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Every runner was once a beginner

All of us wondered where to start how to fit it in? How far to go? How fast? How often? Where? When? What to eat? What to wear?   whether to join a club; and so on.

This section of our website is for anyone who is looking to  start running  at our club, and is looking for some advice.
Bitton Road Runners welcomes runners of all abilities - if you are interested in joining Bitton Road Runners, we would suggest that you are able to run for approx 30 mins, without stopping as a minimum entry level before joining in on our club runs on Tuesday and Thursday evening, as our short run is between 3 and 4 miles. 

 If you would like to join the club and start to run with us, then contact the Club Secretary, Kath O'Connell,  who will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. Alternatively click here for membership form , Adobe Reader needed click below.


Welcome to all new Runners !

A warm welcome to those of you who are new to Bitton Road Runners.  We hope you enjoy the club nights and we look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.  It takes a while to get to know the ropes so here are a few tips about how it all works.

Club nights are on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7pm.  Please ask around for people to run with.  It takes a while to establish which people run at your pace so give it time.

50p subs are collected by Kath, our Club Secretary.  She can be found seated at the table in front of the route board so please cross her palm with silver each time you come along. 

 Our Membership Secretary, Sue, can also be found there and she can provide you with membership details.

Non-Members are asked to fill in the Emergency Contact form each time you come to a club run.  This means we can contact somebody should anything happen to you whilst you are running.  Kath and Sue are in charge of the form. 

Hill Training takes place on Thursdays as an alternative to the normal runs. Beginners are welcome and there are usually three separate groups to cater for all standards.  Just listen out for the distinctive shout of “HILLS!” just before Gordon goes through the routes.  In the summer months we replace hill training with speedwork - oh joy!

 Thursdays are quite a social night too, with many runners staying on for a couple of beers in the bar and perhaps a chinese takeaway to replenish all that spent energy.

 Showers are available for all to use.  Kit can be left in the shower rooms while you’re running.

 Car keys can be left in the key pile on the left of the bar while you are running.  These are safely watched over by the football club bar staff. 

The Car Park can get very congested.  Please double park to the left of the gate as you come in if you intend staying late.  The rest of the car park should be used for single parking, early leaving. 

Race Book:  You’ll find a folder on the table which contains entry forms for any races going on over the next 12 months.  The folder is updated regularly and the local races are especially well attended by Bitton runners.  Car sharing is often an option if you ask around.

 Weekend morning runs.  Many members meet up each weekend for an ‘unofficial’ long slow run.  This is particularly useful if you want to increase your distance stamina or are training for a marathon.  Again, just ask around if you fancy going along.   Meet-ups are usually at Warmley station on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings. 

The Bitton notice board is used to display race results, social outings or any useful information.

 bittonrr@smartgroups.com You can join Bitton Road Runners ‘Smartgroup’ by going onto the website www.smartgroups.com.  Alternatively, give your email address to Jackie Zajac and she can send you the link.  It’s a good way of keeping in touch between club nights and exchanging news and views.

 Club events and competitions are open to all members.  These include events such as the club championships, 5k series and the Race of 14.  Check the notice board or the Race Book for details.

 Junior Section We have a very active and successful junior section who meet on Monday nights at Yate’s Brimsham Green Running Track.  The session starts at 7.30pm for children aged 6-16 years.

www.bittonrr.co.uk:  Have a look at our website for details of races, results and photos.

 Happy Running !

 Jackie Zajac

On behalf of the Committee