Thornton Cleveleys Running Club was formed in 2009 with the emphasis on Fitness and Fun. The Club currently has well over 100 members of varying abilities from complete beginners to veterans with numerous marathons to their credit. We have qualified coaches and experienced members who are always happy to give support and advice. We meet every Tuesday for Club Night and Ad-Hoc Thursday evening training, we are based at Poolfoot Farm Sports and Leisure Complex (Fleetwood Towns Training Ground), Butts Road, Thornton, FY5 4HX, parking, changing rooms and showers are available. Recently celebrating our 10th Anniversary we adopted a brilliant new vest design by Fast Trax, but still in our traditional Red and White.
We meet every Tuesday at Poolfoot from 6:45pm to start running at 7:00pm. Tuesday runs are in groups of similar speed and ability and if you are new to the club you will be able to run with members who are of a similar speed to you. After running you can enjoy a free hot shower in the excellent Poolfoot Facilities and join us for a drink and have something to eat from the extensive menu. Runners not showering/changing are asked to use the Awning area as a courtesty to other Poolfoot Customers. Remember we are guests and members should not bring in their own food or drink.
The last Tuesday in the month is usually our Handicap race where the faster you are the later you start the 3.5 mile race so that all runners should cross the finish line at around the same time. We have 2 handicap routes, one suitable for lighter summer evenings and another more apt to darker winter nights, but the distance is the same and the start time is the same for both.
Thursdays are optional speed or hill training sessions and are geared for all abilities to take part and improve their running. If you’re coming for the first time please email the address below to check that weeks location as on Thursdays we don’t always meet at Poolfoot or check Social Media or this Website for latest details.
The club holds championships every year for both Road and Off-road races where members earn points for competing in specific local races with 1 point going to the first member to finish, 2 to the 2nd, 3 to the 3rd etc. For the Road Championship the winners are those with the lowest total points from their best 6 races from a larger list. The Off-road championship is also based on the best 6 races from a list of events. There are awards for overall winners and age category winners for both male and female members and everyone who completes the qualifying number of races in either the championship road and trail races also gets an award.
In common with other running clubs we have Club Standards for both male and female members to achieve an award and measure their improvement over several distances. There are 6 levels of standard from the 1st level of Pewter to the top level of Diamond with different target times according to a member’s age group. Aiming for these standards encourages runners to run different distances with a standard being awarded when a member has achieved the required finishing time in 5 of the 7 distances. Tables of all the standards are on the club website.
The club is affiliated to England Athletics (EA) and as a member you will receive an EA registration number. EA apply a levy and this is included in your TCRC Membership Fee. This will allow you to enter a lot of races for £2 less than none members and you will be able to see your results, monitor your improvement and see how you compare to other runners across the country on their website www.runbritainrankings.com. New Membership and Membership renewals are now done through the EA Portal.
The club has its own Facebook group that you can join and keep up to date with what’s happening in the club. Members use the group to arrange weekend runs, share lifts to races, ask who’s running what races, share photos from events and generally keep up to date with other members. We also have a Facebook page which gets regularly updated with news.
If you are considering joining the club, we are a very friendly club that will help you improve your running and if you wish, get fully involved in our social events and various team events that the club enters each year. If you want more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.