Welcome to our running group

Next run: Tuesday 20 August 2019

About our group

Hi Everyone Welcome to the webpage of Solent Stormers Running & Walking Group,

We are a 'new' beginners running and walking group for adults with a learning disability. The group is aimed at people who would like to learn to get fit through some fun exercises. It doesn't matter how fit you are or if you are new to running as long as you are willing to give it a go! We want to encourage as many people as possible to join and as we now have more run group leaders we can take more people.

We meet up most Tuesdays 10:00am inside the main reception at Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth before exercising around Alexandra Park and Tipner Shoreline.  On the last Tuesday of each month we meet at a different venue each time for outdoor exercise, please see the information at the bottom of the page.

There are good transport links and free car parking for up to 2 hours. The centre have also kindly agreed that we can use the changing rooms and shower facilities (you need a £1 coin to use a locker). We usually meet up in the cafe afterwards for some hot or cold drinks and a chat. All the group leaders/ facilitators are experienced in supporting people with a learning disability and currently work within the Portsmouth Integrated Learning Disability Service.

All sessions are weekly and free of charge, just bring yourself and some clothes you can exercise in. 

If you like the sound of getting a bit fitter and meeting other people then please come along. Please click on the 'View our Group Runs' and register a place for yourself, if you need any additional help with booking a place or if you want any more information please contact one of the following people on 023 92 684600:

Will Dunkason, Run Group Leader

Karen Crooks, Run Group Leader

Ann Panting, Run Group Leader

Lisa Maishman, Co-Facilitator

Becky Emery, Co-Facilitator

Please see the dates below for our outdoor sessions:


Tuesday 30th April - Track Session, Alexandra Sports Track meet 10am Mountbatten Centre main reception

Tuesday 28th May - Canoe Lake - meet 10am outside Canoe Lake Cafe

Tuesday 25th June – Discussed and agreed to postpone the Summer Golden Mile until September as this was close to the Winter Race. Plan to have an outdoor games/fitness session on Southsea Common near the D-Day Museum.

Tuesday 30th July – Milton Common Walk/Run - Meet 10am near Miltoncross School

Tuesday 27th August – Foxes Forest Walk/Run - Meet 10am Foxes Forest Car Park off of London Road

Tuesday 24th September – Golden Mile Race - Meet 10am by the Coffee Cup, Eastney for a 10:15am start

Tuesday 29th October – Halloween Challenge - Venue to be confirmed

Tuesday 26th November – Annual Awards Run/Walk and Presentation - Venue to be confirmed

Tuesday 17th December – Christmas Run/Walk - Mountbatten






Contact details

Will Dunkason - Group Leader

07393 004606

Meet our Team

Our locations


Solent Stormers Running Group, Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Alexandra Park, PO2 9QA

Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth UK

Canoe Lake Cafe, Portsmouth, Southsea

Athletics Track, Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth

Coffee Cup, Eastney Esplanade

Flip Out Portsmouth

Foxes Forest Car Park

Milton Common, Moorings Way

Outside D Day Museum