Monday Night Heeley Training

Time: 7:20 meet for a 7:30 start
Venue: Heeley Baths, Broadfield Rd, Heeley, S8 0XQ. We meet in the car park of the Izikbal Furniture Store (the former premises of the Edinburgh Cycle Cooperative) opposite the pool.
Facilities: There are shower and changing facilities at Heeley Swimming Pool, and there is a car park next to the baths (opposite Tesco Express).

Note: changing and showers are free for Fitness Unlimited members, £2.00 for Lifecard holders and £2.50 for everyone else. Non Fitness Unlimited members must report to reception / gym to make the payment.  All users will then be issued a ticket to give to the gym staff, so venue are aware of who and how many runners are using the showers/change facilities.

N.B. The car park next to the baths (opposite Tesco Express) is only available to SIV members. There
is unrestricted street parking available near the Hardy Pick public house on the other side of
Broadfield Road.

Distance: 5 to 10 Miles
Main Contact: Kevin Rains (via contact form)
Run Leaders: See dedicated Run Leaders page with photos

We have created a Frequently Asked Questions page that may already provide answers to your queries.

Note: as the majority of our training runs are in the evening or after dark, for your own safety please wear high visibility clothing otherwise you won’t be able to run with us.  This, and other advice can be found on our Guidelines for Running Groups page.

This is the club’s main training night. There are usually 50+ runners including a significant number of female runners.

Typically there are six different groups run from this venue; all of which are detailed below.

This venue is most suitable for new and/or inexperienced runners looking to improve or with a goal of running a 10km or half-marathon. Winter runs stick to well-lit roads. Summer runs often include off road sections.

As with all Striders training runs, they are completely free and newcomers are more than welcome to attend to try us out under no obligation.  Please, do come along and give us a try.

Typical group paces and distances

Note: pace and distances listed set out a minimum standard.
To ensure that you join the group that is best for you see the guidance below:

Group Parkrun 10k HM
5 miles in 75 mins 46 mins 1:32 3:15
6 miles in 75 mins 38 mins 1:16 2:40
7 miles in 75 mins 33 mins 1:06 2:20
8 miles in 75 mins 29 mins 0:58 2:00
9 miles in 75 mins 25 mins 0:50 1:50
10 miles in 75 mins 23 mins 0:46 1:40

(note: please see the Slower Groups Schedule with full information, routes and volunteer rotas for both 5 in 75 and 6 in 75 groups)

The above are for guidance as the pace will always be dictated by the slowest member of each group on each night.

It may not always be possible to run all groups as this is dependent on the availability of leaders or others prepared to provide a route, all of whom are volunteers. There are some pinch points, particularly during the summer, when leaders are involved in races. In such a case groups will be merged. On occasion particularly large number attend to run in which case groups may be split to ensure that none exceed 12 runners per group if there is one leader or 15 when a back runner can be provided.

Whilst every effort will be made to provide a qualified run leader or coach for each group this will not always be possible. In such a case a runner will be invited to suggest a route for their particular group which members of that group may follow at their own risk.

With all Striders training runs, no one is left behind and the faster ones in the group will always double back for the slower ones.  So please don’t feel under pressure to run beyond your capability.

However, you will be expected to:
– Choose a group within your capability
– Be willing to swap groups if this is needed to allow the session to run smoothly
– Accept advice from your group leader with regard to moving up or down a group
– Double back if you find yourself ahead of the group
– Discuss any concerns with the group leader and if these cannot be resolved on site contact, Kevin Rains via the contact form referred to below. Please note that Facebook is not an appropriate forum on which to raise complaints.

Whilst the Slower and SLIMS groups will always be limited by the time and distance stated, the medium, medium/fast and fast runs may vary depending on terrain and group members.

Please note that the run leaders have discretion with regard to chosen routes and any variation of those routes as determined by prevailing conditions and group numbers.

All runners MUST read the Guidance for Runners and comply with it.

Contact Kevin Rains via the contact form if you have any questions.