The final newsletter to wrap up 2019 and take us into 2020!

Club Championship Awards Presentation Evening

The awards for the 2019 Club Championship will be presented on the evening of Saturday 18th January in the bar at the Littledown Centre. Final details and times will be coming very soon. We hope to see as many Harriers as possible there! 

The main page of the Club website is currently being updated with the races and the league table for 2020 – in the meantime you can still see all the races for 2020 via the link on the web page, or by clicking HERE

Any questions about the Club Championships, please contact Rachel or Steve. Email or


Broadstone 1/4 marathon and the DRRL awards presentation for 2019

Well done to those who kicked the new year off in style by tackling the Broadstone 1/4 on New Year’s Day – the first Club Champs and DRRL race of 2020. The race was followed by the presentation of the awards for the DRRL for 2019, congratulations to the following Harriers who picked up awards –

Helen Gilbert – 2nd overall female

Luke Dowsett – 1st male 21-24

Suzanne Janes – 1st female 35-39

Helen Gilbert – 1st female 45-49

Heather Khoshnevis – 1st female 55-59

Kathy Fooks – 1st female 60-64

Jacqueline Jenkins – 1st female 75-80

Helen Gilbert / Luke Dowsett – 1st LH female / male

Luke Dowsett – DRRL Fidelity

Steve Williams – DRRL Fidelity

Susie Elliott – DRRL Fidelity

Congratulations also to Helen Gilbert, Louise Austin and Heather Khoshnevis who also picked up awards for the Dorset County Championship.

And finally, a big well done also to those who took on the parkrun double on New Year’s Day, also seeing in 2020 in style!


Club Captains for 2020 – 2022

The new year sees some changes to the Club Captains. Our male Club Captain is Steve Williams and Vice Captain is Mark Everett. Female Captain is Rachel Smith-Harrison and Vice Captain is Louise Austin. Please speak to them about anything to do with racing, DRRL or the Club Champs.


Reminder – Enter the Charmouth Challenge via the Club and save yourself some money!

The Club has reserved at least 50 places at the reduced price of £16 for the Charmouth Challenge 8-mile off road race, which is a Club Championship race and also a Club social event.

Don’t enter via the race web site as you won’t get the group discount!

If you want to enter the race on Saturday 4th July 2020 (a Club Championship race) and want the Club team discount you’ll need to instead complete your details HERE and make a payment of £16 into the Club account and we will enter everyone into the race. Barry can also take payments in cash/chq on a Club night, but online BACS is preferred.

A coach will also be arranged for the day leaving early Saturday morning and returning back to the LDC late afternoon. Ticket cost not yet agreed but will be subsidised by the Club and will add to the social aspect of the day… The coach will wait for 2hrs after the race to enable runners to enjoy the sea and July sunshine. 2 years ago, when we did the same race, it was one of the hottest days of the year… for those who came last time Barry said he can guarantee A/C on the coach this time!

You can enter through the group entry whether or not you intend using the coach. This race usually fills up before race day. See organisers website for more details

Coach details to follow. Any questions please email Barry via


Couch to 5k starts on Tuesday 14th January

We have had an overwhelming response to our Couch to 5k (C25K) course and are expecting lots of new and returning runners to be joining us on 14th for the start of the 12 week course. Heidi and Mike N will be leading the C25K course this time, with help from other coaches along the way. The C25K sessions will be at 7pm along with the main Club sessions, so expect the corridor to be a bit busier than usual! Please help us to make all newbies feel welcome and show them what a friendly and supportive Club Littledown Harriers is!


Other events taking place locally(ish..!)

The CapTEN

New for 2020 from Bridport Runners is ‘THE CapTEN’, a 10 mile registered fell run taking in Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap and 2,400 feet of climbing.

The CapTEN replaces the Jurassic Coast races, previously held in August, but still covers most of that events 10k course, consolidating the two distances we used to run into the most EPIC 10 miler!

The decision has also been made to move the race to May in the hope of more favourable weather conditions, the start being relocated to Seatown to allow for a larger finish line area.

New for this year will also be a team prize for the fastest club to put 3 finishers over the line. We will also be a cupless race for 2020 to reduce single use plastic usage and littering.

Our Jurassic Coast run may have ended but ‘long live The CapTEN!’ Entries are now live for Bridport Runners new race via Full on Sport


Wickham 20

Entries are now open for the Wickham 20 (miles) on 29th March in Hampshire. Ideal for those of you that want a long training run for your Spring marathons. The race is run on closed roads around the beautiful countryside of the Meon Valley. Trophies for 1st-3rd in both the male and female categories. Lots of spot prizes too.

Enter at:


Square and Compass 1/4ish marathon

Square and Compass 1/4ish marathon (near Swanage). Saturday April 25th at 4pm. All info on Full on Sport and entries have just opened. Limited numbers and all proceeds to Charity.