Training – Thursdays

We are currently meeting at the Sorting Office in Butts Pond Industrial Estate, Sturminster Newton ready for a 7pm.

We normally run a structured training session, with an emphasis on catering for all levels of experience by working in groups of similar ability and pace. Sessions are usually led by our Club Coach, Ian Pollard (EA Coach in Running Fitness) and/or other senior members with the EA Leader in Running Fitness qualification.

Using a variety of training methods and locations around the town, these sessions will help you improve your running technique, endurance and speed for more efficient and enjoyable running.

However you want to progress your running, whether for social enjoyment, improvement or in preparation for specific races or events (5/10K, Half/Marathon etc), our Thursday training evenings will help you develop your full running potential in a welcoming and like-minded training environment.

Due to Covid-19 there are no shower, changing or other indoor facilities available.

Winter Training – Tuesdays

During the dark winter months we run training sessions on Tuesday evenings in Shaftesbury. We meet at 6.30pm in the central town car park for a 6.45pm start. 

This is also a structured session similar in nature to our Thursday session, which can often take advantage of the famous Shaftesbury Hills. 

Summer Runs – Tuesday

While the evenings are light, between April and September, we organise our weekly ‘Summer Runs’.

Organised by a different Doddler each week in a variety of locations throughout the area. These are also great social occasions and we get to run through some beautiful Dorset countryside and coastal trails.

The usual format involves meeting at 7pm for a 7.15 start, or slightly earlier in April and September. There will usually be a choice of two or three distances to suit different abilities and requirements on the night, ranging from about 4 to 9 miles.

See our ‘Summer Runs’ page for the weekly schedule of runs.

A beginner or returning to running

We do not currently operate a Beginners Group, or a typical ‘Couch to 5k’ beginners/improvers group.

However, our main training groups are very welcoming and enthusiastically support new runners of all abilities, from beginners to those returning to running after a break or longer layoff.  

Ian Pollard – 28/9/2020