Cardiff Running Clubs

Cardiff Running Clubs

Running, jogging or even simply walking is very good for our health and we are constantly encouraged to get ourselves moving as there are so many health benefits to be gained. Obviously we can set off on a jog or a run ourselves but many of us prefer to run with likeminded people who enjoy this invigorating pastime. There are running clubs all over the UK, while here we take a look at clubs located in the Cardiff area.

Les Croupiers Running Club

Les Croupiers Running Club

Les Croupiers is one of the largest running clubs in Wales and welcomes runners of all ages and abilities meaning that the club has a great mix of runners although the club doesn't cater for beginners uniquely as they don't offer specific training for beginners but adequate runners and more experienced runners who wish to compete in races and competitions. The club was established in 1981 and not only offers great camaraderie for runners but a superb social side for those who enjoy getting together following a run.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets to run at Llandaff Rugby Club Thursday evenings at 6.30pm for the club run. There are different training sessions held in various locations with details below.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions are held throughout the week with Monday night training focussing on hill and speed sessions. Monday training is held at Llandaff Rugby Club where runners meet at 6.30pm. Once runners have warmed up they will be split into ability groups to ensure that runners are training with those equal to their own ability.

Track training is held on Tuesday evening at Cardiff International Sports Stadium Leckwith at 7pm with all runners welcome to join in whatever their level of ability. Thursday night is the club run where runners will be divided into groups of those who can run five miles, those who can run seven miles and those who can run up to ten miles. Routes vary from summer to winter and may be subject to change therefore more detail is available at the Les Croupier website.

The Saturday morning park run is organised by the Les Croupier Club. The run starts at 9am, follows the Taff Trail and is a 5K run. Other park runs are also held in the area. The Sunday club run sets off from Café Castan in Llandaff Fields on to Pontcanna Fields then Western Avenue, down onto the Taff Trail, eventually arriving at Castel Coch. There are four different runs currently, being ten miles, twelve miles, sixteen miles and twenty miles in length.

Further Club Activities

Members of Les Croupier also compete in the Gwent league which is a series of five cross country races that take place in the winter months. The club meet to socialise in the club house, while they also organise club championships namely short course, long course and off road championships. Further races organised by the club include

  • The 10 Mile January Handicap
  • The 40 Mile Barry Run in March
  • The Castle Relays in June
  • 5K Time Trials in August
  • The August Summer Sizzler
  • Old Father Time 5 Miles in December and January

Getting There

Llandaff Rugby Club where the club meets on Thursdays is located on Western Avenue not far from Llandaff Cathedral. Postcode for sat-nav purposes is CF5 2AZ. Please visit the Cardiff Buses website for details of bus services.

  • Les Croupier Running Club
  • Llandaff Rugby Club
  • The Old Mill
  • Western Avenue
  • Cardiff
  • CF5 2AZ
  • Tele 029 2056 2713

San Domenico Running Club

San Domenico Running Club

San Domenico Running Club welcomes all runners whether they have been running for years and are well seasoned or if they are absolute beginners and are new to running. San Domenico wants all runners to enjoy the activity and there's no better way to enjoy running than to run with those who also enjoy it. The club offers road racing, cross country, multi terrain and triathlon along with duathlon too.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Penylan Community Centre in Cardiff on Thursdays at 7pm and in varying locations on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for speed sessions. They also meet for the park run on Saturday mornings at 9am.

Running Routes and Training

Thursday night training consists of a road run and starts at 7pm with runners meeting in the foyer of the community centre. Runners really need to be able to manage a run of 5 miles in order to join in although the run is divided into two groups according to how far you are able to run.

Tuesday's training is usually based at Cardiff International Sports Stadium and takes place on the 400M outdoor track. Alternatively this session sometimes is held at Cardiff Metropolitan University Sports Campus. These sessions are aimed at increasing running speeds and fitness with interval sessions playing a big part in the training.

Saturday training takes the form of joining one of the areas park runs. The choices include Cardiff Blackweir near Tesco or Newport Tredegar Park. Park runs that are 5K in length are great for getting extra training and help increase speeds and running fitness. Those who are less experienced runners will also find them a great way to get into running as there is no pressure during a park run to be competitive you can simply take the run at your own pace.

Further Club Activities

Runners may enter a number of races that San Domenico hosts or takes part in. These races include

  • The San Domenico 20 Miler
  • Merthyr 10K
  • Machen Mountain Run
  • Rose Inn Relays
  • Roman Run 16 Miles

The club also runs a multi sports section where runners who wish to train for triathlons are facilitated. Please visit the website for further details.

Getting There

Penylan Community Centre is located in the east of Cardiff on Penylan Road. Postcode for sat-nav purposes is CF23 5HW. Bus services run from Cardiff centre.

  • San Domenico Running Club
  • Penylan Community Centre
  • Penylan Road
  • Penylan
  • Cardiff
  • CF23 5HW

Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club

Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club

Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club was British Athletics Club of the Year 2013 which is quite an accolade! The club is located at Cardiff International Sports Stadium and offers training in road and fell running, cross country plus track and field too. Anyone from the age of eleven and over is welcome at the club as are athletes of all abilities with the club also catering for athletes with disabilities.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6pm although training also takes place on other days throughout the week.

Running Routes and Training

Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club participates in numerous races and running or cross country events all year round. Young athletes that are visiting the club for the first time will go along to one of the Monday or Thursday night sessions to gain information of how to join plus what is expected of members.

Young members are expected in the first instance to join the Cardiff Athletics Academy where qualified coaches will guide youngsters along the correct path in order to learn correct training procedures. The academy follows three twelve week terms that cover all disciplines with kids usually deciding which area they excel in by the time they have followed the academy through.

Cross country training takes place in the winter along with road races and relays. The Gwent Cross Country League hosts the main cross country event for both junior and senior runners. Meetings are held all over the region, while runners may also take part in the cross country championships along with regionally based races.

Further Club Activities

The club organises social events on a regular basis in order for members to get to know one another on a more social level rather than simply through training or competition. There is also a canteen available on club nights providing refreshments for all members.

Getting There

The Cardiff International Sports Stadium is just two miles from Cardiff City Centre opposite Cardiff City Football Club. Bus service number 95 from Cardiff passes the stadium. Drivers leave the A4232 at the second junction where they will see the stadium signposted.

  • Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club
  • Cardiff International Sports Stadium
  • Leckwith Road,
  • Cardiff
  • CF11 8AZ
  • Tele 029 2166 0360

Brackla Harriers

Brackla Harriers

Brackla Harriers was established in 1996 and caters for all abilities of runner from those who are new to running through to more seasoned runners although they do prefer runners to be able to at least run 5K. The club does road running and cross country running but also encourages running just for fun! Brackla Harriers does not cater for juniors and requires members to be age eighteen or over.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Brackla Harriers is based at Bridgend Tennis and Squash Club and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. The club is on Church Road Bridgend which is around eighteen miles from Cardiff.

Running Routes and Training

All training sessions start at the tennis club and end there too with runners expected to turn up a few minutes before departure of the run at 7pm. Members who wish to do so can also meet up on Sunday mornings for extra training. The Sunday run is more laid back than training nights and includes breaks for a rest or walk breaks where runners can gradually build up to running pace again.

Once the Sunday run is over members will meet up in a local hostelry for breakfast. When training with Brackla Harriers runners are encouraged to go at their own pace. Some runners like to improve their stamina and speed week on week where others are simply running for the joy of it plus to keep fit. Either way there is no pressure on runners to do one or the other.

Further Club Activities

Brackla Harriers take part in two club championships every year. One event includes nine separate races and the second event is a 5K summer series. Entering these events is advantageous when it comes to membership fees as members will receive a reasonable reduction on their subs when taking part. Brackla also host club social evening with events such as curry nights and a tipple or two in the bar proving very popular.

Getting There

It takes literally four minutes to get to the club from the centre of Bridgend. Head south on Nolton Street, continue on to the B4265, right onto Grove Road, right on to Merthyrmawr road then left on to Church Street. The club is located on the left.

  • Brackla Harriers
  • Bridgend Tennis Club
  • Church Road
  • Bridgend
  • CF31 3AZ
  • Tele 01656 662041

Caerleon Running Club

Caerleon Running Club

Caerleon Running club, established in 2003, prides itself on its friendliness and creating an atmosphere where members can run at their own pace in order to improve and develop. All runners are welcome here with a large age group range from age nineteen through to sixty five plus all ages in between. The club has some fifty members but aims to encourage new members to join and make Caerleon the club of their choice.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Members meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm in the entrance to the Caerleon College Sports Centre which is within the University of South Wales Newport. Newport is located less than thirty minutes from Cardiff.

Running Routes and Training

Caerleon use a large number of running routes for their training sessions including the Tredegar Park Cross Country Run that is 6.82K and The Yewberry Yomp that is 11.56K. All routes vary in length meaning runners will experience running longer or shorter routes depending on the one chosen. Most club night runs are around the 10K mark with runners expected to complete the course eventually within one hour. Thursday training focuses on speed and endurance.

Tuesday night training runs involve group runs where runners will run with others of similar ability. Runners can also take part in Open Races, the Leisure League Summer Road Races, Gwent and Leisure League Cross Country and finally the Club Championships. Runners also enjoy taking part in the Newport Park Run that is held every Saturday in Tredegar House grounds.

Further Club Activities

Caerleon Running Club invites prospective members to join them at two or three club nights in order to ascertain if Caerleon is the club for them. The club hosts many social activities and events with details released as and when on their website.

Getting There

The Caerleon Sports Centre is located in the University of South Wales just off the A470. Sat-Nav postcode for drivers is NP18 3QT.

  • University of South Wales Sports Centre
  • Caerleon Campus
  • Lodge Road
  • Caerleon
  • Newport
  • NP18 3QT
  • Tele 01633 432933