Stainland Lions Running Club is a friendly, well established group of runners spanning all levels of ability. Our training covers everything from general fitness to marathons. If you have never run before then this is a great place to start, or if you are a sub 3 hour marathon runner we have runners you can train with.
You don't have to be ready for the elite section to join us, it doesn't matter to us if you're a 5 minute miler, an 11 minute miler, or a complete beginner, all our members have one thing in common - we all love to run. For those who like a bit of competition the club organises two Grand Prix series of races, one for road events and one for fell races. Each Grand Prix caters for different levels of ability and includes at least one handicap race.
We also love to socialise and we have an enthusiastic social committee who devise a variety of events from handicap races, pub crawls and summer barbecues to a very enjoyable annual dinner.
The club aims not only to provide a popular running club which caters for enthusiastic runners of all abilities, but also to foster an interest in general fitness, weight management and healthier life style amongst the local community by:
- Running a successful beginners’ course each year, provided free of charge.
- Integrating runners into the club at the appropriate level following the course.
- Holding successful local races aimed at both the local community and the wider running community e.g. a 5K Fun Run on Boxing Day; a 7mile hilly road race – the Stainland 7 and a 10 mile cross country run, the Bluebell Trail.
- Providing a communication channel for prospective and current members via the club website.
The club’s affiliation is to England Athletics and members are registered for road running, cross country and fell running. In the next few years we are looking to further develop the membership of the club, so that more of the local community may enjoy the health and lifestyle benefits of running; improve coaching levels to support this; and cater for running for the visually impaired and other disabilities through the Yorkshire Disability Athletics Forum.
Your questions answered!
Where can I find you?
Our main meeting is on Thursday's at 6:30 at Heath Rugby Club, West Vale, Halifax. For details of how to find our other meetings, look on our website or send us an email.
What training do you do?
We currently have three main training schedules a week, with a fourth being available at weekends, please check the training page on the website for further details. Mondays from Heath Rugby Club, Tuesdays at Savile Park and our main club gathering on Thursdays are especially suitable for new runners.
Can I turn up or do I have to join first?
Please feel free to come and run with us, member or not. We welcome runners of all ages, abilities and there is no pressure to join for the first few weeks. However- you may only access our members’ forum on the website if you are a member. See our website for more information.
I am only looking to train for the Virgin London Marathon, how will I find others to train with?
We usually have 10 or so runners in the London Marathon whose pace varies. Our members are a friendly bunch and we will introduce you to people of similar ability and training for the Virgin London Marathon. Many members decide to meet up and train with each other outside club nights.