We have a wide range of adult running groups, of varying abilities who train and compete throughout the year. The main training sessions are Tuesday & Thursday evenings 6.30pm – 7.30pm, though many of our runners often arrange to meet up informally at other times during the week. Anyone is welcome to come down to the club and find out more about what we do, and how the training sessions work, before making any commitment to join.
However we understand that it may be a little daunting to think about joining a running club if you’re just starting, haven’t run for some time, or just aren’t sure whether you’ll be ‘good enough’ to join a club. If you are interested in running but maybe fit into one of these categories, why not get in touch and we can give you some help and guidance as to which group you could join in with for training. We really do have people of all ages and abilities so there’s no need to worry that there may not be a group you can fit in to, or that you may not be fast enough to keep up.
Our members are a friendly bunch, and you’ll not only benefit from improving your fitness levels but you’ll get support and encouragement from everyone around you.
As a guide on a typical Tuesday and Thursday night we might have the following groups for adults.
Beginners Course: We run a beginners course twice a year. Usually starting in February and September.
Clive Juke’s Group: Select band of mainly ladies (Guide 12 minute miles)
Trudi Lisseman’s Group: Another select group (Guide 10 minute miles)
Fred Smith’s Group: Helped out by Tina Smith and Ian Cresswell quite a large group of keen runners, many of whom are graduates from the Beginners Group. (9 /10minute miles)
Carl Morgan’s Group: (Pace around 8/9 minute miles). Generally some efforts on a Tuesday and a longer run on a Thursday.
Duncan Davies’s Group: A group who do a mixture of activities including efforts, hill runs, tempo and interval runs. (6/7 minute miles). Duncan does not tell his group what is planned for them until they arrive. “If I told them they wouldn’t come!”
Pete Stark’s Faster Squad: A group of the fastest middle distance runners in the club. Combination of Track and efforts in the surrounding area.
Dave Guest’s : Looks after some older middle distance runners on the track and the roads. Derrick Harding also looks after a group of middle distance track runners
There are a large number of groups that cover all events starting with under 10’s who meet between 5:30pm and 6:30pm.
There are then a series of groups who meet at 6:30pm. The middle distance groups are headed by John Abbiss and athletes are generally put into groups with people of the same standard not necessarily the same age. Other athletes will wish to specialise on track or field events, they will be allocated to specific groups and coaches for this.
We encourage our members to take part in the large number of fun runs and more serious runs that take place during the year. Some of these are team events, we pride ourselves in taking big squads of runners to these events. There is a vast amount of information available on the internet. One of the best sites is run by Brian Smith at www.westmidlandrunningscene.co.uk Brian also takes hundreds of photos at these events which are available for download after the race.
Be warned running can become addictive, with members running through-out the week.
Circuit Class: In addition we run a circuit class for all athletes over 14 years of age on a Monday from 6.45pm during the winter season.
Interested in coming to join us?
See more details on the separate page called Membership.
Subsidised Membership at WV Active
We have a number of our younger athletes who are competing for the county or at a national level. The council are offering help on non-training nights to use the WV facilities. You and your coach will need to complete the two attached forms.