Fast trackers: the best Manchester running clubs2 months ago
The Manchester Marathon is happening this weekend and the city’s running clubs will be out in force.
If you’re watching from the sidelines, or running solo and wishing you had a team vest and a gang of supporters cheering you on, why not take a look at some of the clubs taking part? They’re all open to new members and many are free to join (and you can bet they’ll be there to raise a pint with you once you’ve crossed the finish line).
There’s lots of big running events taking place all over the city this year, including the Great Manchester 10k Run on 21 May, the Tour of Tameside on 15-18 June, and the Manchester Half on 15 October. The roads will be closed and the traffic will be a nightmare; you might as well get your trainers on and get involved.
Ancoats Run Club
Ancoats Run Club began life in the midst of the pandemic lockdowns when a group of Royal Mills residents began meeting for socially-distanced runs around the city.
Belle Vue Racers
The distinctive black and white vests of the Belle Vue Racers are a familiar sight at road and cross-country races in and around Manchester.
Looking like a swarm of bees in their black and gold running vests, the Chorlton Runners are always well-represented in the big Manchester races (and, in smaller numbers, at many races further afield too.)
Hyde Running Community
While much of Greater Manchester makes for flat, fast running, head towards the outer edges and the terrain gets a little more varied.
Hyde Running Community makes the most of its base at the foot of Werneth Low to build your stamina with hill reps and trail runs built into their training schedule when daylight allows it.
Manchester Harriers and Athletics Club was established way back in 1886 and has some pretty impressive alumnae to its name. Club member Emily Voight won a gold medal in the London Olympics of 1908, and Ricky Wilde won gold for the 3000m at the 1970 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
Manchester Road Runners
Part running club, part social club, The Manchester Road Runners turns ten-years-old in 2023.
Run the World MCR
Channelling Beyoncé with its name and empowering ethos, Run the World MCR is an inclusive, women-only running club based in Monton, Salford.
Sale Harriers is one of Greater Manchester’s biggest and oldest athletics clubs. It has been running, quite literally, for over a hundred years and although it is nominally based in Sale at Crossford Bridge, training sessions also take place in Wythenshawe Park and Sportcity.