North Somerset Running clubs: 6 friendly groups to join

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From road running to cross country, a jog or run is good for body and mind – we track down 6 Somerset clubs to get you on the road to training success

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Nailsea Running ClubThis friendly and sociable road and trail running club caters for runners of all abilities. Based at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club on the edge of the Town, they welcome new runners to the club. The main club nights are Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm, with activities usually taking an hour. Nailsea Running club also boast ample parking, changing and shower facilities and an all-important bar!

Clevedon Athletic ClubFormed in May 1977, Clevedon Athletic Club is a thriving and friendly running club. Catering for all abilities, the training is geared to individual goals to enable you to reach your potential. Training is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. In the winter the meeting place is Clevedon’s Strode Leisure Centre just before 7:00pm by the club notice board. In the summer the club meet on the main field of Clevedon Community School.

Portishead Running ClubPortishead Running Club sessions are for social training to suit most runners. Based at the Lakegrounds in Portishead, the club meet at The Hutch - their small and homely base opposite the outdoor swimming pool in the Lake Grounds - on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm and begin running at 7pm. In addition, they offer a Wednesday evening session for women only, aimed mainly at beginners.

Winscombe Ladies Running GroupThe Body Works is a mobile health and fitness service provider around North Somerset offering bespoke packages to help people change their lifestyle. In Winscombe, Body Works offer a women’s running group. The group meets every Wednesday at 6.15pm in front of the Woodborough pub on Sandford Road and Friday mornings at 9.30am in the Winscombe Community Centre Annexe. The group welcomes all abilities, from complete beginner up to the experienced runner.

Clevedon Ladies Running GroupAlso run by Emma Ruffle and The Body Works, the Clevedon Ladies Running group meet every Monday and Thursday 6-7pm, starting near the entrance to Morrisons car park. Sessions last for an hour and include a warm up, cool down and stretches, and a combination of on and off road running and walking on the flat and hills.

Weston AthleticThe Weston Athletic club welcome new runners are welcome at any of their training nights. Sessions are structured to cater for a wide range of standards and ability, with new members encouraged to attend the Tuesday night session to get an opportunity to meet the coaching team and find out more about the club. It is suggested that new members should be able to run a distance of 6 miles or more. The club offer a number of training sessions throughout the week, including The Long Sunday Run with options of between 12 and 21 miles.

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