Uckfield Runners (previously Utopia Runners until September 2011) is a small club catering for runners of all abilities: from beginners and joggers who just want someone to run with once a week, to runners who wish to compete on a regular basis. Our members compete in events ranging from under 5k to the full marathon. We are keen supporters of the Sussex Grand Prix and the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country league. Our abilities range from those that can run a 10k in under 40 minutes to those that take over an hour and to those who wouldn’t wish to run a 10k at all. All we look for is an interest in running whether to compete or just to get a bit fitter. From slow sure jogger to the lean mean running machine, from the under 20 to the over 60 you are welcome to come along.
We run three groups:
- Main group, for abilities from Joggers through to more serious competitive runners, which meets 7pm on Tuesday evenings at Freedom Leisure, Uckfield. More information >
- Beginners/Joggers groups, for people who are currently non runners, beginners or joggers, which meets at 7.30pm on Thursday evenings and 9.30am on Mondays (term time only) also at Freedom Leisure. More information >
- Track training on the second and fourth training each month at Eastbourne. More information >
We are affiliated to the UKA (UK Athletics). Membership will give you a discount at most races.
The main group undertake a mix of 'technical training' (Repetitions, hills, boot camp) and steady runs (typically 5 to 8 miles depending on you level: for steady runs the group is split for differing abilities). In the winter our training runs are within Uckfield but in the Summer we take advantage of the many trails in our area. We compete in number of events on road, off road and cross country from 5k to marathon.
For non runners or beginners the beginners/joggers group aims to assist you in reaching the stage of being able to jog for 45 minutes but having become a jogger you are welcome to remain in the group if you wish. If you are unsure feel free to join the Beginners/Joggers group and we will advise you if the main group might be more appropriate.
As a rough guide the starting level for the Main group is you can jog for 45 minutes without stopping (walking up steep hills permitted).There is some overlap between the group so for joggers any group is likely to be fine, the difference is more in emphasise, the Main group is geared towards 'training' and events (at whatever distance or level fits your requirements) whilst the Joggers group is more a social jogging group which is good for general fitness. If you are a jogger but would like to progress the Main group is more geared to achieving that but if you just wish to maintain fitness the Beginners/Joggers will be fine. You are also welcome to come to more than one of groups.
For bit more information on what we do click on the Training or Racing button to right or above. For details of what is coming up soon and recent past activities click on News, and for pictures from recent events click on Photos. If you are interested in the Beginners/Joggers group press the button to the right or above. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.
The club is run by a Committee which consist of:
Peter Wilkes - Chairman
Richard Page - Finance Officer
Graham West - Events Officer and Website
Emma Hyland - Thursday Beginners Group Leader
Dayle Bryant - Monday Beginners Group Leader
Chris Lugg: Club kit