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I guess it depends what you like. Manchester Harriers is my club and it's a really nice, friendly club, and it works for me as it's not the end of the world if I can't make it every week - they're quite relaxed. I did try Stockport a couple of times (as I was a member there as a teenager), and they're great, but I would say they tend to be a little more competitive. So it depends what kind of club you're after, I guess... Most clubs don't mind you going once or twice before committing if you want to try one out, sowhy not try that?
Ah well, you'd probably be hard pushed to avoid the juniors really I'm afraid, as they usually finish their training as the seniors start...
The club training for senior ladies is usually about 5 miles on a Tuesday at 6pm and then a track session on a Thursday at 7pm. I haven't been for a bit because I'm training for VLM (ironically on a club place) and the times just never seem to work out with my training plan - either that or work gets in the way! Don't worry about the pace - it's mixed ability, and there are runners at both ends of the spectrum, so don't worry, you're bound to find people around your pace however fast or slow you think you are! Debbie, the coach is really encouraging and will usually run with new members (or cycle when she's injured!)
I also tried the Women's Running Network in Didsbury for a bit, but the days didn't work out for me - I think they've changed their name now and they're no longer part of the WRN (can't remember what they are now though!).
Whichever one you decide to go for, I definitely recommend joining a club. Go for it - you won't regret it!
there are quite a few Stockport Harriers on this thread:
The Wanna Blista Social Club
go and introduce yourself, they're all really friendly
(if somewhat mental )
there's Wilmslow, Altrincham and Sale as well of course
I can point you in the direction of forumites from the first two, but don't know any Sale-ites...
Styal have a group too I believe - they meet at the Ship Inn, which always appealed to me!
DazTheSlug wrote (see)
Just reminded me, I forgot to mention Manchester Harriers often do longer runs at the weekends too and usually meet at the Ship Inn on Saturday mornings at 9am (unfortunately meaning they're usually finished before the pub opens...)
Thanks for taking the time to reply, both of you. Looking at the Wilmslow results, which I ran too, I'd be dead in the middle of the Manchester Harriers, and towards the back of the Stockport runners.