Supporting runners of all abilities near Broughton Astley

About us

Welcome to Squirrels Running Group! We are a friendly community of runners based in the beautiful village of Broughton Astley and neighbouring areas of south-west Leicestershire.

Squirrels was formed in 2012 and we now have in excess of 100 members, from Couch to 5k to Ultra marathon runners! In January 2024 Squirrels became UK Athletics affiliated.

We welcome all abilities of runners, and have a strong mentality of positive encouragement and creating a supportive environment for each other. We also focus on the social aspect of running.

We look forward to welcoming you to the group.


This year we had a scurry of squirrels take on Manchester marathon & London marathon raising over £16,000 for various charities.

Nutty News


Every Monday morning a new edition of Nutty News keeps you up to date with goings-on at Squirrel's Running Group.

Charlie Nurse has offered to run a session for us at Pingles on 29th April - suitable for all abilities, as usual.

Quiz Night


Squirrels Quiz Night to raise money for this years nominated charities Leicestershire Carers Centre and LAMP which is a local Mental Health charity.
Tickets £10pp to include a sandwich buffet. 70 places available initially to Squirrels (with the option for non-Squirrels if this number is not reached).
To secure your place please pay £10 into the...

Membership - What we offer

Group training runs for all levels of runners

Group training runs are a great way for runners of all levels to improve their fitness and stay motivated. We are proud to cater for all abilities.

Qualified UK Athletics run leaders and coaches

Our group training runs are led by UK Athletics qualified run leaders and coaches.

Discounts & a Christmas present

Joining our group means you will be UK Athletics affiliated, therefore you will receive a £2 discount when entering many races. We also give all members a Christmas present and have sourced discount codes at some of the top running gear retailers!

Support and camaraderie from fellow runners

We have several members who have started running from scratch with zero fitness and are now proud Ultra marathon runners! We are a supportive bunch keen to help each other out. Many of us attend races and events together.

Social events and community involvement

Your membership fee gets you subsidised grub & a drink at our awards event and parties, and you can attend the several other social events we organise each year. In past years this has included a trip for the Benidorm half marathon! (this is not included in your membership fee!)

Group runs

The group organises two runs each week that are a mixture of paced runs and intervals. Run nights are Monday and Wednesday, starting at 6:30pm from the White Horse pub car park in Broughton Astley. 

You don't need to be a member to start running with us - let us know you are coming and try us out for the first few runs

All abilities and paces are catered for.


Each year we offer a Couch-to-5K programme. This is suitable for anyone looking to try or return to running.

  • No previous running experience needed
  • Suitable for ANY fitness level
  • For anyone aged 12+ with no upper age limit
  • We are a friendly social group - come along and make new friends
  • All groups led by insured UK Athletics Run Leaders
  • A fun way to get fitter, lose weight and improve mental health

The Community

Squirrels support the local community and each year nominate a charity to fundraise for. 

The group organises social events such as bake-offs, award evenings, quizzes, and Christmas parties. 

Many members participate in and volunteer at races & events locally, nationally and even abroad. 

The group has Standards which encourage members to set themselves time or distance goals to improve their running ability and confidence.


I joined Squirrels a year ago during their Couch to 5k program and haven't looked back. With the amazing support through Squirrels I have got faster, completed numerous races including a couple of half a marathons, and now look forward to completing my first marathon in 2023! Such a supportive, knowledgeable, inclusive group. I just don't think there is a better group out there!

Zoe Fox

23rd December 2022

Really friendly group who have lots of different pace groups so anyone can be part of it. The run leaders are very good a getting all the individual groups out and back to meet up at the end. They also arrange some varied sessions to keep thing interesting. If you do an event with them, they always cheer everyone home. It give you such a lift. Lovely people

Clive Grafton-Reed

18th July 2019

Both friendly encouraging to help you reach your own personal goals

Guy Sheffield Farrier

28th April 2019

Merchandise & Discounts

Check out the exclusive member discounts as well as official Squirrels merchandise and items from our partners.

Contact the group

Do you need to contact us?

If you are interested in joining Squirrels Running Group or have any questions, we would love to hear from you! 

You can contact us through email or Facebook and we will get back to you as soon as possible.