Training Nights: Tuesdays & Thursdays
We meet at Ackworth Cricket Club on Wakefield Road, next to the Boot & Shoe Pub (entrance to the right of the pub car park). Post Code WF7 7AB. There is car parking inside the ground - please don't use the pub car park. Showers, changing and toilets available. There is a licensed bar for those who wish to socialise post training.
We offer group runs at a variety of paces commencing with a warm up for all at 18:00 led by a qualified coach or Run Leader. Pace groups and technical sessions follow at 18:15, 18:30 and 19:00.
Arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time. Details of the following week's groups are published on the Club Members Facebook Page every weekend and on this site via the button at the top of the page. All abilities are catered for including those new to running or building confidence and distance - look out for our 'Jeffing' Group - based on run/walk routine. We also offer more 'technical' sessions led by our coaching team - this can be on the cricket ground outfield or on local quiet roads. Details are also published weekly on the Facebook page and on this site.
Runs are generally 4-6 miles. During the Summer we take advantage of the trails and tracks around the village and include runs to include the grounds around Nostell Priory. In Winter we stick to pavements on well lit roads in Ackworth (its bigger than you may think) or out and back along Wakefield Road (lighting all the way into Wakefield should you want a very long run). We do the occasional head torch run for variety. High viz gear needed for Winter training.
Smaller groups arrange to meet regularly at other locations on Sunday mornings on a more ad-hoc basis with details published on the Club Members Facebook page.
The Anglers Country Park at Wintersett has been a regular meeting point for many years - with 8:30 - 9:00 start. A variety of routes through woods, along footpaths, canal towpath and quiet roads available.
We generally have around 100 parkrunners each week, supporting the local events at Nostell, Pontefract and Frickley in particular. Members are also keen to visit other events, some getting up very early to travel many miles whilst other have hopped on planes for international visits! There's a social side to parkruns as well as a competitive edge from time to time. Members are always willing to run at 'natter' pace as well as assisting others to gain course best times.
Support to parkrun is also through volunteering and each week we have a significant presence at all 3 local events.