The main aim of the club is to develop the abilities of all its members. To achieve this we run two coached training sessions per week, primarily running from Glasgow Life facilities on the south-side of Glasgow (See the front page for this weeks meeting venues). All members of the club follow the same training plan. Training in one group allows you to run with people close to your own ability, but with runners ahead to work with as you improve.
We try to ensure that our training sessions are varied and effective, with the sessions organised around a training schedule developed by our coaches. The overall objective of these coached sessions is to improve the speed, endurance and strength of our runners.
Typical of the sessions we organise are:
- short reps focussing on speed (200m to 400m reps or ‘pyramids’);
- fartlek sessions;
- 600m to 2 mile reps (or time equivalent), building speed endurance;
- hill sessions;
- tempo runs; and
Training sessions (See front page for this week’s training sessions and locations):
- Monday 6.30 pm
- Wednesday 6.30 pm
It is recommended that you arrive at least 10 minutes before training is due to commence to allow for registration and announcements. The sessions are held at a number of locations including, when daylight allows, Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park. We also make use of the track facilities at Nethercraigs for track-based training sessions. Our longer training runs takes us all over Glasgow, including Shawlands, Pollokshields, Pollokshaws, Glasgow Green, Hillington, Battlefield, Queens Park and Newlands, and many others.
There are also regular informal training runs (mainly on Fridays and Saturdays) with groups meeting for road runs, cross country and hill runs. As with the regular training sessions, runners can run with others of their own running ability. There’s almost always a good turnout of runners and volunteers at the free Pollok parkrun which take place every Saturday in nearby Pollok Park and Queens park, (and in Tollcross Park, Victoria Park and Springburn Park in Glasgow).
For more information about joining, and what to expect, see the Join Us! page.
As a member of the Club you’ll always have the opportunity to participate by running in lots of different events, in fact we encourage our runners to take part in races, no matter what their level of ability, with the emphasis on fun. While it’s always satisfying to see our runners taking prizes at local, regional, district and national events, it’s equally satisfying to see a huge number of purple vests at the races! Events such as the Glasgow Half Marathon, the Women’s 10k and the Polaroid 10k series regularly attract big turnouts from the Club.
Runners from the Club take part in a huge range of events including running in cross country relays, hill races, 10k races, road relays, duathlons and full marathons to name but a few. Whatever your running speciality you’re likely to find at least one kindred spirit at the Club. Even if you have never raced in your life why not give it a try? It’s hard work but always great fun!