Bitton Road Runners has a regular opportunity for people who are either new to running, not sure about their fitness or running capability to take part in a completely non-competitive friendly running group that meets at the club on Thursday nights each week.
Whether you have never run before, maybe can only run about a half mile, or perhaps you used to run or exercise and are looking for something that may improve your fitness, the Thursday group caters for everyone, regardless of level, age or experience.
The group meets every Thursday - 6:45pm for announcements and all runs start at 7pm at the Oldland Abbotonians Football Club, Castle Road, Oldland Common. Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly club runners take out a number of different paced/speed level groups and tailor the route distance and speed to match the capability of people attending that evening.
The routes are varied depending upon daylight, season and weather, incorporating scenic runs around the Bitton/Longwell Green/Warmley area, through local woodlands, fields and riverside paths, local residential roads and country lanes, and the excellent Bristol to Bath cycleway for traffic free exercise.
The group is friendly and informal, and has become a regular social as well as exercising opportunity for lots of local runners. Whilst this may not be the objective for many, a number of our runners have gone on to participate in 5Km, 10Km, and half marathon events within one year.
It is hoped that once people feel confident to run 4 - 5 miles they will integrate into the main running club, which meets in the same time and place at 6:45pm for announcements and all runs start at 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, however you are not forced to do this unless you feel ready or want to. Please note that although there is no pressure to "move up" to the main clubs training sessions, there is an expectation that after a short time when you have decided that you like running with us, you must officially join the club.
People attending the novice group are entitled to join Bitton Road Runners and enjoy the benefits of club facilities and events, as well as significant discount in local running and some sport shops. Membership also permits reduced entry fees to most athletic events.
If you have any queries or questions please feel free to contact:
Sue Hewitt on 07827 816258