Welcome to Rothwell Harriers & A.C.
Established around 1990 as Rothwell & District Harriers, the club has grown from a small running club into a very popular Athletics Club with almost 300 members across both the Junior and Senior section. Our home is Oulton Sports Club, LS26 8EL.
We are affiliated to England Athletics and to Northern Athletics Association.
Covid-19 Update: The club is currently operating under England Athletics guidelines with Covid-Safe Sign up and Sign in procedures so that our coaching team and athletes alike can be sure that during training sessions, all have declared their current health status.
What to expect as a member of our club:
We have created 5 different categories for our members to choose from that vary from Run/Walk to Competitive and we charge £1 per training session that are led by our extensive coaching team of Run Leaders (LiRF), Coaches in Running Fitness (CiRF) and Athletics Coaches.
Every Tuesday at 6:30pm the club provides Interval Training that is designed to develop your speed endurance for 5k and 10k race distances. This may include a number of short fast repetitions with a short recovery, some longer repetitions of up to 10 minutes with a longer recovery or even hill repetitions.
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm the club provides General Training that is designed to provide our members with an opportunity to run socially i.e. you should be able to hold a conversation while running at the group pace. This is ideal for beginners who want to develop their fitness gradually, but is also used by our competitive groups as an ‘easy’ run which is perfect after completing the more intense ‘Interval Training’ the day before. Occasionally, in the Autumn and Winter months, we provide off road ‘head torch runs’ for the more adventurous athlete. We also hold fancy dress runs for Halloween and Christmas.
Track Training – We provide training on the Athletics Track at John Charles Centre for Sport LS11 5DJ during the Spring and Summer months mainly, but occasionally in Autumn and Winter. This provides our members with a safe environment away from the traffic and members of the public. (local charges may apply). Here we work on technique as well as strengthening and conditioning as well as Intervals. The flat surface and equal distance per lap makes this a perfect place to practice pace for any race distance consistently and serves athletes of all disciplines from 800m to marathon.
Cross Country / Off Road Training – We provide training at a variety of venues, generally on weekends where daylight is plentiful. During the Spring and Summer months, parts of the Leeds Country Way and Wakefield Wheel are popular routes to explore. Some of our Ultra Marathon runners provide group runs along these routes of significant mileage.
Our in-club competitions are open to all members to participate and provide for all types of athlete within our members.
Club Championship – The club selects approximately 20 different official races (from 1 mile to marathon distance) in each calendar year for our members to choose from. Your best 6 results count so if you only complete 6 of these races in the year, you may still win a prize or trophy. We don’t recommend you race too often though, so it is advisable to spread your races out through the year.
Cross Country Championship – The club currently selects two leagues of Cross Country races. The first one is the West Yorkshire Cross Country League that normally begins in October and finishes in December. The second is the Peco Cross Country League that normally begins in late November and finishes in early March. The club also includes the Yorkshire Cross Country Championship which is usually held the first Saturday in January, the Northern Cross Country Championship which is normally held in late January and the English National Cross Country Championship which is usually held early March. Your best 5 results count so if you only complete 5 of these races in the Autumn and Winter, you may still win a prize or trophy.
Track & Field Championship – The club currently selects two local Track & Field Leagues. The first one is the West Yorkshire Track & Field League that normally begins in April and finishes in July. The second is the York Summer League that normally begins in May and finishes in August. The club also usually includes the Yorkshire Championships in May and the Leeds Golden Mile in September. Your best 5 results count so if you only complete 5 of these events in the Spring and Summer, you may still win a prize or trophy.
Club Handicap – This is our annual event, only for members of our club and is held on a Wednesday evening in June. We request all our participants wear their club vest (available to purchase from our club shop on our website) for this event. The race itself is a 4.8 mile distance made up of 3 laps around Springhead Park in Rothwell. Each participant is given a handicap based on their current form (usually their latest 10k race time) and the difference in time between the first person starting and the last person starting of 30 minutes to allow an equal chance of winning the prestigious trophy. After the racing has finished, the club provides food back at the club house for our members to enjoy and the bar is open for refreshments while the presentation takes place.
The club captains select teams to represent the club in the following competitions based on ability and availability:
Northern Road Relays – This is an annual event usually held in March and consists of Men’s teams of 12 ad Ladies teams of 6.
Yorkshire Road Relays – This is an annual event usually held in March or April and consists of both Ladies and Men’s teams of 4.
Leeds Country Way Relay – This is an annual event usually held on the first Sunday of September and consists of 6 pairs or athletes in each team (teams of 12). The club usually enters 3 teams.
National Road Relays – This is an annual event usually held in October and consists of Men’s teams of 6 and Ladies teams of 4.
Northern Cross Country Relays – This is an annual event usually held in October and consists of Men’s teams of 4 and Ladies teams of 3.
As a club, we organise a number of events through the year including:
Presentation Night – Usually held in February and open to all our members and their families (subject to availability)
AGM – Our Annual General Meeting is usually held in March and open to all our members to attend.
Canal Run – We organise this annual race and staff it with volunteers from our membership in order to raise as much money as possible for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was a member of our club for many years and is very well known for her amazing achievements during her illness and the £1.8M that she raised for cancer-related causes ahead of her death in September 2007. The club is very proud to continue this event and donate to this charity each year.
There is no pressure to take part in any of our training, competitions or events, although we do encourage you to try some. We are an inclusive club and love to see our members develop their fitness and abilities through the training we are able to provide.
If you require any further information, please contact us at [email protected]