‘Leeds Girl Can Run’ Buddies up with the South Leeds Sisters!

Dani Penney

CALLING ALL WOMEN: Ever thought about joining a running club and written it off at the pure fear of embarrassment? Look no further, Leeds Girl Can Run is here to help!


Leeds Girl Can Run is a campaign for women in Leeds to get out and get active. We want women to unite, running is something you can do together whatever your ability! It seems the typical “running club” slogan seems to have an invisible red warning sign hanging over it for those women who lack self-confidence and question their ability. With Leeds Girl Can our leaders are here to support you along your OWN INDIVIDUAL JOURNEY to achieve your goals; whether that’s walking a mile or jogging a 10k. Our sessions are tailor made to suit YOUR needs and provide a contact for support, giving the option to seek advice or just having someone to talk to!


How do the South Leeds Sisters connect with Leeds Girl Can Run? The South Leeds Sisters are an established FEMALE ONLY running club who meet up every Monday and Thursday evening at the John Charles Centre for Sport. They run together on routes between 3-13 kilometres. The Sisters have been running for around four years and have seen numbers grow every year, read more about their journey at: . Whilst the Sisters provide an easy route option, the course is still a minimum of two miles which “puts off” some less confident runners from joining the club. This is where Leeds Girl Can Run steps in.


We are beginning a group alongside the Sisters to meet at the John Charles Centre for Sport every Monday night at 6pm for all you “contemplators” who want to start running but need a little helping hand. The route will begin as one mile and start as a fast walking club, with intentions to building up to jogging and then running. There are various routes available to keep sessions interesting and anyone wanting to challenge themselves during the session can do so with extended tracks.


Want to know the best part? The Leeds Girl Can Run programme is completely FREE OF CHARGE! All you have to do is turn up to the John Charles Centre of Sport and meet at The Phoenix Bar. You will receive a free information pack and an incentive card to get a free THIS GIRL CAN t-shirt. We understand “running” can be a scary word for some. We know women who want to give it a try but worry they will be “too slow” or “not fit enough”. Our main goal is to ensure you HAVE FUN and laugh your way through our sessions with the other women you will meet.


Leeds Girl Can Run offers more than just a running programme, we provide a network for friendships and put on events such as coffee mornings…we know you ladies like to natter!


What do you need to join Leeds Girl Can? All you need is yourself. Turn up as an individual or with your friends. Wear anything you feel comfortable exercising in and make sure you bring a bottle of water with you!


Don’t be afraid to try something new this year, take the leap and join a NATIONAL girl power campaign. This Girl Can is forever growing and you can be a part of it by joining LEEDS GIRL CAN RUN…2016 is your year!  



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