Harwell Running Club

What's new

  • 05 Oct 2022: results from the ESA 5km fun run.
  • 03 Jun 2022: the rugby field now boasts a four-lane track. Users should be members of the RecSoc, see below.
  • 09 Mar 2022: after a pandemic-driven switch to home working and virtual Fun Runs, there's now a group running the 'official' Fun Run course in the usual Tuesday lunchtime slot. Currently self-timed so you can never be too late to take part!
  • 12 Feb 2020: Fun Run Timing Rota, Sep 2019 - Mar 2020.
  • 14 May 2019: track schedule for new season.
  • 30 Apr 2019: Roll of Honour updated: Matt Hand wins the Fun Run points competition.
  • 30 Aug 2018: Roll of Honour updated: Chris Bell retains the track tankard.
  • 01 May 2018: Anna's total of 782 points for the Fun Run season was higher than anyone had ever scored before, but with a storming run in the last race of the season Arvinder leapfrogged her to win the Fun Run trophy by a mere 13 points.
  • 07 Dec 2017: Fun Run records page revamped. Now includes a history and maps of the various courses.
  • Every week: Fun run (winter) or track results (summer)

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.

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 2022, annual membership was just £48 (yes, per year - not per month!) and Summer membership (May - August inclusive) £20.

Fun Run

The club organises weekly handicap Fun Runs on Tuesdays. 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.

results of latest Fun Run | Fun Run all-time records | results archive
Fun Run Timing Rota, Sep 2019 - Mar 2020 | timing sheet (Excel)


In the summer (May - August), there are Thursday races on the grass track that we mark out on the rugby field. (New for 2018: Fun Runs continue each Tuesday.) 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 12.30.

The races are free, but as the Harwell Campus keeps the track marked, competitors are expected to have joined Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association. Members may then play in the football, rounders or cricket competitions, and use the other HLRA facilities such as the pavilion. Summer membership (April - August) costs £20; annual membership is just £48.

track schedule and results | track results archive | all-time track records | track marking


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.

Club Documents

The documents page has the club's annual accounts going back to 1994-95.

How to join the club

Send £1 (cash, or cheques payable to Harwell Running Club) to the Treasurer: Roger Thetford, Jacobs, HQ Building, Thomson Avenue, Harwell Campus, Didcot OX11 0GD, or contact Roger for bank transfer details.

Photo Gallery

Club members in action. Contributions welcome!

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:

Injuries | Good physiotherapists / masseurs? | Good running shops? | Heart rate monitors?


Other Clubs

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:
Acting Secretary  Peter Jewell Nuvia
Treasurer Roger Thetford Jacobs, HQ Building, Thomson Avenue, Harwell Campus 


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