Training Groups

We have many qualified Run Leaders who will plan and lead our weekly sessions. Each Run Leader will have a different route, a different capability, and a different strategy to get the best out of your running.

In the summer months, some of the groups take advantage of the lighter evenings to run off-road. Trail or fell shoes are recommended for this especially if it’s wet.


  • LiRF = Leader in Running Fitness
  • CiRF = Coach in Running Fitness
  • EGCE = Event Group Coach (Endurance)

Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
Spring Hall Sports Facility, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, HX3 0AQ

For details, and to book your place, see our Eventbrite page


Phillip Whettlock (EGCE)
This group offers sessions for runners of all abilities, who are looking to improve their technique and/or overall fitness – includes agility, balance & coordination exercises, and speed/strength work.

Thursdays, 6:30pm for a 6:45 start
Queensbury Celtic, Pit Lane, Bradford, BD13 3ST

For details, and to book your place, see our Eventbrite page


Matt Dodds (LiRF)
If you’re running at a pace quicker than 8.5 min/mile, then this is the group for you. We run a challenging route, no hill is too steep to run up. We mainly do on road, but occasionally test ourselves off road to mix it up. The runs are usually between 6.5 and 8 miles.

Phillip Whettlock (EGCE)

Julie Hepworth (LiRF)
G9 runs are usually 6 to 6.5 miles, all on road, around 9 min miles. Some weeks, we enjoy challenging ourselves with our local hills for a rewarding view (it’s true, hills do make you stronger!). Phillip sometimes mixes it up a bit, with some speed or hill work – runners from other groups welcome to join in.

Steve Brook (LiRF)
G10 is led by the experienced, and long-standing club member, Steve Brook – who is regulalry ranked in the top 100 in the UK for 5k & 10k in his age category.

Vikki Bean (LiRF)
G11 off road generally runs around 6 miles, between March and October and then to road during the winter months. If you enjoy mud and trails then this is the group for you.

Phil Lickley (LiRF)

Dave Rhodes (LiRF)
A typical G11 outing would be a steady 5-6 mile run, at around 11 mins/mile pace, taking in the ups and downs of the local area – with the odd view stop!

Martin Firth (LiRF)
Taken by Martin Firth, an experienced run leader, covering 3.75 to 4 miles, on the roads, at a pace of 12 minutes per mile. We try to introduce some variety and even fun into our routes and are ideal for anyone who wishes to progress from the G13 group and also for those with ambitions for G11, and for runners who are quite happy to stay with in G12!

Robin Naylor (LiRF)

Karol Whettlock (LiRF)
G13, runs around 3 miles, or slightly more/less depending on route and weather at around 13 minute mile pace. A great introduction to running with plenty of tips on how to get the best out of your run!

Glenn Thornton (LiRF)
We sometimes run a Couch to 5K programme for those looking to start running. It lasts 9 weeks, and finishes with a local parkrun.