A running club for everyone
based at UoN Riverside Campus close to the town centre.
Northampton Road Runners is a friendly running club based at University of Northampton campus. In 2022 we are awarded the England Athletics Running Club of the Year for the East Midlands.
We run on Wednesdays from the University and other member led runs throughout the week. Please register your interest in running with us, don't just turn up. You can apply to run with us here.
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. We run on road and off road throught the year. Occasionally we mix things up with time trails, and sprint sessions. See out training routes here...
We create great runners and a community feel.
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. You can visit our application page here...
A club since 1981
A plea was made in the Chronicle and Echo in May 1981, calling for runners to join a new breed of running club and in august 1981 the United Trades RRC was formed . Seventy six people turned up on that first night!
Some decisions had to be made
- Venue : the rifle range in the Trades ( it was about 50 yards long ). The women had to use the toilets to change
- Timing : initially long slow runs on a Sunday starting at 9am
- Club colours : had to be claret and gold! (the Cobblers colours)
- Subs : 25p per visit!
We eventually settled down to running Wednesdays and Fridays to make us stand out from the other clubs , training was usually at least 8-10 miles on a Weds , 5-6 miles on a Friday with only one group.
We have changed names and venues over the years. We moved from Moulton Sports Complex to The Obelisk Centre in 2013. In 2022 we moved from the Obelisk Centre to the University of Northampton Riverside campus. The University provides excellent facilities for running, strength and conditioning and rehab and is close to a large local population.
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, Random Distance runners, triathletes, fell runners, swimmers and cyclists. We celebrate all abilities.