Birmingham Running Clubs

Birmingham Running Clubs

Whether you would like to run and train competitively or simply run for pleasure or to keep fit there are plenty of great clubs in the Birmingham area to choose from. Here we take a look at some of the best featuring what they have to offer and where they are located.

Birchfield Harriers

Birchfield Harriers

Birchfield Harriers is located at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and offers coaching and training for those who wish to hone their skills as a runner. The club offers track and field events, road running and cross country running for its members to take part in, while over one hundred of the clubs members have represented the club at Olympic meetings over the decades.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Birchfield Harriers meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Alexander Stadium, while their AGA Academy (New Inductees) meets on Saturday mornings at 10am sharp.

Running Routes and Training

The AGA Academy is for new members and is a ten week course in which athletes and runners follow an induction where they will work alongside qualified and respected coaches. Sessions start at 10am on Saturdays and run for ten weeks after which participants are invited to join Birchfield Harriers. Birchfield offers cross country training, race walking, road relays, Marathons and triathlons.

Cross country participants range from the age of eleven through to seniors and compete in leagues that include West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country Leagues and the Birmingham and District First Division Cross Country League. Those who are interested in road running are very welcome at Birchfield Harriers whatever age of ability they are. Runners are divided into groups at training according to ability on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while on Sundays runners meet for a long run of around twelve miles.

Race walkers consist of many age groups and include beginners, juniors, masters and professionals. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7.30pm, while added training is sometimes offered on Saturday mornings for those who wish to participate.

Further Club Activities

Birchfield Harriers also takes part in road relays, offers training for men's, women's and Junior and youth athletics. The masters of the club (or over thirty fives) take part in their own events with participants aged sixty and over playing an important role in the master's teams. Club facilities also feature a function room that can be hired for parties or events, while the club has a varied socials and events calendar.

Getting There

The Alexander Stadium is located off the A34 in the West Midlands with postcode B42 2LR used for sat-navs. Bus number 51 runs from Birmingham and passes the stadium.

  • Birchfield Harriers
  • Birmingham Alexander Stadium
  • Stadium Way
  • Perry Barr
  • Birmingham
  • B42 2LR
  • Tele +44 (0) 121 344 4858

The BRAT Club

BRAT Club

BRAT or Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club believe that training and running should be fun and what better way to make exercising fun than to join a club of likeminded people. Whatever type of running you are interested in plus whether it's for pleasure or to compete in competitions the BRAT Club assures runners of a warm welcome.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The BRAT club meets in many different locations around Birmingham that stretch from Redditch down to Walsall area. Please visit the BRAT club website to see if there is a venue near to you.

Running Routes and Training

Track running usually takes place at Birmingham University but the track is being replaced just now therefore training takes place every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays in varying venues that do change depending on circumstances. It is best to check at the website for up to date information. Sunday training takes place in the mornings while the rest of the week it is in the evenings from 6.30pm.

Group road running training meets at the Midlands Art Centre Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm, Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 9am. Mondays it’s a run of eight or so miles along routes that include Rea Valley Millennium Route, Woodgate Valley and Washy's Canal Loop. Wednesdays its interval training around the Birmingham University Campus, Thursdays its track running, Saturday's interval training participants again meet at MAC, while Sunday it’s a coached run of up to twelve miles.

Off road running in the summer is done in groups on Monday, meet at MAC at 7pm, Wednesday intervals takes place at Birmingham University at 7pm, track training Thursdays at 7.30 at Munrow  Sports Centre, Saturday morning intervals at 10am meet at MAC and Sunday distance training meet at 9am at MAC.

Further Club Activities

BRAT members also take part in park runs, triathlons, the 2015 triathlon meet takes place on 9th August and the BRAT Rowheath 5km Road Race that takes place on Wednesday 12th August 2015. Swimming training and cycling also takes place at BRAT, while social activities include

  • Coffee and Cake following training sessions
  • The BRAT Awards Night
  • National Club Relays Barbecue

Getting There

The Midlands Art Centre where the club meets to set off on their runs is located in Canon Hill Park opposite Edgbaston County Cricket ground off the A441 Pershore Road. There is a large car park on-site. Bus services from Birmingham centre include 1, 35, 45, 47, 62 and 63. As training and events may be subject to change it is advisable to visit the BRAT website for up to date information.

  • The BRAT Club
  • MAC Birmingham
  • Cannon Hill Park
  • Birmingham
  • B12 9QH
  • Tele 0121 446 3232

City of Birmingham Striders

City of Birmingham Striders

The City of Birmingham Striders is located in central Birmingham and is a UKA affiliated club that was established around 2012. The club meets in various locations one of which may be convenient for you!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Aston University on Tuesdays at 7pm, Yoga Haven Studio Livery Street on Thursdays at 7pm, Yoga Haven Studio Saturdays at 10.15am and Edgbaston Reservoir on Sundays at 10.15am.

Running Routes and Training

All four training sessions cater for runners of all levels and abilities with runners from the age of twelve years and over welcome to join in although those under sixteen years of age must have written permission from a parent or carer. Those who are beginners are probably best suited to join the Tuesday and Sunday sessions as these sessions comprise of loops of less than 3k.

New runners or those who have had a break from running due to illness or injury may like to join the eight week programme Zero to 5K that is offered by the club. Those who wish to sign up will find an email address for contact purposes at the website. The club also offers a 5 to 10K programme which is aimed at those who eventually want to run a 10K race, while half marathon training is also offered at the club too.

Throughout the year the Striders concentrate on speed, technique and stamina also offering hill and interval training along roads, parks and towpaths. The stamina training is great for those who are training to run in a Marathon. The long run that takes place on Saturdays covers between twelve and twenty miles with groups put together according to age. This makes it easy for runners to compare their performances with a like for like group.

Typical runs the club will enter runners into include

  • The Black Country Half Marathon
  • The BRAT 5km
  • The Colour Run
  • Wolverhampton Marathon
  • Birmingham Half Marathon

Further Club Activities

City of Birmingham Striders promotes local, county and regional races in both relays and cross country events. The club also takes part in the local Cannon Hill park run.

Getting There

Aston University is located in the very centre of Birmingham therefore there are plenty of buses that pass the site. Please see West  Midlands bus timetables. Yoga Haven is located a short walk from St Paul's Square therefore any city centre bus to Snow Hill, Victoria Square or Constitution Hill is ok to catch. Use postcode B3 1HA for sat nav. Edgbaston Reservoir sat nav B16 9EE.

  • City of Birmingham Striders
  • Yoga Haven, 64 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 1HA Tele 0121 236 1547
  • Edgbaston Reservoir, Reservoir Road, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 9EE
  • Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET
  • Email striders@groupmail.com

Kings Heath Running Club

Kings Heath Running Club

Kings Heath Running Club was established five years ago with the aim of bringing together like minded people who enjoy running, wish to train plus enjoy socialising too. The club has hundreds of members as well as many people who also run with the club on a casual basis. Kings Heath welcomes all types of runner whatever age and whatever ability they possess with a view to improving their running skills or simply joining in and having fun!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Tuesday, Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. Times and venues are as follows

Spring and Summer

  • Tuesday at 6.50pm in Kings Heath Park meet up at the Avenue Road Carpark
  • Thursday at 6.50pm in Kings Heath Park meet up at the Avenue Road Carpark
  • Saturday morning at 9.50am in Kings Heath Park meet at the Avenue Road Carpark
  • Tuesday and Thursday evening runs meet at the gates of Colmore School on Grove Road at 6.50pm
  • Saturday mornings meet at Kings Heath Park at 9.50am (so the same as spring/summer)

Autumn and Winter

Running Routes and Training

The Tuesday evening runs will see runners following the same four mile route around the local parks. Groups are set by pace meaning it all depends how fast you are as to which group you are allocated to. The beginners group also meets at the same venue and time on Tuesdays but their session is separate from the main group. Those who have not run before who cannot manage a four mile run, maybe due to returning from illness or injury, will find this group appropriate for them.

The Thursday evening run meets at Kings Heath in spring/summer and Colmore School autumn/winter and consists of two groups that run at varying paces depending on whether runners are training for a half marathon or not. Twice a month on either the first or second Thursday respectively hill training and interval training takes place. All runners will meet at 6.50pm for 7pm.

Saturday runs are both for the experienced and beginners who will take part in different sessions. Further training sessions are arranged for those who want to join in more training especially at the weekend. Running buddies can be paired with those who are just starting out or don't know many of the other runners.

Off road cross country training is also offered at Kings Heath and takes place in Swanhurst Park off Yardley Wood Road with all abilities welcome at these sessions. The club takes part in The Midland Parties Women's League as well as the Birmingham District Men's League, Midlands Cross Country Relays plus the Seven and Five Mile Championships.

Further Club Activities

Following cross country events Kings Heath Runners enjoy picnics where they can relax after training and have a bite to eat with other runners. Kings Heath also sells a selection of running gear bearing their logo. Further information is available at the website.

Getting There

Kings Heath Park has a great car park for those arriving by car. Leave the M42 at Junction 3 then take the A435 for 5 miles until turning into Vicarage Road where the park is located on the right. The number 76 bus passes the park seven days a week. Sat Nav postcode for Colmore School is B14 6AJ.

Centurion Running Club

Centurion Running Club

The Centurion Running club was established around 1975 and has gone from strength to strength ever since with the club boasting over one hundred members at present. All runners are welcome at the club whether you are a seasoned runner who likes to actively engage in competition or you are the type of runner who just likes to join in the fun. From fun runs through to marathons Centurion cater for all events plus offers a great social life for its members too!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm in the entrance hall of North Solihull Sports Centre. Members also arrange runs for Sunday mornings for those who wish to partake in some extra training.

Running Routes and Training

During the summer months the club takes part in many road races, while during the winter Centurion offer both men's and women's cross country training. The Centurion Grand Prix Series enables members to enter popular events free of charge such as the Sutton Park relay. Club runs can be up to twenty miles long with Sunday runs being off road through parks and trails such as Elmdon Park.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the two training runs with experienced members leading the training that lasts around ninety minutes. More inexperienced runners need not worry as short cuts are incorporated into runs for those who are unable to do the full distance, while coaches will assess and decide who goes into which group according to the pace a runner can achieve. A comprehensive list of upcoming runs is available from the website.

Further Club Activities

Both a ladies and men's club championships is held every year, while information regarding the club Grand Prix is also listed at the site too with an entry form available for those who wish to enter the Grand Prix. Socialising at Centurion is all part of the fun with events organised throughout the year that include their popular Club Awards Evening, Walking Days, Pub Social Nights, Cycling and Holidays.

Getting There

Sat Nav postcode for the sports centre is B37 5LA. The number 97 bus passes the centre or travellers may take the number 14 bus from Marston Green.

  • Centurion Running Club
  • North Solihull Sports Centre
  • Conway Road
  • Chelmsley Wood
  • Solihull
  • Birmingham
  • B37 5LA
  • Tele 0121 770 3822

Wolves and Bilston AC

Wolves and Bilston AC

This great running club has been on the go for decades in fact it was established as far back as 1924 with Bilston joining Wolverhampton in 1967. Wolves and Bilston boasts many successful members including Olympic, Commonwealth and European champions! With many events entered and competitions and races at the heart of the club those who take their running seriously would do well to give Wolves and Bilston AC consideration.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Aldersley Leisure Village on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. New runners to the club are encouraged to come down to Wolves and Bilston to see just what their club is offering before committing to membership.

Running Routes and Training

Wolves and Bilston welcome runners of all ages and abilities grouping training sessions accordingly. Coaches are really supportive and endeavour to make you the best runner you can be although if it's just running for fun you prefer that’s ok too. The club runs

  • Beginner's courses
  • Mainly Ladies training groups
  • Large running group of keen runners
  • Weekend running groups some of which may be looking towards running a marathon
  • Hill runs, intervals and tempo group sessions
  • Large and small running groups

All runners are encouraged to join in fun runs some of which are team events. Coaching is offered for those aged nine and upwards for track and field events and road running. All coaches are qualified and CRB checked. The club is currently looking for volunteers.

Further Club Activities

Meetings the club takes part in include the Race Walking Championships, Cross Country Leagues and Road Relays. The club will also be running in the Midsummer 6 10K run in July 2015.

Getting There

Drivers will require sat nav postcode WV6 9NW. Bus number 505 and 507 pass the centre and leave from Wolverhampton Bus Station.

  • Wolves and Bilston AC
  • Aldersley Leisure Village
  • Aldersley Road
  • Wolverhampton
  • WV6 9NW
  • Tele 07758 893 169