Egdon Heath Harriers

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Egdon Heath Harriers is a Running Club based in Dorset, in the South of England.

We have a membership of runners who are primarily from the Dorchester and Weymouth area. We are all ages  and speeds from competitive club runners to social and fun runners. We also have a walking club! New members are always welcome.

We used to host three races each year:
The Egdon Easy in Weymouth during spring, the Maiden Castle Loop at Dorchester in the summer, and the Weymouth 10 (guess where) in the autumn, but organisational issues have meant that the Maiden Castle Loop is no longer currently being held. Application forms for these races will be available online. (See link to Our Races, above)

We meet regularly on a Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Weymouth College Sports Center during the winter months. Over the Summer months we put together a calendar of meets that takes us running all over the Dorset Countryside. Check out the training section of our site to find out where we will be running next Tuesday. During the Summer run window, there is also a group who meet for Speed Work at the Weymouth Park n Ride carpark, and a slower group who meet at the Law Courts carpark (opposite Asda), again all at 7.00pm. Full details of all our various training options can be viewed here.

The most common enquiry that we get is from people interested in joining the club, but asking will I be good enough?
The misconception is that you have to be a good runner to join the club. Whilst there are undoubtedly some good runners at the club, the standard is very mixed but with one common interest - enjoying running and keeping fit with other like minded people. When we are out on our 'training runs', no one is ever left behind.

When we meet on a Tuesday night, we will typically split into two or three groups, which will translate into short medium and long. The groups will share much of the proposed route, but the medium & long groups will typically add extra loops and routes on, so will also run further distances. A typical short run may be 3-5 miles, whilst the longer run may be up to 9 miles or so.

During the winter we meet at the Weymouth College Sports Center. Obviously we are restricted to running in the built up, street lit areas, but sometimes there will be a theme to part of the running such as relays or a measured mile etc. In all cases it is up to the individual as to how much they wish to put into their running.

The summer runs are probably seen as more interesting, with runs being arranged all over South Dorset and are a good way of seeing some of the great countryside (and pubs) the area has to offer. Again, there will be several groups, covering different distances. Some of the summer runs are followed by barbeques, which is a good excuse to get back quicker and replenish the energy levels!

We welcome runners of all standards and suggest that people come along for a few weeks to see if they like it before actually joining. If you then wish to join annual membership is currently £20.00 (most of which is passed to England Atletic when we register you as a runner), and your first club top can be purchased from as little as £5.00 (while stocks last). Social and 2nd claim membership is just 5.00. To join, simply register (via the link at the bottom of the page) and then pay (via the membership area).

We hope we have convinced you to come along to one of our evening training runs, but if you do, please introduce yourself to a few people so we can make you feel more welcome.

Membership online form and payment here.