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 three organized sessions each week:

  • Tuesday Speed intervals (6.15pm).
  • Thursday Social Runs (6.15pm) – usually two routes, one between 3 and 4 miles and the other 5 to 7 miles.
  • Sunday Athletics (9.30am) – sprints, throws and jumps (field). These sessions run through the summer season only (due to light and weather in the winter), and are not every Sunday due to clashes with other events.
  • The third Monday of each month (7pm) – Catterick Athletics Stadium for track-based endurance training.

About once a month we do a Sunday trail run outing – usually two routes a bit farther afield (but still in or around our Hambleton home), one around 4 – 5 miles and the other 6 – 8 miles. We often follow this with a pub lunch or cafe snack.

As well as our sessions, we encourage our members to take part in Parkrun (Saturday, 9am for seniors and Sunday, 9am for juniors) and of course events throughout the year. We are members of the North Yorks South Durham Harriers League and take part in the summer track and field and winter cross-country leagues.

Where are the sessions?

Tuesday and Thursday sessions alternate between Bedale Park and Northallerton Leisure Centre.

Sunday athletics is normally in Bedale in the high school fields, and approximately once a month at the Darlington Eastbourne athletics track.

Saturday Parkruns are usually one of Northallerton, Darlington South Park, Bedale or Fountains Abbey, with occasional ‘away runs’ farther afield. Sunday Junior Parkruns are at Richmond.

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 running sessions, you should be able to run 5k continuously, but any pace is ok.

How fast/good do I have to be?

You don’t! All of our sessions are designed to accommodate a wide range of abilities. Whether it is our speed interval sessions or our longer Sunday runs, social Thursdays or Sunday athletics, our leaders are all trained to make sure everyone is included and no one is left behind and that everyone – fast or slow, long or short, high or low – gets to have a great run, throw or jump 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 Sundays, 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?

Most of our members are road and trail endurance runners, but we around a quarter of our members are more focussed on the track & field events – throws, jumps, sprints, and endurance. We provide athletics sessions through the summer season and get out on the track once per month in the summer (and occasionally at other times weather permitting).

Can under 18s join?

Yes – we welcome under 18s and have two junior sections: under 12 and 12-18. Get in touch if you want more information regarding under 18s by emailing coaching@harc.uk.

Our juniors and seniors train together, both supporting and encouraging each other! Sundays (athletics) tend to be mostly juniors; Tuesdays (speed intervals) is more mixed.

Which sessions can under 18s come to?

Juniors aged 12 and up can come to any of our sessions, depending only on the membership option chosen. If they choose an athletics membership, then all sessions are open to them; if they choose a running membership, then they can come to Tuesday and Thursdays but not Sundays.

Juniors aged under 12 can come along to Tuesday and Sunday sessions, but not – generally – Thursdays. However, the Thursday shorter runs may be suitable for some under 12s, so if this is something they would be interested in, please talk to one of our coaching team. Under 12s may need to be accompanied.

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.

Junior members will need to complete and pass our Junior Induction Programme, which introduces the club ethos and expectations (aligned with the England Athletics club standards) and also to make sure they understand how to take part in the sport safely.

If you would like to register a Junior, we will need to help set that up for you so that you as a parent, carer or guardian can manage their registration with the club on their behalf. Get in touch with us at info@harc.uk for help.