Thinking of joining? Or just visiting?

Bude RATs welcome anyone with an interest in running who would
like to join in on one (or more) of our weekly running sessions.

Local runners

If you think you might like to join but are not sure, come and give us a try one Tuesday evening.

Tuesday is our social running evening with several groups going out for runs of differing standards. A couple of groups will do runs of up to 5K with other groups running further/harder.

The co-ordinator for that evening will slot you into a suitable group and the group will love to show you one of our local runs.

It will not cost anything for your first 4 Tuesday evening runs with the Club; thereafter you can either join the Club as a member or just run with us on Tuesday evenings when it is convenient for you for a fee of £1 per evening.

Contact us

Even if you are only at the stage of considering whether to come, do email us (via if you have any queries about this.

If you are planning to come on a particular evening, please do let us know beforehand so that the co-ordinator is expecting you and can give you a royal RAT welcome. Ideally also tell us in advance how long you have been running and the sort of time or distance you normally run for – that will help the co-ordinator.

If you have only recently started running, such advance notice is even more important as it helps us to ensure that you have a really good experience on your first excursion with us.

The Thursday evening sessions tend to be more structured and training oriented (less chatty, more gaspy!!) so less ideal as a first session with us. You are welcome to come to Thursday sessions but we would prefer to explain them to you first during a Tuesday session

Meeting place/time

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at the New Cricket Club Pavilion on Summerleaze Down ready to run at 6.30pm. On your first visit it would be sensible to arrive about 10 minutes earlier than that.

Summerleaze Down is the grassed area to the North of Bude Town centre.

It is probably best to park in Crooklets car park (currently free to park in after 6pm) and, starting from beside the skateboard park, walk up the 200m to the Cricket Pavilion.
For those with satnav, the postcode of Crooklets car park is EX23 8NF. There are public toilets at Crooklets car park and a toilet at the Cricket Pavilion.


Terrain, kit and weather

In the summer months the Tuesday evening running is multiterrain but once the evenings draw in it tends to be on tarmac to take advantage of street and footpath lighting.

Normal running kit should be sufficient but do bring, and wear, Hi-Viz tops (and also bring a torch of some sort with you) once we are running after lighting up time.

We run in all weathers unless it is dangerous underfoot (ice or snow).


For runners visiting Bude and wishing to join in one or more of our evening sessions, we would be very pleased to see you and much the same position applies re welcome, queries, advance notice and cost (first session free, £1 per session thereafter).

As some of you are likely to be experienced runners from other clubs, it would be helpful to know the sort of time you expect to achieve over 5K or 10K.


Juniors aged 8-18 are welcome to join our Summer Thursday evening Junior sessions from 5.30 to 6.30pm, based around the Pitch and Putt Hut.


Welcome to Bude RATs!