Recreational Runners

Whitehall Runners

The Club hosts Recreational Running Sessions from Whitehall Athletics Arena (Off Johnsons Lane, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 9AZ). These sessions commence at 7 p.m. every Monday night and Thursday night. Monday sessions are led by at least 2 club coaches (Keith Brackstone and Chris Elson) and any number from the many Leaders in Running Fitness that are now qualified in the club, each of whom will take a group of varying ability. These runs use the track at Whitehall, the Bristol-Bath Cycle Path and also include areas off road when the nights allow, such as St George’s Park. In addition, the real beginner can use Whitehall track and the adjoining playing fields to build up from a base of absolutely no running at all with one of our Introduction to Running Courses. These sessions are augmented by a Thursday group run that is facilitated by the Leaders in Running Fitness. Thursday runs also commence at 7 p.m.

WISE Runners

Since December 2012 the club also organises WISE Runners at the Kip Keino Athletic Stadium, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, WISE Campus, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP. This group meets at 7 pm on Wednesday nights and follows a similar format to the Whitehall Runners Group. A 1,200 metre warm-up jog is followed by drills to improve your running action, a session based on your ability level followed by a warm down and stretching.

Chris Elson, Keith Brackstone and Peter Mountain are the coaches and they are again supported by Leaders in Running Fitness who will aim to get you jogging, competing in local low key events such as the Aztec West Fast 5k or Saturday parkruns in Ashton Court, Pomphrey Hill or Chipping Sodbury right up to the Bristol 10k and Half-Marathon or even the London Marathon.

Long Ashton – Wednesday Nights

Long Ashton Running Group meet every Wednesday evening at 7.30 outside ‘The Little Tipple’ on the main road in Long Ashton: .  All abilities are welcome to join our friendly, sociable runs, which often include optional speed training, intervals and hill work.  Newcomers are particularly encouraged and supported.  For further information please contact Alison or Dave Engledew on or 01275 394089.

Weekday Sessions

Details of weekday sessions can be found on the monthly training schedules produced by Keith Brackstone and Chris Elson for their groups and for sessions at Whitehall and WISE at the following page:

Monthly Training Sessions

Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday Runs are held at either Leigh Woods or Tyntesfield House on alternating Fridays (check the Facebook group for each week’s location) The cost is £3 with refreshments available after the run you have the option of your entrance fee going to towards a t-shirt, as previously, or instead you can have a tea or coffee. So please bring along some loose change to buy tea, coffee, snacks, depending upon which option you choose.

Tyntesfield – Led by members of the Nailsea Running Club, the Tyntesfield run is open to all abilities – no one will be left behind. It’s not competitive! Meet in the lower courtyard of Home Farm, from 9.45 to register and for a welcome briefing ready to run promptly at 10! The run lasts for an hour finishing roughly around 11.00 with a complimentary tea/filter coffee in the Cow Barn Restaurant. No need to book, just turn up on the day, but please have the correct money – £3. NT members please remember to bring your membership cards. Remember; as this is a “paid for” event, car parking charges do not apply.

Leigh Woods – Led by members of the Bristol and West club, the Leigh Woods run is open to all abilities – no one will be left behind. It’s not competitive! Meet at the National Trust Reserve Office in Leigh Woods from 9.45 to register and for a welcome briefing ready to run promptly at 10! The run lasts for an hour finishing roughly around 11.00. The rangers at Leigh Woods are not always in the office, so don’t bring bags and valuables to the start. There is nowhere secure to leave stuff. Coats could be left at owners risk behind the office. Cycle racks are available at Leigh Woods by the National Trust Reserve Office but if you are driving please park in North Road (BS8 3PL) and make your way via the blue trail to the hut.

Sunday Sessions

In addition to the above the group offers LONG STEADY (AEROBIC) SUNDAY RUNS

Two groups, which usually include Roger Brocklesby (, Emma Withers, Colin Traer, Dave Engledew and Andy Molloy meet on Sundays at 9.30 a.m. in the Courtyard outside the cafe at Ashton Court and aim to run for around 10 miles, with a second group running 6 to 8 miles at a slower pace (followed by coffee). Occasionally the group arranges to start at another venue but Alison Engledew ( who coordinates the group always posts information on her Facebook page and on the ‘Long Ashton Running Group’ Facebook page: .

North Bristol Running Group

North Bristol Running Group (NBRG) is a friendly group of runners of mixed abilities. They usually meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, subject to various races such as Aztec West 5K, Weston Prom etc. Tuesday evening is a shorter run of 5K, Wednesday tends to be a steady 10k, Thursday is a faster 6 – 8 miles. They tend to split into two groups to cater for faster and slower runners and everyone is welcome. Alan Wilcox the Group Leader is trying to set up a running group to cater for those who can’t run in the evening due to family commitments and has started a ‘school run’ on some weekday mornings at about 09:15. The group runs from the GP Surgery, Brook Way, Bradley Stoke.

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