The Newquay Roadrunners were formed in 1983 by local runner Ray Moore. The original base was at Mount Wise, home of Newquay A.F.C, and their football kit colours of red and white were adopted by the roadrunners. In 1985 we moved to our current base at Newquay Sports Centre.
1996 saw us change kit colours to black and white vests and black shorts, which we still run in today. Since the club began some 500 runners have been members at one time or another. We have become one of Cornwall’s most successful road running clubs, with numerous individual male, female and team success not only within the county, but throughout the country and overseas.
We support all local races and regularly have members racing, not only throughout the UK, but in places throughout the world. In 2010 the NRRs sent around 20 members who enjoyed a week long winters break in Lanzarote, with most competing in the Marathon festival whilst out there. In April of the same year, around 80 members and friends took advantage of a five day trip to Paris, where many ran their first ever marathon. In 2015 Des & Sally Evans organised a brilliant trip for the 3 Amsterdam races, 8K, 1/2 marathon and full marathon. It was nice to also welcome along runners from STARC who a pleasure to be with.
As a club we now organise 3 races, the Cubert 5, which is a well established race and attracted over 700 entries this year, and the Newquay 10k, which is held at Newquay Sports Centre. The Newquay 10k takes place in Febuary, this year saw 769 finishers, the highest ever for a Cornwall GP race, this is also now firmly established as a premier Cornish race. The inaugral Trevornick 10K, which is multi terrain, will be held in May each year. You will find everything that you need to know about these three events on the dedicated sections relating to each race in the months leading up to the actual race day elsewhere on this website.
In addition to these three events, the club also assist with the organisation of the Indian Queens Half Marathon which is organised by one of our club members. These four races feature in the popular Cornish Grand Prix Series, the 2017 series is sponsored, once again, by the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Company.
We support and encourage members who wish to participate in triathlons, cross-country, track, aquathlons, quadathlons, cycling etc.
The current membership totals 200+, with age ranges from 14 to 70 plus. We aim to cater for male and female runners of all paces and abilities.
The club holds beginner ‘An Introduction to Running’ session on every Tuesday evening from the Newquay Sports Centre (Reception area) at 6.30 p.m. Please do wear hi-vis clothing during the winter evenings.
The main club night is Wednesday, meeting at Newquay Sports Centre at 6.30 p.m. for a 6.45 p.m. run, with between 60 and 80 runners in regular attendance. Newquay Sports Centre was completely refurbished throughout 2004, thanks to a multi-million pound grant and is now a superb sporting venue. There are individual changing and showering facilities and a spacious bar. Food is available, but needs to be pre-ordered the day before. After a shower, you can enjoy a social and friendly chat whilst eating, and having a drink or two. There is always a lot of ‘friendly banter’ flying around on club night.
There is always a group to run with, regardless of ability. During the winter months, the runs are around the town, obviously under streetlights, but in the summer we regularly run along the local beaches, cliff paths, river estuaries and surrounding countryside. There’s also the opportunity to take part in an interval session if you don’t fancy a road run.
There are often weekend social runs which are organised from various locations, either from someone’s home or a central location such as the Camel Trail. These runs are organised at the club on the previous Wednesday and anyone from within the club in addition to visitors is welcome.
For those who wish to participate in interval training then in addition to the club evening you can join in the Tuesday and Friday morning sessions that start on the grass at the Newquay Sports Centre at 9.15 a.m..
We have our own club website www.newquayroadrunners.co.uk and Facebook page which members are encouraged to utilise.
Anyone can come along to a club night, where a warm and friendly welcome is assured. There is absolutely no obligation to become a member and you can take a few weeks to decide if club running is for you. Being part of a club means regular training partners and the guidance of other members with experience of all types of training and racing. Remember, if you are planning to count for the Cornish GP series, you have to be a member of an affiliated running club, which also then means your entry fee for any race is discounted by £2. Put simply, the £2 that you save every time that you race more than covers the cost of your club membership fee.