Run Leeds @ Alwoodley


Six “Run England” groups were started by running clubs in Leeds in March 2011 and branded “Run Leeds”.


“Run in Leeds @ Alwoodley” is hosted by Valley Striders at Leodiensian Club, Crag Lane, off King Lane, LS17 5PR, on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm.


The group is geared towards helping and encouraging those new to running/jogging. It caters for beginners (minimum requirement is to be capable of walking for an hour) and improvers (social runners and those who have occasionally run 5k or 10k).


NB Those who have run faster than 25 minutes for 5k or faster than 55 minutes for 10k are recommended to join the Valley Striders club sessions (but still make contact using the email address below)


It was originally established to help those running the Jane Tomlinson 10k on Sunday 19th June 2011. It has continued since to provide training for those wanting to compete various 5k, 5 mile or 10 mile races, or just to keep fit and enjoy running.


Group Leaders have all been on an England Athletics “Leadership in Running and Fitness” Course.  We have between 2 and 5 group leaders at every session, therefore can split into smaller groups at times as appropriate, and have time to spend with individuals.


Sessions cost £1.50 per night or £10 for 3 months.  These charges pay for hire of the facilities (changing, showers etc), and include a small contribution to club funds.  Your first two sessions are free of charge!


Note that Run in Leeds @ Alwoodley group is at a different time from Valley Striders club sessions. There is absolutely no requirement (and no pressure) to join Valley Striders.


Kathy Kaiser, the main group leader, says “I have been running at various levels for over 20 years. I first started running to lose weight, which I did successfully. But the enjoyment and satisfaction that running gave me took hold so I continued running. I would now like to be instrumental in introducing others to discover the enjoyment and satisfaction running can give and support them in the process”


Please register your interest before coming to your first session.


For more details or to register your interest, email


Click for a group membership application form


For more information about Valley Striders, see the website


For more information about the other Run in Leeds groups, see


For more information about Run in England, see



If you’re interested, here’s a bit of history


Season One – 28 March to 21 June 2011


·         First session free

·         Then 11 weekly sessions leading up to the Jane Tomlinson Run for All 10k on Sunday 19 June.

·         The 12th week (14 June) a short training session and tips for preparation for the race and race day

·         The 13th week (28 June) a short training session, then a meal at the club to discuss the race and our future training plans.

·         NB You need not be running the Jane Tomlinson Race to join the group, but our sessions will be tailored with that in mind.


Season Two – 5 July to 4 October 2011


·         First session free

·         Then 12 weekly sessions leading up to the Harewood 5 mile on Sunday 2 October.

·         The 13th week (27 September) a short training session and tips for preparation for the race and race day

·         NB other races are available during September, October and November; we will give brief advice for these


Season Three – October to December 2011


·         First session free

·         Then 11 weekly sessions to the end of the year

·         Many of our group will run the Abbey Dash 10k on 20 November

·         Meal at the club on 22 November

·         Keep training through the winter!


January 2012 onwards and still continuing in 2013


·         We’re still going strong

·         Juniors (7 and above) are welcome to our group sessions, but a parent or a guardian must run with them!

·         We have an intermediate group at 7pm Tuesday suitable for those running 48-60 mins for 10k

·         We have an improvers group on a Thursday