About Us/Join Us
In 1998, Michael Groves, a popular and talented runner and cyclist, was tragically killed in a traffic collision. The following year his father, Alan Groves (Club President), organised a memorial charity race (with proceeds going to The Quidenham Children’s Hospice) and named it ‘The Mike Groves Run’. Based in Coltishall around the area of Mike’s former training runs and proving to be a success, it became an annual event and eventually gave the impetus and inspiration for Alan and his other son, Paul, to launch a running club in 2004.
The Mike Groves Run continues annually to this day: The previous race being 10 miles in distance and changing in 2016 to a 10k series, to include two further races, also organised by the Club. These have since been added to the Norfolk Road Race calendar: The Mad March Hare 10K held in March, The Scottow Sundowner 5k in August and the Jolly Jaguars 10K in September.
Membership now stands in excess of 170 with over 50% members being female. We have built a friendly and sociable running club and welcome persons of all abilities – from beginners and casual runners to more serious athletes. We have members who take part in their weekly local parkrun to those who run ultramarathons and cross-country races in the off season.
Some of our runners also get together to travel further afield, such as Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Malta and Paris!
We have recently re-located to Scottow Enterprise Park and this provides us with a very flat and fast training location. Our hill sessions take us away from the park and onto some of the quiet lanes of Skeyton and Swanton Abbott.
We also meet for a run on a Sunday morning, with some scenic and often tranquil training runs through the surrounding country lanes as well as alongside the Bure Valley Railway line which runs through Coltishall from Aylsham to Wroxham.
Training is conducted throughout the year and in all but the harshest of weather conditions. The club is indebted to have several runners with coaching ability who are always happy to help and be there to organise training. Our club needs to be right for you and your running objectives and/or social experiences, so prospective members are welcome to take part in a number of the sessions without an obligation to join.
So why not give us a try – you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. For more detailed information see the Training section.
If you’re interested in being a part of one of the friendliest running clubs in the area, then please come along one training night and give us a try. If you are ready to join us please click here to take you to our online membership form. All members of the club are automatically registered as an athlete with England Athletics. UKA affiliated runners qualify for a minimum £2 discount on all organised road and multi-terrain running races held under a UKA licence as well as other discounts and offers. More details on UKA membership and the benefits it attracts can be found at UKA Membership Information.
We look forward to having you on board!