So you are interested in joining the Black Pear Joggers?
The club meets at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester every Monday evening at 6:50pm, with many groups that you can join from brisk walks, slow jogs all the way up to fast runs.
To start with the club, come along on a Monday in your running kit to chat to people about the best group to join. Just say you are new and you will be pointed in the right direction. You must be at least 18 to run with the club.
If Mondays aren’t convenient, we have recently started a new Tuesday night run from the Worcester University Riverside building (Hylton Road, WR2 5JN), meeting at 6.50pm. There are changing rooms, toilets and lockers.
There is also a club night on Thursdays at 6:50pm from Perdiswell (from the Mug House in Claines over the summer). There is usually less groups compared to a Monday, but you will usually find a range of paces, including jog/walks and faster running groups.
On Saturdays at 9am there is the free, weekly timed 5K Worcester parkrun at the Countryside Centre. This isn’t organised by the club, but you will usually see lots of BPJs there each week.
Also, there are groups that go out on Sundays for longer runs, usually training for half or full marathons. This is at Perdiswell at 8:45am. You can read more about these runs on the marathon training page.
You can come along for up to 3 sessions with no commitment to join. Then if you enjoy it, you can become a member.
Benefits of joining Worcester’s friendly running club
- Running in a friendly atmosphere
- Running with others in safety
- Safety of group running on winter nights
- Running with others of similar abilities
- Support from experienced runners
- Chance to meet new people
- Special events
- Social events
- Wearing the club t-shirt/vest/sweatshirt
- Taking part in cross country leagues
Help and advice
With the club there are lots of experienced members that run marathons that can offer advice on improving your running or recovering from running injuries.
Some organise extra sessions to increase your speed or for marathon training.
Run for fun
It is a very friendly club, there are a good mix of non-competitive and competitive members. During runs, members are expected to ‘muster’, which basically means not going too far ahead of the slower runners, so you don’t have to worry about being left behind.
You can change groups whenever you feel like it, there is no pressure for members to enter races or move up groups.
Many stay after runs for a drink at the Blackpole Inn (WR3 8SQ) and social events are organised throughout the year.