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Didsbury Runners

A community of runners - open to all

We are a friendly and inclusive running group, that meet for regular runs in the South Manchester area. Didsbury Runners is managed by volunteers and is completely not-for-profit. Our motivation is to spread the fun of running and support the running community in South Manchester.


We have a membership policy for the group and our regular runs and events are for members only. Our membership is limited to ensure that we can provide safe and enjoyable running sessions.

To apply to become a member of Didsbury Runners please go to

If you have any general queries, please contact

Training Night

Currently we meet every Monday evening for our main run and meet every Wednesday for a training (hill reps/intervals) session. 

We aim to run whatever the weather, and would only cancel if there was risk to our runners.

NOTE: Our regular runs and events are for current members only. Please see the FAQs on how to become a member.



We have routes between 3-10k in length at a variety of paces ranging from beginner walk-jog to experienced runners at approximately 8min mile.

In the summer we stay off road as much as possible and run along the River Mersey, Fletcher Moss Park or Chorlton Water Park. In the winter we have a variety of road routes designed to try and minimise the number of road crossings.


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How do I join the club?

To apply to be a member of Didsbury Runners please go to our RunTogether page.

We have a limited number of membership places. If we are full you can request to join the waiting list until there is available capacity to include you as a member. Instructions on how to join the waiting list is also on the RunTogether page.


Where do you run from?

From 21st May 2018, our Monday and Wednesday evening runs will start and end from Didsbury Sports Ground. Any amendments to this will be communicated to our members by email. Other runs may start and end at other locations.


How long will I be on the waiting list?

We monitor the attendance levels of our Monday runs on a weekly basis. As soon as we are in a position to allow in new members we will do so. This tends to happen at the start of a month.

In the meantime you can join other running events such as Parkrun, Great Run Local, Nike Running Club and Chorlton Runners.


Why do you now charge for membership?

When the club was started we had a handful of runners. Now with 80+ runners joining us every week on a regular basis, we have had to take measures to make the runs enjoyable and safe. The membership admin charge will cover the costs of things such as first aid training, subsidising LIRF qualifications for run leaders, hi-viz vests for our run leaders, consumables such as paper, ink, pens etc. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all money raised will be invested back into the club.


How fast do you run?

We do our best to cater for a range of abilities including beginners. For more experienced runners we have groups that run at different paces, the fastest at around 8min mile ranging through to 12 min miles. Our beginner group walk-jog a 3-4k course.


Do you run on other evenings?

We provide a Wednesday evening run which is designed to help runners of all levels improve their performance. The Wednesday sessions include interval and hill training, and look at aspects such as running form and injury prevention. We have a monthly social run which is on a Tuesday or Thursday night and this is a 5k run that finishes at a cafe or restaurant. In the summer we lead trail runs in the peak district and Greater Manchester area.

Do you have sessions for non members?

We also offer events for the general public such as our couch-2-5k beginner sessions and #runandtalk events. All non-member running sessions are advertised on our Didsbury Runners Community Runtogether Page.


What is the difference between the Didsbury Runners Facebook Group and the Didsbury Runners Community Facebook Page?

The Facebook group is for our current members only. It is where we manage group runs, socials and announcements. The Facebook page is open to anyone to view and post about anything running related.


What is the difference between the Didsbury Runners RunTogether page and the Didsbury Runners Community Runtogether Page?

Similar to our Facebook group, the Didsbury Runners runtogether page is to administer our members only. The Didsbury Runners Community Runtogether Group is where anyone, members or non-members, can sign up to our public events.


Do you run in events?

Members of our group join in races such as the Manchester 10k and half-marathon. We post all Didsbury Runners events and socials on our Didsbury Runners Facebook Group Page, as well as send out info via our monthly newsletter.

If you are a member, we reccommend you sign up to events on our Didsbury Runners Facebook Group Page, as this is where we discuss transport and other logistic Note all Didsbury Runners organised events are for members only unless stated otherwise.


Can I run if I am under 18?

Anyone aged 16-18 can join the Didsbury Runners provided that they are accompanied by a parent or a carer. Although some of our Run Leaders are LIRF qualified and DBS checked, we cannot currently accept minors on their own.


Are you an England Athletic Affiliated Club?

No, Didsbury Runners are currently not an England Athletics affiliated club.


Why can't I wear headphones?

We ask that our runners do not wear headphones whilst on our runs. It is important that everyone can hear instructions given by our run leaders so that the groups are safe and do not obstruct other path users. Also, we are a social group, and part of the fun is to talk with your fellow runners!


How do I get a Didsbury Runners T-Shirt?

We put in bulk orders sporadically and our members will be notified by Facebook and email of when they can place an order.

DSActive Run & Walk group

As part of The Down's Syndrome Association's DSActive Programme, we host a session specifically for people with Down's Syndrome on a Wednesday evening.

We meet at Didsbury Sports Ground on Ford Lane, Didsbury at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. The sessions last about 30-40minutes and we have different groups dependent on ability. Walk-jog or walking only.

These sessions are open to the public, you do not need to be a member to join. You do need to be at least 16 to take part and 16-18 year olds must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

Although this session is targeted for people with Down's Syndrome, we do also welcome runners with any learning disabilities.

At the end of the session we have a social drink and free cake is provided for all particpants.

To find out more information or to pre-book onto the session please go to the sign-up page. You can also just turn up on the night. If you have any questions please contact us at