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Northampton's friendliest running club

Northampton Road Runners is a friendly running club based at The Obelisk Centre in Kingsthorpe on the north edge of Northampton. We run on Wednesdays & Fridays at 7.00pm prompt. Currently we have over 100 members but always welcome more.

A club since 1981

The Club was formed in 1981 as the United Trades Road Running Club. We have changed names and venues over the years. We moved from Moulton Sports Complex to The Obelisk Centre in 2013. The Obelisk Centre provides us with changing & shower facilities as well as a bar and a function room.

We have runners of all abilities typically aged between 20 up to people in their 60's. Some of our runners run to stay fit and aren't fussed about racing. Most of our runners use the club to achieve a level of running fitness so that they become their very best at races. We have groups of runners competing most weeks and we have some runners who have developed into elite runners, ultra runners, triathletes, fell runners, swimmers and cyclists. We celebrate all abilities.

Club nights

Our club nights are deliberately not highly structured with coaches and track sessions. We prefer to enjoy getting out there running. We offer a choice of distances and speeds. Occasionally we mix things up with time trials, and sprint sessions. See out training routes here...

We create great runners and a community feel.

Where we race

Members participate, wearing club vests, in races across the globe and on all surfaces. In addition the club is involved in regular local races:

  • We are members of the 3 Counties Cross Country League
  • We participate in the East Midlands Grand Prix against other local clubs.
  • We enter the Colworth striders Marathon Challenge Weekend each year.
  • Each year we have over a dozen runners in the London Marathon, some of who qualify via the club ballot. We organise a bus to take runners and supporters. Many runners join the club to train for this specific event.
  • Each year we have a new year's day run at Pitsford Reservoir and also a summer run and BBQ at Sywell Country Park.

We also participate in other local races such as the weekly Northampton Parkrun and also community/family events.

Celebration events

  • Awards night and AGM: Each year the club has an awards night where the star runners from the year are recognised and we all gather to celebrate our running together.
  • Christmas Party Night: Each year we let our hair down with a Christmas party.

New Runners

Whenever we have new runners we will match them up with similar ability runners who buddy up on runs to make sure nobody gets lost or isolated. Please note that you really need to be able to run 5 miles to join in with our runs. You don't need to be the fastest. See our 'Beginners page' or our 'Established Runners' page'. You can visit our application page here...