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 and the surrounding lanes and trails, 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 restrictions there are currently no shower, changing or other indoor facilities available.
Winter Training – Tuesdays
During the 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.
These are also structured sessions, similar in nature to our Thursday sessions, which can often take advantage of the famous Shaftesbury Hills.
Summer Runs – Tuesdays
While the evenings are light, between April and September, we organise our weekly ‘Tuesday Summer Runs’.
These runs are organised by a different Doddler each week in a variety of locations throughout the area. They 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 separate Beginners Group; however our main training groups are very welcoming and enthusiastically support new runners from beginners to those returning to running after a break or longer layoff.
We are currently holding our first 10-week ‘Beginner / Returnee Couch to 5k’ course which started on Monday 31st May 2021 in Sturminster Newton. The course aims to help guide new or returning runners to become confident enough to continue their running on a regular basis, whether their goal is a 5k event, to join a permanent group or develop their general fitness and lifestyle.
See our ‘Beginner / Returnee Couch to 5K’ page for further details
Ian Pollard – 29/03/2021