Members’ Zone

Training

By clicking the link below you can see our Training Schedule which is made up of different coloured sessions. Each session is designed with a goal in mind. We have sessions for beginners, experienced runners and those looking to improve their PBs.

In addition, you can also click here to see what the idea behind each session is and understand approximate mileage for effort sessions.

An old version of our training plan can be seen here for reference.

Running Terms Explained!

  • Intervals – a type of training that involves a series of low to high intensity bursts, with rests/recoveries in between.
  • Effort session – a sustained period of time or distance at a pace that is more intense than your steady run pace.
  • Steady run – a run over a set distance and sometimes pace, run at a constant (depending on conditions/route) pace with minimal re-groups/stops.
  • Hill session – exactly what you would expect! Running up and down hills of various gradients and at varying speeds.
  • Fartlek – a Swedish term that means “speed play,” is a form of interval or speed training that can be effective in improving your running speed and endurance. Fartlek running involves varying your pace throughout your run, alternating between fast segments and slower jogs.
  • Long runs – slightly different to a steady run as the distance is set but the pace is personal choice.

Coaches & Leaders

Meet the Littledown Harriers Coaches & Leaders! All have as a minimum the Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification from England Athletics.

  • Head Coach – Luke Dowsett (Coach)
  • Deputy Head Coach – Laurence Stevenson (Run Leader)

Our Coaches are all Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualified and are able to provide coaching to non-track endurance runners. Feel free to ask them any coaching related questions you may have!

Our Coaches are:

  • Paul Turle, Simon Davies, Janet Hooper, Gary Worsley, Danielle Dixon, Dily Ruffer

Our Run Leaders are all Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified which enables them to be able to lead safe and enjoyable running sessions for mixed ability groups of runners. They are not coaches, so are unable to provide any coaching to runners.

Our Run Leaders are:

  • Paolo De Luca, Kevin Dowsett, Mike Neal, Mark Everett, Suzanne Janes, Andy Milsom, Scott Blakeway, Becky Sinkinson, Richard Smith, Ant Robins, Mat Sharp, Sharon Taylor, Maria Everett, Sam Smith.
Littledown Harriers Mens Captain

Steve Williams

Sharon Taylor

Sharon Taylor

Mark Everett

Mark Everett

Littledown Harriers Committee

Suzanne Janes

Club Captains

The club races in the Dorset Road Race League and also has its own Club Championships events, therefore to have teams, we need captains. We have a Male and Female Captain and Vice Captain. The role of these Captains is to mostly motivate the members to sign up to the races and represent the club whenever we can.

 

  • The Men’s Captain is Steve Williams assisted by Vice Captain Mark Everett
  • The Female Captain is Sharon Taylor and the interim Female Vice Captain is Suzanne Janes. If you are interested in the female vice captain role, contact us via littledownharriersrc@gmail.com

Committee Members

Our running club is organised and run (pun entirely intended) by up to 16 voluntary committee members – we have a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Male and Female team Captains, Male and Female Welfare officers, Head Coach and many other standing Committee members. We meet every two months to discuss matters arising within the club and endeavour to make the club as great as it possibly can be. Below you can see who these people are and what they do.

  • Chairperson : Greg Hawkins
  • Secretary: Suzanne Janes (secretary@littledownharriers.co.uk)
  • Treasurer: James Sturman
  • Membership Secretary: Ken Ballam (Neil Ryan after June 2024 AGM)
  • Male Team Captain: Steve Williams
  • Female Team Captain: Sharon Taylor
  • Male Welfare Officer: Gary Worsley (welfareofficer@littledownharriers.co.uk)
  • Female Welfare Officer: Heidi Snook (welfareofficer2@littledownharriers.co.uk)
  • Head Coach: Luke Dowsett
  • Club Championship Coordinator: Steve O’Connell
  • Communications: Mark Everett
  • Committee Members: Anthony Robins, Kevin Dowsett, Glenn Batt, Maria Everett, Dani Dixon

Awards

Littledown Harriers have three award categories:

  • Harrier of the Quarter (HOTQ) – Awarded for performance, input into the club, encouragement and/or overcoming adversity. Presented every 3 months following member’s nominations, input from coaches and a committee vote. Year starts after the AGM.
  • Harrier of the Year –  (HOTY) – Voted for entirely by members in recognition of another member’s input, improvement and/or club spirit etc over last 12 months and awarded at the AGM. 2023 winners: Sharon Taylor and Mark Everett
  • Bush/Forman Trophy – Decided by the coaches & committee for work done by a member over the last 12 months for the benefit of the club and/or local community. 2023 winner: Luke Dowsett

To view a list of all our awards winners, please click on the link below!

Award Winners

Welfare

Should any member wish to discuss a welfare concern, please contact either Gary Worsley welfareofficer@littledownharriers.co.uk or Heidi Snook welfareofficer2@littledownharriers.co.uk in confidence.

Renew Membership

Existing members will be sent a reminder email when yearly April membership is due with details of costs and how to renew.

Cross Country (XC)

Littledown Harriers are part of the Hampshire Cross Country League which usually runs from October to March. More info can be found here.

Fixtures for the 2023/ 2024 season are:

Saturday 28th October 2023– Wellesley Woods, Aldershot

Saturday 11th November 2023– Popham Airfield, Basingstoke

Saturday 2nd December 2023– TBC

Saturday 13th January 2024– Prospect Park, Reading

Saturday 10th February 2024– Kings Park, Bournemouth

If you would like any further info on Cross Country, please speak to the Club Captains.

 

 

Racing

Littledown Harriers Club Championship

Each year the club chooses 15 local races of varying distances which make up our Club Championship (CC).

To qualify for a ranking in the CC you need to complete 8 of these races. Alternative ways of achieving 8 races are to either: complete 6 of the named races plus a marathon and a parkrun OR complete 7 races and a marathon or a parkrun.

Most of these races will fill up quickly so enter early. Awards are given overall and by age category. There is also a trophy for completing all 15 races.

The CC is divided into male and female. The first male and female Harriers home in each race get 100 points each, the second get 99 and so on. At the end of the Championship, the best 8 scores for each participant are added together and the winners are crowned! Awards are given at our awards night held in January each year.

If you have any questions about the Club Championship, speak to the organisers for 2023 Steve O’Connell, Steve Williams or Sharon Taylor.

 

Stur Half 2023

CC Races And Dates 2024

Club Championships 2024 Date
Broadstone 1/4 Monday 1st January 2024
Blackmore Vale Half Marathon Sunday 4th February 2024
Hampshire XC League- Kings Park Saturday 10th February 2024
Breamore 10k Sunday 3rd March 2024
Salisbury 10 mile Sunday 17th March 2024
Hardy Half Sunday 12th May 2024
Purbeck 10k Friday 14th June 2024
Round the Rock 10k Sunday 7th July 2024
Stur Half Sunday 4th August 2024
The Beast Sunday 1st September 2024
Black Hill 10k Sunday 22nd September 2024
Studland Stampede Sunday 6th October 2024
New Forest 10 Sunday 27th October 2024
Wimborne 10 Sunday 17th November 2024
Boscombe 10k Sunday 24th November 2024

 

Dorset Road Race League (DRRL)

The Dorset Road Race League (DRRL) is a long established road running league in which competitors can race in up to 12 events of varying distance, spread over Dorset to win individual and team prizes each year. Competitors must be first claim members of clubs affiliated to the Dorset County Athletic Association (DCAA) and registered to England Athletics to be counted. For both individual and team competitions, the best 7 results will score towards the League. For Under 17s the best 3 of 4 and for Under 21s the best 6 of 11 will count. Some league races also incorporate DCAA championships open to those of Dorset eligibility with separate prizes to go to seniors and veterans over 40 years old.

DRRL rules can be found here

2023 Results

2023 was a great year of racing for the Harriers, the Ladies team came 4th in the League, with the Men coming in 5th place. Both teams maintained their places in the First divisions with the leagues splitting into 3 for 2024. We also had a couple of age category winners in Maria Everett and Heather Khoshnevis and Mark and Maria Everett also both completed DRRL fidelity (all 12 DRRL races), so great running all round!!

2023 Race reports:

2024 Race Reports

All the DRRL races for 2024 can be found below – keep scrolling!

DRRL Races & Dates 2024

DRRL Event Date
Broadstone 1/4 Monday 1st January 2024
Blackmore Vale Half Marathon Sunday 4th February 2024
Lytchett 10 Sunday 11th February 2024
North Dorset Village Marathon Sunday 5th May 2024
The May 5 Sunday 19th May 2024
Purbeck 10k Friday 14th June 2024
Round the Rock 10k Sunday 7th July 2024
Stur Half Sunday 4th August 2024
Hoburne 5 Sunday 22nd September 2024 (TBC)
Weymouth 10 Sunday 13th October 2024 (TBC)
Wimborne 10 Sunday 17th November 2024
Boscombe 10k Sunday 24th November 2024