We try to run regular training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesday runs meet at 7pm for a 7.10 start. Thursdays: 7pm for a 7.05 (ish) start. You can see the latest schedules here.

General points to note

During the summer months there are also midweek races that our runners will participate in, often in an around the areas where we train. Where these clash with training sessions, we will put up a message to say if training is still on.

We aim to cater for all fitness and ability levels and whatever your speed, you will not be left to run alone. We have qualified off-road Leaders in Running Fitness (LiRF) who accompany most training runs.

Safety

Our safety rules apply to Tuesday night sessions only.

These are our group running safety procedures:

·        There will be at least three specified running groups: fast, medium and steady. If there are more than eight runners in a group it may be necessary for a fourth group to be set up

·        Each group will have a designated run leader and back runner who each will wear a hi-viz arm band for identification. The back runner role can be rotated at regroup stops. The run leader is the run leader for the duration of the run.

·        The run leader will take a head count of all in the group before setting off and at appropriate intervals during the run and at the end. The run leader is responsible for the group’s safety, not necessarily for route-finding or navigation.

·        New runners will be asked to provide their mobile and emergency contact details to the run leader before setting off. Please do your best to listen respectfully to the person – usually a committee member — organising you into groups and outlining safety procedures: it’s not an easy job!

All these procedures are in place to ensure your safety. Should you be injured, please remember that that will involve other runners helping you out. Even if it’s warm, a turned ankle can soon make sweat chill.

We are compiling a list of members’ contact details in an easily accessible format in case they need to be used on training run night. Please complete and submit these on the following link.

https://forms.gle/Ke4dDn4zxCuFEtKj7

Kit

In winter (up to the clocks changing in March), we *require* you to carry full FRA advised kit (waterproof top, bottoms, hat, gloves and whistle) on the run and to wear appropriate footwear. You should also carry a mobile phone. If you don’t have full kit, you cannot join the training run. If you know of any new runners planning to come along, please let them know of these requirements and ask them to make themselves known to run leaders at the outset.

In spring/summer (until the clocks change in October), we strongly suggest that you carry at least a waterproof or windproof jacket, and a mobile phone.

Typical locations

Adel War Memorial (AWMA):  The Old School, 34 Church Ln, Leeds LS16 8DE

Hermit Pub: Moor Rd, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley LS29 7AS.

Otley Chevin: Surprise  View car park: Yorkgate Road, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3DG

Round Hill: Hill Top Farm, Hunger Hill, Middleton, Ilkley LS29 0DN

Beamsley Beacon: Swan Inn car park, 106 Main St, Addingham, Ilkley LS29 0NS

Darwin Gardens: The car park, Darwin Gardens, Wells Road, Ilkley, LS29 9JD

Local hills/shorter sessions: Meanwood Park/Sunsets; Roundhay Park

NLFR@Parkrun

Once per month we pick a local, Leeds-based, parkrun and encourage as many of our members and friends to join us in running the course. Afterwards, we find a local cafe and have a cup of coffee (or even breakfast) and a chat. The latest schedule for NLFR@parkrun can be found by clicking here.

If you’ve never run a parkrun before, you do need to register first and print off a barcode (this enables Parkrun to put you into the results), which you can do on the parkrun website. You only need to do this once and it covers all parkruns.

We’ll post details about each NLFR@parkrun and confirm the location on the weekly update.

Although we can (just about) run in the light during the months of May, June, July and August, the rest of the year is dark and unlit. All runners require head torches. The Club has two spare head torches, so if you are running for the first time off road and wish to try one out please let us know beforehand so that we can ensure these are brought along.