The Club

Who We Are

Founded in 1982 and English Athletics (EA) affiliated, we aim to provide a broad range of training, racing and social activities for anyone interested in getting out to run, regardless of age and ability. We invest considerable time and funds in training our volunteer coaches with UK Athletics (UKA). They are dedicated to providing our members, both adults and juniors, with high quality training in a sociable and enjoyable atmosphere. We offer a choice of three training sessions during the week, each at a different time and with a different focus. We hold a junior training session on Saturday mornings. On Sundays, our members tend to arrange runs amongst themselves, some of which take in a longer scenic route, often with refreshments afterwards.

We are now fortunate to have use of a newly surfaced, three lane, all weather track, in Crowborough, the result of many years of active campaigning and lobbying. It makes track sessions more safe, comfortable and effective. We communicate via Facebook, What’s app and email, and produce a monthly newsletter as well as this website. The club is run by a committee, which meets regularly and holds an annual Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by a social event. Every club member is encouraged to get involved in supporting the running of the club.

What We Do

  • Monday evening
    Beginners’ easy session, on the Goldsmith's track, from 7- 7.45pm. Specifically aimed at those just starting out and anyone returning after injury.
  • Tuesday evening
    Track sessions at Goldsmiths Leisure Centre - meet on the track at 6.30 pm for a structured race training session, including fast reps. Separate sessions for advanced and intermediate runners
  • Wednesday evening
    A road run in winter, and often off road during summer months. Meet inside Goldsmith’s Leisure Centre from 7.15 p.m. Transition Group (Monday new and improver runners and those returning from injury) 3-4 miles 7.20 Group 3 - circa 6 miles - Average pace 10 mins per mile 7.25 p.m. Group 2 - circa 6 miles - Average pace 8.45 to 10 min mile 7:30 p.m. Group 1 - circa 6 miles Average pace sub 8.45 and not faster then 7.45 min mile.
  • Saturday morning
    Juniors, age 8 and above – meet for fun sessions at 9.45 am at the track. Parkrun 1st Saturday of each month. 5k run usually at Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. You will need to register and get your barcode via the Parkrun website. Meet 8:45 a.m.
  • Sunday morning
    A longer club run, usually taking in a good section of off – road, 10 -15 miles, or longer, depending on individual training needs.

We also organise a range of special training events with UKA Level 4 coaches and sports fitness experts.

  • Crowborough 10K
    The club hosts its own 10k road race each year, usually late November. This is an important fund raiser for the club and we ask everyone to help with the preparations, marshalling or other duties on the day.
  • Sussex Grand Prix (SGP)
    There are currently 12 races from 5 mile to half marathon. Participants must complete at least 6 out of the 12 races in a season. Your best 6 races count for individual and Club level prizes presented at an awards ceremony at the end of the year.
  • Club Championship
    The club championship runs from January to December and awards are given for the person in each age group who has the lowest combined best times for 5K, 10K and half-marathon events. The three times from your best events are added together. Awards are given to the overall winner, ladies and men, and to the winners in the following age categories:- Ladies :- Senior Ladies < 35, Vet 1 Ladies 35-40, Vet 2 Ladies 45 and over. Men :- Senior Men <40, Vet 1 Men 40-49, Vet 2 Men 50 and over. Club Handicap :- An annual summer road event is held where the faster runners are handicapped to enable slower runners to compete on even terms.
  • South Downs Way Relay
    Teams of 6 (mixed or single sex) run the whole South Downs Way (100 miles) in June. This is a real team event with each runner running three legs, each leg being between 4 and 7 miles.
  • Marathon Support
    We offer support and training advice for anyone preparing for a marathon, and there are always running buddies to team up with to help make those long runs more enjoyable. Transport is usually arranged to take runners to and from the London Marathon. The Brighton marathon is also well supported.
  • Cross Country
    The club participates in a cross-country series in the winter months of normally 6 events organised by the East Sussex Sunday Cross Country League ( ESSCCL). Course distances are about 5 miles. Team and individual prizes are given at the end of the series.
  • Overseas Races
    The club has organised a number of running trips overseas, including the Ostend to Brugges 10 miler and various 10K, half marathons and full marathons.

Different events are organised throughout the year, including an annual Christmas social, a quiz night, summer BBQ and summer pub-runs.

If you wish to compete in races for Crowborough Runners, you need to wear the Club vest. This and other items can be ordered from Sharon Wheeler, our club kit representative.

Meet the Coaches

The coaches below lead our weekly training sessions and are ably assisted by a number of qualified assistant coaches. All of our coaches and assistant coaches are Club members who are or have been competitive runners themselves and understand how hard it can be to start running or achieve a personal best.

James Welbury

James ran to county standard as a junior and made the reserve list to the National Championships for sprints. After breaking his leg at 18, he took up distance running completing a Sport Aid run for charity back in 1984. He completed his first half marathon in 1987 and has competed in over 60 marathons around the world since then. James has a wealth of experience in training and competing, which he is keen to share with runners of all abilities.

James is an England Athletics registered Athletics Coach and has been lead coach of the Crowborough beginners and improvers session on Monday evenings for over 5 years.

Sharon Wheeler

Sharon started running approximately 18 years ago having never run before. From this start, Sharon has gone on to compete in numerous races at all distances from 5K to marathons. Sharon has experience in training and mentoring beginners both young and old and her enthusiasm and encouragement has helped many runners achieve their goals. Sharon is particularly interested in helping people of all ages to start running and appreciates the effort that it takes to get off the couch and get fit.

Sharon is an England Athletics registered Athletics Coach. Sharon, together with Kevin Battell, is lead coach of the Saturday morning juniors training session and assists James with the beginners and improvers training session on Monday evenings.

Kevin Battell

Kevin played football for a number of years reaching a semi-professional level in the sport before turning his attention to endurance running achieving a personal best of 35 minutes at 10K and 3 hours 11 minutes for a marathon. Kevin is keen to help runners of all ages and abilities reach their personal goals, whatever they may be and is particularly experienced in helping runners come back from injury.

Kevin is an England Athletics registered Athletics Coach and a qualified race adjudicator. Kevin, together with Sharon Wheeler, is lead coach of the Saturday morning juniors training session.

Sid Smith

Sid is one of the founder members of Crowborough Runners and coaches our main adult track session on Tuesday evenings. Sid is a very experienced coach and runner having trained runners now for over 35 years. Sid was a very good runner and completed over 12 London marathons and countless other races with a marathon PB of 2.57 in his late forties.

You’ll find Sid at the track putting runners through their paces come rain or shine, heat or frost every Tuesday evening without fail. Sid always says "if you want to run faster, you’ve got to run faster!"

Join Us

Membership Fees

Crowborough Runners financial year runs from April 1st to March 31st. The fees are as follows:

[a] Adult Membership - £30 including affiliation to England Athletics.
[b] Junior Membership - £30.
A discount is available for family membership. Please contact us for further details.

As a member all we ask of you is to assist with our 10k club race, and wear the club vest at races.

Membership Application

To join Crowborough Runners please download, complete and return the appropriate application form:

General Membership

Junior Membership

Contact Us

Enquiry form

    I consent to my submitted data being collected and stored

    Crowborough Runners
    Goldsmith’s Leisure Centre
    Eridge Road
    East Sussex
    TN6 2TN