We know you may have questions – find answers to the ones that crop up most often here!
Where is HARC based?
HARC HQ is in Bedale, and our members are mostly centred around Northallerton and Bedale.
What sessions do you have each week?
We have four organized sessions each week:
- Tuesday Speed intervals (6pm)
- Thursday Social Runs (6pm) – usually two routes, one between 3 and 4 miles and the other a little longer
- Saturday Parkrun (9am) – we love Parkrun and pick one of our local events to go to each Saturday morning
- Sunday Long Slow Run – usually two routes a bit farther afield (but still in or around our Hambleton home), one around 4 – 5 miles and the other a bit longer
We also go to the athletics track at Darlington Eastbourne about once a month where we do some middle distances and sprints as well as throws and jumps.
Where are the sessions?
Tuesday and Thursday sessions alternate between Bedale Park and Northallerton Leisure Centre.
Saturday Parkruns are usually one of Northallerton, Darlington South Park or Fountains Abbey, with occasional ‘away runs’ farther afield.
Sunday runs normally follow a three week rotation for runs in the neighbourhoods of Bedale, Northallerton and Stokesley. These are often trail runs up on the Moors or in the Dales.
Once a month we go to the track (usually at Darlington Eastbourne) to try some of the shorter run distances, and throwing and jumping.
Do I have to go to all the sessions?
No! Come along whenever you want to – we know people have busy lives and things happen, so you can come whenever you like.
Do I have to be a runner, thrower or jumper already?
No – we recommend beginners join one of our beginner groups – for example, new runners should do one of the Couch to 5k programmes we offer. To join in the main sessions, you should be able to run 5k continuously, but any pace is ok.
How fast do I have to be?
You don’t! All of our sessions are designed to accommodate a wide range of paces. Whether it is our speed interval sessions or our longer Sunday runs, our leaders are all trained to make sure no one is left behind and that everyone – fast or slow – gets to have a great run at the pace that works for them.
What kind of support and advice will I get?
We are a very friendly club and our members love to support each other.
As an England Athletics affiliated club, we also have trained coaches, leaders and welfare officers, as well as mental health champions.
You will be able to get technical guidance and tips from the coaches on Tuesdays, and you are welcome to speak to the coaching team about any advice you want or concerns you have. This could be anything from niggles and injuries, getting faster, running farther, or preparing for a major goal like your first marathon.
Do you do athletics or just running?
At the moment, most of our members are runners. However, we do get out on the track once per month and have a few athletes who do throws and jumps. This is an area we are currently developing and expect to have a lot more to offer in the 2022 season.
Can under 18s join?
Yes – over 12s are welcome. The junior section is mostly focussed on running at the moment – sprints and endurance. We do a limited amount of throws and jumps, and hope to grow these activities in 2021 and 2022.
We do not currently accept under 12s as members, but we hope to soon. Get in touch if you want more information regarding under 12s.
How do I join?
Find out about membership on our Membership page. You’ll have to register first (so we know which age categories you fall within) and then you can see the specific membership options open to you – just visit the membership page and it will walk you through the process.