Seniors (Age 18+)
DUE TO CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES, THE FORMAT FOR OUR INTERVAL BASED SESSIONS HAS CHANGED:
Training is based on a first come, first served basis due to restrictions on group sizes and number of group leaders available. Groups are allocated based roughly on pace (see Pace Chart below), limited to a maximum of six runners per group. An email is sent out prior to the session confirming group leaders, attendees, procedures and further safety information.
If you’re interested in joining us for a training session, please contact Tamsin on either the Westbury Harriers Facebook page or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Mondays, informal sessions are currently organised through the Westbury Harriers Facebook page.
- Monday 7pm: Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (September to April) Blaise Castle (May to August).
- Thursday 6:45pm: Coombe Dingle Sports Complex (all year round).
On Thursdays, we run an interval session. If you’re new to running, don’t worry, this isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds! We mix short, hard bursts of running with recovery intervals, a great way to add variety to your training whilst also getting quicker and stronger.
We start with a warm-up followed by some technical drills to improve our agility, balance and co-ordination, and then move onto the main session followed by a cool-down and stretch afterwards. We aim to train on the grass at Coombe Dingle where possible, but in the wetter winter months we also use various loops in the local area.
We offer three trial sessions for free to help you decide if Westbury Harriers is the right club for you. If you enjoy yourself and would like to come back, we’ll ask you to become a member and join the club!
Before each session, we will introduce the leaders of each group so you know who to follow. If you are unsure which group you should be running with, just ask and we’ll match you with the right group (you can view our pace charts here). Our group leaders have all obtained a Leadership in Running Fitness and Coaching in Running Fitness Award from UK Athletics. The route will have been planned before the session, and the leaders will be looking out for everyone and dropping back as needed. They will also make sure you warm up and cool down properly, and lead a short stretching session afterwards.
You don’t have to run with the same group each week! As you improve, you may find you want to challenge yourself more and have a go in a faster group. Alternatively, if you’ve been ill or injured (or simply feel like an easier run), you’re welcome to choose to run with a slower group. What’s most important is that you choose the group most closely matched to the pace you want to run at on any particular session.
Couch to 5km
If you have never run before we usually run two ‘Couch to 5km’ courses throughout the year. These last for 9 weeks and take complete beginners on a journey from walking, to running continuously for 5km! Please see our calendar for details of the next course.
Weekends and Holidays
There are no formal training runs on Bank Holidays, but members do sometimes still get together for informal sessions. Some members also meet on Saturdays at 9am at the Water Tower for a long off road run and on Wednesdays at 7pm for a 7 mile loop from the Portway. Make sure to keep an eye on our Calendar and join our Facebook group to be kept up to date with everything that’s going on each week.
All of our junior sessions are led by dedicated volunteers who hold an England Athletics Leading or Coaching qualification. As our club relies solely on the help of volunteers, we would like to encourage parents and guardians to help support our sessions by volunteering or becoming a run leader.