Newport and District Running Club is committed to helping everyone enjoy the fun of running as a group both competitively and socially. Our club meets every Wednesday and members can choose any of 4 groups we arrange to suit their requirements.
We expect people attending a group to be able to run the distance of that group. This is important for the safety and progress of the group. For those people who are new to running we suggest that you contact the club to express your interest before coming along. We arrange courses for new runners every now and then so that by the end of the course you will be able to run with our Green Group. This group will help you improve quite quickly and you then have the choice of any of the other groups.
During the winter months it is essential that you wear high viz (reflective) clothing and a head torch. If you need advice about what is acceptable please contact the club. Our Run Leaders are under instructions not to have people run with us unless these safety precautions are followed.
The groups provide runs of different lengths and speeds and routes will vary most weeks but each one will usually give an opportunity for improvements by using various techniques. The Run Leader will also build in loop back points where it is safe to do so. At these points faster runners will keep moving until everyone is ready to move off again. This ensures that no one is left behind.
The club meets every Wednesday evening either at the rear of Adams’ Grammar School at 6.30pm during the winter (Green, Blue & Red Groups) or Lilleshall Sports Centre car park at 7.00pm during the summer (Black Group all year).
Green Group -During the winter months we follow a training programme including speed work and tempo runs which will take part on well lit roads and pavements within Newport. During the summer we will sometimes also use tracks and footpaths. The distance covered is between 3 to 4 miles and will last approx 45 minutes to an hour.
Blue Group -During the winter months we follow a training programme including speed work, hill reps and tempo runs which will be on roads but may not be lit by street lights. During the summer we will sometimes also use tracks and footpaths. The distance covered is around 6 miles and will last approx 1 hour.
Red Group -During the winter months we follow a programme very similar to the Blue Group but at a slightly faster pace. During the summer we run mainly off road and will cover around 7-8 miles.
Black Group -This group runs off road all year round at an increased pace and will cover between 7-9 miles. Off road running shoes are essential especially in winter.
Every month during the winter we also arrange a 5k time trial so that members can measure their improvement.