Portobello Running Club Training

Throughout the year we train from two different locations, In the winter much of our training takes place along the Promenade in Portobello and around in well lit areas. From April to September you can find us enjoying our summer training in and around Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat and surrounding areas.

We have three three different sessions on offer each week seen via the Calendar from our dedicated coaches so you are free to pick whichever session suits you and our team will make you feel welcome and involved.

Many of our runners meet up on a Sunday morning for longer easy paced runs at varying locations across the city, keep an eye on the closed Facebook group (request access) and also check out future sessions via the Calendar.


Commonwealth Pool – Edinburgh

We book the Clambers soft play party room at the back of the entrance foyer, overlooking Arthur’s Seat. The room is available from 1830 to give runners a chance to assemble, listen to announcements with the aim of sessions starting 1900 sharp. There are no storage facilities so please make your own arrangements to store surplus kit and valuables. If you can’t store your stuff in a car, there are £1 refundable lockers downstairs at pool level.


Parking is free but the car park adjacent to the pool can normally get quite full at that time of night. If you are coming by car go 50 yards past the pool entrance to the driveway leading to Pollock Halls. There is a right turn before the manned Pollock Halls barrier that leads to the lower car park. Here you will find another automatic barrier that (if it is working) requires a free token to exit. Pick one up at the from the main desk before you leave the pool otherwise you won’t be able to get your car out.


Try and come ready to run, but you can use the changing rooms / showers in the basement of the leisure centre.


Tumbles – Portobello

As usual we will meet 1845 for announcements with a view to a 1900 start. We have access to half of the GP room and this will not be sufficiently large for warm ups / stretching so members are encouraged to arrive warmed up but coaches will probably start their sessions with a gentle run and drills from Tumbles to the start location of the nights training. Most sessions are held on the Prom or nearby in well lit, light traffic areas however, please try and ensure you wear some hi-viz kit – See and Be Seen!


There should be plenty of parking directly outside the building and places to padlock bikes.


There are changing facilities, showers and toilets and we can store belongings in the room till after training is finished.

Portobello Running Club Upcoming Sessions