Thursdays are back! 

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we worked on getting things going again throughout September. We are delighted that from this coming Thursday 8th October, the usual 3 Thursday training sessions will also be back in action!

On Thursdays there will be a red session (5 mile multi-pace), blue session (7-8 miles) and an orange effort session. Bookings for Thursday will open on Friday morning the week before at 8am.

As always, check the training schedule on the club website for details of sessions, routes and coaches.

Extended timeframe for booking onto a session

You can now book a spot on a club run up to 5pm on the day of the session, subject to availability.

Please do remember to cancel your spot if you cannot make it, rather than just not turning up. If you have to cancel at the very last minute (e.g. after 5pm on the day) due to something unforeseen, it would be great if you could let your coach know either by posting on the Facebook group, asking another runner to let them know, or sending us an email via the CONTACT US page of the website. We understand this might not always be possible, but if you can it would be helpful!

How to book your spot and finding your group! 

As a reminder, the link to book a training session is:

And for those who have not joined a session yet, a map of where to meet for a club run can be seen HERE

(Sessions are only available to paid-up club members, so please don’t book yourself a session if you have not paid your membership fees as your place will be cancelled.)

Last call for Cross Country!

At present, Cross Country looks set to return this winter. If you think you might like to take part, this is the last call to add your name to the list. You are not signing on the dotted line at this stage, just registering your interest. If you do decide at a later date that you don’t want to compete it is not a problem, but you have to be on the initial list of registrations to be eligible to enter.

Register your interest by clicking HERE

Be safe and be seen

Littledown Harriers Night RunAs autumn is upon us and club runs are now finishing after dark, please be mindful of ensuring that you are safe and can be seen out there.

High-vis vests, bright clothing, reflective strips and flashing lights are all a great idea. For off-road runs, or for those who want to wear one, head torches can also be beneficial at lighting up darker paths and helping to see and be seen.

Social distancing reminders

Thanks to everyone for observing the social distancing regulations whilst on club runs. As a reminder, we are able to hold official club runs in groups of 12 runners and 1 coach as we are Covid-compliant (e.g. have done the necessary risk assessments etc.) and are permitted under England Athletics guidelines.

However, to be allowed to continue to do so we have to ensure that we are observing social distancing of 2 metres and following the hands, face, space government guidelines.

For those who are meeting outside of an official club night to run with friends, please remember the current local guidelines permit groups of no more than 6 to meet.

London marathon this weekend

Just a reminder that this Sunday 4th October sees the elite-only London marathon, along with the virtual version which 45,000 runners around the world are set to undertake! The very best of luck to all Harriers who are taking part!

In the men’s elite race, Bekele and Kipchoge are going head to head (and wearing different trainers to each other, so rumour has it…Kipchoge will be wearing the Nike Alphafly Next% whilst Bekele is going for the Vaporfly Next%…)

In the women’s race, the fastest female marathoner in history Brigid Kosgei is lining up to see if she can improve on her world record of 2:14:04 from Chicago last year.

With Sir Mo running as a pacemaker and the wheelchair event too, it should still be a fascinating race – even if it is a lot different to the London we are used to.

You can watch the coverage live on BBC. The women’s race starts at 7:15am and the men’s at 10:15am.

19.7 laps of St James’s Park…wonder if they were inspired by the Littledown Marathon…?