BVR would like to be described as a social running club. We have over 130 members, made up of roughly equal numbers of male and females of all running standards. The main club night is Wednesday and we meet at 6.55pm for a quick chat and some dynamic stretches to warm up. Then at 7.15pm we split into 4 or 5 different ability groups, all with group leaders, to run for as little as 4 miles or for the more serious runners up to 10 miles.
In Winter we use loads of well lit routes, and do hill training, reps, fartlek etc. In Summer we often venture off road. Occasionally we organise activities such as handicap races and awaydays; please check the Club Diary
page for details.
The clubhouse has great facilities, including 4 changing rooms with showers. After the run some members then retire to the club bar for refreshment, as some say that beer is good for building up the carbohydrates again.
There are also Tuesday sessions
for speed work and hill training.
Sunday morning runs are based around the Blackwater Valley countryside and are always more relaxed. We jog to local beauty spots, and generally go for longer slower runs than on Wednesday nights. Some of our members run 5K, 10k races, half marathons, and marathons, but others simply enjoy a nice run or jog in the countryside of Surrey and Hampshire to keep themselves fit and relieve daily stress.rs run 5K, 10k races, half marathons, and marathons, but others simply enjoy a nice run or jog in the countryside of Surrey and Hampshire to keep themselves fit and relieve daily stress.
Currently we have around 130 members, some who like to run socially and others competitively. After coming down the club for a run, some of us like to stay for a drink at the clubhouse bar. We enter running events both on and off the road. The road events include 10K, half-marathon, and full marathon distances. In the Summer off-road runs from the club are popular. We go out in several groups depending on running ability and run at conversational pace so we can talk on the way round.
Once a year there is an overseas marathon trip organised, to a new place each year - 28 different trips so far!
We also arrange social events such as restaurant trips, rounders, quiz nights, a and yearly dinner&dance evening.
We are affiliated to the MABAC
running league and take part in their free monthly cross country events on Sunday mornings at various beauty spots in the Surrey countryside.
Some members manage to get up early enough on Saturday mornings to participate in the local parkrun
on the polo fields in Aldershot, one just down the road at Frimley Lodge
, or the hillier one at Alice Holt
. These are a free 5km events for everyone - ideal for getting started in running or for a bit of speedwork.
A few members are keen walkers and are members of the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA
). These events are 20 to 30 miles long and most can be run or walked. They're great events for marathon training!
Find out more...
Want to find out more about the club? How we started or maybe where the name came from? Why not take a look at our Club History page