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Our Senior Running Groups

All groups are friendly, consisting of both men and women of a range of ages. All enjoy a mixture of road & trail running, depending on the time of the year. Whether you’re a beginner or a high-level competitor, you will find a suitable group at SDAC.

Which group should I join?

Perhaps begin by looking at their estimated mileage and pace in order to decide with which group you want to start. Look too at their goals. You can then take a look at the Leader Biographies below to find out more.

Contact us via this form for more information if needed.

Group LeaderBackgroundSessions
Ryan MajorGroup set up to introduce you to the sport of running. These groups, normally starting in November.
Will take someone who has never run before and get them to the point they can run up to 5km and then build up to 10km and for those that choose to, Stroud Half Marathon in October.
Pace around 10-11 min/mile in an inclusive and social atmosphere
Adrian StockwellI offer a beginners group environment making an inclusive run session for all abilities.Monday and Wednesday beginners group.
Helen HurnA group for ‘improvers’ group who are looking to progress from Parkrun to 10k (60-70 mins), or to Half Marathon (2:10-2:30) with emphasis on running for enjoyment and self improvement.This group will support, encourage and build confidence to enable each individual to realise their own potential and move on accordingly.

Tuesday - 4-6 mile tempo or speed session. Pace 10-12 minute miles depending on the group (or sometimes we just 'go for a run'.

Thursdays - Hill sessions/routes to help build strength.
Jim AdamsWe are a friendly, “intermediate” group running a variety of different sessions involving hills, speed work, fartlek and steady runs for enjoyment and improvement usually targeted towards a 10k or half marathon race.

Paces : Half marathon 1:50-2:10, 10k 50-60 mins.
Our runs are usually around 5 miles and average 10 mins/mile inc. stops. In the summer we run on Minchinhampton Common once a week.
Sharon StevensonRunners who enter half marathons are likely to achieve times of between 1:50 & 2:05Tuesdays - Either a speed work session to help established runners who can run up to 5 - 6 miles improve their speed, or a hill session to improve strength.
Thursdays - A 5-6 mile tempo run focusing on continuous speed. Our pace will be around 8:30 - 9:20 minute pace depending on the group
Greg ClementsThe group’s pace - depending on the session – ranges between 8.45 and 7.25mm.
Half Marathon times of 1:40- 1:55.
We are a friendly bunch and welcome new members either from other SDAC groups or newbies.
The group has many distinct types of runs to improve base line speed, endurance and stamina; while maintaining a sense of fun and enjoyment. The group runs tends to range between 5 to 7 miles.
Our firm belief is that to get faster/build endurance, training must incorporate the above sessions plus a long weekend run. We also advocate strength and conditioning training as a form of cross training.
John SowdenHalf marathon times aimed at 1:30mins and below.

10K times are aimed at 40mins and below.

Runners tend to be looking to improve their race times with a competitive edge.
Thursdays only
The sessions will be dictated around the groups training needs and social activities developing a good support Network and social set up. They will involve speed work and efforts with undulating runs thrown in the mix.

Typically 7/8 miles undulating run average pace 7 to 8min/miles.
Alan PittRunners who enter half marathons are likely to achieve times of between 1:15 - 1:35.
Members of this group are generally aiming to be or to stay competitive.
Tuesdays – Speed Sessions

Thursday - Fartlek Sessions and Hill Work