We hold several training sessions during the week, all of which cater for different running abilities and people’s busy schedules.
Training – Thursdays (all year round)
Our main Club training session takes place every Thursday evening from Sturfit, the Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre; we meet at 7pm for announcements and race results etc, before the session begins at 7.15pm prompt. We will then return to the Leisure Centre approx. 8.30pm.
We run a structured training session throughout the year, 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.
Shower and changing facilities are available and included in the annual membership fee.
Winter Training – Tuesdays
During the long, dark winter months we run training sessions on Tuesday evenings in both Blandford and Shaftesbury.
BLANDFORD – meet at Blandford Leisure Centre at 6.30pm and run up to the Sunrise Business Park where the session takes place at 6.45pm. This is an interval sessions with reps ranging from 600m to 1200m. The session is suitable for runners of all abilities (beginners included) and is a great way to improve your speed endurance.
SHAFTESBURY – meet at 6.30pm in the central town car park. A group of Doddlers meet on Tuesday, however on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month we hold our Shaftesbury Hill Session specifically targeting the ‘famous’ hills of Shaftesbury.
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, the Summer Runs typically take place from a lovely pub, a members house or picnic 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 – 25/11/2019