Leeds Running Clubs

Leeds Running Clubs

Leeds has many great running clubs that cater for runners of all ages and abilities. Here we take a look at some of the best running clubs out there just now, where they are located plus what they offer.

Hyde Park Harriers

Hyde Park Harriers

Hyde Park Harriers is located perfectly for those who live in the Leeds area. The club caters mostly for adults of all abilities but does also cater for a small number of junior runners too. The club tends to concentrate on road running but does diversify from time to time into other areas of running.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm at the Edge at the University of Leeds. Sessions are regular and members will run come rain or shine as it takes a lot to put off these running enthusiasts.

Running Routes and Training

Those who choose to join the Tuesday run will find themselves following a range of routes that include hills, more level areas and also engage in speed work. Groups are split into levels, seven in all including complete beginners who are obviously a good deal slower than more experienced runners through to group seven who can run 10k in around forty minutes. Each group is led by an experienced runner who is the group leader.

Thursday's sessions concentrate on speed, strength and conditioning with teamwork at the forefront of these meetings. These sessions will improve a runners overall fitness with strength and speed exercises plus running drills with stretching part of the exercise format. Anyone who feels they are up to it can join in, while the sessions begin at 7pm sharp.

Further Club Activities

Hyde Park Harriers also offers road running, off road running and fell running and takes part in road championships. Upcoming races include

  • The Eccup 10 in July
  • The Abbey Dash in November
  • Dewsbury 10K in February

There are further races available at other times of the year with more details regarding these races available at the website.

Off Road Championships are also available to enter with future meets including the 5K Post Hill Challenge in July, the 7 Mile Kirkstall Challenge in September, 10 Mile Harewood 10 in October and the 7 Mile Chevin Chase in December. There are also eight Fell Runs to take part in throughout the year in the Fell Run Championships, while the Hyde Park Summer Mile takes place on Wednesday July 1st at Hyde Park in Leeds.

Getting There

Hyde Park Harriers are based at Leeds University therefore train services to Leeds Station and many bus services from all over the area are perfect for getting into Leeds City Centre. Further information can be accessed by contacting the club via email at hello@hydeparkharriers.co.uk.

  • Hyde Park Harriers
  • The Edge
  • University of Leeds
  • Willow Terrace Road
  • Leeds
  • West Yorkshire
  • LS2 9JT

Abbey Runners

Abbey Runners

Abbey Runners is located in North Leeds and welcomes runners of all ages and ability. The club offers road running, fell running, cross country and triathlon and caters for complete beginners through to the most experienced of runners.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Abbey Runners meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm in Holt Park Active. Runners train in groups according to their ability, while juniors meet on Mondays at 6pm. Whether it's social running you wish to take part in or competitions and races Hyde Park cater for all areas.

Running Routes and Training

Beginners to running can join the beginners group where a ten week course led by qualified coaches will take them through the first stages of becoming a proficient runner. This group meets at Holt Park Active at 6.15pm. Future ten week courses begin on 2nd July 2015, 18th August 2015 and 24th September 2015.

The Tuesday group run takes to the road in Hi-Viz jackets with trail running included in spring, summer and autumn, while groups tend to be six to ten people maximum. Thursday training sessions include hill training and interval training focusing on fitness, strength and stamina.

Further Club Activities

Abbey Runners also take part in many local runs and competitions. The 10K Abbey Dash is very popular and raises lots of money for charities through sponsorship. The race follows flat roads around Leeds and starts from Wellington Street in the city centre. The Golden Acre Relay is another great race that is held in the city's Golden Acre Park that has great trails and hilly areas. The race takes place this year on 22nd July 2015 at 7pm.

Runners may also like to take part in the Rombalds Romp which is a 6.5 mile fell Vs trail race over the famous Ilkley Moor, while the 10 mile Eccup race is held on Sunday July 5th 2015. The Kettlewell Anniversary Fell race is held annually with the 2015 fixture yet to be announced.

Getting There

Holt Park Active the home of Abbey Runners is a leisure centre that is run by Leeds City Council. Bus numbers 6 and 31 pass the leisure centre and set off from the bus station in Leeds. Holt Park is approximately six miles out of the city centre. Please use sat-nav postcode LS16 7RX.

  • Abbey Runners
  • Holt Park Active
  • Holtdale Approach
  • Leeds
  • LS16 7RX
  • Tele 0113 378 1301

Chapel Allerton Runners

Chapel Allerton Runners

Chapel Allerton Runners is based at Gledhow Sports and Social Club in Leeds which is a mile from Chapel Allerton itself and caters for runners who are over eighteen. The club offers all types of running and enters competitions and races throughout the year too as well as hosting their own club championships. Whether you just wish to run socially or want to run competitively Chapel Allerton will encourage both.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The main club night is held on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at the Gledhow Social Club. On Mondays from 6.30pm the club holds speed or hill training sessions and is perfect for runners of all abilities and ages.

Running Routes and Training

The club hosts a beginners club that runs eight week sessions working up to being able to run three miles. A run/walk schedule is also incorporated, while beginners progress at their own pace with no pressure from the leaders. By the final week of beginners training coaches hope to have runners ready to take part in the 5K park run.

There are plenty of route options to choose from when training that are between five and nine miles long with groups placed in terms of speed and ability. Summer routes include parks in Leeds, trails around Harewood House and Golden Acre Park. During the winter months training takes place on well-lit roads.

Further Club Activities

Chapel Allerton Runners also take part in competitions and events throughout the year with social events held where members can get to know one another in a relaxed setting. The club is organising a trip to Lucerne in Switzerland in October 2015, while news regarding when and where members can join in any events is available when signing up to the website.

Getting There

Chapel Allerton Runners is based at Gledhow Social and Sports Club. Car users can leave the A6120 ring road at Moor Allerton Shopping Centre turn off onto King Lane. Turn left at Cranmer Road onto Cranmer Gardens. Use postcode LS8 1NQ for Sat-Nav. First Leeds bus service number 38 passes the club.

Chapel Allerton Runners
Gledhow Sports and Social Club
Gledhow Lane
LS8 1NQ
Tele 0113 266 7678

Horsforth Harriers

Horsforth Harriers

Horsforth Harriers Running Club established in 1985 welcomes members old and new to come along and join in their various runs. The club engages in road running mainly but they do have members who like to run cross country and take part in fell running too. Based at Horsforth Hall Park Cricket Club, in the centre of Hall Park, Horsforth Harriers offers the ideal location from where to train.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Beginner's club sessions are held on Tuesday evenings starting at 7pm at the bottom of Hall Park meeting in the cricket pavilion before setting off. In fact all training is held on Tuesdays with runners split into groups according to their ability. Runners are required to be able to run at least four miles in fifty minutes in order to join a group that is not the beginners group.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions include

  • 90 minute sessions that are structured
  • Sessions running over mixed landscapes
  • Intermediate Level 5 sessions aimed at 10K and half marathon runners
  • Intermediate Level 6 session that includes hill reps, tempo runs, interval sessions, 6 to 9 mile runs
  • Intermediate Level 7 sessions offers an 8 mile run with regular stops

The absolute beginner's course is offered over a six week period and contain three different schedules. Details of the schedules may be found at the Horsforth Harriers Website. These six week courses are superb in that they are led by qualified staff that will assess your level of fitness and encourage runners to improve as the course goes along. By the end of the six weeks course coaches hope to have runners up to embarking on a 5K run!

Further Club Activities

Horsforth Harriers organises the Horsforth 10K Run that usually take place in October each year. Dates and times have not yet been released so watch this space for further information. The club also encourages its runners to join in the Apperley Bridge 10K Canter which is a multi-terrain race on tracks, paths and roads.

Horsforth Harriers also takes part in The Complete Runner Cross Country League, Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix and the Bradford Millennium Way event. Runners may also enjoy entering the Club Championships events, while Horsforth Harriers also host social events and evenings such as meals out or curry nights for its members to enjoy.  The club also offers a great selection of club merchandise for members to purchase.

Getting There

When travelling by car take the A65 road toward Guiseley that goes through Horsforth. The park is located at the junction of the Leeds outer ring road and the A65. Buses 50 and 50A also pass the cricket ground where the club is located.

  • Horsforth Harriers Running Club
  • Hall Park
  • Ring Road
  • Leeds
  • LS18 4EL
  • Tele Marc Springer Club Secretary 07968 712 055

Kirkstall Harriers

Kirkstall Harriers

Kirkstall Harriers is BAF affiliated for road cross country and fell running plus is not only a running club but a very active social club too! The club is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, was originally established back in 1985 and was known back then as Leeds Postal Harriers. Tickets for the party celebrations are available from the Kirkstall Harriers website.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Kirkstall Leisure Centre for training on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.50pm. Runners are encouraged to come along for a taster to see if they would like to join the club, while training runs take place on Mondays and Wednesdays and are somewhere in the region of six to seven miles long.

Running Routes and Training

Training runs take a number of routes including along the canal to Rodley returning via Bramley Fall Woods or around Hawksworth Woods, Daisy Woods and Armley Park. Further training sessions include hills and drills, speed sessions, while monthly itineraries are available to download from the Kirkstall Harriers website.

Training runs on Mondays and Wednesdays do cater for the not so experienced to a certain degree with shorter distances available. The club does specify that runners joining in these sessions should be able to run at least three miles albeit at a slower pace than the more proficient runners.

Further Club Activities

The club hosts the Kirkstall Abbey 6.7 mile multi terrain race that starts at the abbey and also finishes there too. The Abbey Visitor Centre has further details on how to register for the race. Details of any social activities can be accessed by contacting the Postal club or going along to one of their meetings.

Getting There

Those travelling by car to the leisure centre will be pleased to learn that there is plenty of on-site parking. The centre is located on Kirkstall Lane and the 33 and 33A bus from Leeds station passes the centre as does the 50 and 50A. The Leeds 760 bus from Keighley also travels along through the Kirkstall area every 30 minutes.

  • Kirkstall Harriers Running Club
  • Kirkstall Leisure Centre
  • Kirkstall Lane
  • Leeds
  • LS5 3BE
  • Tele 0113 378 2086

The social club is run from

  • Leeds Postal Sports Association
  • Beechcroft Street
  • Kirkstall
  • Leeds
  • LS5 3AS
  • Tele 01132 254 800

Roundhay Runners

Roundhay Runners

Roundhay Runners welcome all runners of whatever ability to join them as they train around the local area. Roundhay think that running should be fun and we agree! Prospective new members are welcome to go along to the club meeting to see if the club is suited to their needs, while the club is affiliated to British Athletics.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Thursdays every week at 7pm. Currently as it is the summer months they meet at the Old Tram Park off Princes Avenue, while training sessions take place in Roundhay Park.

Running Routes and Training

Training lasts approximately one hour and consists of either a steady run or interval training. In order to find out which type of session the training will entail members will need to take a look at the club Facebook page which is regularly updated. Sessions are run by experienced members of the club, while when the evenings are lighter and longer sessions may venture to pastures new as an alternative. Many members of Roundhay Runners choose to organise runs over the weekend selecting different routes. Once again see the Facebook page for up to date information.

The club offers three running routes depending on your ability and experience. The shorter route is between 3K and 5K and suits beginners or those who have not run for a while due to illness or injury. The intermediate route suits those who can manage a 7K run, while the main route is for the more experienced runner who can cope with 10K along varying terrain.

The club also organises interval sessions that concentrate on hills and speed work. These are

  • Interval 1 where runners will run up and down the 4 hills near the cricket pitch in Roundhay Park for as long as possible
  • Interval 2 where groups of up to six runners run in single file with the back person overtaking the pack to lead and set the pace. Then the next back person does the same and so on. This takes place on Birchwood Hill
  • Interval 3 is where two runners run clockwise and anti-clockwise to each other increasing or decreasing their speed every time they meet. This lasts for 15 minutes then following a short rest the runners begin again running in the opposite direction to their previous run.

Further Club Activities

Roundhay Runners enjoy taking part in various park runs with the Roundhay Park run the most local to the club. This park run takes place every Saturday morning. 5K runs are also organised abroad in such places as Barcelona and Amsterdam, while marathons are also popular with the club too. The club enjoys many competitions with further details available from the website.

Getting There

Roundhay Park is one of the largest parks in Leeds and is well signposted from every area. Car drivers should take the A58 road that passes by the park, while bus services 13 and 13A leave from Leeds City Bus Station. Please see the timetable for more details.

Wetherby Runners


Wetherby Runners

Wetherby Runners welcome runners of all ages from the age of ten years and above and are located on Lodge Lane in Wetherby. The club was established in 2004 and offers training for both junior runners and seniors. Whether you are a seasoned runner or are simply starting out Wetherby offer great training and facilities for those living in the area and beyond.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Senior runners meet on Wednesday evenings at the clubhouse from 6.45pm, while specific training is arranged for pyramid, hill or speed training sessions. Junior runners meet on Sunday mornings at the clubhouse plus train at Boston Spa High School at 6pm on Tuesdays.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions are divided into specific groups taking into account levels of ability and experience. During the summer the club runs along bridleways and paths located around Wetherby. Monday night training starts at 8.10pm, lasts an hour and concentrates on strength, conditioning and core work. The Wednesday session begins at 6.55pm and includes fartlek, hill, pyramid and speed sessions. Friday sessions are open to all levels of ability starting at 5.55pm and include

  • 20 minutes running drills
  • 40 minutes of aerobic or anaerobic exercise

Triathlon training is available most days for runners who are interested in the event that includes running, swimming and cycling training. Juniors train all year round just like the seniors with sessions available just about seven days a week. Please visit the website for times and places. Training includes track sessions, running drills and cross country during the winter months. All Wetherby Runners coaches are qualified, while juniors are encouraged to enter races and competitions once they gain experience.

Further Club Activities

During the winter Wetherby Runners enter the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, while during the summer they enter the West Yorkshire Track and Field League. Members also enter fun runs with juniors participating in mini marathons. Further events include

  • The Wetherby 10K Run
  • Yorkshire Gold 5K Run

Bar facilities are available at the clubhouse therefore members can kick back and relax after training in order to do a little socialising with likeminded people.

Getting There

Bus numbers 770,771, X78 leave Leeds Bus Station to travel to Wetherby. There is plenty of parking at the club for those travelling by car. Car users need to use sat nav postcode LS22 5HA.

  • Wetherby Runners AC
  • C/O Wetherby Sports Association
  • Lodge Lane
  • Wetherby
  • LS22 5HA