnes
- Helena Partnerships Group - Alexandra Park, St Helens
- Knowsley Council Group - Kirkby Sports College - Mondays/Tuesday evenings; KGV Sports Centre Huyton - Wednesdays
- Lake Runners - West Kirby Marine Lake
- Natterjack Fast Forward Running Club - Liverpool
- Natterjack Fast Forward Running Club - Southport
- Penny Lane Striders - Garston Lifestyles Leisure Centre
- Pink Panters - Queens Park Leisure Centre
- The Poppets (Westbrook) - Warrington - Westbrook in Warrington
- Princes Parkrun - The Green Gym in the middle of Princes Park
- Riverside Runners - Tesco Extra Wigan (café)
- Run in Wirral @ Birkenhead Park
- Run in Wirral @ Birkenhead 6th Form College
- Run in Wirral @ Wirral Tennis & Sports Centre
- Run in Wirral @ The Oval (Bebington)
- Run in Wirral @ Brotherton Park (Spital)
- Run in Wirral @ West Kirkby Concourse
- Shore Runners - Leasowe Lighthouse car park
- Southport Waterloo AC - Dunes Leisure Centre
- Sport Liverpool Group - University of Liverpool, Sport & Fitness Centre
- Up n Running - Edge Hill University
Have we missed something? If you know of or operate a running group in the Merseyside area and would like to add it to our list, then get in touch with us here
Now approaching their fifth year, there seems to be nothing stopping this Crosby running group stormin’ to success...
Five years ago, Elizabeth Stanfield placed a short article in the Crosby Herald inviting ladies to join a small running group in the area. Liz had discussed the idea with Cynthia Carter, and felt there would be a strong enough demand to make Crosby Stormers a success; all they needed was some coverage.
The article had the desired effect as numbers shot up from six to 50 in a matter of months, and the Stormers have now expanded their reach. Over the past two years, members have gone on to take part in leadership courses with Run England and have started their own groups in Kirkby, Formby and Ormskirk.
Both Liz and Cynthia come from a running background, with the former having ran and coached with Southport Waterloo AC while Cynthia was part of Staffordshire Harriers in her teens. This passion for the sport has allowed them to bring an enthusiastic and knowledgeable approach to Crosby Stormers.
Formed on the principles of getting fit, raising confidence and self-esteem, Liz and Cynthia have always stressed the importance of the group being a platform in which the ladies can make new friends. Behind this, there is a personal story to the group, with Crosby Stormers named after Cynthia’s late husband, a well-regarded runner who was known as Stormin’ Norman.
Liz told us a little more about Crosby Stormers’ regular training: “We meet every Wednesday at 7pm and for longer runs at the weekend and try to make the most of the beautiful routes along Crosby beach, Little Crosby. We are lucky to live near the coast although I don’t think the ladies envisaged they would be running along trails, sand dunes, country paths all on our doorstep, places they had never ventured before.
“Apart from running we meet up socially, and enjoy bike rides together as well. All the ladies like spending time with each other and this has a massive factor in confidence building as well. Last year we started cycling from Crosby to Lancashire, enjoying views across Cleves Hill and Parbold Hill. This was a great way of keeping fit if anyone was injured, which happens from time to time.”
The group operates on a non-profit basis, with Liz and Cynthia asking members for just 50p per session. Any funds raised go directly to the charity sector, with the Stormers having supported The Leonard Cheshire Home in Freshfield, British Heart Foundation, Spinal Action unit support group, South Sefton Mencap and Surannas Step Stone in the past.
The group has also organised fun runs, cake sales and charity evenings. All this contributes to the social dynamic of the group: “All we ask for is 50p, not bad for getting fit! The fundraising brings a great energy to the group and gives the training a real focus too. Everyone gets involved and it boosts the camaraderie in the camp.”
With their ethos of getting ladies fit, raising self-esteem and a community-focused spirit, there’s every chance Crosby Stormers are set for positive coverage from Merseyside and beyond.
Find out more about Crosby Stormers on their website