The South West Road Runners were formed in 1984 primarily as a road running club. Since its move to the old Clifton Hill track and then to the new synthetic track at Exeter Arena in 1992 there has been a broadening of the Club’s activities to include cross country, trail running and triathlon.
The Club now has some 300 members, roughly half men and half ladies. We take runners from the age of eight years of age, although the great majority of members are now approaching their athletic 'maturity'! Despite our name we don't just specialise in running on the roads. Many of our members can be found competing in cross country or taking part in mult-terrain events or fell races. We also welcome a whole range of abilities, from those who want nothing more than a social jog around town, right up to county representatives and international Age Group duathletes and triathletes. We're also the only club in Devon and Cornwall to regularly enter a team into the prestigious Welsh Castles Relay Race.
Our main club night is Wednesday from 6.30pm until about 8.00pm at the Pavilion, Exeter Arena, Summer lane, Exeter. (Click here for maps and more information about the arena) The Junior Groups are usually coached within the Athletic Stadium and take part in all forms of track and field disciplines. The Seniors usually split into a number of groups, either staying on the track or else venturing onto the roads and paths around the eastern edges of Exeter. There is always a coached speed/endurance type of track session overseen by one of the Club’s Coaches, as well as several standards of road groups ranging from people going out for a gentle 3 or 4 miles, through 6 or 7 miles of steady running right up to those running 9 or 10 miles rather quickly! In the summer months many of these groups prefer to head off-road into the nearby countryside and hills.
Our Transition Group is designed for runners who want something a bit more challenging than a RunTogether beginners group. If you can jog or run your way around parkrun (3 miles / 5k) or similar without stopping or walking, you’re fit enough to join this group. We offer a 9-week programme starting with “3 miles at the pace of the slowest runner” and building up to running for a full hour. The group operates alongside SWRR’s regular Wednesday clubnights – so once you’ve completed the 9-week programme you should be ready to join one of our other, regular groups. The next 9-week Transition Group programme will start 11th January 2017 (New Year's Resolutions and all that), with the aim of getting new runners up-to-distance for the Age UK Exeter 10k.
If you want to know more, please contact email@example.com, phone 01363 776108 – or just turn up at Exeter Arena, 6:30pm on a Wednesday, and give it a try. Your first session is free!
On Sunday mornings, usually around 9:30am, many club members meet up for an informal long run. These are often off-road where possible. There are numerous small groups to choose from. One group publishes where it'll be going on this website, whereas other groups co-ordinate their activites via email and phone. Most Sunday Runs take place within half an hour's drive of Exeter. Non-members are welcome to come along. Click on the Sunday Run section on the left of the website for more details or ask around on a Wednesday night.
From January to April, there is a seasonal Marathon Training Group set up for those aiming to run in a Spring marathon, such as London. Wide variety of paces, building up to some serious distance!
South West Road Runners currently organise two races. These are the First Chance 10K - A fast, flat 10k route around the Exeter Riverside Valley Park and The Drogo - a demanding 10 mile multi-terrain run around the Teign Valley with some stunning views and infamous hills!
The Club also has always had an active social life. These include group running on Dartmoor, mountain biking, quiz nights, and other 'do's'. There's also a chance for a pint and a chat down the pub on a Wednesday evening after training. At the moment the Imperial on New North Road is the hostelry of choice - any time from 8:45 to 10pm.
The Children’s Section and Juniors compete in the local Sportshall Events as well as the Devon track and Field League. The Club runs its own Award Scheme to encourage youngsters to try lots of different athletic disciplines and to give recognition to improvement in their performance.
If you are interested in knowing more about our club, take a look at the rest of our web site, particularly the Membership Page, or simply turn up on a Wednesday night and speak to one of the coaches. First-timers get a free taster session, so come along and see what we are like!