Running Groups In West Yorkshire
- Abbey Runners
- Absolute Beginners (Otley)
- Armley Amateurs
- ATB - Men Only
- Barnbow Beginners
- Barwick Beginners Group
- Born to Run Netherton
- BPP Runners
- Bradford Beginners
- Bradford Joggers
- Brighouse Road Runners & Improvers
- C.A.T Beginners
- Calderdale Knights
- Calverley Running Group
- Chapel Allerton Challengers
- Chapel Allerton Runners,
- Clayton West Runners
- Colton / Temple Newsam Beginners
- Covea Insurance Running Group
- Crow Nest parkrun
- Deighton Joggers
- DW Sports Birstall
- Eccleshill Punjab FC Running Club
- Eureka! Runners
- Farsley Recreational Runners
- Halifax Harriers – Improvers, Stage 2
- HASSRA Harriers
- Holmfirth - Jo’s All Women Group
- Jenny’s Joggers,
- Jog Calderdale,
- Jog Kirklees
- Jog Kirklees Huddersfield Group
- Kents BD2 Running Club,
- Knottingley Sports Centre Joggers,
- Lee Mount Ladies,
- Leeds Metropolitan Jogging Club,
- Max’s Movers,
- Moorside Community Runners,
- Moortown Beginners,
- Morley Movers,
- North Leeds Beginners,
- Oakwell Strollers,
- Pugneys Joggers,
- RAM Runners,
- Real Runners,
- Red Doles Runners,
- Rodley Running Group,
- Rothwell Harriers Beginners,
- Run Baildon Absolute Beginners Group,
- Run Leeds @ Alwoodley,
- Run Leeds @ Garforth,
- Run Leeds @ Kirkstall,
- Run Leeds @ Leeds Trinity University
- Run Leeds @ St Teresias
- Run Leeds @ Wetherby,
- Run Wild,
- Run Leeds
- RunLeeds - Horsforth Harriers Beginners,
- Running Group for All
- Saltaire Greens
- Sara’s Ace Sprinters
- Scissett Baths Running Club
- South Leeds Sisters
- The Old Mod’s Striders
- Thornes Park Joggers
- Thornton ATB
- Tong Joggers
- T’s Mobile’s, Roundhay, Leeds.
- Wakefield Running Mamas,
- Wakefield Up & Running,
- West Park Pacers,
- Wetherby Beginners,
- Wharfedale Harriers Ladies Running Group
- Women Beginners Running Group
- Women On The Run, Bradford,
- Wyke Womens Fitness & Running Group,
Ben Fraser from Run Leeds talks to runABC North about how the project is helping more people to run recreationally in the city...
Tell us about Run Leeds.
The Run Leeds project is a joint collaboration with England Athletics and Leeds City Council. The aim is to support new and existing opportunities for people to run recreationally, particularly easing inactive and new participants into regularly running. It originally started in early 2011, led by Leeds Athletics network, with a focus on beginners and improvers. By the end of 2012 the first phase of the project had engaged thousands of new runners in both traditional and non-traditional environments.
The second phase of the project began in mid-summer of 2014 and has seen several big additions added to the running community including notable groups such as the Farsley Flyers, South Leeds Lakers, South Leeds Sisters, Leeds Frontrunners (the city’s only LGBT friendly group) and the Bramley Breezers.
What challenges did you face launching the project?
The biggest challenge was connecting with the already thriving running community in the city while simultaneously creating new connections with communities that don’t have the opportunity to run together. Identifying enough volunteers to set up and lead sessions is an ongoing challenge. As the groups grow continually, we always need more volunteers. If anyone is interested in setting up or linking in with any groups, they would be more than welcome to!
What help do you give local groups/clubs?
Local groups and clubs are offered support in marketing and promotion as part of the citywide effort to spread the word. We support and shadow volunteers in becoming qualified run leaders (Leadership in Running Fitness – UKA accredited) and pass the softer skills of leadership and management via one to one engagement and England Athletic-led workshops. Another big part of what we do is to tell the individual and eclectic stories of the runners across the city.
Are you associated with any events in the city?
Generally, we move around the city attending and supporting events in parks, at leisure centres and community festivals. We have supported a very special event in Middleton Park, South Leeds for the past two years. On Valentine’s Day the community come out to Run for Skye and raise money for a great cause, in memory of a very special little girl! runleeds.co.uk/running-news/running-for-skye-2016/
We have recently partnered with the company Run For All to provide new groups with the opportunity to work towards running the Leeds 10K – a fantastic spectacle 10,000 runners attend each year. We also love what parkrun do and always connect our participants with this opportunity – several of our groups have even reached the stage of taking over their local parkrun event!
What advice would you give to someone in Leeds thinking of getting into running?
Firstly, I’d tell them to pop onto the website (runleeds.co.uk) to get an understanding of what running in Leeds is all about. The stories, advice and knowledge shared - I’d guarantee that each person will find something they can connect with. Then I’d hope they would pop along to their nearest session or event to take part!
Find out more on runleeds.co.uk
Content first appeared in print edition of runABC North September/October 2016