The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday morning.
Thursday is the main club night where we meet for a steady or tempo run. We meet at Thornbury Sports Centre ready for a 7:00pm start. (See also “where we meet“.)
We currently have a 5 groups each running at different speeds (based on minutes per mile), led by a qualified leader and running for typically 1 hour. If the groups get spread out there is a regroup and nobody is left behind. Members are welcome to move between groups as fitness improves or to recover from a race or injury:
- 12 min / mile
- 10 min / mile
- 9 minute / mile
- 8 minute/ mile
- 7 minute mile
There is also a walking group. This is a brisk walking group (not too fast) and will help get you up to speed without causing unnecessary injury. It is run by an experienced walker, with walks lasting no more than an hour. Any members, friends or relatives are welcome. Normal membership rules apply.
Tea / squash and biscuits are provided at the end of the session and the use of showers is available.
Tuesday Evening Sessions
There are a number of option on a Tuesday night, which is the Club Coaching night:
- Steady 5k – A 5Km at a steady pace with regroups from Thornbury Leisure Centre at 7:00pm. Ideal for beginners, improvers or anyone coming back from injury.
- Interval Training – We have two interval sessions one at Thornbury Leisure Centre starting at 7:00pm (top car park) and the other at Aztec West starting at 7:30pm. Each location offers coached interval training, perfect for improving fitness and speed. The Aztec West group is ideal for anyone with a typical 5k time of under 25 mins, whilst the TLC session is for those runners with a 5km time of over 25 mins.
- Track – We also use a local track regularly for both of the above groups.
We also meet for longer runs on Sunday mornings at 8.30am in the small car park opposite The Castle School and Manorbrook School, next to the Scout Hut.. These runs continue throughout the year, come rain or shine!
These are typically “steady” and social rather than fast, to build up endurance. They are very good for those planning longer races such as half or full marathons. They are not usually shorter than 10 miles but routes are circular so there are always short cuts back for those who like the company but not the full distance. Conversely, some runners from the group may choose to continue further.