Running Groups in the West of Scotland (South)

jogscotland Biggar's Sport Relief Mile

Group Focus On jogscotland Biggar

Given his surname, it’s fitting that Nigel Pacey has become so involved in running. The jogleader spoke to us about his jogscotland Biggar group in South Lanarkshire and how a trip up a mountain piqued his interest in the sport.

“The group started about four years ago. I was already running regularly and decided to try and get a group together so I could go running with other people. Biggar isn’t a huge place but there’s a decent running scene here. A few people showed an interest and it just evolved from there. We’re a relatively small group but we welcome new members.”

Originally from Northampton, Nigel’s love of running began in his adopted home country. “I ran a race up a Munro about 25 years ago and finished at the back. I really enjoyed it but vowed I’d never finish last in a race again, that’s when I began to take the sport more seriously.”

Though the group is inclusive, the level of running at the group is quite high, as Nigel admits: “I’d say our members all run at a reasonable level. Everyone can comfortably run a 10K so I suppose compared to some other jogscotland groups we’re a bit more serious.”

So should novice runners look elsewhere if they’re wanting to join a group? “No I wouldn’t say that. We’re very welcoming so long as people are willing to do some work on their own. We meet up once a week but the rest of the week we expect our members to run on their own. If you want to go from running hardly ever to doing 10ks you need to put in the hours. If you’re willing to do that, we’re happy to have you run with us.”

Another feature that strikes you about the group is its association with Biggar Rugby Club. When you think of runners, bulky fly-halfs don’t immediately spring to mind…

“My rugby days ended when I left school. I have a runner’s body not a rugby player’s. The link is that I’m a committee member at the club so we use the club’s training ground as our base and make use of their facilities. I do coach rugby at junior level, but you won’t see me in the middle of a scrum any time soon.”

Given this link, you may be forgiven for thinking it’s a male-orientated group but Nigel is quick to dismiss this suggestion. “We’re quite mixed. We have some very strong female runners. In fact two members who have improved the most are Babs Muir and Jo McSween. They said they’d never run up a hill when they started but now they’re comfortably running 10k and heading out on trail runs. It’s great to watch people progress like that.”

Nigel realises that rising early at the weekend to go running isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. “We go out on Sundays at 9.15am, which may put some people off. We don’t really have a set route. So sometimes it’ll be flat, sometimes it’ll be hilly. We’ve become more adventurous recently and have started doing more trails and off-road routes.”

This adventurous spirit was evident when the group travelled down to the Lake District for the Coniston Trail Race 15K earlier this year. They also take part in events closer to home. “We like to do the local Biggar 10K each year which is part of the gala celebrations. About 40 runners take part each year. It’s not the most competitive race but there’s a great community spirit. “Last year, we organised an event for the Sport Relief Mile. It was a great success, raising just under £5000 and we’ve been asked to do it again this year.”

Reflecting on the value of running, Nigel highlights an often overlooked benefit - relaxation. “For me running has added a great deal to my life. Some folk may say it’s tough work but I find it relaxing. If you’ve had a stressful morning it’s great to go for a run to help you forget your problems and unwind.”

For anyone interested in joining jogscotland Biggar, email Nigel at nigel.pacey@awg.com

jogscotland groups in the West of Scotland (South)

Inverclyde

  • Greenock (The Esplanade)
  • Greenock Sports Centre
  • Greenock (South Street)
  • Inverkip (Marina Car Park)

Renfrewshire

  • Jogging Buddies (Elderslie, Erskine, Linwood, Paisley)
  • Elderslie
  • Erskine
  • Gleniffer High School
  • Houston
  • Linwood
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Paisley Buggy Buddies (Barshaw Park and Braehead)
  • Paisley Reid Kerr College (various days)
  • Paisley (Lagoon Centre)
  • Penilee Mums on the Run (Penilee Community Centre)
  • Ralston
  • Renfrew Leisure Centre

East Renfrewshire

  • Barrhead Sports Centre
  • Canicross
  • Captain Archie’s Hound Runners
  • Giffnock, Greens Health and Fitness
  • Joggy Doggies
  • Neilston Leisure Centre
  • Rouken Glen Park
  • Whitelee Windfarm, Canicross

East Ayrshire

  • Craufurdland Fishery Muddy Run
  • Cumnock (Broomfield Running Track)
  • Dunlop After School Jog Scotties (Dunlop PS)
  • Dunlop (Village Hall)
  • Fenwick Church Hall Car Park
  • Killie Striders, Kilmarnock
  • Kilmarnock, Howard Park (various days)
  • Mums on the Run
  • Ochiltree
  • Stewarton (Standalane Centre)
  • Sunrise Joggers
  • Sunset Joggers (various days)

North Ayrshire

  • Eglinton Country Park
  • Kilwinning
  • Knee High
  • Radio City Kilbirnie
  • Ron’s Runners
  • Run Arran (advanced and intermediate)
  • Run West Kilbride
  • Saltcoats (St Matthew’s Academy Ath. Track)

South Ayrshire

  • Alloway
  • Ayr, Cromwell Road
  • Ayr, Callaghans Exercise and Therapy Studio
  • Ayr, Rozelle Park
  • Ayr, South Beach Road
  • Claudhoppers
  • Monkton Milers
  • Prestwick (Whinfield Place)
  • Prestwick (Caelaverock Road)

South Lanarkshire

  • Biggar
  • Blantyre
  • Cambuslang
  • Carluke
  • Chatelherault Country Park Canicross
  • East Kilbridge Fit4Less
  • East Kilbride Village
  • Greenhills, East Kilbride
  • Hamilton (Palace Sports Ground)
  • Hamilton Parents Group (Palace Sports Ground)
  • Hamilton (Bell College)
  • Stonehouse (Stonehouse running track)
  • Lanark (Lanark Lifestyles)
  • Rutherglen (Overtoun Park)
  • Rutherglen (Dukes Road)
  • St Brides, Cambuslang
  • Strathclyde Park
  • Strathclyde Park/Chatelherault Park Canicross
  • Uddingston Parents Group (Uddingston Grammar)

North Lanarkshire

  • Airdrie (Airdrie Leisure Centre)
  • Arran Active Buggies
  • Arran War Memorial Hospital
  • Bellshill Penguins (Livingwell Gym)
  • Calderbank
  • Chryston (Iain Nicolson Centre)
  • Cumbernauld (Broadwood Leisure Centre)
  • Cumbernauld (Cumbernauld High School)
  • Ravenscraig (Regional Sports Facility)
  • Strathclyde Park (Beginner-Intermediate)
  • Strathclyde Park (Intermediate-Development)
  • Strathclyde Park (Bothwellhaugh Football Park)
  • Wishaw

Independent Groups

  • Good2run - Prolife Fitness Centre, Paisley

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