WHO WE ARE
We are an informal, unaffiliated running collective based in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Founded in early 2016 we have risen to become an established part of the Liverpool running community and we were very proud to be awarded Club of the Year at the 2018 City of Liverpool Sports and Physical Activity Awards. Our diverse group contains social plodders, running junkies, aspiring athletes and even a couple of Great Britain representatives.
No matter where you are on the scale, from complete beginner taking up running for the first time to seasoned athlete looking for that final push for event qualification we firmly believe, Dockside Runners is the home you have been looking for.
WHEN DO WE MEET
We meet on Tuesdays at 6.15pm for grouped pacer sessions and Sundays at 10.30am when we run mixed distances with the emphasis on a relaxed social run. At both sessions Dockside Dining Club kindly provide us with a secure bag drop, toilets and water and best of all, it is completely FREE
Tuesday Club Night
6.15pm Bag Drop
6.20pm Warm Up
6.30pm Photo, Groups & Run
7.30pm Cool Down
Session rota : Tempo – Hills – Interval – Mile
The last session of the month always contains a few surprises!
10.30am Bag Drop
10.40am Organise & Warm Up
Distances : You Decide!
Our legendary Sunday session has a very free and easy vibe about it. There are usually multiple distances at varying paces so we just organise ourselves, climb aboard the train we like the sound of and away we go.
*Club Pacers may not be in attendance
To ensure that everybody gets the most out of the sessions we split into groups to keep runners of similar ability together, however, we never apply pressure on anyone to move groups and if sometimes you feel like having an easier week you can drop down a group.
Mile Pace: 9+ mins
5k Pace: 27+ mins
Pacer Team: Ali & Ken
Mile Pace: 8:30 mins
5k Pace: 25 to 27 mins
Pacer Team: Imelda & Dan
Mile Pace: 8 min
5k Pace: 23 to 25 mins
Pacer Team: Sophie & David
Mile Pace: 6:30 to 7:30 mins
5k Pace: 20 to 23 mins
Pacer Team: Mel & Jay
Mile Pace: sub 6:30 mins
5k Pace: sub 20 mins
Pacer Team: Mel & Jay
We have a fantastic volunteer pacer team who work extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure that every session is fun whilst also pushing you to maximise your potential. As well as being pacers they have all also achieved some pretty awesome feats aswell.
Ali has been with Dockside since the very start and is dedicated to bringing on all of the new runners to work through the distances. Ali is always ready with a smile and some awesome post race baking
Coach Ken is our resident Mr Disney after taking part in multiple races in Disneyland and marathons in America. Also our warm up lead, Ken is an expert at getting complete novices to fall in love with running
In 2017 Imelda completed one hundred 10k’s over 100 consecutive days and always with a smile on her face. Someone once thought they saw Imelda not smiling but it turns out they were wrong!
As a prominent member of Dockside since the very start, Dan has seen it, done it and got the t-shirt (and probably matching tattoo!). With a multitude of successful marathons and ultra marathons under his belt, even though his jokes never seem to improve, Group 2 are in very capable hands.
Sophie is always ready with encouraging words and positive vibes. Impressively she knows the name of every single Docksider (and there are an awful lot of us!)
Mr 110%, David does everything to the maximum. He pushes Group 3 to their limit every week but will never ask for more than he is prepared to do himself. At some point he will amaze us all and have a rest, but don’t hold your breath!
Groups 4 & 5
As well as being a Group 4 & 5 pacer, Mel is also the Dockside social secretary and always ready with the next legendary Dockside Social
Groups 4 & 5
What can be said about Jay? Mr Superhuman, will complete a triathlon in the morning, then time to squeeze in an ultramarathon in the afternoon and do 100 miles on the bike before his tea!
WHAT DOCKSIDE MEANS TO ME
It doesn’t matter if it is your first session or 100th session, you are always shown the same level of support, encouragement and inclusion and every achievement is celebrated equally regardless of whether it is an ultra marathon or your first 1km run without stopping
‘Dockside Runners is more than just a run club, it is a philosophy’
‘No not that Sarah Jones, the other Sarah Jones’
2017 Dockside Runner of the Year
Choose Dock. Choose Side. Choose running. Choose a family. Choose a flipping good group of guys, choose trainers, socks, tight shorts and winter safety lights. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and go-go stamina. Choose a free, volunteer led club. Choose a starter distance. Choose new friends. Choose sportswear and matching headband. Choose an all out intervals session on Wavertree running track. Choose determination and wondering why the heck you are up on a Sunday morning. Choose giving 100% and then high fiving in a fun but ironic way. Choose PB’ing all your distances and then being even more determined to PB them again. Choose your running club. Choose Dockside Runners.
‘The Dockside Banksy’
Ricardo Galvão de Mello
Dockside Runners are a special group of people. After arriving Liverpool in 2016, I was received with open arms and literaly felt I belonged to a great family, with great people that share the same interest, to run. No matter where you are from, you’re always going to be welcome! Thanks you Dockside for being this special to me and to everyone else.
Ricardo Galvão de Mello
‘Ambassador of (S)Miles’
‘Mr Half Marathon’
GET IN TOUCH
We are very active on social media and the quickest way to get in touch with us is through our Facebook page