Welcome to Spirit of Monmouth Running Club’s website.
Welcome indeed – especially to people having a look and thinking of joining a running club. I can assure you that we’re a friendly and fun club – with a nice competitive edge, and a great social heart. We are affiliated to Welsh Athletics and we cater for a wide range of running abilities. So, whether you’re an experienced marathon runner, 5K lover or you prefer to just run for fun, you’re very welcome to join us.
Typically, the club has around a hundred members. You need to be at least 18 but we have members ranging well up into their seventies, all taking advantage of running the beautiful roads and trails around our lovely town, and enjoying a good social side to life too. As a club, we take part in league racing and other team events, but also our members take part in loads of other organised events like 10Ks, marathons, ultramarathons, Park Runs… but equally, there are plenty of members who just enjoy running with the club without any competitive edge. So whatever your motivations for running, you will almost certainly find like-minded people to train and socialise with at Spirit of Monmouth.
The core sessions we do together are Tuesdays and Thursdays. We meet at Monmouth School Sports Club (off the Hadnock Road, behind Kwik FIt) every Tuesday at 6:55pm for a 7pm start to our main club session of the week – and meet again on Thursday at 7:00pm – usually at the same venue. We start off with any notices and announcements and then run for about an hour. Tuesdays alternate between group runs (where everyone runs with a group of a similar pace, from 12 minute-miles up to sub 8 minute miles) and coached sessions, where we work on fitness, running form etc. Both of these formats are tailored for ALL abilities.
Thursdays are social group runs – and are sometimes finished off by an optional visit to the pub! On top of these core sessions, we frequently arrange other runs, perhaps at weekends, on a more ad hoc basis, and our members also often arrange to meet between themselves at their convenience, so it’s a great place to find running buddies.
During winter we tend to stick more to the streets of Monmouth on our group runs – but torchlit runs on the trails are also often available. In the summer months we venture out more often onto some of the beautiful trails and countryside surrounding Monmouth.
If you’re interested in running with us, then please do get in touch and we’ll chat about how we can get you up and running with us. Here’s the link you need -> Membership