In line with Government restrictions YMCA Gym is currently closed.





Running Club is temporarily suspended – hopefully back soon!
Running Club timetable

Tuesdays at 6.15pm

Where:  Meet at YMCA Gym, 4 Shakespeare Street

Distance: 3-6 miles of various speeds and profiles

Thursdays at 6pm

Where: Meet at YMCA Gym, 4 Shakespeare Street

Distance: 5-6 miles in and around the City – Perfect for endurance training

 Register your interest

If you’re new to our running club, please come along to a Tuesday session first so our run leaders can get to know you and your personal goals!

Email or talk to our gym team at reception to get involved or find out more.

Email our Running Club

Meet our Team

Danny Graham

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.

Alison Fox

Run Leader

Watch: Interview with Alison


Started running: I started running in 2013, but didn’t really get into it until 2014

Joined YMCA Running Club: Joined at the club’s very beginning in 2015 

Favourite distance to run: Half-marathon! I really enjoy longer distances, for the challenge, the ability to zone-out and get into a rhythm

Favourite race completed: Manchester Marathon 2017– First Marathon;

Endure24 2018; Equinox 2018– 24-hour team relay races

Best thing about running: The freedom it brings me. If I’ve had a difficult day, there’s nothing better than lacing up my shoes, and getting out there. I’ve also made some real great friends through YMCA Running Club

Best thing about leading: Sharing my love of running and helping people achieve new goals

Personal running goals: Overall I just want to run happy and be injury-free! My goals this year are to complete my second marathon (in Manchester) and first ultra-marathon (in St Illyds)

Race bucket list: Athens Marathon, Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Reykjavik Half Marathon!

 Sofia Aatkar

Run Leader 


Started running: 2007 when I entered Race for Life

Joined YMCA Running Club: I joined in 2017

Favourite distance to run: The half-marathon distance is physically and mentally challenging, but the huge sense of achievement when I cross the line means this distance is my favourite.

Favourite race completed: I was part of the YMCA Tough Mudder 2018and that was so much fun!

Best thing about running: It gets me away from a computer screen and has led me to parts of Nottingham city I wouldn’t have otherwise seen

Best thing about run leading: Getting to know members of the running club better!

Personal running goals: Hopefully to run a marathon at some point.

Adele Stacey

Run Leader


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).


“It’s so rewarding to see our club members love running and achieve personal bests (PBs) through pure dedication and enjoyment.”

Danny Graham, YMCA Running Club Coach Triangle_icon_red_grad