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Training Sessions

Regular training sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, both lasting for about one hour starting promptly at 6:45 pm and beginning from Southwell Leisure Centre, Nottingham Road.

Location Map.

To take part in the sessions a runner will need to be confident that they can run at least 5 km.


On Saturday mornings two runs are now organised, a slow group for beginners (or members recovering from injury),   and a second group for the intermediate and faster runners.

The courses are based at a variety of locations within the vicinity of Southwell, with both runs starting from the same point at 9:00 am

Click on the relevant link Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday for further details.

A Guide for Session Leaders


  • Reflective vests to be worn from 1st October to 31st March
  • Use well lit areas during the winter months
  • Abide by the Highway Code and be aware of other road users and pedestrians etc.
  • When running on roads, face oncoming traffic and use pavements whenever possible
  • Send faster runners off first on busy roads to avoid unnecessary overtaking and straying off
  • Do not collect on corners or at junctions
  • Off road areas should be free from potholes and dangerous obstacles and not encroach on private land
  • Ensure you have a "Whipper-in" to look after runners at the back
  • Start promptly and try to keep the session as close to 1 hour as possible.

Training Routines

Ideally the expectations of each runner should reflect individual ability, so that every training exercise / run is completed at about the same time by all.

To try to achieve this:

  • In repetitions or pyramids in which the slower runners do fewer than the faster ones
  • In common 'efforts' use cascading to keep members together
  • Consider setting different effoerts from the same start point for groups of runners of different abilities
  • In longer efforts or "going through gears" use different routes so that we all finish together
  • Use fast runners with slower pairings when appropriate
  • If the end of the session involves running back to the Centre, the distance should be such that this takes no more than ten minutes
  • In order to keep the club together during this final effort you could:
    • Get the faster runners to periodically double back
    • Use different routes of different distances for fast, medium and slow groups
    • Get the faster runners to do a few more efforts before leaving



Tuesday Sessions

Please note that Tuesday is the primary midweek training session  and any prospective new member should  initially  attend  one of these  sessions.

Below is a list of the Tuesday training sessions along with the leader. 
If you cannot make your session, please endeavour to arrange a swap.
If the leader needs a "whipper-in", one will be nominated on the night.

January 2018

Whipper In
02 January
Penny Durance
Michelle Hall
09 January
Brendan Parkinson
Terri Lynch
16 January
Steve Hargrave
Barbara Garrett
23 January
Bruce Danby
Loraine Fozzard
30 January
Paul Grogan
Barbara Garrett

February 2018

Whipper In
06 February
Heidi Harris
Liz Rogers
13 February
Katie Simpson
Dick Durance
20 February
Dan Wheat
Ben Parker
27 February
Paul Orton
Peter Lambarth

Thursday Sessions

The Thursday session is based on two seasonal circuits called "The Summer Route" and "The Winter Route".  The principle was designed by Peter Cowley and consists of a basic 5 mile route with extra loops added on to give longer runs.

The Summer Route is a continuous run starting from Southwell Leisure Centre and finishing at the top of Trinity Road. Runners can choose from 5 miles, 6 miles or 7 miles.

The Winter Route is a continuous run starting and finishing at Southwell Leisure Centre.  Runners can choose from 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles and 8 miles.

The 7 mile course is identical to the 8 mile except:

1) Norwood Gardens loop is only run once

2)  The Petrol Station loop is only run once

3) At the end return from Westgate directly by Nottingham Road

  Another more challenging route has also been devised, starting and finishing at Southwell Leisure Centre.
  It is 7 miles long but can be shortened by missing out all (or some) of the left hand loop.
  In Winter time this run will require a headtorch.

Runners tend to divide into small subgroups depending on ability and the length of run they wish to do.

Please note that the route(s) offered will be decided on the night as dictated by numbers and ability.

Also note that there will be no club run on the last Thursday of the Summer months (29 June, 27 July and 31 August).

Instead a social 'pub' run of about 5/6 miles is being organised:

29 June - Gone!
27th July – Epperstone, The Cross Keys NG14 6AD (Leader – Liz Butcher/Michelle Hall)
31st Aug – Caunton, The Plough Inn NG23 6AB  (Leader – Paul Grogan)

Maps can be viewed and copied if desired via the links below.

5 mile summer course     6 mile summer course     7 mile summer course  

7 mile course new (headtorch run)

5 mile winter course       6 mile winter course        8 mile winter course  



Saturday Sessions

All groups meet at the location detailed in the diary below but the routes are of different lengths. The aim is for everyone to finish at approximately the same time, after 60 to 70 minutes.

All runs will start at 9:00am unless otherwise specified.

  January 2018

Location & Parking
Group Leader
06 January
Sherwood Pines - Park Run
13 January
Bleasby, Waggon and Horses Car Park
Julie Stafford
20 January
Blidworth Bottoms, Blidworth Lane NG14 6NY
Barbara Garrett
27 January
Upton, Cross Keys Car Park
Dick Durance

   February 2018

Location & Parking
Group Leader
03 February
Colwick Park - Park Run
10 February
Cross Country Predictor            Ollerton, Pitt Hill Car Park NG22 9QG
17 February
Woodborough, Village Hall
Michelle Hall
24 February
Southwell, Leisure Centre
Peter Lambarth

   NB To access a Park Run, you will need to register online beforehand:



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