Our Mission: Fun running and sound race training for new and experienced runners
Garden City Runners is a club of active runners and joggers. We can help you get round the London Marathon, but we also do other road races including our own Garden City 10, and in summer the Midweek Road Race League. In winter we continue with the road racing, but also compete in two of the local cross-country leagues.
We were founded in 1982 and have been running in the Welwyn Garden City area ever since. We have a membership of over 200 people from all over the country. Just come down to the Gosling Sports Park any Tuesday or Thursday or Sunday (see below).
Social events vary from time to time, but we have at least one social evening on the first Monday of the month at the Welwyn Rugby Club.
Your questions answered!
Where can I find you?
Our main meeting point is at the Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6XE, at 6.00pm & 6.30pm Tuesday and Thursday and 9.30am Sundays
8.30am Sunday runners meet at Campus West car park, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City , Herts, AL8 6BX
For details of how to find these venues and our other meetings, look on our website or send us an email.
What training do you do?
We have 3 main club training sessions a week. We change training sessions depending on the time of year:
Tuesday we have a choice of a 6.00pm beginners/steady run (5- 6miles), 6.30pm steady run (6-7 miles) and 6.30pm road interval session
Thursday we have a choice of a 6.00pm beginners/steady run (5-6miles), 6.30pm steady run (6-7 miles) and 6.30pm track interval session,
Sundays we have a choice of a 8.30am Long run (10-12 miles) or a 9.30am Long run at a quicker pace (12-14 miles)
Members generally don’t come to all sessions and may even meet up outside the club nights so that they can train together.
Can I turn up or do I have to join first?
You can join training runs with us at anytime, member or not. We welcome runners of all ages, abilities and there is no pressure to join. You will need to be a member to take part in any of the Cross Country and Road League Races we participate in. There are many benefits in joining our club including access to coaches, support, discounts and socials! See our website for more information.
I am only looking to train for the Virgin London Marathon, how will I find others to train with?
Garden City Runners usually has around 20 members in the London Marathon and many who take part in other marathons around the country. Their times vary from 2hr 35m to over 5 hours. Members are a very encouraging and keen to help other marathoners with advice and support. We can introduce you to people of similar ability who are training for a Marathon.