Spread some festive cheer

As December is now upon us, why not spread some festive cheer on your runs / walks? Have a go at some Christmassy Strava art and share it for everyone to marvel at on the Facebook group.

Races and events

LEJOG 2021

874 Miles ⋅ 365 Days ⋅ 1 Epic Virtual Challenge

What is it?
Our LEJOG Virtual Challenge is the perfect motivation to keep you running and smashing your goals all year round.

Starting on 01.01.2021 you have the opportunity to cover the equivalent distance of the UK (Land’s End to John O’Groats) all from the comfort of your own surroundings. Once completed you’ll earn yourself a fantastic medal and a technical running top too!

How does it work?
1. Pick your Entry Type – Solo, Pairs, Team of 3, Team of 4.
2. Pick your Distance (Solo Only) – Single, Double, Triple, Quadruple.
3. Pick your Extras
4. Start your Challenge
5. Get Your Goodies

Check out our ‘about’ page for full details… https://lejog.run/about

Entries close at 23:59 on 31.12.2020.



RNLI #ReindeerRun

Get your antlers and running shoes ready for the virtual RNLI #ReindeerRun and help save lives at sea. This festive RNLI run takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, we’re asking people of all ages to get involved and run or walk either 1k, 5K, or 10K. Run your own route and at any time over the weekend, as long as you are running within current government COVID guidelines. Entry is free – all we ask is for participants to raise sponsorship for the RNLI

What are you waiting for? Christmas?! Sign up today! https://bit.ly/ReindeerSE6

Thank you so much for your support and see you out there in December!


British Heart Foundation run challenge

British Heart Foundation would like to share a brilliant new running challenge coming up in 2021 to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

Can you run 6000 miles, as a club or team next year? We ask that those who take part raise £60 (to mark the 60th Anniversary) – if they raise this much or more they will receive a certificate and if a club raises over £2,500 they can provide free CPR training to your team or members.

For more info, click on this link: https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do


Gloucester Half Marathon, Gloucester Marathon, or Gloucester 50K 

At Castle Combe Motor Circuit near Chippenham, Wiltshire on Sunday 28th February 2021. The course is being held on private grounds over a flat, smooth running surface. The website address for more information or to enter online is https://gloucestermarathon.co.uk/


Gloucester 10k

Also at the same location, the Gloucester 10k on Sunday 24th January – more details here:  http://gloucester10krun.co.uk/

Cross Country

Calling all Harriers! Following the disappointing but understandable news of Hampshire XC League being cancelled this season, we have the opportunity to dust off our XC spikes (and Harriers vests) to compete in the South West XC Championships on Sunday 3rd January 2021!! The venue is RNAS Merryfield, Ilton, Ilminster TA19 9HN. With senior Men and Women’s races being held at 14:28pm and 1:35pm respectively and race distance of 6600m. (Races will start in waves of max 40 at 2 minutes intervals due to Covid). Entries will open on Monday 10th December. (Do note that to enter under Dorset you have to have either been born in Dorset or been resident for 9months).

Entry form and further details can be obtained from the England Athletics South West website  http://athleticssw.uk  (no entries on the day, last day for entry Wednesday 23rd December 2020).
This is not limited to ‘faster’ runners, so if you fancy some XC racing to start 2021, get your entries in on 10th Dec and let’s get a sea of orange out there!!!

Training sessions / closures over Christmas

Our last sessions before Christmas will be on Tuesday 22nd December. We will have a break over the festive period, and sessions will start back again on Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will be able to book a space on 5th Jan sessions from 8am on Wednesday 30th December.

LDH 5k leagues

Just a reminder that the 5k leagues are still taking place. To enter you should run a 5k on either a Saturday or Sunday and share your run with Steve O’Connell, either by tagging him via the Facebook group or sending it by email to connell67@btinternet.com

Well done to everyone who has entered so far!

Booking (and cancelling!) sessions

Due to the restrictions on group sizes, club sessions will continue to be by booking only for the foreseeable future. Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8am are when bookings open each week – mark it on your calendar as spaces fill up fast!

Please do remember to cancel your place if you cannot attend, so that another member can take up your place instead. Bookings and cancellations can be made via Eventbrite up to 5pm on the day. If you can’t make it after 5pm on the day, please try and let your coach know by sending a Facebook message, emailing through the club website ‘contact us’ page, or passing along a message with another member. Thanks to everyone for your support with the booking process.

Aged 18-30? Run over Hengistbury Head? Can you help a BU student with a project?

We have been contacted by a BU student who is looking for runners aged 18-30 to help with a survey about running at Hengistbury Head. If this is you, please contact Gemma via gemma.wellings@hotmail.co.uk

The questions in the study are around why people run at Hengistbury, whether they prefer road running or trail running and whether they feel any benefits of running in nature.