Who We Are

Founded in 1982 and English Athletics (EA) affiliated, we provide a broad range of training, racing and social activities for anyone interested in running, regardless of age and ability. We invest considerable time and funds in training our volunteer coaches with UK Athletics (UKA). Our coaches 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 each week. 

We hold a junior training session on Saturday mornings. On a Monday we hold a 1 hour structured track session starting at 6:30 pm.  This is suitable for both beginners and more advanced runners, with a separate session being organised for total beginners and those returning from injury. On a Tuesday we hold a 1 hour session starting at 6:30pm, specifically aimed at advanced runners looking to improve their speed and endurance and those who have race specific goals.

We are fortunate to have the use of a surfaced, three-lane, all- weather track in Crowborough that makes our track sessions safe, comfortable and effective. We communicate via Facebook, What’s app and email, as well as via this website.  Becoming a member also provides access to the Member Login page, which  provides access to hints and tips on how to improve your running, recommendations for local races for you to enter, all of the latest Club news and lots more. The club is run by a committee who meet regularly.  An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each year to which all members are invited to attend and which is always followed by a social event. All members are encouraged to get involved in supporting the running of the club.

What We Do

  • Monday evening
    Track session at Goldsmith Recreation Ground from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Meet at the track at 6:30 for a structured training session suitable for both beginners and more advanced runners. There is a separate session for those just starting out on their running journey or returning from 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 most often off-road during summer months. Meet at Goldsmith’s Leisure Centre main carpark at 7:00 p.m. Transition Group (Monday new and improver runners and those returning from injury) 3-4 miles. Medium Pace Group - circa 5 miles - Average pace 10:30 to 11 mins per mile Medium - Fast Group - circa 6 miles - Average pace 8.45 to 10 min mile Fast Group - 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.
  • 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 and 5k fun run each year, usually in 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 are encouraged to complete in at least 6 out of the 12 races in a season, as your best 6 races count for individual and Club level prizes that are 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 to the top three performing male and lady runners.
  • 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
    The Club enters a teams of 6 (mixed or single sex) to run the whole South Downs Way (100 miles) in competition with other running clubs in June each year. 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. There is an annual ballot of members for entry to the London Marathon and a limited number of entries is always available members for the Brighton marathon.
  • 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.

Different events are organised throughout the year, including an annual Christmas social, a quiz night and awards ceremony, a summer event and a series of summer pub-runs.

All adult members are provided on joining with a Club running vest and junior members are provided with a t-shirt. This must be worn If you wish to compete in races for Crowborough Runners. This and other items can be ordered via 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.

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.

Bob Archer


Bob first took up running in 1983, successfully completing races of various distances and achieving a half-marathon personal best of 1 hour 28 minutes, before “life got in the way”. To improve his health and fitness, he took up running again in 2014 and is keen to help others to do the same. He was awarded a diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition in 2020 and more recently qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness.

Bob is an England Athletics registered Athletics Coach.

Join Us

6Membership Fees

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

[a] Adult Membership - £36 including affiliation to England Athletics.
[b] Junior Membership - £36.
A discount is available for family membership. Please contact us for further details.

On payment of your first year's membership you will receive a Crowborough Runners running vest if you are an adult, or a t-shirt if you become a junior member.

We ask all members to assist with the Club's 10k 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

 

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

    Email: info@crowboroughrunners.org.uk