Welcome To Dudley Ladies Running Club
"Where Friendships Start, Develop And Last A Lifetime"
Dudley Ladies Running Club is a ladies only road running club that caters for women of all ages and abilities.
The club which is affiliated to the Association of Running Clubs was formed by Rita Vanes in July 2002 and it has now grown to become the largest women-only road running club in the Midlands, accommodating ladies from absolute beginners up to seasoned marathon runners.
The clubs success originates from its ability to nurture absolute beginners and develop them into knowledgeable, confident and proficient runners.
At its peak in the summer, the club has around 200 established members and new women are joining the club all the time
The youngest members are in their teens and the oldest are in their 70's. The smallest are size extra small and the largest are extra-extra large. Some are housewives, some are career women and some are students.
Beginners Courses are run every year for women who have either never run before or want to get back into it after taking a break.
Details of the next course which starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, can be found on the Beginners page, it will cost £25 and within 10 weeks, people are taught all they need to know about running safely.
The way the group is organised guarantees that whatever your standard or whenever you come, you will fit in somewhere, you don't have to be a world beater, it's not a club for poseurs, there's no little clichés or cattiness, you don't have to fit in to a size 8 leotard and once joined, nobody ever "really" leaves.
There is no stress and no pressure put on you to compete or race and there are no men around to make you run faster or further than you want to.
You graduate to your own level, in your own time and make the move to go faster or further or enter any races when you're ready within the safety and security of a group. No one is ever left to run on their own!
The club thrives on its active social side and evenings out to Balti’s', restaurants, discos and anywhere else that the girls can let their hair down and dress up are regularly organized to ensure that everybody has a good time.
The club meet at Wombourne Leisure Centre, Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BJ on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, LEAVING the Centre at 7.00pm
So try and get there early on your first night so that we can have a chat and you can be fitted in with the most appropriate ability group.
There'll be no pressure or obligation on you to join the club or pay or anything like that, it will be a totally stress free welcoming environment.
Then after a couple of weeks, if you think that running/Dudley Ladies is for you, then you simply pay your Subs like everybody else and away you go.
Subs run from August to August and cost £40 for the year.
If you are in full time education or unemployed or you are the daughter of a senior member then you only pay £25 for the year but remember, if you are 16 or under then you do need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When you join, you get a free tee-shirt, discounts from local sports shops, plus loads of help, advice and support from some very experienced and very friendly runners and coaches.
So what are you waiting for!!!