Club Captains for 2020

Congratulations to our Club Captains for 2020-2022, Steve Williams and Rachel Smith-Harrison. Congratulations also to the male Vice Captain Mark Everett.

We have two nominations for female Vice Captain, Maria Everett and Louise Austin, and so a vote will now be held to select the female Vice Captain for 2020-2022. All female Club members are eligible to vote, one vote per female member. To cast your vote, please follow the link HERE

The deadline for voting will be 9pm on Sunday 8th December and the outcome will be announced shortly after. Any questions, please speak to Rachel.


Club Championship 2019 results

Well done to everyone who took part in the Club Championships this year. The winners list can be seen HERE – congratulations to all who have won! Please let Rachel or Steve know asap if there are any inaccuracies with the spelling of names as the trophies will be ordered very soon. Email or

The date for the awards night in January will be confirmed asap.


DRRL 2019 results 

The winners for the DRRL 2019 have been published – well done to all the Harriers who have picked up awards, and there are quite a few! Awards will be presented after the Broadstone ¼ race on New Year’s Day – please consider staying for the presentation to support everyone picking up an award. The full list of winners can be seen HERE

Winning Harriers 2019 –

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


Christmas Party – Next Saturday 7th December, Ocean Beach Hotel, East Overcliff Drive

For those who are attending the Christmas party next Saturday, we will sit down for the meal at 7pm so please arrive slightly before that, in your best party attire for what is sure to be a great night! The disco will finish at 1am – for those who go the distance!


London Marathon Club ballot winners

Congratulations to Andy Broadfield and Steve Amey who won the Club London Marathon ballot places at the social evening on 19th November.


Littledown Marathon (and half marathon…!) and Littledown 5 dates for 2020

The dates have been confirmed for our Club events for 2020. 

The Littledown Marathon – which will hopefully have a half marathon option this year, too! – will be on Sunday 14th June 2020.

Littledown 5 will be on Sunday 27th September 2020 (not 13th as previously stated – we have swapped dates with Hoburne 5.) 

As much help as possible will be needed on the day for both events, so please put the dates in your diary now!


Don’t forget to nominate a charity for our LD5 donation

The Club will be making a donation from Littledown 5 to a local charity. If you have a charity in mind that you would like us to consider supporting, please email Suzanne with a few lines outlining what the charity is by 31st December. The committee will then vote at the next committee meeting in January. Email


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 and payments details to follow. Any question please email Barry via


C25K starts 14th January 2020

Our next, totally free Couch to 5K course will be starting on Tuesday 14th January at 7pm and will last for 12 weeks. If you have friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested, they can sign up now via our website


Coaches Top Tip

I hope you have all been practising last month’s coaching tip to improve your running efficiency by using the 2:2 breathing method?? (Recap: breathing in over 2 steps and breathing out over 2).

There’s no replacement for proper training by going out on a hard or long run, but we can still improve our performances by adding another breathing technique to our training repertoire.

Most people breathe through their chest; however, ‘diaphragmatic breathing’, otherwise known as ‘belly breathing’, allows you to maximise your oxygen uptake by creating more space in our chest cavity by engaging your diaphragm (located below your lungs) allowing your lungs to expand fully to take in more oxygen.

Belly breathing not only increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to our muscles; fighting off fatigue for longer, but it also concentrates your mind, improving your focus and mental strength.

You can practice deep belly breathing while you are laying in your bed (on your back), by placing one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Take a normal breath and see which area rises first. Pushing your belly out while you breathe in, may help. Practice breathing deep into your belly first, then moving the breath up into your chest as you breathe out.

So….. the next time you go out on your run you will have two techniques to think about…2:2 breathing and belly breathing!! Good luck with those PB’s!!

Gary W


Christmas local charity runs

Reindeer Run 5k, for Bournemouth Hospital Charity

7th December 10:00, Avon Heath Country Park 


Deer to Pier 5k, for Stable Family Home Trust & Autism Wessex

8th December 14:30, Bournemouth Pier


Christmas virtual charity runs

There are also some charity virtual runs throughout December if you are going to be travelling around visiting family and can’t commit to races –


Charity: Little Rainbows Autism Group (Registered Charity 1121130)


December 1st-8th

£10 – Medal for all


Boxing Day Turkey Trot

Charities: Cathedral Archer Project (1064818), Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice (1076958), Alzheimer’s Society UK (296645) and Blind Dog Rescue UK (1148828)

5k or 10k

December 26th

£15 – Medal and personalised t-shirt for all


Virtual Santa Dash

Charities: Cathedral Archer Project (1064818), Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice (1076958), Alzheimer’s Society UK (296645) and Blind Dog Rescue UK (1148828)

5k or 10k

Any time in December

£15 – Medal and personalised t-shirt for all


Races further afield…

The Oner Ultra – 28, 45 and 82 mile options along the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset on 4th April 2020, 5 UTMB points for 82 miler. Their other race is the Midnight Mountain Marathon in the Brecon Beacons on 27th June 2020. This starts at 5:30pm and cut off is midnight. It’s a cracker and there is also a half, pair, and Bergen options. The links are below:


Club runs over the festive period

The coaching team will be having their coaches meeting this Tuesday 3rd December and after that they will share details of the Club run schedule and the opening times of the Littledown Centre for the Christmas period. Watch this space, more info soon…