Running Club is BACK!
Running Club timetable
Tuesdays at 5.30pm
Where: Meet at YMCA Gym, 4 Shakespeare Street
Distance: 3-6 miles of various speeds and profiles
Meet our Team
Running Club Coach
Started running: Started distance running in 2014
Created YMCA Running Club: 2015
Favourite distance to run: Half-marathon
Favourite races that you’ve participated in:Tough Mudder and Equinox24
Best thing about running: The satisfaction at the end of a good run, fitness and medals
Best thing about coaching: Seeing our club members achieve their running firsts and earning their personal bests (PBs) through pure dedication and enjoyment
Personal running goals: To run a full marathon and to run a sub 1.40 half-marathon.
Started running: I started running in 2013 when I completed a race for life in memory of a friend. I was training with a couple of mates who suggested we sign up for a half-marathon, so knew I had step up my game and down-loaded a training plan. The feeling and focus felt soooo good that I have loved running ever since.
Joined YMCA Running Club: Pretty much when the club first started in 2015. There are some original members and always new faces, which is great.
Favourite distance to run: When I am running on my own, I always say no less than 3 miles, But I do like a 10-mile run on a Saturday or Sunday morning. If I’m entering a race I go for 10K or half-marathon. If there’s a few hills in the race even better.
Favourite race that you’ve participated in: My first half and full marathons will always be the most memorable races, as I enjoyed a massive buzz for days afterwards. Tough Mudder full-challenge (an obstacle course over 12 miles) was the most fun and a different sort of challenge as teamwork was the key. Tough Mudder full-challenge (an obstacle course over 12 miles) was the most fun and a different sort of challenge as teamwork was the key.
Best thing about running: I love running, not only because it keeps me super fit and strong, but it lifts my mood, releasing all the happy hormones! It has taught me about channelling my focus and embracing challenges, which helps me in other areas of my life, like work and building confidence. Running is an all-rounder.
Best thing about run leading: As I am so passionate about running it’s easy to motivate others and it’s a pleasure to lead the fantastic YMCA Running Club. We motivate each other always and have a laugh too.
Personal running goals: Personal goals are small this year as I am currently undergoing cancer treatment – I run a few miles on good days and I am determined to maintain some sort of running/fitness throughout treatment. My big challenge will be to do a marathon in 2020 (hopefully the Brighton Marathon).
Danny Graham, YMCA Running Club Coach
“It’s so rewarding to see our club members love running and achieve personal bests (PBs) through pure dedication and enjoyment.”
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