Where and when do we train?
Each week, we meet at the following times to train together:
- Monday, 7 pm
- Tuesday, 7 pm, Yate Track (all year round)
- Thursday, 7 pm, Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (all year round)
We try to start as soon after 7 pm as possible, so please allow plenty of time to park and change beforehand. Parking is free, but the car parks can get busy, especially at Blaise Castle over the summer.
We train throughout the year (including school holiday) with the exception of Bank Holidays.
What ages and abilities are catered for?
On Mondays, we split into separate groups for girls (12 to 19) and boys (12 to 19), and smaller groups according to ability. Don’t worry if you’ve not done any formal running before – you’ll still have enough energy for one of our sessions!
Tuesday and Thursday sessions are formal, and include youngsters aged 10 upwards.
If you’re aged between 7 and 11, you’ll want to try our reception group instead.
What happens during a typical session?
Mondays tend to be group runs, while Thursday sessions involve more intense ‘repetitions’ on grass, where we alternately run fast and slow to develop speed and fitness. Tuesday track work tends to be shorter and faster.
How often should you train?
If you’re new to running, or a younger athlete, you’ll want to start by running once a week. Once you get used to this, you might want to up your training to twice per week to progress, and as you get older three times per week. The best people to ask about your training are our team managers, Simon and Neil (contact details below).
What should you wear?
You need to wear suitable clothes for running and, if you attend training regularly, proper running shoes. Over the winter, it’s dark while we train, so please wear a white top (or a reflective bib) to make sure you are easily seen.
Can you leave your kit somewhere while you run?
You can leave extra kit in the changing rooms at both Coombe Dingle and Blaise Castle, but we recommend that you don’t leave any valuables behind as the rooms aren’t locked while we run.
Can you try a session before deciding whether to join?
Yes, please do – we’d love to see you! You’re welcome to come to two sessions for free to see if Westbury Harriers is for you, after which we’ll ask you to join the club. Just turn up on a Monday or, if you’d like to try a Tuesday or Thursday first, please contact either Neil Miller (Boys’ Team Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Simon Johnston (Girls’ Team Manager) at email@example.com. They’ll let you know what to expect from the session and will look out for you when you arrive.
How much do the sessions cost?
Your first two training sessions are free, then it’s £1 per session (£1.50 for the track). Look out for one of our members who will be collect your money before you run, and ink-stamp your hand as proof of payment!
How much does it cost to join Westbury Harriers?
What else does your membership include?
As a paid-up member of Westbury Harriers, you’ll also be able to get discounts in local running shops such as Easy Runner, Sweatshop and Up and Running. Find out more about the benefits of membership.
What events will you be able to take part in?
You’ll be able to run in the Gwent and Gloucestershire cross-country leagues during the winter, as well as regional and national relays and championships.
In the summer, we link up with our partner club, Yate and District Athletics Club, for track and field meets. You’ll also be able to take part in the club’s multi-terrain TrustFord Westbury Wipeout at Blaise Castle.
You might also like to run in local weekly junior parkrun events. These are open to everyone so you don't have to be linked to our club. There is a junior parkrun every week on Sunday at 9 am at Little Stoke. Our club is supporting this event but is also excited to announce a new event to be held at Kings Weston from August. More information will be available very soon.
How do you find out more?
For more information about training with the junior group, please contact either Neil Miller (Boys’ Team Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Simon Johnston (Girls’ Team Manager) at email@example.com.