Glasgow Running Clubs

Glasgow Running Clubs

Running is a great way to keep fit whether it's running for fun or running in order to train for competitions and races. The Glasgow area has a multitude of superb running clubs therefore there must be a club that is ideally located for anyone who lives in the area. Here we take a look at seven of the best in terms of location and what they have to offer.

Bellahouston Road Runners

Bellahouston Road Runners

Bellahouston Road Runners is located on the south side of Glasgow and is one of the largest running clubs in Scotland. The club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities to join their club whether it's to run in competitions or run simply to exercise and get fit. There are however certain criteria that a runner must meet if they are to run with the club which is the ability to run for at least one hour and manage to run 10K within that hour. Those who cannot manage these goals would be advised to train in the first instance with Jog Scotland who runs sessions for beginners.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Craigholme Sports Complex at 6.15pm sharp on Monday and Wednesdays to register then go along to the chosen venue for training that evening.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions, when it comes to running, include runners of all abilities, while concentrating on speed, endurance and overall improvement of the runner. These coached sessions include hill training, drills, reps, fartlek and tempo runs. Training is held in various venues including

  • Pollok Park summer nights
  • Bellahouston Park summer nights
  • Shawlands longer runs
  • Glasgow Green longer runs
  • Hillington longer runs
  • Queen's Park longer runs
  • Newlands longer runs
  • Hutcheson's Grammar School for track training

Further running sessions, which are extra training sessions other than the main two nights, take place on Fridays and Saturdays. This training includes road runs, hill running and cross country runs. Runners also take part regularly in the Glasgow Park Run that takes place every Saturday morning.

Further Club Activities

Runners take part in competitions and races regularly including the Polaroid 10K race and the Great Scottish Run. Road relays up to national standard are also a staple of the club along with marathons at home and abroad including the London Marathon. Hill racing is very popular at the club although as hill running is pretty tough it isn't for everyone. Hill running members enter the Tinto Hill Race and the Carnethy 5.

Cross country running once again isn't everyone's cup of tea but it is encouraged at Bellahouston Road Runners as it does help with fitness and ability for general road running. The club also joins in the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K, the Ben Venue Hill Race which is a short drive from Glasgow and the Renfrewshire AAA Relay Championships.

Getting There

Craigholme Sports Complex is located at the edge of Pollok Park in Glasgow. The postcode for use in your sat-nav is G41 4RD. Travel along the M77 from Glasgow and exit at Junction 1.

Garscube Harriers Glasgow Running Club

Garscube Harriers

Garscube Harriers was established over one hundred years ago and is located in the West Glasgow area. The club prides itself on being welcoming and friendly especially to new runners who are just starting out on their running career. The club caters for junior runners and seniors and offers all types of training for every type of runner whether they are running for fun or to take part in races.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Garscube Harriers meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.15pm and 7pm respectively at Garscube Sports Complex in Mary Hill.

Running Routes and Training

Newcomers to the club are encouraged to attend training for four weeks in order to ascertain if they would like to become a member. Indeed members are encouraged to bring friends along to see if they would like to join in the fun too! Training sessions incorporate 5K runs, ultra-distance training, while some runners are experienced with their 10K speeds falling between thirty and seventy minutes, while others are not so fast.

Beginners meet on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm and are required to download the clubs online registration form, fill it in and bring it along to their first session. Junior runners meet on Tuesdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm for sessions aimed at all junior members, while Thursdays Junior training is for Packs C, D and E only. Junior runners who train from 6.50pm to 8.15pm must be able to run 3K in twenty minutes.

Garscube offers training in all types of running including

  • Endurance running
  • Tempo running
  • Intervals and reps
  • Fartlek
  • Hills
  • Drills
  • Stretching
  • Cross training
  • Strength

10 K training is also offered with a plan for training up to thirty miles a week and a plan for those who can manage thirty five miles a week. Special training sessions are also organised for weekends away where runners can get away from it all to do a little social running or train for an upcoming competition, everyone is welcome. Typical weekend venues in the past have included Fort William and The Trossachs.

Further Club Activities

Garscube Harriers enter many races and events around the Glasgow and wider area. The Bearsdon and Milngavie Highland Games 10K Road race is an annual event along with the Garscube Harriers 5 Mile Foodbank race. Garscube also hosts many social evenings and events for its members to enjoy such as the Christmas Ceilidh, The Santa Run, Trip Doon the Water and popular Beer and Burger Afternoons.

Getting There

Garscube Sports Complex is centrally located with trains running from Queens Street Train station to Maryhill station. The journey takes ten minutes and it takes five minutes to reach the complex on foot from Maryhill Station. First Bus Service numbers 40 and 119 or City Bus 17 pass the complex.

  • Garscube Harriers
  • Garscube Sports Complex
  • West of Scotland Science Park
  • Maryhill Road
  • Glasgow
  • G20 0SP
  • Tele 0141 330 5363
  • Email garscubesecretary@gmail.com

Mary Hill Harriers

Maryhill Harriers

Mary Hill Harriers was established over one hundred years ago and can be found in the Summerston area of Glasgow. Promoting athletics is the clubs aim with members aged nine and over welcomed at the club, while runners will be trained by qualified coaching staff. The club boasts over sixty members, while Mary Hill welcomes runners of all abilities whether they wish to run competitively or run for fun!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at the John Paul Academy in Summerston between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday and Thursdays. Runners should aim to arrive at 6.45pm prompt so that coaches may ascertain which running group will best suit which runner. Running with others who are enthusiastic for the sport will bring out the best in a runner, while participants will also enjoying getting fit.

Running Routes and Training

Junior runners meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm at John Paul Academy. These sessions are for kids between the ages of nine and sixteen. Junior running is running for fun and with forty junior members the club is proving very popular with the younger age group. Training for juniors includes

  • Indoor athletics
  • Relays
  • Hurdles
  • Triple Jump
  • Outdoor running sessions are on on Thursday and include pack runs, fartlek, hills and pyramid sessions

The club offers organised runs once a month on a Sunday. Runners, male and female, will train for the DAAA Winter League and the National Cross Country Championships. Local races are very popular in the summer months with those who run more for the fun of it more able to take part in these events. Runners will also enjoy racing against each other during the training sessions. These races are simply for enjoyment with no pressure involved. Participants will then enjoy refreshments with other runners following the races.

Further Club Activities

Runners at Mary Hill Harriers will enjoy competing in various races throughout the year if that's their particular aim. Future races include the Around Cumbrae 10 Mile Road Race that takes place in September, while leagues the club takes part in include

  • DAAA Women's League
  • DAAA Men's League
  • Maryhill Women's Merit League
  • Maryhill Men's Merit League
  • Club Cross Country

Getting There

Contacting the club is facilitated via email chrishevermaryhillharriers@gmail.com. The John Paul Academy is on Arrochar Street in the Maryhill District of Glasgow. Sat nav postcode for drivers use is G23 5LY. Summerston Train Station is around a quarter of a mile away from the academy. The number 22 bus stops outside ASDA on Arrochar Street.

  • Mary Hill Harriers
  • John Paul Academy
  • 2 Arrochar Street
  • Glasgow
  • G23 5LY

Glasgow Front Runners

Glasgow Front Runners

Glasgow Front Runners welcomes anyone who is interested in running either socially or in competition with particular reference to members of the LBGT (lesbian, bi-sexual, gay and trans gender) community. All levels of ability are catered for at the club ranging from absolute beginners through to those who are experienced runners, while the club wishes to promote tolerance and equality for all runners whatever their gender or orientation.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Glasgow Front Runners meet at the Arc Sports Complex at Caledonian University in the heart of Glasgow making it the perfect club for those who live in the Glasgow area and beyond. The club organises runs and training twice a week on Thursdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 10.45am.

Running Routes and Training

Thursday training starts at 6.30pm with runners meeting no later than 6.15pm. Thursday sessions are split into three different ability groups that are beginners, intermediate and advanced level runners. Jog leaders supervise and run with the groups ensuring everyone is running according to their ability, while also improving their fitness levels too.

The Sunday morning sessions also cater for all levels of ability putting varying training methods into place to suit all runners. All race leaders are qualified through Jog Scotland and will ensure runners who wish to reach competition level take part in great training and fitness regimes. Runners can simply turn up for training sessions, while shower facilities are available for those who want to use them. Those who don't wish to become members of the club may attend on a week to week basis.

Further Club Activities

Glasgow Runners organises Outrun 2015 which is a five mile timed running event around picturesque Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvin Walkway. Runners of all abilities are welcome to join in the fun and may run the five miles, jog the five miles or even walk them it's up to you! Much of the route is flat with a few hilly bits and there are prizes to be won making runners feel a little more competitive.

Prizes include men and women placed first, second and third, men and women over forty placed first, men and women over fifty placed first and overall first place male and female. Glasgow Frontrunners are also celebrating five years as a running club this year. There will be a party in the evening following the run with further details of times etcetera available at the website.

Getting There

When travelling by car drivers will need postcode G4 0BA for their sat-nav. The university where the Glasgow Front Runners meet is located off the M8 motorway junction 16 westbound and junctions 15 and 17 eastbound. Buses travelling to Buchannan Bus Station are perfect as the bus station is just two hundred yards from the university. The university is also located close to all of Glasgow's major train stations.

Bellahouston Harriers

Bellahouston Harriers

Bellahouston Harriers was established in 1892 and has been welcoming runners ever since. The club has achieved great successes over the years with champion runners and Olympic runners hailing from their ranks. Whether you want to run for fun or take part in competitions and races Bellahouston Harriers offer training and camaraderie all round.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Bellahouston Harriers meet at Cartha Queen's Park Rugby Club which is located within Pollok Country Park. Training sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm.

Running Routes and Training

Much of the training with Bellahouston Harriers takes place in the park itself, while members of the club do take part in many race events including road races and cross country races with coaches assisting in getting runners to race standard if that’s' what they seek.

Further Club Activities

Bellahouston Harriers take part in summer championships that consist of twenty four races varying from 1500M through to marathons. The end of the summer season ends with the Great Scottish Run. The winter championships consists of sixteen races from races two miles long through to half marathons that cover roads and cross country routes.

Bellahouston also organise the Brian Goodwin 10K Road Race in June with the two lap race around Pollok Park starting and finishing at the Cartha Rugby Club. The race is followed by a barbecue and social where music is also provided. The club also hosts regular races of two miles with races in April and December being handicap races, while June July and August races take place on Thursday evenings.

Getting There

Pollok Country Park is located centrally in Glasgow and is the largest park therefore is very well placed for transport links. The park is close to Junction 1 or Junction 2 of the M77. By train catch the East Kilbride train from Glasgow Central Station and get off at Pollokshaws West Station. First buses 34, 57, 57A run from the city centre and pass the park.

  • Bellahouston Harriers
  • Cartha Queens Park Rugby Club
  • Pollok Country Park
  • 2060 Pollokshaws Road
  • Glasgow
  • G43 1AT

Glasgow Club Running Network

Glasgow Running Network

The Glasgow Club Running Network welcomes runners of all ages and abilities from age fifteen upward. Whether you want to train to compete in races or simply want to run to keep fit with like-minded people this could be the club for you. The club runs from different venues all over the city of Glasgow meaning there may be a training session close to your locale.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Glasgow Club Running Network runs training sessions almost every day of the week in a variety of locations. It depends what runners are training for such as whether it's to enter a marathon or take part in a 10K race as to which training is for them. See below for training sessions.

Running Routes and Training

Let's divide the training session details according to what stage of running you are at! Beginners' training takes place once a week for ten weeks with walking and gentle jogging being the order of the day to begin with. Gradually as the weeks progress so will the level of fitness and ability of the beginner. Once beginners reach week ten they should be comfortable jogging for thirty minutes without stopping. Beginner sessions are held from July to September in Scotstoun Monday at 7.30pm, Holyrood Tuesdays 7.30pm, Kelvin Grove Tennis Pavilion Tuesdays at 7.30pm and the Gorbals Thursday at 6.30pm.

10K training takes place at Tollcross from July to September Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm and Bellahouston Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 9.30am. Those who are more experienced at running can join in the weekly training sessions that include

  • Tuesday evening at Kelvingrove focusing on speed work and hills
  • Weekend sessions focus on long runs for those aiming towards marathons

A full run down of all sessions is regularly updated at the website.

Further Club Facilities

Refresher courses are available meeting twice a week at Bellahouston Wednesdays and Kelvingrove Thursdays. These sessions are great for people who can jog but not run for miles.

Getting There

As training and meetings take place all around Glasgow in over a dozen venues with meetings subject to change runners are advised to check details at the website of venues and times.

  • Glasgow Running Network
  • Tele 0800 027 0470