Harwell Running Club
What we do
Based at the Harwell / Chilton campus in Oxfordshire, Harwell Running Club is a group of people who run at lunchtime and prefer to have some company rather than none. If you can run a mile in somewhere between five and ten minutes, there will be someone glad to train at your pace. The club was founded in April 1986 so has reached its thirtieth anniversary.
The pavilion has good changing and showering facilities for both men and women. There's a noticeboard in the entrance hall, on which we've posted some useful maps and some Fun Run timing sheets.
Users of the Harwell facilities (changing rooms, showers and track) must be members of the Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association. Fees and membership forms are available on the HLRA website. As at 2015, annual membership was just £51 (yes, per year - not per month!) and Summer membership (May - August inclusive) £20.
The club organises weekly handicap Fun Runs on Tuesdays in the winter (September - April). Start times are set based on previous performances so that, in theory, everyone should finish together at 13.00. The standard course is 7 km, but on the first Tuesday of each month we run a shorter course of 5 km. There is also a 'mini' course of 3 km, for anyone who prefers a shorter run. All courses have a mixture of grass, tracks and tarmac. There is even a trophy for the first person home each week! Turn up at the start / finish (outside Public Health England) at about 12.20 if you would like to take part, or check out the map of the route. There are Strava segments set up for the standard, short and mini courses.
In the summer (May - August), the Tuesday races switch onto the grass track that we mark out on the rugby field; Fun Runs continue each Thursday. Each track session offers a both a shorter race (100 - 400m) and a longer one (800 - 3000m). We also try various other events such as standing long jump and throwing a baseball. Again, start times for the long races are handicapped, this time based on age and gender. First race starts at 12.45.
To cover the costs of marking the track, there is a charge of £2 per session of races. Alternatively, pay £15 to cover the whole season of races, and your club membership fee too!
The club enters teams for occasional local races, particularly the Teddy Hall Relays in Oxford each March. There are also other sporadic club activities, like discussing points allocation schemes for the season-long Fun Run and track competitions, and organising charity Fun Runs.
There's a club mailing list at Yahoo Groups, used mainly to distribute results of the weekly races. Traffic is light: typically 20 messages per month. Contact Bob if you need help with the list.
How to join the club
Send £2 (cash, or cheques payable to Harwell Running Club) to the Treasurer: Roger Thetford, AMEC, 150 Harwell Business Centre, Didcot OX11 0QB. Or pay £15 and get a season's worth of track races thrown in. New season starts 1 May.
Club members in action. Keep those pictures coming!
Sources of Wisdom
One of the most useful things that a club can do is to share experience among its members. Someone's probably had your injury or niggle before, and from bitter experience can advise you on how to treat it. With this in mind, we will gradually accumulate pages that answer some frequently-asked questions:
As testified by the photos of us competing, various of our members are also members of:
Several of us compete for those clubs in the Oxford Mail Cross-country league.
Other useful links
How to find out more
Contact one of the following:
Last updated 08 May 2015.