If membership of a well-organised and successful running club appeals to you, then Harrogate Harriers could be what you're looking for. We participate in road running, fell-running, cross-country and track athletics, but it’s not all serious competition – maybe you’re just looking for others to run with? The best way to see if we fit the bill is to come to one of our training nights, meet other runners from the local area and participate in the session.
We’re always pleased to meet other runners, there is absolutely no pressure to join and rest assured you will not be expected to run any harder or longer than you wish to.
We meet on Tuesday nights at 7.00pm and on Thursday nights at 6:30pm at the Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre off Hookstone Road.
We would recommend that your first visit should be on a Tuesday, our main training night. On arrival at the club car park, please ask any of the assembled runners to point you to a committee member or senior member who will guide you to the most suitable group to run with. To feel comfortable at the club, you should at a minimum be able to run for thirty minutes without stopping. Training usually takes place in three or four separate pace groups so as to cater for all standards and our lead coach is Ian Rowbotham, an experienced and qualified fitness professional who usually provides speed/interval sessions for the Improvers Group.
Members (this term includes potential members and visiting runners) are encouraged to take personal care in warming up, stretching and warming down whenever they take part in a club run. Members are also required to wear appropriate running clothing and footwear. All members must ensure that they are medically fit and understand that they participate/enter in any club activities and events entirely at their own risk. Members agree that Harrogate Harriers shall not be liable for any accidents, injury, loss, damage or claim or expense that may arise in consequence of their participation in club activities/events. High visibility garments must be worn on club evening runs between September and March. As a club we observe the rules of the Highway Code and run on pavements whenever possible, if there is no pavement we run on the right hand side of the road facing the oncoming traffic. The only exception is at sharp right hand bends where you will need to cross the road to negotiate the bend (so traffic can see you) then cross back when safe to do so. If you are running in a large group and no pavement is available, the code requires you to run on the left hand side at all times.
Any member (or potential member) who has any doubt or concerns about their fitness or ability to take part in a training session should consult their GP or a suitably qualified health professional before considering participation.
We organise various running and social events throughout the year and organise the popular Run Harrogate 10K and more recently have hosted rounds of the Fell Runners Association Junior Championship. We participate in the Harrogate & District Summer Race League, competing against local clubs from as far afield as Richmond and Leeds. We also hold both road and off-road Club Championships based on local race events, distances range from 5 miles to half-marathon. There is always someone available to advise and support you, whether it be your first race, which running shoes to buy or how to deal with an injury problem.
We have strong links with the local community and strive to encourage young peoples’ participation in athletics and a healthy lifestyle. Our Young Athletes training groups caters for ages from school Year 5 onwards and have achieved considerable success in recent years, earning an enviable reputation in the local running community.