Pudsey & Bramley A.C. is a small club with a big reputation.
With a history extending back over a century, we’re a club with a history of extremes, a history of upsides and downsides. People who run for Pudsey & Bramley probably get lost, fall over or fail to reach the start line more than most other clubs; but people who run for Pudsey & Bramley make up for that by competing at the highest level. Not that competitiveness is the only way success is measured at P&B: there are other things to take into consideration – commitment, camaraderie, fun, loyalty.
Pudsey & Bramley isn’t like other running clubs. Really, it isn’t. For such a small club, situated on the border between the cities of Leeds and Bradford and surrounded by much bigger athletics clubs, we punch well above our weight. We have a history of fell running champions and international athletes that stretches back several decades: Pete Watson, Jack Maitland, Sarah Rowell, Gary Devine, Anne Buckley and Rob Hope, to name a few. We can’t stop winning on the mountains and hills of Britain. And when we’re not competing, we’re challenging.
We’ve been known over the years as a maverick club, a ‘not-normal’ club. This may be true, but Pudsey & Bramley is a club for athletes and enthusiasts who want to be part of a small and friendly group that is focussed on success, teamwork and, above all, enjoyment of sport.
Interested in joining us? Read on for more info…
Our weekly senior club training sessions take place on Tuesday evenings, meeting at 6:30pm near Priesthorpe School, Pudsey. (Click for map)
These sessions range in distance between 6 and 11 miles and rotate each week to cover hill reps, and speed sessions of different lengths. The schedule of sessions is available on the CALENDAR (updated approx 1 month ahead).
The Tuesday session is generally attended by members who live locally. This is a small and focused single group – ie. everyone runs together – so it is important that new members are able to roughly keep up with the pace of the group.
The intention is not to make the sessions sound overly daunting but rather to ensure that they are appropriately challenging sessions. We do, of course, regroup and drop to a recovery pace many times throughout a session. We find that new members soon get used to the sessions and their running improves accordingly. As a rough guideline, we suggest being able to run at least an approximate 45 minute 10K to join the session.
Our Junior section is active in cross country, fell running, and track & field. We take on young athletes from the age of 8 onwards.
P&B Juniors meet every Tuesday at Crawshaw Academy (with different session locations for an Over 11s group on Thursdays).
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact directly:
Junior Development Co-ordinator & Coach: Joanne Boocock – 07941678790
AFFILIATIONS & BENEFITS
P&B is affiliated with England Athletics for Fell, Cross Country, Trail, Road, and Track & Field disciplines. Our Affiliation no. is 2658452.
The depth of experience within the club is second to none, with P&B members having competed at the highest levels of sport – from County to Commonwealth and even Olympic standards. Advice and experience from club members is always happily shared out to those that ask about training, racing, rehab, etc.
Many of our members compete in other sports such as cycling and cyclocross, and we boast an impressive body of both experience and inexperience at Orienteering!
We also have club recommendations for Sports Physios, Massage, and Yoga for Runners classes as well as offering members a monthly discount code for Sports Shoes.
We are now happy to offer a generous discount on 1st and 2nd Claim Senior Membership. Drop us a line to find out more.
- First Claim Senior: £30 per year or can be reduced to £20 per year by opting out of paying the England Athletics Affiliation fee — this provides a saving for those who only run on the fells BUT doesn’t allow entry to races which require EA Affiliation.
- Second Claim Senior: £15 per year.
- Junior: remains £30 per year (unfortunately EA opt-out is not applicable due to required competition insurance).
INTERESTED IN JOINING?
P&B may be known for training hard and competing at a high level but we’re also a club known for our character, humour, and an ethos of never taking things too seriously. We’re a friendly and social bunch and always keen to welcome new recruits, whether to our thriving Pups and Juniors section, or the fold of the Senior fell running faithful.
While we’re not an ‘invite only’ club, we do recommend getting a feel for us first. We heartily recommend having a chat to any of our members us at a race or event – we’re a friendly bunch and it’s always nicer to interact with people in person, sharing race experiences over a pint afterwards, or out on a social run.
If you’re interested in joining as a Senior, you are welcome to come to a few training sessions to try us out and see if we’re the right club for you. It’s worth dropping us an email to let us know you’re coming and we can answer any questions you might have.
Parents interested in their young ‘uns joining our Junior section should drop our Junior Development Co-ordinator a line.
INTERESTED IN COACHING OR VOLUNTEERING?
If you would like to get involved with the club in a coaching or volunteering capacity, we have various pathways available for putting your skills to good use or providing training in order to learn new ones. Please get in touch to discuss!