The Running Section of ‘Steyning Athletic Club’ has been growing from strength to strength over the last 25 years or so.

There are two main coached training sessions a week on a Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, from the Clubhouse. This lasts for approximately one hour. Sessions take place in a controlled environment, where runners work at their own pace, and no-one gets left behind. Sessions include hill work and speed work of both long and short duration. These training sessions are on-road in the winter and mainly off-road in the summer.

As a club we compete in the ‘West Sussex Fun Run League’, which we have now won on 4 occasions (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009), and have had very strong showings in other years. There are around 17 races a year, mainly on Sunday mornings (with some on Wednesday evenings in the summer). These races are generally between 3-6 miles and are mainly off-road. Entries are very cheap – at only £2 per race for club members. These are mixed ability races and are great fun and an excellent way to challenge your self and improve your running, however fast or slow you are.

We also take part in the ‘Sussex Cross Country League’, the ‘Sussex Grand Prix League’ and the ‘South Downs Relay’ (this is a race every summer, of 100 miles along the South Downs Way, which involves teams of six runners). More information on these brilliant events is available.

As a club we arrange two main running events every year. Firstly, the ‘Steyning Stinger’, which has both a half-marathon and a full-marathon over the Downs. This is generally held on the first Sunday in March. And secondly, we arrange the ‘Roundhill Romp’, which is part of the ‘West Sussex Fun Run League’. This is a six-mile race on the Downs near Steyning, which takes place in July. Both of these fantastic events are very popular and well-supported, and we do depend on club members for helping with organising and putting these on every year.

We are a friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic and supportive group of runners. All runners, of any ability, are very welcome to join….. Come along to give it a go one evening! You do not have to be a member to come along initially. We are very happy for people to come along for a one-month-trial before joining the club . ….. See you soon!

So, if you have been inspired by the Olympics, want to learn to run but don’t know where to start or just have a few extra lbs to shift then come along to our Tuesday evening sessions.

Our fun, friendly Tuesday evening sessions are open to everyone, it doesn’t matter if you have never run before or think that you aren’t “fit” enough to run this is for you 🙂

The only cost is the £40 club membership !

For more information please email or use the contact form on the website; we look forward to meeting you !

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