Welcome to the Lions Running Community

Next run: Wednesday 21 April 2021

About our group

Welcome to the Lions Running Community


  • We are free, fun and friendly running club that was founded in 2017.  The club is Run by qualified UK Athletics coaches and leaders in running fitness. We are also have guide runners and mental health champions available at most of our sessions.
  • We offer free runs for all under through runtogether.co.uk
  • We are also pleased to offer affiliation through England Athletics
  • Minimum age 12, under 16’s to be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Our Runs

Mon 6.30pm

Long Run Group, running from the Golden Lion or Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre.  Runs vary in distance, but are usually between 6 – 10 miles

Couch to 5 K group, running from Gregson Lane Community Centre

Tues & Sat

Coaching Sessions are run throughout the year on various Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Please check Facebook or email for dates

Wed 6.30 pm

Running from the Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton or TVS Buckshaw

Two groups for all abilities with runs ranging from 3 miles through to 7 miles

Other runs

We run on other nights of the week as well check facebook for details


Beginners Sessions

We offer fully supported beginners sessions (couch to 5k) throughout the year, so if you aren’t sure where to start, why not try one of these



Shelby Williams (Club Founder)


CiRF, Fitness Instructor, Childrens Fitness Instructor.  Trained in Sports Nutrition, Biomechanics, Sports Massage and Mental Health Awareness

Shelby has been a runner since childhood, captaining her sports team at junior school and winning her first running trophy at the age of 13.   In 2019 Shelby was awarded both the National England Athletics Run Leader of the year award and the North West Runtogether Run Leader of the Year 

As a voluntary running coach and leader, Shelby’s approach to running and coaching is inclusive and fun, whilst encouraging people to be the best they can be which is why she believes she has maintained a large core group of runners who are on one hand at the competitive edge of running to the more recreational runner who enjoys running for the more social aspects.  Having trained as a fitness instructor, Shelby also enjoys developing the strength and conditioning aspects of runners, which she believes is key to longevity in running.

Shelby is also a Mental Health Ambassador for UK Athletics and recognises that people who have poor mental health may find the prospect of starting running or joining a group daunting.  But she believes that if those barriers can be broken down through the right support, then running can help improve mental health.  As a Guide Runner, Shelby is also keen to encourage people with a visual impairment to seek support so they can enjoy running to.

Over the years Shelby has enjoyed running around the world including in London as one of the first runners to cross the finish line at the Olympic Stadium; Las Vegas, Paris, New York and Canada.


Stuart Isherwood


Malcolm Alderton


Fiona Alderton


Tim Nuttall



Iain Myers

Contact Group

Contact details

.Shelby A Williams - Group Leader

Meet our Team

Our locations


Please check the Facebook group for details as venue varies

Please see Facebook Group for details