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About Running Club
Woodstock Runners has been meeting each Tuesday night since 1980. With groups leaving at 5-minute intervals from 6.20pm, we cater for runners and walkers of all abilities and our members range in age from 15 to 83 years. Our first group runs at a pace of 5.5 – 6 minutes per kilometer, while our fastest group runs at about 3.5 – 4 minutes per kilometer. Our runs range from 9 to 12 kilometers in length and maps are provided for all courses. A relatively recent innovation has been the introduction of two walking groups – one for normal walking and one for race walking. Six to twelve walking enthusiasts head off together at 6.20 pm and cover in full, or in part, the particular course covered by the runners.
Woodstock Runners and now also walkers meet at Croydon Park RSL, Croydon Park, Tuesdays at around 6.00pm and an informal meeting gives us a chance to talk about fun runs/walks and club events. We encourage members to participate in fun runs/walks both as individuals and as part of a team.
Club members also meet at Brett Park, Drummoyne each Saturday morning at 7.20am for a run around the Bay or through surrounding streets and parks. At present, there is no specific Saturday morning walking group, however, the interest shown in walking may result in such an option being added in the future.
Another addition to our training roster is a track night at Campbell Athletic Field, Canterbury each Thursday night (a grass track) at 6:30 pm, and another at King George Park, Rozelle each Monday night (also a grass track) at 6:30 pm. These groups do a variety of different interval and speed training sessions ranging from sprints to mile repeats. Some sessions also follow a pyramid or fartlek structure. All levels of running ability are welcomed and catered for.
During the marathon season, we organise for runners Sunday morning long runs with runs usually between 15-30km. Again maps are supplied and suitably paced running groups organised for each runner, and there are options for shorter versions of these runs if necessary. These longer runs usually lead up to a major city marathon, such as Canberra or Sydney. These programs may also include various fun runs in the Sydney area such as the Sydney Marathon Clinic series.
Throughout the year the club also holds many internal events combining social and sporting elements. On certain Saturdays throughout the year, there is a Handicap race series which is held around the Bay run (7km), and also a 5km track time trial series held as part of the Thursday night training group.
We invite runners and walkers to run/walk with our club as visitors before deciding whether our club best suits their needs. We look forward to welcoming you!