Les Croupiers

Website: www.lescroupiersrunningclub.org

Training location: Llandaff Rugby Club


Caters for:

  • Road Running
  • Cross Country
  • Fell running
  • Multisport
  • Triathlon
  • Duathlon
  • Track and Field

Set up for:

  • Beginners
  • Elite Runners
  • Distance Runners
  • Speed Training

One of the largest running clubs in Wales. Anyone, regardless of ability, is welcome to join: if you look at their results, you can see that while some of their members finish at the front end of races, most are in the middle, and quite a few bring up the rear.

They were formed in 1981, mostly from members of Cardiff AAC. They're best defined as a road running club, although their main competitive league is the Gwent League (a series of five winter season cross-country races)

The name comes from the casino owned by one of our founder members, Gordon McIlroy, who offered to "put a few bob in" when we started.

Les Croupiers Running Club has a genuinely broad spectrum of runners. We have beginners through to elite competitive runners and we all mix in together. There may be differences in pace but what all members share is a commitment to the Club. We run together once a week. After that we repair to the clubhouse for 'food' and drink. Many of us meet to run at other times, and we do meet for track sessions or hill training on other days. We often share lifts to races and to/from training. And, of course, we socialise together too. We don't run beginners' groups. Other clubs do, but we've never mastered the delegation business, and besides we feel that running isn't a skill like swimming or golf - you just go out and do it. We don't have a junior section, as such. Children of members do run for the Club at times, but we aren't able to offer coaching.

- Les Croupiers
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