Wetherby Runners was formed in October 2004 as the first & only North of England Athletics Association affiliated club in the immediate area. A small group of local runners of some years running experience got together to form a committee under the chairmanship of local GP Richard Hall.
The club welcome new runners of all ages as well as those with a few miles under their feet. We are a new and growing club with an active membership of over 160 members. The club has an even mix of male and female athletes, spanning a wide range of abilities from complete novice to elite runners and catering for all ages from 10 years and upwards The club had it first competition success last year and is currently the holders of the mens and womens Black Sheep Series titles.
Your questions answered!
Where can I find you?
The club meet at the Wetherby Sports Association. This is the headquarters of Wetherby Athletic adjacent to Wetherby Swimming Baths at the Ings. This facility makes an ideal base for the club for changing, showers and afterwards in the bar. You can be assured of a warm welcome, regardless of your current ability.
The senior section: meet at the clubhouse on Wednesday evenings from 18:45 . As the club encourage runners of all abilities - complete novices to seasoned athletes, time is spent at the start of the evening splitting into ability related groups, During the summer months the routes take in the fine bridleways & footpaths around the town. We always ensure people have someone to run with when they come along because we recognise that this is a main reason why people want to join a local running club.
Members also arrange additional runs between themselves most weekends as various locations around Yorkshire usually starting and ending up at a pub.
What training do you do?
Occasional specific training nights are arranged including fartlek, pyramid, hill or speed sessions designed to improve different aspects of running fitness.
Can I turn up or do I have to join first?
The club allow new members to come along for 3-4 weeks before having to join up to the club. Each week sessions are timetabled for new runners to be partnered up with more experienced members to show them the ropes and help them feel part of the club straight away.
I am only looking to train for the Virgin London Marathon, how will I find others to train with?
The club always has a number of members competing in this event and other distance races and many have chosen to train together for company and support.