Littledown 5 is just two weeks away!

(Sunday 15th Sep in case it is not etched in your memory yet!)

Thank you to everyone who is helping on the day, or who has helped with the preparations so far. We are only two weeks from race day now. There have been some tweaks and changes to the roles, so an updated list can be seen HERE

Please take a look to make sure you know the role you have been allocated. The core team have asked that all helpers be at the cricket pavilion, which will be race HQ, on the day for 8:30am please. The long-range weather forecast from the Met Office just says it will be ‘changeable’ so, yeah, that’s helpful! We will send out more info for marshals closer to race day when we have a better idea of the conditions. The race info for runners will be emailed out next week.


Another 5 miler (which you CAN enter..!)

Our friends at Christchurch Runners are hosting the Hoburne 5 on 29th September. It is not a DRRL race for them this year and so they are looking to boost entry numbers. Please consider running it and supporting a local race, especially since the other awesome 5 mile race in the area most of us won’t be running!! You can enter HERE


Tips from the Coaching Team

Each month, the coaching team will be bringing to you a top tip! This month’s tip is –

Marathon Training – Getting hydration and fuelling right for your marathon can be tricky, so we suggest that you practice on your runs with the hydration source or fuel of your choice. This gives you time to adjust quantities of gels (or whatever else you choose to use!) This also means you can adjust when you drink, and how much you drink, during your race rather than relying on water stations around the course. It also allows you to try out different ways of carrying fuel with you – belts, hydration packs, arm bands, bottles…try some out and see what works for you.

(Not sure who the entire coaching team is?! You can see a list HERE and scroll down to the ‘Coaches’ section, or  have a look on the noticeboard in the corridor at the Littledown Centre.)


Races further afield

Nathan at Flying Fox Running has shared details of an upcoming race with us…sounds interesting however it is the night before Littledown 5 so if you do go, please be back in time!!! Ha ha!

In Nathan’s words…

Saturday Evening on 14th Sept Flying Fox Running is proud to present the Pebblebed Heath Races. Comprising Daylight 5 & 10k and night time 5 and 9 mile races called What Came Before and the Nightjar respectively. All located in East Devon in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. We run from Bicton Arena which is about one of the best race hq’s you could hope for. It has extensive toilets and showers, tonnes of parking. Plus a big marquee with bar and a kitchen for hot food both of which will be open on the night. From there we run out over a horse cross country course to the Pebble Heaths. Also known as Bicton and Woodbury Commons.

These moor like areas are a trail running dream. With generally non challenging surfaces that drain well it’s great for trail experts and beginners alike. All the courses are generally up in the first half and down in the second. The scenery is stunning both up close and with grand vistas with the sea in the background. We’ve tried to make sure the medals are pretty epic to. With a new dinosaur medal for the daytime and possibly our most ornate medal showing a nightjar. We have great aid stations both on the course and at the end. Discounts for those doing day and night races. Prices for affiliated runners are £16 for the 5k, £18 for the 5mile and 10k, £20 for the 9 mile. There’s also age cat and team prizes as well as 😀

More info can be found here –

We really hope you’ll join us!


Beach BBQ fun

Thank you to the Dowsetts for the use of their beach hut and thanks to everyone who came along to the Harriers social beach BBQ and pitch-black frisbee game on Friday night. A great time was had by all! Keep an eye and an ear out for details of the next social. Knowing us, there will be one very soon!


Lytchett Relays 

This is your one-week warning! Lytchett Relays are taking place next Saturday 7th September. Time to scroll back through those Facebook posts and remind yourself just who you promised you would make a team with (and hope you didn’t agree to be part of more than one!) If you have totally forgotten, more information can be found HERE


Bleep bleep!

This Tuesday, the Marmite that is the bleep test will be making an appearance on the orange session. The coaching team plan to hold bleep tests across all three colours of effort sessions to allow everyone who would like to test out their fitness the chance to participate. Keep an eye on the schedule for more information.


And finally…

Good luck to everyone who is taking part in The Beast tomorrow (hence the cover picture!) Looks like it will be a sunny one so enjoy and have fun on those steps!