Put on your running shoes – it’s time to get fit with these Leeds running clubs.
If you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds or just want to be healthier, running is one of the best ways you can get in shape. Not only does it burn calories, but it helps to strengthen your muscles and can help you maintain your weight. Whether you’re a newbie or are training for your next marathon, these running clubs may be just the thing.
Based around Holt Park Active gym and leisure centre, Abbey Runners are a friendly bunch who welcome people from all levels and will happily train complete beginners up to competitive pros. It may seem like a long way off if you’ve never put on a pair of running shoes, but in fact, many of their newbies have progressed to marathons and cross country races.
They meet at 7.30pm every Tuesday at Holt Park Active. Their beginner group will ease you in gradually, alternating between walking, running and jogging with plenty of support along the way. If you’re more experienced, they can certainly put your skills to the test with fell and triathlon groups. Got a competitive streak? They take part in annual stage races like the Golden Acre Relay, Rombalds Romp and Eccup 10 too.
Abbey Runners, Holt Park Active, Holt Dale Approach, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7RX. Membership costs £30 a year, but is half price for anyone under 23.
Since 1985, this Horsforth based group has grown to over 300 members ranging from anywhere between 18 and 80 and host the Apperley Bridge Canter. Although they are primarily a road running group, their members have competed in marathons and even fell running races. They are perfect for beginners too, with a specially tailored six-week course designed to get you fit in no time.
The group meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Horsforth Cricket Club in Horsforth. If you’re new to running, their Absolute Beginners Courses will prepare you for a 5K race like the Park Run or a Race For Life. Or if you’re an experienced runner looking for a challenge, their training groups can get you ready for the likes of the London Marathon and the Leeds 10K.
Horsforth Harriers, Horsforth Cricket Club, King George’s Playing Field, Brownberrie Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5SB. Membership costs £40 per year.
Aiming to make running a fun way to exercise, this Roundhay-based group is open to a range of levels, giving people a chance to get fit in a social environment. Each week’s main club route is designed and led by the group’s experienced runners, which helps keep the runs fresh and exciting. Sessions usually last about an hour and aim to include elements of speed changes, hill work and tempo running.
The main club nights are held at 6.50pm on Thursdays at North Leeds Cricket Club. But if that’s not enough, there’s also training sessions every Tuesday at 7pm which alternate between track sessions at Leeds Beckett Carnegie Campus in Headingley and trail runs all over North Leeds. Complete beginners can also join an 8-week start course, which runs twice a year.
Roundhay Runners, North Leeds Cricket Club, Old Park Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1JX. Membership costs between £5 and £25 per year, but the first few taster runs are free.
Hyde Park Harriers
Are you looking to join a running club that’s a bit closer to the city centre and the office? As their name suggests, Hyde Park Harriers are a friendly group that meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the University of Leeds’ sports centre, The Edge. The group caters to everyone from those completely new to people addicted to races and marathons.
Don’t feel discouraged if you’re not quite ready for a big race any time soon, whatever your speed, there are bound to be others just like you, and you can even join in if you’re not a member. At any time, they may have up to eight groups where you can feel at ease with support from your fellow runners, making your way around Woodhouse Moor or the more scenic Golden Acre Park. Once you’re up to speed, why not take part in their annual Summer Mile race?
Hyde Park Harriers, The Edge, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT. Membership costs £40 per year and includes a club vest.
Chapel Allerton Runners
Specifically for adults 18 and over, Chapel Allerton Runners caters to all abilities with courses to suit everyone. Fancy getting into running? Their Run England Beginner’s course isn’t a one size fits all. Costing £12 for 12 weeks, they tailor it to you, including exercises, walking and running to get you ready to work up to 3 miles and a Roundhay 5K Park Run in a fun introduction.
Their main club night is at 6.30pm every Wednesday at Gledhow Sports and Social Club, which gives them the advantage of their own training field, races and social events. Each week brings different 5 to 9-mile routes covering lit streets in winter and green spaces of North Leeds like Golden Acre Park or Harewood House in summer. If you want a challenge, join them at 6.30pm on Mondays for interval training.
Chapel Allerton Runners, Gledhow Sports and Social Club, Gledhow Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1NQ. Membership costs £45 per year.
Whether you’re looking to get fit, push yourself competitively or just share a run with like-minded people, Pudsey Pacers have 27 years experience catering for all types of runner. With over 300 members, they train twice a week on every surface imaginable, so you can try everything from road racing and cross country to trail and fell running.
The club meets at Pudsey Leisure Centre every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.45pm. New runners are always welcome, and team leaders will be on hand to make sure you’re in the right ability group. If you’re a complete novice, they offer 10-week beginners courses led by experienced club coaches. Once you’re up to speed, there’s a whole heap of competitive races to get involved in across Leeds, including the running club’s annual Pudsey 10K and Post Hill Challenge.
Pudsey Pacers, Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 7BE. Membership costs £30 per year, but first few taster runs are free.
Started back in 2015, Bramley Breezers have grown from humble beginnings, with just a dozen runners jogging around Bramley Park, to over 150 people pounding the pavement every week. It’s now so popular that they’ve launched a walking group too, in case you’d prefer to take it easier or you’re returning from injury.
The Breezers meet every Monday and Wednesday at 6.45pm in Bramley Villagers Club. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the club’s motto is ‘no-one gets left behind’. That means the whole club goes out as a group and comes back together, with an emphasis on socialising and not competing. There are regular races if you feel like a challenge though – including the Bramley 5K and Pudsey 10K.
Bramley Breezers, Bramley Villagers Community Club, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 2HF. No booking or fees required.
Farsley Flyers are ahead of the curve when it comes to catering for any runner. From total beginners to seasoned pros, the volunteer-led club has 3 British Athletics-qualified coaches on hand, along with a qualified Guide Runner for the partially sighted and signing interpreter for deaf runners. No one is left out, and no one is left behind.
Fancy joining them for a jog? The group gets together at Farsley Celtic FC at 6.30pm every Thursday. The routes vary from week to week, but you’ll be tested on a variety of terrains. If you want to really push yourself, there’s a point-based club championship that you can join by competing in local events. From park runs to half-marathons, it’s suitable for all abilities, so you can work up to it at your own pace.
Farsley Flyers, Farsley Celtic Football Club, 15 Parkside Walk, Farsley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5TJ. Membership is free.
If you’re after a friendly, inclusive group to exercise with, look no further than Leeds Frontrunners. They’re an LGBT+ running club, but of course, anyone who’s open-minded and into running can join. Club members range in ability from marathon runners to recreational joggers and complete novices, so there’s always someone on your level to train with.
This members-only club meets twice a week – they set off from the Roundhay Fox pub at 7pm every Thursday and the Lakeside Cafe in Roundhay Park at 9am on Saturdays. New to the group? You’ll be assigned a LiRF-trained run buddy to assess your level and make sure you don’t get lost or left behind. If you catch the running bug, why not join in their annual Park Run takeover for the LFD Pride Run?
Leeds Frontrunners, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2EP & Lakeside Cafe, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2JL. Membership costs £35 per year, but the first three taster runs are free.
Leeds Girls Can Run
Part of the national ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, Leeds Girls Can have three ladies-only running clubs that will give you the chance to socialise, make new friends and get fit, all at the same time. With their Couch to 5K programme, Leeds Girls Can Run can even get complete beginners up and keeping pace with the rest of the group in no time at all.
Their three clubs cover Kirkstall, Middleton and Harehills. North Leeds members meet at 6pm in Potternewton Park every Monday for Sole Sisters, West Leeds fans at Kirkstall Abbey car park at 7pm on Tuesdays. If you’re in South Leeds, head to Leeds Urban Bike Park in Middleton at 6.30pm on Mondays to run, chat and even go for a drink afterwards.
Leeds Girls Can Run Kirkstall, Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH & Leeds Girls Can Run Middleton, Leeds Urban Bike Park, Ring Road, Beeston Park, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3TN & Leeds Girls Can Run Harehills – Sole Sisters, Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS7 4HB. No booking or fees required.