Find Out More About The New Cycle Track Development

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We want to tell you more about our exciting new cycle track development and sport pavilion refurbishment.

Students and staff are invited to find out more about our ambitious plans for a new cycle track and sports pavilion on the Bodington site at Sports Park Weetwood.  Details for the dedicated consultation event are below:

Date: Thursday 17th March
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Location: The Edge reception area

Anyone interested in this exciting project will be able to see the proposed development plans and hear more about the intention to establish Leeds as the primary UK centre for cycling and triathlon.

This impressive new development, open for use by staff, students and members of the public, will include the development of an outdoor closed loop cycling track located on the university Bodington playing fields in north Leeds. There will be a cutting edge, 1.6km tarmac cycle track and refurbished sports pavilion which will be used by staff and students as well as being a new base for British Triathlon’s elite training centre.

The Sport and Physical Activity team will be in attendance on the day to provide further information. Come and speak to us, ask questions and see images of what this fantastic new facility is going to look like.

Find out more on the Campus Developments Website.

Gryphon’s Big Bike Ride

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Get on your bike for a beautiful return ride to Ilkley with a stop off for coffee and cake, all in aid of the Gryphons Abroad programme.

The  Gryphons Abroad programme aims to deliver a life changing programme for students in Leeds and South Africa.

Bike Ride Details

Date: Saturday 12th March
Time: 9am Registration
Distance: 35 miles
Location: Setting off from Leeds University Union
Cost: £10 + FREE t-shirt.
50% of the cost will be donated directly to the Gryphons Abroad Programme

Bookings are now closed for this event.

The Route

We will meander through Headingley, Bramhope and Otley before riding along the River Wharfe into Ilkley, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way. In Ilkley we will stop for coffee and cake before getting back on our bikes and returning to Leeds for celebratory drinks in the Terrace Bar at Leeds University Union.

The route has been chosen to ensure it is not overly difficult however it is recommended that participants have confidence riding on roads and that 35 miles is within their physical ability. The ride will be led by University Ride Leaders who will be available for help and support throughout the ride.

What You Need

  • A bike (Road or Hybrid)
  • A Helmet
  • Reflective Clothing
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for all weathers e.g. rain jacket
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Money for coffee and cake (optional)

Raising Funds

Gryphons Abroad School kids


In June 2016, the Leeds Sport team with the Bambisanani Partnership will be delivering an international sports development programme, Gryphons Abroad in South Africa.
The team will be delivering an innovative programme aimed at providing education opportunities for children in South Africa through a cycle to success programme.

The Gryphons Big Bike ride will raise awareness and much needed funds for the programme. 50% of the registration fee will go directly to the programme to purchase books, equipment and cycle provisions to ensure the programme has a lasting legacy giving children access to education.

If you have any questions please contact Andy Lockwood: 


GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon

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Have a go at swimming and running in one fun event!

With no time pressure, lots of supportive volunteers and free swimming caps for all participants our Get Out, Get Active Aquathlon is perfect for anyone wanting to give multi-sport events a go.


*Please note booking has now closed for this event*

Date: Sunday 13th March
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Cost: £5 + free swimming cap
Location: The Edge Swimming Pool and running loop around the University of Leeds Campus

We have two distances available so you can choose whichever suits you:

GO TRI Sprint

  • Swim distance- 200m
  • Run distance- 3 km

GO TRI Mini Sprint

  • Swim distance- 100m
  • Run distance- 1.2km

Still Undecided?

If you’re still unsure if our GO TRI event is for you then read Louise’s story of her first attempt at a similar event and how she overcame her nerves on the GO TRI website.

Swimming & Running Sessions

We run weekly swimming and running sessions open for everyone to take part in which could help you get ready for the GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon. Take a look at what’s available on the Get Out, Get Active webpage.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with Ben Witz (Sports Development Officer) via email: or call 0113 380 1430. 

Fitness Courses are Back!

Our popular fitness courses are back at The Edge!  Led by our team of expert Personal Trainers these courses will increase your motivation and enhance your fitness results. The courses are just £60 for a 6 week course and there are plenty of options to choose from so whatever your fitness level there’s something for you!

All courses will take place in a reserved area of the new weights training area opposite the gym reception.

“I wanted to feed back that the Women’s only strength training programme was really great and completely changed my attitude to the gym!” Daisy Payne (Edge student member)

Our fitness course start soon and are always popular so make sure you fill in the form below today to book your place now!

The courses:

Courses start week commencing 8th of February 2016 and cost £60 for a 6 week course of fitness training. Non-members will also need to pay an additional £7.50 Fitness Suite entrance fee per visit. There are a range of dates and times available. The courses have a maximum group size of 6, with a minimum of 2 needed to run the course.

Women only & Unisex Strength Training Courses

These courses are both aimed at beginners, and are aimed at educating and coaching, but the instructor will always seek to make the class challenging. There is no difference between unisex and women only courses in terms of content.

“Aimed at beginners, the purpose of this course is to build your confidence in using our free weights equipment. Really take your workout to the next level and reap the fitness benefits of using free weights correctly”.

Olympic Lifting Courses

“Aimed at weightlifters who may be interested in how to Olympic lift like the professionals. Learning these new lifts will certainly enhance your athletic performance”.

Merel, Jen and Fran all recently completed one of the Women Only Strength Training courses.


Fran: “Being able to know how to use the equipment in the strength training room has given me the confidence to be able to get myself fitter and stronger for hockey”


Book today!

Please contact our fitness team for more information and to book your place today!


Sean Conway, Extreme Adventurer comes to Leeds

Ever considered cycling the length of Britain?
How about running the length of Britain?
What about swimming the length of Britain?

Meet Sean Conway, the first and only man to do all three.

Sean Conway is an extreme endurance adventurer and his next challenge is to complete a triathlon in one of the most inhospitable climates in the world; the arctic circle in Norway.

On December 1st Sean will be coming to the University of Leeds to talk about why he sold his business for just £1 to follow his dreams. He will reflect on what he has achieved and learnt about himself and there will be a question and answer session followed by the chance to meet Sean and have any books signed.

Tickets are only £5 + booking fee with £2.50 going towards the Gryphons Abroad charity project in South Africa.

Talk Details:

Date: 1st December
Time: 7 – 8.30pm
Location: Rupert Beckett lecture Theatre- University of Leeds
Cost: £5 + Booking Fee. £2.50 from each ticket sale will go towards the gryphons abroad charity project in South Africa.



A Roaring Success

Our first event as part of the Uni Girls Can launch week, combined the zoo project, a colour run and the Great British bake off to create the Catwalk Run!

With the aim to embrace the fun, glamorous side of being a woman which often isn’t associated with being active, the event kick started with free face painting, nail art discounts and showcased some of the beautiful, African inspired gym wear from un-official brand sponsor Lornah Sports. One lucky participant, Megan Walker, even won her own Lornah look outfit after entering our Launch week ‘What inspires you to get moving?’ social media competition.

Bedecked in colour, print and pattern, a parade of 30 students, staff and members of the local community (including some keen youngsters joining their mum) then united in setting the city alight on the urban run part of the event. Energized and buzzing from the run, we embarked on Hidden Café to enjoy well deserved coffee, cake and a natter! More lucky winners, Giulia Pe and friend, enjoyed a goody bag of healthy treats and pampering goodies, including a voucher from Happi Food and an Edge day pass, for their creative Lornah Roar photograph.

Thank you to all who attended our first event, we had a great time! Don’t worry if you missed this one, this is only the first of our colour, pattern and print inspired runs!

4 Time World Ironman Champion comes to University

4 Time Ironman Champion

On Monday 20th April, 4 time World  Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington, spoke at the University as the finale event of the new Emerging Leaders programme.

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Over 250 people attended the event and Chrissie held the audiences attention with stories including her first triathlon ending with her being rescued as she sunk in an oversized wetsuit. Her time living in Nepal and biking everyday which she believes built up her endurance, she even rode a bike to Everest base camp! Chrissie also spoke about her hugely successful professional career which culminated in an amazing record of 13 Ironmans and 13 wins, and even had time to give out some training and race tips!

The audience was captivated by Chrissies journey, determination and love for the sport. When talking about her coaching she discussed the different leadership styles of her various coaches and cemented what the students have learnt in the Emerging Leaders programme; it is essential to adapt your approaches to develop successful individuals and teams. As part of the programme students have reflected on their leadership skills and enhanced these through learning in a practical environment.

chrissie GB background

It was an honour to have Chrissie at the University and her final message to the audience was clear, find what your passion is, be determined and life is limitless.

Keep up to date with other inspiring talks taking place at the University by following us: @LEEDSgryphons or like our Facebook page: LEEDS Gryphons


Students at the University of Leeds can enhance their graduate employability with our Emerging Leaders programme. Find out more online here.

GO TRI Yorkshire Aquathlon


Join us for our first ever GO TRI Aquathlon at the University of Leeds on the 17th May as part of the Get Out, Get Active programme.


The GO TRI Yorkshire Aquathlon will give you a taste of swimming and running in one fun event and gives you the chance to challenge yourself to try something new.

The swimming will be taking place in the swimming pool at The Edge and will include four lengths in the 25m pool. The run will then take place outside on a 600m running loop around campus and you will complete two laps.

The event costs just £5 to take part and you can sign up online here.

GO TRI events are designed to be small fun events to give you a taster of doing a Triathlon, for more information visit the GO TRI Website.

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Get Out, Get Active gives beginners the chance to try something new with a choice of seven social outdoor based activities. There are a range of sessions including tasters, trips away and social get-togethers, why not come and have a go! For more information please visit the Get Out, Get Active website.