Spirit of Monmouth – Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some of the questions asked most often from runners thinking of joining us. If your question is not answered here, please contact us here instead.

Am I fast enough?


Probably the question asked most often!

On club nights, the minimum distance a group will tend to run is about 3 miles, in about 35-40 minutes. If you would be comfortable with this, then there will be a suitable group for you.

There are usually 5 different speed groups on Tuesday group run nights. The fastest tend to run at 7-8 minute/miles and cover around 7-8 miles. The rest of the groups are somewhere in-between.

If you are not yet able to run for 3 miles, a really good way to build up to this safely over the course of a couple of months is to follow the NHS’ Couch to 5k program.

Can I Join Online?


It is possible to join without actually attending a club night.

First, print off a membership form, or contact us using our website form and we’ll email you one. Fill it in and email it back to the address on the form.

Next, transfer the membership fee electronically (the bank details are on the form).

Part of the membership fee is affiliation with Welsh Athletics. They will contact you separately with your membership number.

If you have any problems at all with the process, please contact the address on the form, or contact us here.

I’m visiting the area, can I join you for a run or two?


Yes you are very welcome to. If you could arrive 5 minutes early and ask for a Committee member, that would be helpful, so that we know you are there and can help you find the most suitable group to run with.

Tuesdays alternate between group runs and coached sessions. You can see which it will be here. Thursdays are always group runs. Please see “Am I fast enough” section above for details of the mileage and speeds we tend to run.