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COBS is a club that encourages participation in running at all levels.





 Our sesions across the week are led by qualified leaders with different pace groups supported more info below

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Programme and Session Info

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We have 4 sessions. All are free to attend.

  • Tuesday open sessions are suitable for everyone
  • Thursdays are usually for faster runners (sub 27 minutes 5k). From mid May interval training is open to all
  • Saturday sessions are longer runs at a range of paces. For these it is more important how long you can sustain a run for rather than how fast.
  • Sunday are suitable for all, including absolute beginners, experienced runners and all in between


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Session further info

Tuesday sessions

Tuesday 7pm (for a 7.15pm start), Aston University

open to all runners who can run at least 1 mile in 14 minutes

Usually finish by 8pm


Thursday evening

6.45pm for a 7pm start, Livery Street

suitable for people who have a 5k time of 27 minutes or less 

Usual distance is 5 miles

Interval training from mid May - suitable for everyone



Saturday long run sessions

9.45am for a 10.00am start, Livery Street

Up to an hour run

Various paces are supported



Sunday sessions for All Runners

Aston University 11am 



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More about City of Birmingham Striders (COBS)





We are a UKA affiliated club, emerging from Yoga Haven run club which was established in 2012. 


There is no cost per session

 You do not have to be a member to join sessions


Standard membership costs £30 and covers any part of the April to April year. The sooner you take up membership the more time you get as a member. However membership can be started at any time from April n one year to March in the next.For more details please see the club membership page.


Sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified running leaders. 

Club leaders for 2018-19 are Nav, Lisa and Seth.

Club leaders are supported by session support leaders who may also be fully qualified run leaders. On occasions a session may be led by a session support leader.


Our run sessions are open to any age from 12 years old upwards. 12 - 16 year olds must have written approval from an adult who is responsible for their care.




There are local, county, and regional level races that we promote within the club and support within our training programme. To represent the club in races, and to enter relays and cross country you need to be a member and wear the club vest. See the Race Details page for more information.