About Us

Hinckley Running Club was formed in October 1987, and in 2017 we celebrated our 30th anniversary.

Hinckley Running Club is a social and supportive community of runners of all abilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire. New members are always welcome.

For many members our Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions provide a focus for regular running. Members also like to get together for other runs and especially for a Sunday morning long run.

There are opportunities for racing throughout the year, and the club participaties in the Leicestershire Road Running League and Derby Runner Cross Country League. Our members also enter a wide variety of other races of all kinds and will often be seen at the local parkruns.

Whilst the focus of the club is running, for many a huge benefit of the club is that it is a valuable local social network with opportunities to get involved, by becoming a coach, taking on a role on the committee, or helping each other out in countless other ways. Some of our members have had training to become mental health ambassadors. We even have a small but dedicated litter picking group!

We are amateur club run by its own members who volunteer in various roles on a committee. To get in touch, see the Contact page. You may also find answers to some of your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.

In recent years our membership has been around 150-200 members. We have members of all ages, and a roughly equal split of men and women members. The minimum age to train with the senior club (unaccompanied by a responsible adult) is 16.

Our juniors section provides a fun atmosphere as well as competitive opportunities for running and athletics for children for aged 7-15. Some of the older juniors also take part in activities with the senior club.

Join the Club

We love to welcome new members. See our Frequently Asked Questions for info for prospective members. And you aren’t sure whether you want to jump right in, you can join the club on a free trial basis for 3 weeks – see Join the Club

Weekly Training Sessions

Group warm-up at a Tuesday night training session with Hinckley Running Club

Tuesday evening is our coached training session aimed at improvement for runners at all levels.  Members meet at a destination somewhere in Hinckley or Burbage. Once there, the qualified club coaches takes charge for a session of 30-40 minutes. Every training session is different — but usually involving interval training and often (but not always!) a hill. The details of each session are announced in advance. These sessions are at 6.30pm on Tuesdays.

Thursday evening is the ‘social run’ with a longer route of 8-10 miles and a shorter option of 6-7 miles. Each week, a different route is chosen and announced in advance. Routes usually start and finish in Hinckley town centre. The group usually splits into smaller groups of different paces, typically from 7 min/mile through to 11 min/mile. Thursday runs start at 6.30pm.

All sessions are free for club members.

A Thursday night in April — Clocks forward means it’s light enough to go out on the local lanes.

Racing

As well as our weekly training sessions, lots of our members take part in a variety of races throughout the year. A major focus for the club is the Leicestershire Road Running League — a popular series of low-cost races where HRC members compete alongside runners from other local clubs. In winter months, the Derby Runner Cross Country League is a fun way to test oneself in off-road racing. Our members also enter countless other races and events of all kinds, from parkrun to marathons to track, trail, relay events, ultras, triathlons and everything else imaginable.

HRC is affiliated with England Athletics (EA), the national governing body of the sport, and club members have the option to pay an additional annual fee to register with EA. Registration offers access to a wider range of events and gives discounted entry to many races.

We are also affiliated with the Leicestershire and Rutland Athletics Association.

Hinckley runners at the Swithland 6 league race.

Juniors (Age 7 to 15)

Our juniors club trains in the early evening on a Wednesday. Please see the Juniors page for details.