Manchester Running Clubs

Manchester Running Clubs

Here we take the strain out of trying to find a running club in the Manchester area by listing some useful information regarding the best clubs for runners who are seeking to train with likeminded people. Take a look and see which club you would like to join!

Manchester Harriers

Manchester Harriers

Manchester Harriers is ideally located at Wythenshawe Park and welcomes runners of all ages and abilities to join them from the age of seven years and over. The club was established in 1886 and offers road running and athletics. Manchester Harriers encourages prospective members to come along to see just how the club is run plus what they have to offer. In fact Manchester Harriers encourage runners who are thinking of joining the club to try out the club sessions for up to four weeks before they commit to joining which is great!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The Club meets at Wythenshawe Athletic Track in Wythenshawe Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. The Sport City training events are aimed at teenagers who wish to concentrate on track and field activities as opposed to road running. Manchester Harriers also offer an over forties club called amusingly the "Over the Hill Gang" who train from the Ship Inn Styal.

Running Routes and Training

Training sessions are available for both juniors and adults every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. There are four coaches available along with six assistants who will ensure that you take part in the correct training at the correct level. Manchester Harriers offers

  • Cross Country Running
  • Track and Field
  • Road Running
  • Fell Running
  • Social Running

There are also senior sessions offered from 7pm to 8pm on the same days with all these sessions taking place in Wythenshawe Park.

Track and field training takes place at Sport City Monday and Wednesday from 7pm to 8.30pm, while hill training sessions take place Wednesdays at Lyme Park from 6.30pm to 8pm. Beginners training is offered Thursdays at Wythenshawe Park from 6pm.

Further Club Activities

The club takes part in cross country competitions such as the Manchester Area Cross Country League, Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships and the Northern Cross Country Championships. The club also runs events of its own such as the Joe Moran Memorial Veterans Event that takes place in June this year. The club runs an online shop that is only offered to its members.

Getting There

If driving to Wythenshawe Park leave the M60 at Junction 5 and follow the signs to the park. There is plenty of car parking available. Bus numbers 101 from Manchester City Centre, the 179 that runs along Altrincham Road and the 370 from Didsbury all pass the park.

  • Manchester Harriers
  • Wythenshawe Park Athletics Track
  • Manchester
  • M23 0AB
  • Tele +44 161 998 2117

Chorlton Runners

Chorlton Runners

Chorlton Runners has around three hundred members and is located close to the centre of Manchester making it the ideal club for those who spend a lot of their time in the city centre. The club welcomes runners of all ages and abilities and prospective members are welcome to come along and join in a session to see if Chorlton is the club for them.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The Sunday Morning Run is open to all levels of abilities and is the best run for those who are beginners. The run takes place at 9am meeting in Chorlton Waterpark Car Park on Maitland Avenue with participants running around the picturesque waterpark. The Tuesday Night Run starts from the Bowling Green Pub at 6.45pm. Interval training is offered by Chorlton Runners at Longford Park Stadium on Fridays.

Running Routes and Training

The Sunday Morning Run is great for all levels of runner. The session begins with a group warm up, while runners then split into groups according to their ability and experience. Beginners will take part in a single mile run, intermediates will run up to seven miles, while those with the greatest experience will train for Marathons and may run up to twenty two miles per session. Once runners have warmed down they can even partake in a little post run refreshments.

Tuesday running is limited just now to members of the club due to the vast numbers of attendees. These runs last anything from thirty minutes to an hour with the pace ranging from thirteen to seven minutes per mile. There is plenty of advice on hand too for those who need it, while once the session is over runners generally meet up in the pub for a spot of socialising. Speed groups include

  • 12 minutes plus runners
  • 11 to 12 minutes
  • 10 to 11 minutes
  • 9 to 10 minutes
  • 8 to 9 minutes
  • 7 to 8 minutes
Fully coached interval training sessions are provided for those who wish to improve their speeds at Longford Park stadium.

Further Club Activities

Chorlton Runners run a great running club that also likes its members to socialise and join in different events throughout the year. The club joins in local park runs, organises trips abroad for its members who wish to compete in Marathons in different countries, while also hosting great Christmas parties.

Getting There

Chorlton Water Park is just a few miles from the centre of Chorlton Cum Hardy in South Manchester. The park is found on Maitland Avenue with Sat Nav postcode M21 7WH. The Bowling Green Pub is located in Brookburn Road Chorlton Cum Hardy. Longford Park Stadium is on Ryebank Road Chorlton.

  • Chorlton Runners
  • Chorlton Water Park
  • Maitland Avenue
  • Manchester
  • M21 7WH
  • Tele Gavin on 07581 175 964
  • Email info@chorltonrunners.com

Sale Harriers Manchester

Sale Harriers

Sale Harriers is a very large running club that is based on three different sites around Manchester that are Wythenshawe Park, Sport City and Crossford Bridge in Sale. This offers runners a great choice when it comes to joining the club, while Sale Harriers welcomes all age groups and levels of ability with a first contact session open for those who wish to try the club out before signing up.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at the three venues mentioned above at various times that include

  • Tuesdays at 7pm Crossford Bridge runners meet outside the clubhouse at 6.45pm
  • Thursday 7pm Wythenshawe Park
  • Thursday 7.30pm Crossford Bridge
  • Sundays at Crossford Bridge at 10.30am for a longer run

Track and field training takes place at Sports City with each individual coach holding their own sessions at different times. Please see the website for each coach's itinerary.

Running Routes and Training

Sale Harriers run a young athletes section at Crossford Bridge and offers coaching for kids aged six and over. All the coaches are qualified and checked with training taking place every Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am and Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm. Taster sessions are available at £2.00 each, while membership costs £20.00 per year. Winter training runs from October to March cross country running taking place around Sale Water Park.

The most experienced runners train at Wythenshawe Park and Sport City, while seniors and veterans train from Crossford Bridge. Crossford Bridge covers training from 3K runs through to Marathons with fell running, road and cross country all offered. New runners are welcome to join in the three main meetings with further sessions available once they join the club. Tuesday sessions are a mix of long runs and interval work. Paths and parkland trails around the Mersey Valley are used in the summer months with road training taking place during the winter time.

The Thursday sessions at Wythenshawe are for runners who can manage 10k in around 45 minutes, while the Crossford Bridge Thursday sessions also include interval training. The Sunday sessions sometime go for runs in the Peak District too. The club has nine different coaches who all cover varying sessions and distances. Further information is available at the website.

Further Club Activities

Children can represent Sale harriers throughout the year at various events such as at the Norwich Union Startrak Athletics Activity Weeks that take place during the school holidays. Open medal meetings are also held with kids encouraged to join in the races in order to gain experience in competition. Sale Harrier members may also take advantage of discounted Physiotherapy sessions.

Getting There

Wythenshawe Park and Sports City are walkable to from Manchester Piccadilly Station (30 minute walk) with useful signage all along the route so you won't get lost. Metro link trams also run from Manchester Piccadilly past the club taking a mere ten minutes to get there. Many buses also run from the centre of Manchester past the club too.

  • Sale Harriers Manchester
  • Crossford Bridge Track
  • Danefield Road
  • Sale
  • Manchester
  • M33 7WR
  • Tele 0161 969 2720
  • Tele Paul Barrett 07890 818 702

Swinton Running Club

Swinton Running Club that is based at Swinton Football Club and encourages runners of all levels to come along to their club to see if the sessions and training they offer meet their needs. Runners of all levels ages and abilities are welcome, while the club is affiliated with the England Athletics. Whether you intend to become a competitive runner or simply want to enjoy running with people who also like the activity it doesn't matter as this club has something for all members to enjoy.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Beginners to running will meet on Wednesday at 6.15pm at Swinton Football Club and are offered a ten week course that will bring them up to running a 5k run! The next course begins in September 2015. Further sessions for all members are held on Mondays at Swinton Football Club at 7.30pm and on Mondays at Cleavely Athletic Track Eccles. Runners are divided into three ability groups, while the club caters for those over eighteen years of age and over only children are not catered for.

Running Routes and Training

All training and running takes place at the training grounds or track but Swinton Running Club does take part in many races and events that we shall deal with in the next section.

Further Club Activities

Swinton organises races that include the Ten Mile Road Race, City of Salford Women's 5.25 Mile race and also enters into the Central Lancashire Grand Prix Series. The club also competes in the Manchester Area Cross Country Series along with races run at County and National levels. These races are held between October and February.

The club also runs five cross country races in and around Manchester with details released on their website as and when. Swinton also takes part in Road and Trail Club Championships with sixteen events for men and seventeen events for women. Prizes are awarded to the top three participants, while Swinton also takes part in the Cross Country Club Championship.

Membership of the club costs £10.00 with a further £10.00 required if you are to compete in races. Each club session costs £1.00, while track sessions cost £2.00 a time. The club has an online store that sells their racing kit and training kits.

Getting There

Swinton Football Club is accessible from the A580 Manchester Road and the East Lancs Road. Postcode for Sat Nav users is M27 5LJ. The club is located behind the Farmers Arms Pub opposite the former Salford Register Office. Cleavely Athletic Track is located in Eccles with Sat Nav postcode M30 8HY. Drivers should drive under the motorway bridge at the end of Blantyre Street in order to access the track car park.

  • Swinton Running Club
  • Barton Road
  • Swinton
  • M27 5 LJ

The Athletics Track is located

  • Cleavely Athletic Track
  • Blantyre Street
  • Winton
  • Eccles
  • M30 8HY
  • Contact Club Secretary at sdoxey@ntlworld.com

Salford Harriers

Salford Harriers

Salford Harriers is located in North Manchester with their club house sited behind the Bluebell Pub on Moston Lane, while track sessions take place at Sports City and further sessions take place in Heaton Park which is near to the clubs base. Whether you simply wish to run with likeminded people or enter races and competitions Salford Harriers will facilitate both.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in various locations. Tuesday's runners meet at 6.30pm in time for a session that runs from 7pm to 8pm at Sport City. This coached session is on the track and includes a warm down at the end. The Thursday meet is behind the Bluebell Pub and begins at 7pm. This entails a run of between five to eight miles and is offered for all ages and abilities. Saturdays the club meets for road reps sessions with the coach at Heaton Park, while on Sunday's members take part in long runs offering a number of options to consider.  

Running Routes and Training

The club organises road running, cross country, track running and fell running along with other organisations entering competitions and races too. Juniors are also welcome at Salford Harriers with training sessions taking place regularly on

  • Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm at Cleavelys Track Winton
  • Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm circuit training Walkden High School
  • Thursday evenings in various places (contact the coaches for more information)
  • Saturday morning race training in various places (contact coach)

Road running fixtures for 2015 will be published on the website as soon as they are known currently the list only goes up to June 2015 so watch out for more news! Cross country fixtures are organised during the winter months, while fell running fixtures include the British Championships, Inter Counties Championships plus the European and World Mountain running Championships.

Further Club Activities

The club hosts yearly award sessions that include Athletes Athlete of the Year, Most Improved Athlete of the Year, Coaches Athlete of the Year, Track Athlete of the Year and X/C Athlete of the Year. The club also enters many park runs with their success stats available to view at the website. Those who wish to join the club will find an online application form at the website.

Getting There

To travel to Sports City take the 216 bus from Piccadilly Gardens, while by car travel along the M60 and leave at Junction 23 following the signs. The Bluebell Pub is in Moston has ample parking. Use Sat Nav Postcode M40 9PY. Heaton Park is located off the A576 Middleton Road close to the M60 Motorway. Bus number 35 from Manchester City Centre passes the park, while the nearest tram station is Heaton Park.

  • Sport City
  • Manchester
  • M11 3FF

Thursdays Venue

  • The Bluebell Hotel
  • Moston Lane
  • Moston
  • Manchester
  • M40 9PY

Saturday Sessions

  • Heaton Park
  • Smithy Lodge Entrance
  • Middleton Road

Altrincham and District Athletics Club

Altrincham and District Athletics Club

Altrincham and District Athletics Club was established in 1961 and is located close to the centre of Timperley Village. The club prides itself on being welcoming and friendly with all age groups catered for including juniors' right through to seniors and veterans. Along with track and field events the club offers road running, fell running, cross country and mountain running.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Park Road Recreational Ground in the centre of Timperley Village on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. Various coaches hold different sessions for runners to join. See full training details below.

Running Routes and Training

Tuesday and Thursday sessions are coached by Phil Nichol one of the clubs resident coaches. The sessions are held for distance and middle distance runners with sessions beginning at 7.15pm. Those who wish to join this session must contact the coach first.

Don Nichol coaches runners who wish to concentrate on endurance races and marathons. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Saturday mornings in the summer. Full details of Don's itinerary can be found at the website. Altrincham also takes part in the Manchester Area Cross Country League and the South East Lancs Cross Country League.

Fell running training takes place every two weeks on Thursdays between April and September. The run starts at 7pm and lasts for one and a half hours. The club also takes part in the Fell Running Championships. Altrincham Road Running Championships are another event the club enjoys with sixteen races involved.

Further Club Activities

Altrincham and District Athletics Club also takes part in a number of 5k runs with members doing exceptionally well. Juniors' training is also facilitated, while the club boasts a seven lane cinder track and a grass trail. Cross country handicaps are held at Christmas time and award ceremonies take place around April time. The club was awarded the "Club Mark" in 2009, while membership application forms are available at the website with prices ranging for £15.00 to £40.00 depending on age and circumstances.

Getting There

The closest train station to the club is Navigation Road, while Metro Link services pass through Timperley. When travelling by car leave the M56 at Junction 6 towards Altrincham or Junction 2 towards Timperley.

  • Altrincham and District Athletic Club
  • Timperley Recreation Ground
  • (To rear of scout hut)
  • Park Road
  • Timperley
  • Altrincham
  • Cheshire
  • WA15 6UA