COVID-19 - UPDATE - 4th July 2020

Hi everyone

We hope that you all remain well in these strange times, unfortunately governmental and English Athletic guidelines have not changed to allow groups of more than 6 to meet and therefore we cannot at this time resume club training or commence the summer runs, though we can all go to the pub. As soon as EA issues a guidance allowing the resumption of group activities we will resume club activities. In the meanwhile as we see on social media many of you are, carry on running and reach out to other Doddlers for group runs of 6 or less.

Club Champs

Well done to everyone who ran the Broad Oak Hilly virtual race in June, it was good to see a few Doddlers out there on the course and as one club member stated in an email “It doesn’t feel very virtual” when you are running up Broad Oak Hill.

This month we bring you the next race in the Club Championships, a virtual race around the John Deacon Handicap course. We will also be running the John Deacon handicap in parallel , the derived handicap to be applied to the virtual race results to give two sets of results one for the club champs and the second to secure the John Deacon Shield. Details of where to submit your race results for the handicap calculation will be provided in due course. The Virtual race over the JD course is open from today until the 31st of July, you can of course have as many goes as you wish.

The link below pasted into a web browser will show the course to anyone who is unsure of the course. If you are still unsure please get in touch and I’m sure we can arrange a few guided tours of the course with a max of 6 runners at a time.

Please post your results on the club members FaceBook page or email them directly to myself at

Membership for year 2020-21

Subs for the membership year became due on 1st Apr. Normally UK Athletics give us until the end of June to gather all membership details and money and get our members (re)registered before people were recorded as having lapsed. With the ongoing COVID situation they extended this deadline until the end of August, which now isn’t too far away.
Many thanks to everyone who has already paid their membership, this is of great help to Roger as membership secretary and to the club in general. The people who have not paid their membership will fall into one of these categories:

Just haven’t got round to it yet – will rejoin as per last year. If this is the case then please get on to it now.
Do not want to renew for this year – if this is the case then please let Roger know so that we can remove you from our records and stop pestering you.
Wish to remain a member but am unable to afford the subs at present – in this case please get in touch with either the Chairman (Dave Jackson) or Membership Secretary (Roger Teasdale) in full confidentiality.

Please pay your membership or let us know your intentions by 15th August at the latest to allow enough time to get you processed on time.

More membership information, including bank details, the membership form and details of membership options can be found on our website here. Membership questions to Roger by email to in the first instance.
We hope to see you all soon

Dave Jackson (Chairman)

A bit about us…

The Dorset Doddlers have been running around in circles since 1983. The club was originally formed by a small group of runners who had just completed their first London Marathon and now has well over 100 members.

It feels great to be part of a club… There are many benefits to joining the Doddlers, including reduced race entry fees and discounts at many of the local sports shops. Also you will have a whole new bunch of friends to go running with!

Come and join us, our main training is on Thursday nights from SturFit Leisure Centre

We also meet in Shaftesbury or Blandford Forum on a Tuesday night for our winter training

From April to September we explore different parts of Dorset – come and run with us on our Summer Runs – all welcome, walkers and dogs too
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Don't forget to let us know your race results