Running Clubs In the West of Scotland (North)
Bellahouston Roadrunners was one of a handful of clubs who led a revolution in Scotland in the noughties with an inclusive and fun approach to club running. But where is the club today?
When did it all begin? We started life in 2000, a new club for a new millennium. BRR was founded by Jimmy Irvine, after whom we’ve named our November10k. It’s a fast flat race that sells out quickly – 650 runners of all abilities took part last year. Jimmy even blows the airhorn to start the race!
You were soon one of the biggest clubs in the country? Within a few years we boasted around 200 members, and ever since we have enjoyed lots of success at big and small events around Scotland. The purple vests are easy to spot!
So you focus on road running? Most of our training is road based, two evenings per week - Mondays and Wednesdays. Sessions are planned and led by our qualified coaches, and include everything from long steady runs to hill circuits, fartlek, trairuns and track nights. We’re very lucky to be based at Bellahouston Ski club; we have the club house as a meeting point and fantastic car-free Bellahouston and Pollok Country parks on our door step.
And where does all this training lead? Ours is an enthusiastic approach to racing, with individuals and teams taking part all over Scotland, from 5ks to ultras. We’ve had great team performances at the Scottish National Road Relay Championships, the Great Scottish Run, the Scottish Marathon Championships, and both female and male Bellas are regularly on podiums at races around the country. However we also have a very encouraging and supportive attitude to anyone new to racing. The club championship, our own handicap racing challenge, encourages members to enter races of varying distances across the season.
So Bella is just for road runners? Not true! We have a very active hill running membership, (we won bronze at the Devil’s Burden’s this year), plus we host the Ben Venue Challenge. One of our members, Matt Williamson, was part of the gold medal winning UK team at the World Trai Running championships in Wales this year, Grant MacDonald holds the course record for the ‘Glenmore 24’, and Romy Beard was first lady at the Corrieyairick Challenge in July 2013.
Famous deeds? This year Bella runner Bruce Carse came first in the Jeju Island 10K in South Korea, and purple vests can be seen running races of all types around the globe: from the Transalp and Salomon 4trails multi-day events, and from New Zealand to the Great WalMarathon in China. Peter Gallanagh, even completed the Marathon des Sables.
Sounds serious! Not all the time; we have an exciting sociacalendar. This year alone we’ve had a summer sports festival (snappily titled ‘B in the Park’), a visit to a brewery where we brewed (and drank!) Bella Beer, plus there’s an upcoming club visit to the new Chris Hoy Velodrome – Bellas on bikes! Plus we have a healthy approach to regular calorie replacement in curry houses across the city.
Famous members? Broadcaster Bryan Burnett, host of BBC Radio Scotland’s Get it On, is a founder member, Richard Leyton, who brought ‘parkrun’ to Glasgow and world record holder (fastest father/son marathon) Russell Whittington.
Tell us about your club races? The 5k/10k double header on Sunday 1 September and the Jimmy Irvine 10K on Saturday 9 November both follow fast, flat courses, ideal for both novice racers and seasoned PB hunters. With the Bella Gazebo pumping out great tunes, live race commentary, home baking and fresh coffee, we put a lot of effort into both the organisation and the atmosphere - www.entrycentral.com/bella10k5k
Final Words? We think we have a great approach to running at Bella. We have a lively, energetic membership that trains hard and aims high, but is warm and welcoming to new members. If you are looking for a fun and friendly place to improve, come and join us!
Clubs in the West of Scotland (North)
Argyll & Bute
Bellahouston Road Runners
Glasgow Caledonian University AC
Glasgow University Hares & Hounds
Red Star AC
Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers
Strathclyde University Harriers
Victoria Park City of Glasgow AC
Westerlands Cross Country Club
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