Training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday evening starting at 6:30pm prompt at Down Grange Sports Ground. All sessions are supervised by our team of coaches and are for runners of all standards, not just the elite!
Experienced Club members will ensure that newcomers are warmly welcomed.
Sunday is usually a long run of at least 10 miles and meeting points are published in advance on social media with groups of differing abilities.
The Club organises a Handicap series, usually held on the first Thursday of each month around a marked route of approx 4.8 miles. This event creates a great sense of friendly rivalry within the Club; it is also very useful for monitoring how the summer training is progressing. A trophy is presented to the overall winner at the A.G.M.
We also take part (and have had some success) in the many road relay events which form part of the road racing calendar.
A large number of Road Runners also compete further afield, with many global marathons among the races our members are proud to show off their medals from! The London Marathon is an obvious target for many members and our training groups organise informal training runs throughout the Winter with a view to preparing for this (and other) Spring marathons.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the road running secretary via e-mail at email@example.com
The training schedule is now included in the Club Calendar. Instructions on adding the Calendar to your smartphone can be found here
September 7, 2017 @ 18:30 - 19:30 The start is at the M3 Road Bridge (near Beggarwood)
The club handicap race is once per month, normally the first Thursday in the month, although please check the Training Schedule for exact dates because some months it slips to the second Thursday of the month (e.g. to avoid Yateley 10k).
A start time is allocated to each runner, with the intention of ensuring that we all finish together. The start times are tweaked each month depending upon recent race results and previous handicap performances.
In the Summer months, when the daylight is good, we use the Cliddesden route. This route starts at the M3 bridge that crosses the motorway near Beggarwood (a 15 minute easy jog from Down Grange), and then finishes after the M3 underpass, beyond Cliddesden. We finish on the wide grass verge that is the far side of the underpass, on the left hand side. The distance is 4.8 miles, and it is net downhill. The traffic is fairly quiet, but please be careful of the occasional cars or tractors.
5 x (or 4) complete loops of the Gabriel Park field - the Start is at the bottom of the hill. Run fast to the traffic lights, run fast down the grassy hill, stop at the bottom of the hill. Recovery jog to Start again. Fast group - 5; Slow/Medium Group - 4. Pace is 5k race pace (park run race pace)
Start at usual spot (BMX track), fast to top of hill on the right hand side (parallel to tree line), then easy recovery back down to the bottom using the middle path. Fast group do 8 intervals, Medium 7, Slow 6.
You have 22 minutes to get as close to the M3 Bridge as you can, before you must reverse your tracks. Must be back at Down Grange by 44 minutes. The route is DG Car Park, then down Pack Lane, Kempshott Lane (to the top and thru the subway as if going to Sainsburys), then down Winchester Road (footpath), Woodbury Road, then up Beggarwood Lane to the M3 Bridge (where we finish our hill reps). Must touch the bridge by 22 minutes to qualify for the M3 Bridge Challenge! Most mortals will not reach this point, and instead must rely on their watch to turn around and reverse their tracks at 22 minutes precisely.