The start of the mens race at the South West XC Championships , 2018 (photo by Paul)

Now that we are moving out of the 2nd national Covid-19 lockdown on Wednesday December 2nd, the Harriers are once again allowed to organise Club training for both its junior and senior sections for two weeks before the Xmas break. Read on for details and how to register for the sessions. Plus news of the South West XC Championships to be held on Sunday January 3rd and the potential for further Cross-country and road racing in the months following.

Harrier training in groups resumes at Strode College Sports Centre on the grass field behind the Sports Centre on Monday December 7th for juniors aged 8-15 and on Tuesday December 8th for seniors and those aged 14 and above. We are again delivering these Club-based sessions according to the UK Govt Guidance and the England Athletics Guidance. The venue at Strode College is deemed a Covid-secure environment with good protocols in place and we have satisfied the Sports Centre’s requirements with our own Harrier Risk Assessment for delivering these training sessions.

Monday junior sessions – December 7th & 14th – please register with Paul by the Sunday before (6th/13th) if you are a Harrier member and wish to attend the session. Session starts at 6pm and finishes at 7pm

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Tuesday sessions – December 8th & 15th – please register with Graham by the Monday before (7th/14th) if you are a Harrier member and wish to attend the session. Session starts from 6.05pm with group warm up before hour long effort finishing approx 7.20pm

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(The Session plan for the Tuesday sessions for December is below – we only have group training on the 8th & 15th – for dates when no group training please follow EA Guidance of training in groups of up to 6 or solo.)

NO HARRIER GROUP TRAINING AFTER 15th DECEMBER UNTIL THE NEW YEAR - Monday January 4th for Junior session and Tuesday January 5th for older juniors & seniors. Check this website for any announcements.


For those who are Harrier members and paid up for England Athletics there is a SW XC Championships taking place on Sunday January 3rd. The venue is RNAS Merryfield, near Ilton, Ilminster and the venue is Covid-19 compliant. Full information on timetable and race distances for different age groups from u’13 to seniors etc is below. Entries open online on December 10th and close on 23rd December – no late entries nor entries on the day. Entry link here. If you are taking part as a junior or senior you should ask one of your parents or your partner to help marshal at this event as without volunteers the event will not be able to take place. 

Events and Race Times

U13 Girls – 11.00 - 2800m U13 Boys – 11.23 - 2800m

U15 Girls – 11.46 - 3300m U15 Boys – 12.09 - 3300m

U17 Women – 12.37 - 4800m U17 Men – 13.11 - 4800m

Sen Women – 13.35 - 6600m (Including Under 20 Women and Masters - W35, W45, W55)

Sen Men – 14.28 - 6600m (Including Under 20 Men and Masters – M40, M50, M60)

NOTE: The races will start in waves of 40 maximum with the first wave being at time shown and subsequent waves at 2 minutes intervals. Entries will open on Monday 10th December Entry fee £9 - Juniors (U13-U17) and £11 - Seniors (includes U20 and Masters) All entrants must have a SW* qualification by birth or residence.




Chairman Graham (711) leading Secretary Paul  (716)with Pete Darton, Karl Watts & Rod Appleby also featuring in Harrier vests at the SW XC Championships 2008. Meanwhile Harrier Neil Biss wearing the Green County vest for Dorset is out in front! (Photo by Simon Harris)



We await to see what other XC Championships or races wil take place in 2021 – the main requirement seems to be having a secure environment which does not use any public fields. We have a similar situation with road-races and multi-terrain races with two of the Harrier sponsored events now being either cancelled or postponed: NO Babcary 7.5 mile road race in February 2020; & Butleigh 10k Multi-terrain to be postponed – decision to be taken in Spring as to whether it can happen in, say, Autumn 2021.


Provisional date for English XC Championships (ie the National) is Saturday March 6th but we wait to see if they can find a secure environment for it to take place. (Announcement due soon)


One that is going ahead: Gloucester Half and Full Marathon

We are advised that the Gloucester Half/Marathon & 50k road races are taking place on Sunday 28th February at the Castle Combe Racing Circuit. This is a multi-lap race over closed private roads. Full information and entries can be made from this link here.


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Tuesday Night Harrier Training Sessions: December 2020

The Sessions on 8th & 15th December held at Strode College - please ensure you book in advance; other sessions please complete on your own or with a fellow runner or two (up to 6)


1 st Dec 5 * 5 mins (1 min recovery)

8 th Dec 4* 2 mins; 4 * 1 min 30; 4* 1 min; 4* 30s. 1 min recovery between the efforts within all sets (so 30s reps in the last set should be fast!) and 3 mins between sets (gentle jogging)

15th Dec 3 * (5 * 90s) (jog 45s as recovery), 3 minutes jogging between sets – try to do the whole session as a continuous run

22 nd Dec 6 mins, 3mins, 6 mins, 3 mins, 6 mins (1 min recovery after 3 mins reps, 2mins after 6 mins reps).

29th Dec 5 * 4 mins (90s recovery), followed by 6 * approximately 200 m sprints (200m walk/slow jog recovery)



Christian, Zak & Archie win whilst Owen runs a pb - all Club group training cancelled

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