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Road Running

The Road Runners welcome new members from complete beginners to international athletes. We vary in age from adolescent teenagers to “adolescent” old age pensioners. We enter a variety of races from 5k to marathon, but welcome fun runners who do not intend to race but who wish to improve.

We meet on a club nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and hit the road about 6.30pm. If you are new to the club and want to join us please come down about 6pm and ask for the road runners section. We normally form 3-4 running groups of slow, medium, to fast and run 30-60 minutes.

On a Sunday mornings we meet for a long run (10-12 miles). Feel free to come down and try us out. Club facilities include changing rooms, free weights gym, hot food and a bar.

If you are new to road running and interested in joining our group please contact Peter Lawton.  His contact details are: / 07803982132

Training Group – Leader – Alex Davidson Elliott
Birchfield Harriers improvers Group’ This friendly group is for runners who have already done some running. This may include Park Runs, Race for Life or individuals who have just been out running 2-3 miles with friends or on their own and want the support, challenge and social aspect of joining a club. The group would welcome such runners, both male and female. We train twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. The group meets at 6-15 in the club room for a 6.30 pm start.  Tuesday evenings are our interval sessions which may include hill runs, group relays, track sessions and pyramid runs. Thursday evenings are our steady runs which are normally between 4 and 5 miles at a 8-10 minute mile pace. No runner is left on their own. During the winter with the ‘dark nights’ our sessions are primarily on the road. However, during the summer months and the ‘light nights’ we are very lucky to have Sandwell Valley, Perry Park and the canal paths right on our doorstep. So come down, have a look, chat to us and give us a go. As you improve there are many other groups to progress on to. 

Alex L.I.R.F/group leader

 Training Group – Leader – Rob Whitehouse
Our group, which is a female group, cover every event from 800 metres up to half Marathon,  our main objectives are for our athletes to reach their potential, have fun,  and to support our ladies road relay, cross country & track & field teams.
We are also catering for some sprinters at the moment with the objective of getting them fitter, running regularly and becoming enthusiastic Birchfield Harriers before moving on to another group.
Training Group – Leader – Val Carter
We are a group for runners that have had some running experience. We cater for runners doing between 7:00-9:00 minute per mile.
Starting at 18:30, Tuesday sessions usually focus on speedwork, hills repetitions, fartlek, or relays.  Thursdays usually involve steady runs between 45-60 minutes.
Sundays are for long steady runs usually between 1 hour to 1 hour 45 minutes. The group will help runners improve their race times for 5k, 10k and half/full marathon times.
We try and encourage runners to take part in various events for the club including relay races, track events, cross country etc. We take part in various social & fun challenges. For example, the thunder run which is a 24hr running event, relays in Anglesea, Hadrians wall etc.

Training Group – Leader – Keith Boxley

This group caters for more experienced runners who are looking to improve their times across distances ranging from 5k to marathon.  Many of the group regularly take part in road races, including the Road Runners GP and cross country.  As a guide those in the group are typically capable of running 5k in around 19-22 minutes and a half marathon in 1 hr 25 – 1 hr 35.

Tuesday and Thursday training starts from the Alexander Stadium at 6.30pm.  Tuesday training focuses on speedwork and hills and includes a monthly training session on the track at the stadium.  Thursday runs are usually a one hour tempo run of 7 1/2 – 8 miles.  We also meet on Sunday mornings where we usually join up with runners from other groups for a longer 90 minute run.

Training schedule 
Training – Leader – Peter Dimbleby
This group is aimed at the experienced road runner who is trying to improve their performance over a range of race distances from 5K to Marathon – or to have fun while maintaining a good standard of fitness. Members of this group tend to have 10K race times of between 34 and 42 minutes.
We have a regular training programme devised which includes interval sessions, hill reps, threshold runs and longer easier runs. We run the majority of sessions on road in the winter and off road in the summer, but do include some track sessions.
Meeting on Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm at Alexander stadium. Most weekends the group completes a longer run on Sunday mornings, the location varies but often goes from one of our homes to ensure coffee and cake is available afterwards. Many of the members take part in cross country races in the winter and track during the summer.
We also complete in some fun endurance events such as team adventure races, duathlons and many of us have undertaken long distance team relays such as circumnavigation of Anglesey and JonʼoʼGroats to Lands End.
Group Winter training schedule – here


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