We are a small, friendly running club based at Garforth Squash Club, just off Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds. We run twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, meeting at 7.15pm in the squash centre lobby and running at 7.30pm. Most runs are around 5 to 7 miles, with some groups going out further.
The club was formed in 1983 by a bunch of enthusiastic runners who wanted to train together. Many members don’t come from a typical running background, but have found joining our running nights have helped in their field of sport such football, tri-athletics etc. or just helped them lose weight and get fit. In many cases they have found new, additional sports and challenges through the club.
It’s a very friendly club, with a lot of new members joining over the last few years.
We keep members motivated by club competitions, encouraging each other and sharing successes (via club newsletters and this website). We have annual prizes and also a ‘runner of the month’ prize for improved/outstanding performances or contributions to the club.
We are affiliated to England Athletics. This gives you discounts at many road races, charity runs etc. Members can sometimes get discounts with other local businesses too eg Up and Running. Each year the club is entitled to apply for a number of London marathon places, so members who don’t get into the marathon, still have a chance of getting a place.
We are also well-known for organising the very popular Leeds Country Way relay each year – a 6 leg, 64 mile race around the countryside surrounding Leeds, which we have been running since 1991.
In addition to the Leeds Country Way race the club has it’s own club social and handicap races too. We take part as a club in many organised events eg Peco (A series of local Cross Country races), 10ks, half marathons and marathons.