Welcome to White Horse Harriers

Training

Introduction

Each week we have training sessions for both juniors and seniors. These are detailed separately below.


Juniors

These sessions are around one hour long and carried out under the supervision of Club Coaches. We welcome any aspiring athlete aged 8 upwards. Juniors are divided into two groups:

Group 1 (8 to 12 year olds).

This group trains on Thursday evenings at 7pm. We welcome new athletes into this group (subject to available spaces at the time). Please contact either the membership secretary or web site contact for details. New athletes are welcomed on the first Thursday of the month. There is a WhatsApp Group for parents/guardians of those in this group to notify of any changes etc.

  • In the summer this group trains on the large field behind Wantage Leisure Centre and Wantage Town Football Club.
  • In the autumn and winter (typically corresponding to the two school terms) in the sports hall at King Alfred’s Academy West Site.

Group 2 (aged 13 and above).

This group also trains on a Thursday evening, but at 6.30pm at Wantage Memorial Park. There is also an optional training session on Tuesday evenings. In the summer this Tuesday session may be at Tilsley Park Athletics Track in Abingdon. (Note an entry fee is payable for the use of this facility).


Seniors

Plyometrics session

Senior training is usually led by one of the club coaches or run leaders. Participants should sign up for sessions via “Meetup” which is available as a web page or app. (It is necessary to join the White Horse Harriers group in Meetup.) Use of Meetup was started in response to group size limitations during the Covid pandemic and has been continued. Details of sessions, in particular changes to the planned sessions, are also given on the White Horse Harriers private Facebook Group. Training sessions take place on the following days each week. You can either dip in and out to fit around your busy life, or you can work with the coaches and build your training program around them. e.g. Tuesday – ABC, Thursday – Intervals, Sunday – Long run.

Tuesdays 7pm.

There is a regular Tuesday evening session. For the winter period (September until around Easter) this will take place at Letcombe Regis Village Hall (LRVH). Details of this coached structured training is here for Sep21 to Mar ’22. These sessions include ABC (Agility, Balance, Coordination) work. At times the coaches may lead a training session at at Tilsley Park Athletics Track in Abingdon. (Note an entry fee is payable for the use of this facility).

Thursdays at 7pm.

There are currently two training sessions taking place on Thursday evening.

  • A coached session which may be interval training, hill repetitions or a steady (social) run. The start point of this session varies according to the session type. Usually meeting at either Wantage Leisure Centre or Wantage Memorial Park. However, members should check Meetup/Facebook. Here is link to Sep ’21 to Mar ’22 schedule.
  • A led run we call a “5 to 10K development run”. This is aimed at, but not restricted to, those who can manage a 5km run fairly comfortably but are looking to step up.

Saturday Mornings

There are occasional Saturday morning sessions for seniors. These are also detailed in the Sep ’21 to March ’22 schedule. Details will be found on Facebook and Meetup.

Sunday 8.55am trail run.

On non-race day Sundays there is a guided trail run through the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. (sometimes followed by tea & cake).  Typically we’ll run on The Ridgeway, but occasionally seek out new routes around Oxford, Hungerford or Savernake Forest.

It’s a long social run, at talking pace. There are usually three different groups with different lengths of run. We usually meet at Court Hill Centre, Wantage OX12 9NE.  Please follow our Facebook page for updates.

Page Updated October 2021