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




Reach Your Running Goals with COBS

Achieve a 10k - 10k preparation with COBS Saturdays from 14th April


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 for faster runners (sub 26 minutes 5k). Speed training.
  • 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 but paticularly suitable for beginner runners, recovery runs and social runners. Supporting zero to 5k, 5 to 10k, stamina building.


Tuesday sessions are open to all runners who can run at least 1 mile in 14 minutes.

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



Thursday evening

 speed training session

suitable for people who have a 5k time of 26 minutes or less 



Saturday long run sessions

9.45am for a 10.00am start, Livery Street

suitable for those who are

  • for those running distances further than 10k

  • aiming to improve their times and longer distances

  • building their stamina 



Sunday sessions for All Runners

Aston University 11am 

particularly suitable for people who 

want a light run and those who

are returning to running from injury, and

have yet to complete a 5k or have done so in 35 minutes or more.

There is no set goal for these weekly sessions



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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.