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senior section

The senior section of the running is dedicated to helping runners of all levels achieve their goals. Our senior section runners hold a special place in our hearts, as they ensure our club continues to grow in numbers and as a community. We offer a supportive and encouraging environment that nurtures the development of our members, whether they’re seasoned runners or just starting out. Our runners take part in various runs, races and competitions, and our priority is to ensure that everyone has fun while pushing themselves to exceed their own expectations.

Each  year the club is involved in several different  race series and annual club events. Some of the races can be found further down this page but if you want more information on them please click on the individual pages in this section.



All training sessions start and finish at Oaklands 18:30 - 19:30 on Monday's and Thursdays (unless by agreement for any specific session). All runners are asked to sign in before a session and then back out at the end. Runner's will divide into sub groups each with a group leader who will be running differing distance and paces. we should have something to suit everybody.   We offer 2 main types of training for senior members, on-road and off-road.   The main on-road day is Monday and the main off-road day is Thursday with a different session offered each week on a monthly cycle. Once a month we have a handicapped Time Trial with either a 5k or 5mile option.


Interclub Cross Country 2024
  • 7th January  -  Retford, Cannon Park​

  • 21st January - Handsworth

  • 4th February  - Clowne

  • 18th February - Killamarsh

  • 25th  February  -  Worksop


  • 17th March - North Lincolnshire Half Marathon

  • 14th April - Lincoln 10K

  • 29th April  - Club 10Mile

  • 23rd May  - Club 10K - postponed, new date to be arranged

  • 2nd July - No Walk in The Park Chesterfield 5k

  • August - Clumber Parkrun 5k - Any throughout the month

  • 29th September - Robin Hood Half Marathon

  • 27th October - Worksop Half Marathon

  • 17th November -  Gainsborough & Morton 10K



  • 4th June 2024 - Burbage Skyline

  • 25th June 2024 - Bradwell Fell Race

  • 18th July 2024 - Blacka Moor Chase

  • 5th October 2024 - Curbar Commotion

Notts AAA Road Running County Championships 2024

5k - 26th July - Newstead Abbey Dash

10k - 2nd August - Castle Rock 

10 mile - 7th June - National Water Sports Centre

Half Marathon - 27th October - Worksop Half

Marathon - 28th April - Boston UK

Couch to 5k

We run couch to 5k programs throughout the year, so why not embark on a transformative running journey with Retford AC's couch to 5k program at our picturesque site, Oaklands. Over 9 weeks, our qualified run leaders will guide you through a progressive and enjoyable training plan,suitable for all fitness levels. Discover the joy of running, build lasting friendships, and achieve your 5k goals in a supportive community atmosphere. Lace up, join us at Oakland's and begin your running adventure.  The course is made up of 3 sessions per week, 2 of which will be run on our running track, and the 3rd one done in the participants own time.

Some of the benefits to taking part:

  • Improved Physical Health

  • Enhanced Mental Well Being

  • Increased Self-Confidence

  • Social Connections

  • Stress Relief

  • Friendly and Supportive Coaches

Please get in touch if your are interested in getting involved in a couch to 5k course with us.


Circuit class runs in the gymnasium on a Monday and Thursday evening 17:45pm - 18:25pm. Come and  do as many or as few rounds as you like before heading out for the club run. Usually run by long time club members Ken or Terry.   In the warmer months with good weather circuits will be done outdoors. 

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