The Track and Field Athletics season runs through the spring/summer. If it’s your first time, don’t panic. Please talk to the coaches and we’ll recommend what’ll suit you best. It’s very much a team thing and fun to do together with your Harrier pals.
We have a number of England Athletics qualified coaches who’ll be delighted to give you coaching in track, jumps or throws if you’d either like to try something out or improve your skills.
Oxfordshire Junior League
We enter a Harriers junior team into the Oxfordshire Junior Track and Field League over the summer season.
There are usually three fixtures in each season.
- Sunday 30th April – Horspath
- Sunday 13th August – Banbury
- Sunday 3rd September – Tilsley Park
Each competition will have a range of events for the competitors.
- For Under 9 & Under 11’s they have the ‘Quad Kids’ (inc 75m, 600m, Long Jump & Vortex)
- For U13’s, U15’s & U17, there are a range of events to choose from inc 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, Relay, Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Discus, Javelin & Shot Putt.
OJL Rules for 2023 season can be downloaded Competition Rules (ojl.org.uk) Athletes age categories are taken from the 31st Aug 2023. E.g. if you are still 10 years old on the 31st Aug, you are classed as U11.
We will need parent/helpers at each of the fixtures to help out the organizers with things like Long Jump, etc. Please let us know if you’re able to help out, as it’ll make your afternoon as a spectator much more interesting.
More details of the events, timings, etc can be found at the OJL website.
Please contact email@example.com to register for the team, ask any questions and volunteer to help on the day.
Open Graded Meetings
If you haven’t run on the track since school, Open Graded meetings are a fantastic (re)introduction to Track & Field.
Athletes estimate their finish time when they enter. Each distance (100m, 400m, etc) may have four or five different races. Athletes of a similar finish time are grouped together in a race. For example, the first 1500m race may be of runners with estimated finish times between 5m.40s – 6m.20s – so you compete with runners of a similar pace.
As races are based on pace, not age or gender, everyone has enjoyed the novelty of mixing it up with the juniors and seniors.
2023 Open Fixtures
Cheltenham Midsummer Open Graded Meetings (6.30pm)
- Wed 5th July
- Wed 12th July
- Wed 19th July
- Wed 26th July
Oxford City AC (Horspath) Open Graded Meeting & now called the ‘Oxon and Bucks Midweek Open’
- Wed 26th April
- Wed 24th May
- Wed 7th June
- Wed 5th July
- Wed 2nd August
- Wed 13th September
If you are intrigued, but nervous, you’ll be in good company! Please talk to the RunLeaders & Coaches who are keen to put together a ‘try-out’ as a confidence builder. If you have questions about how it works or estimating your expected time, please join the conversation on our FB page.
You may find this race time predictor useful. Click here
The competitive juniors will attend nominated ‘Open Meeting’ with coach, Tom King.
Please note the Opens Graded meetings require you to enter individually. You’ll find entries forms on the links.
Men & Women vets (over 35) have the opportunity to compete in the local Southern Counties Veterans Athletics League. This is usually a series of four fixtures 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Monday evenings and has events for over-50s as well as over-35s.
2023 VETS League Fixtures
- Monday 24th April (18:30) Horspath Our Track | Oxford City Athletic Club (oxfordcityac.com)
- Tuesday 9th May (18:30) Tillsley Park Overview – Abingdon Leisure
- Thursday 15th June (18:30) Tillsley Park Overview – Abingdon Leisure
- Sunday 2nd July (13:30) Palmer Park, Reading Palmer Park Sports Stadium | Reading | Better
The club pays the affiliation fees for our teams to participate in the vets league, so this is a great way to try track and field athletics in a friendly encouraging atmosphere. Please contact team manager Kathryn Leech, if you are interested or have any questions.
We have a number of England Athletics qualified coaches who’ll be delighted to give you coaching in track, jumps or throws. Please let us know if you’d either like to try something out or improve your skills.