Edinburgh Running Clubs

Edinburgh Running Clubs

The Edinburgh area offers some fantastic running routes and trails as well as great parks where runners can train in order to compete in competitions and races or simply for fun plus to keep fit. Running with a club makes exercise even more pleasurable, while most clubs have qualified coaches that will encourage runners to improve their skills in a safe and fun environment. Let's take a look at some of the best running clubs in the Edinburgh area!

Edinburgh Running Network

Edinburgh Running Network

Edinburgh Running Network is a running club that is local to Edinburgh and welcomes runners of all ages and abilities that are over the age of eighteen. Those who are just starting out on their running life will benefit from the clubs beginners training, while the more experienced runner will find training to suit even up to marathon standards.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Edinburgh Running Network meets in various venues around the Edinburgh area six days a week. This means that runners will find one of their training sessions will fit in with their own time schedule or work commitments.

Running Routes and Training

Let's take a look at what the club has to offer in terms of training six days a week! (There is no training on Fridays) Monday night is probably the best night to go along to the club if you are new to running. Training consists of steady runs, hill and speed sessions. Newbies needn't worry about being left behind as coaches are always aware of new runner's limitations. In fact the club runs specific sessions for new runners in conjunction with Jog Scotland. Monday sessions last an hour and start from Portobello Swim Centre at 7pm.

Each Tuesday training session is different as members choose where they would like to run with runs being at a steady pace along a flat route. Tuesday runs start at 6.30pm from Meadowbank Sports Centre. Wednesday is the night for running on Portobello Beach where runners meet opposite the swim centre at 7pm. These runs are held during the summer months only. Thursday training focuses on hill running, while at the moment these sessions are not running due to lack of staff. Sunday is when runners meet for a long run making these sessions ideal for those wishing to enter for a marathon. Sunday meets take place in varying locations therefore please check at the website for up to date information.

ERN has organised hill training and trail running on a regular basis with past routes that include along Union Canal and River Almond, Tinto Hill, Roslin Glen, Dalmeny Estate and Gullane. Some of the longer runs follow superb routes such as their twenty mile run that goes from Queens Park to Blackford to Braids, Burdiehouse, Niddrie then finally Portobello.

Further Club Activities

Edinburgh Running Network also enters many races year on year. Some of the races they enter include

  • The Portobello Promathon
  • The Great Winter Run in Holyrood Park
  • Carnethy 5 Hill Race
  • Baloch to Clydebank Half Marathon
  • Alloa Half Marathon
  • 7 Hills of Edinburgh the Race

The club runners also enjoy taking part in Park Runs that are held every Saturday in a multitude of locations. These 5k runs are open to all comers as all runners need to do is register online then print the barcode off and take it along to the run.  The Edinburgh Park Run starts at 9.15am every Saturday on Edinburgh Promenade.

Getting There

Portobello Swim Centre is located on the promenade in Portobello. Buses run from Edinburgh on a regular basis and include 15, 15A, 26 and 40 further bus information is available at Lothian Buses. There is some on street parking here but it is very limited. Meadowbank Sports Centre is on London Road in Edinburgh with Lothian bus service numbers 2 and 26 passing the centre.

Edinburgh Front Runners

Edinburgh Front Runners

Edinburgh Front Runners is a running club specifically aimed at lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and also straight people. The club welcomes members of all orientations, genders, ages and levels of ability in fact all runners require is a love of running! Those who are interested in joining the club can go along and try out three taster sessions to ascertain whether they wish to become a member or not, while an online membership application form may be found at the website.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Wednesdays at the Royal Commonwealth Pool at 6.50pm and at Glenogle Swim Centre at 9.50am on Saturdays.

Running Routes and Training

The Wednesday evening run includes gentle walk/jogs, while those who are experienced can enjoy a 6K, 8K or 10K run with one route focusing on Holyrood Park, another Arthurs Seat and the last on Braid Burn. Showers and lockers are available to hire at the centre and all the runs are followed by a bit of socialising in the form of a drink or meal.

The Saturday morning run is followed by brunch. Edinburgh Front Runners certainly give their runners something to look forward to at the end of their training session! The run sets off from the Glenogles Swim Centre at 9.50am at the Glenogle Road entrance. Various types of run are offered including beginner's runs plus 6K via Victoria Park, 8K via Leith and 10K runs via Roseburn. All routes are off road following disused train tracks around North Edinburgh.

Beginners are especially catered for at the club with walk to jog sessions and learn to run sessions held every Wednesday and Saturday. Both programmes last for ten weeks and are free to join for those who have become club members. With membership costing £15.00 per year this is a real bargain! All members also receive a complimentary vest plus membership to Jog Scotland.

Further Club Activities

Edinburgh Front Runners members engage in a pretty good social life through the club. Most training sessions are followed by some sort of social get together such as drinks or a meal. The club may be followed on Facebook or Twitter where further information may be found regarding club events.

Getting There

The Royal Commonwealth Pool is located on Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh. Postcode for sat navs is EH16 5BB. There is plenty of free parking. Lothian Bus numbers 2, 14, 30, 33 and 48 pass the centre. Glenogle Swim Centre has postcode EH3 5JB with bus numbers 24, 29, 42, from Stockbridge and 8, 23 and 27 from Cannon Mills passing the centre.

  • Edinburgh Front Runners
  • Contact is via email with an onsite form to fill in

Portobello Running Club

Portobello Running Club

Portobello Running Club is located in the east of Edinburgh in the popular seaside resort of Portobello and boasts over one hundred members to date. The club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, while it is recommended if you are entirely new to running following a beginners course through Jog Scotland which is a good place to get started when new to running.

When and where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Wednesday evenings at the Commonwealth Pool during the summer months and the Indoor Bowling Club from September through autumn and winter.

Running Routes and Training

Once runners have met at the pool they will be taken by the coaches to Holyrood Playing Fields, The Meadows, Arthurs Seat or Calvary Park in order to train. Changing rooms are available if required but most runners tend to meet already togged up. Training sessions are normally divided into three groups with sessions lasting around an hour.

Session routes include

  • Arthur's Seat Trails
  • Hunters Bog Hill Sessions
  • Progression Intervals on Holyrood Playing Fields
  • Track Sessions at Meadowbank Stadium
  • Fartlek Session on Innocent Railway

A full coaching session itinerary is available at the website.

Further Club Activities

Portobello running Club engages in many races and events with the upcoming Kelso 10K run taking place on July 12th at 10am. Other events include the Portobello Beach Race that is a four mile run and the Kids Fun Run that is one mile in length. Portobello also takes part in marathons both at home and abroad and holds club championships every year. The club also organises social events such as bowling nights, ceilidhs and Christmas celebrations.

Getting There

Lothian Bus numbers 2, 14, 30, 33 and 48 pass The Royal Commonwealth Pool that is located on Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh. Postcode for sat navs is EH16 5BB.

  • Portobello Running Club
  • Edinburgh

Lothian Running Club

Lothian Running Club

Lothian Running Club is ideally situated for those who live in the Edinburgh or West Lothian area although the club welcomes members from anywhere whatever their ability or age. The club boasts many runners who have gone on to be British champions and also runs a superb junior section for kids who have a passion for running.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at The Meadows, Craigs Wood Sports Centre, Dechmont Law Car Park and other venues in the area according to the rota. Meetings take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Running Routes and Training

Tuesday training takes place at The Meadows in Edinburgh with runners warming up from 7.30pm to run at around 7.55pm. The first Wednesday of the month is set aside for the Fiddlers Handicap. This circuit run is around four miles long and during the summer routes follow the river on picturesque footpaths, while winter sessions take place on well-lit roads. All runners have a handicap time allotted to them according to their ability or previous running times. Runners set off from Inveralmond Community High School Ladywell at 7pm. Beginners and kids will run a two mile route.

Thursday and Friday training takes place at Craigs Wood Sports Centre at 7pm, while Sunday training sets off from Dechmont Law Car Park at 10am. Lothian also offer specific sessions for new runners and athletes that are held on the third Friday of the month at Craigs Wood. Those who would like to join in an introductory session must register their interest at the website. Lothian also holds interval training sessions and training on the track and sprint training too. There is plenty of off road training at Lothian with routes over fields and woodland making for a picturesque experience.

Further Club Activities

The club hosts many trail racing events with junior races and 2K fun runs offered too. Cross country running features heavily during the winter months with runners entering competitions in the many leagues both local and national. Festive fun runs are organised and the club takes part in park runs that take place on Saturdays throughout Scotland. Details regarding becoming a member of the Lothian Running Club can be found at the website.

Getting There

The Meadows is one of the largest parks in Edinburgh and is located a short walk from the university. The post code for sat-nav purposes is EH9 9EX. Bus numbers 24, 41, 42 and 67 pass the park. Inveralmond Community High School is located in Ladywell Livingston. The sat-nav postcode is EH54 6HW. Buses leave from Edinburgh every twenty minutes and take around 15 minutes to reach the school. Please see timetable at Lothian Buses. The sat-nav postcode for Dechmont Law Car Park is EH54 6HR.

Carnethy Hill Running Club

Carnethy Hill Running Club

Carnethy is the largest hill running club in Scotland boasting up to three hundred members. Many club members have gone onto great things becoming Scottish, British and even World champions. Carnethy welcomes runners of all ages indeed its oldest competing member is now in his seventh decade! With a great ladies section plus an enthusiastic junior section Carnethy is renowned for being one of the friendliest running clubs in Scotland! Whether it's running in competitions and races you are after or you simply wish to run for fun Carnethy is a superb club worthy of consideration.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets in various locations depending on the type of training they have organised for that session. Regular training sessions include runners meeting on Mondays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays at 12.40pm and 7.30pm, Thursday at 7pm and Saturday at 1pm. Further training also takes place at different times and on different days.

Running Routes and Training

Monday at 6.30pm is ladies (alternate weeks) running night with venues released via the website. Wednesday at 12.40pm is the Bush Club Lunchtime Sprints training session that is a speed session that takes place on the lawn in front of Bush House at the Edinburgh Technopole. Members meet under the big tree in front of the house and will complete eight laps in all.

Wednesday night at 7pm is a sociable run that meets at the Kings Building Union of Edinburgh University and is followed by a sociable drink afterwards. Also on Wednesdays at 7.30pm the introductory run meets where new runners can get a taster of things to come. This group also meets at The Kings Building.

Thursday evening at 7pm is interval session training with runners meeting at the entrance to Holyrood Palace car park. The sessions take place around Arthur's Seat and are off road training that can be either on hilly terrain or flat level plains. All runners are welcome to join in these sessions that will help to build stamina and increase fitness levels. Junior training takes place on Saturdays at 1pm on alternate weeks with venues changing, while juniors also take part in races such as Lomond's Junior Race with a route up the East Lomond Hill.

Further training takes place as and when runners arrange it. On Tuesdays at 7pm Carnethy Runners team up with Penicuik Harriers for speed work training. Runners meet at Beeslack High School. Further details regarding any alternative training sessions can be found at the Carnethy website.

Further Club Activities

Carnethy Runners also take part in many competitions and races including the alternative Carnethy 5 and the Pentland Skyline race, while the club organises up to twelve races per year. They also run in social races such as the Midnight Madness race, while the social side of the club is very busy with events such as the Carnethy Burns Supper, Pub n Chips which is a mix of running, drinking and socialising plus the Whiskey Chaser where runners will sample a tipple or two along with the run. Club weekends away also prove very popular with members.

Getting There

Getting to the Holyrood meet is easy. Trains arrive at Waverley Station Edinburgh and the palace car park is a fifteen minute walk from the station. Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the palace, while the postcode for car drivers is EH8 8DX. The Kings Building is in the centre of Edinburgh University with postcode EH9 3FG.Lothian bus services 41, 24, 42 and 67 pass the university close to the Kings Building.

  • Carnethy Hill Running Club
  • 25A Stafford Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 7BJ

Penicuik Harriers

Penicuik Harriers

Penicuik Harriers welcomes all kinds of runners whatever age ability or reason they may have to want to run. Some like to run for fun, while others prefer to train for competitions. Whatever your reasons for wanting to run Penicuik has plenty of experience and knowledge when it comes to training as they have been a running club for decades.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Beeslack High School in the car park at 7pm on Tuesdays. Thursday sessions are changeable according to the season and time of year.

Running Routes and Training

The main training session is held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Beeslack. These sessions concentrate on distance running, hill running, road running and marathons. Thursday evenings is hill training with the venue organised on a weekly rota. Please see the website for further updates. Longer runs are also organised for the weekends when runners are not taking part in competitions.

Further Club Activities

Penicuik Harriers also arrange a 10K road race with the race setting off from the local high school. Handicap training takes place regularly with handicap results displayed on the website. The club participates in races and competitions throughout the year including marathons.

Getting There

Penicuik is ten miles south of Edinburgh where buses depart at regular intervals. The 37 and 47 services run every fifteen minutes from Edinburgh. Beeslack Community School is located off the A701 Edinburgh Road the postcode is EH26 0QF.

  • Penicuik Harriers
  • Bill Bennet Senior Coach Tele 01968 674 500