"We share our running goals, motivate each other and by running as a group, feel safe enough to run streets in Edinburgh which before felt like they were off-limits."
- Lynette LoW
We Run Edinburgh was started in May 2017 by Lynette Low, who was looking to find a community of runners.
In winter, many of Edinburgh’s paths and streets become off-limits due for women due to safety concerns. Lynette recalls “I remember running towards one of the main parks in Edinburgh one night, not realising that there was not street lighting going through it. I stopped but a male runner cruised past me and went about his run without a second thought. It really frustrated me, that women have to make such considerations. So, forming a group was perfect to allow us the freedom of the city again and an amazing way to share our running experiences.”
One Wednesday evening, Lynette decided to start a social run group. It was free to join, all anyone had to do was show up. It started with two people, but now attracts 30-60 runners every Wednesday, offers two distances and is regularly seeing new faces show up and get involved.
Since starting the Social Run, WRE has expanded to offer running courses catering to all runner abilities, from new runners through to marathon distance. It and has a number of run-loving volunteers who love to plot out routes for our social runs, take turns leading, and give back to the community they have grown to love.
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Your questions, answered
Yes. If you’re looking for a mixed running group, drop us a message on Instagram. we’ll happily recommend some other brilliant groups in the area.
Yes. We have New Runners groups that cater for the 0-5k runners, then 10k, half marathon and full marathon. All are encouraged to come along for the social run to chat to different runners about what they are training for etc.
We have a brilliant run team that volunteer to front or back run the variety of groups to manage pace and keep an eye on everyone. They have all had experience in the past of being one of our New Runners or one of our other groups and then stuck around to offer their support.
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