Good news, we now have brand new website www.runleeds.co.uk (click this link!) with events, groups, articles, news and routes.
If you’re looking for a running group in Leeds, you can also go to www.runengland.org , and click on the “Find a Running Group” link on the left hand side, you’ll just need to enter your postcode.
If you’re looking for a running club in Leeds, you can also go to www.leedsathletics.net, and click on the “List of Leeds Clubs” link on the left hand side. Note that some of the clubs have groups for beginners.
If you want to read about what we did from 2011 to 2013, read on!!
Run England say – “Regardless of your age, fitness level, aspiration, background, or location you can be a part of Run England and benefit from being a part of England’s running community. We are here to help and encourage more people to run, and to run more often. So whatever you want to get from your running Run England is here to encourage and support you. (And to make sure we all have some fun with our running)!”
For more information about Run England, see http://www.runengland.org/
Run Leeds is the name we have given to Run England groups in Leeds. All Run England groups are led by coaches who have a UKA (UK Athletics) qualification and insurance, and have been CRB/DBS checked.
There is a lot more information below, but if you just want to find a group near you click here for a List of all groups in Leeds .
The list shows whether the group is suitable for beginners, improvers or both. Run England prefer to use the terms “Jogging” and “Running”, but think of the speed that Usain Bolt or Haile Gebrselassie go jogging and you’ll see that it doesn’t really help. If you are in doubt whether you should be in a beginners or improvers group, then either try one that caters for both or click on our little guide – Beginner or Improver
Here’s a little history and some more information:
The original Run Leeds groups were started in March 2011 and based at running clubs. The groups are aimed at beginners and improvers – some used to a long walk, some who jog a couple of times a week with friends and some who occasionally run races. But the groups are separate from the club sessions and there is no pressure to join the “parent” club. There are now 11 Run Leeds groups at clubs. For more information, click Run Leeds @ Clubs
New Run Leeds Groups, outside of running clubs, were set up in spring and summer 2012 as part of a wider project in Yorkshire and Humberside to bring 3,000 beginners and near beginners into running. By late 2012, there were approximately 25 groups in total in Leeds.
Now, in 2014, there are 34 Run Leeds groups, running at different locations and at various times of the week. Many leaders are running club members, others are health and fitness professionals. Although run by individuals, there is a support network for the leaders organized by the Leeds Athletics Network. For more information, click Run Yorkshire (& Humber) in Leeds - beginners groups led by UKA trained coaches! For more information on the Leeds Athletics Network, click here (opens in new window).
Wherever you live in Leeds, there is likely to be a Run Leeds group within 3 miles, and probably nearer. If you are restricted in when you can run, you may have to travel a little further.
In 2012, Run Leeds linked up with Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All to offer a combined package of training and race entry for the race in Leeds on 8 July 2012. For more information, click Run For All package 2012 . Although we have no formal arrangement in 2014, the leaders can advise their members on training and preparation for the Run For All and other local races.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for new runners/members
Click here for Information for Leaders if you are an existing leader or would like to become a leader.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for leaders