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Calling All Beginners - New Runners Course starts Monday 30 March

What could be better than Running on a Spring Evening in the stunning New Forest!

On Monday March 30th we will be starting a Beginner’s running course for 10 weeks, meeting at Applemore Sports Centre 6.15 in the evening and starting at 6.30. This course is for absolute beginners.  Both male and females are invited to take part, although a basic level of fitness is required.

This course has links with a Sport England initiative "This Girl Can" which aims to get more women active, from 15 years upwards! So come on give this a go it is so much easier to run with company! For a good example see this youtube video about Sam.  There is no obligation to join the Hardley runners Club, however you may consider this when you achieve your final goal to run 5k!

So come on; we all understand the benefits of regular exercise so here is an opportunity to meet a new group of friends and at the same time take in all that Beautiful New Forest Scenery!  For more information please contact: Paul Blundell: Mobile 07968 371959 or Landline 02380 844503 or Email; or Christine Harris: 07708 118114 or Landline 02380 844339 or

Come and join us!

Our annual club subscription is excellent value at £10 single and we welcome new members.  If you are interested in joining us or would like more information please feel free to send us an e-mail (see contact us tab). Or you can go straight to the subscriptions page to join or renew your subscription.

Our membership year runs to 31 March.  New members get the rest of the current year free.  The subscriptions page now includes the form for the year to 31 March 2016.  Please feel free to renew your membership now rather than waiting!

What's New?

New! Excellent newspaper report of CC Nationals added 24 February - see Results tab
New! AGM Minutes added 23 February - see Committee tab
New! John McKenzie does a triple - added 22 February - see Results tab
New! Cross Country Nationals and The Terminator results added and Geoff Mills spreadsheet updated 22 February - see Results tab
New! Events list updated 22 February - see Race Diary tab
New! Miles of Miles and other mile opportunities added 18 February - see Race Diary tab
New! HCCL results added 18 February - see Results tab
New! Results for Bramley 10 and 20 added 16 February - see Results tab
New! CC6 Race 6 - results added 15 February- see Results tab
New! Awards Lunch - book now! added 11 February - see Social tab
New! Results for HCCL Race 5 at Bournemouth added 8 February - see Results tab
New! Subscriptions page updated 7 February - Click here
New! New Chairman elected at AGM - added 4 Feb - see News tab

Beginners Running Group

We have a beginners' group for who feel daunted about joining a running club or those who are unsure where or how to start. Our aim is to help new and inexperienced runners achieve their running goals. Whether that be weight loss, increased fitness, running their first race or simply progressing from walking to jogging. There more information on our training pages.  If you'd like to join or just want to find out more please contact Chris Harris ( 07708 118114, )

Introduction to Hardley Runners

Hardley Runners is a Waterside based club affiliated to a number of sports associations including UK Athletics, the Southern and Hampshire Athletics Association, the Trail Running Association, the Fell Runners Association, Cycling Time Trials and the Hampshire Sports Council. We are also affiliated to British Triathlon through our relationship with Team Feat. We currently have around 200 members, both male and female, who range from sub-6 minute mile pace to the casual jogger.

Members meet at Applemore Recreation Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm for training runs of between 5 and 10 miles or for structured training sessions. We also meet most Sunday mornings at 8:30am, at a venue agreed each week, for a longer run of between 10 and 15 miles on forest trails.

The club has a diverse membership, enjoying both road and off-road running. We participate in the popular summer RR10 Wednesday evening league in which we have had many team and individual successes and regularly enter the largest number of competitors. The 10 fixtures against other local running clubs occur fortnightly on evenings between April and August over distances of between 4 and 6 miles. We also participate in the Hampshire and CC6 Cross Country Leagues, which each consist of weekend events during the winter months. These races are just some of the free events enjoyed by our club members.

We participate in the Hampshire Road Race league and have many runners in the London Marathon each year. Annually we award open and age-related club championship trophies based on a local road race and a handicap trophy based on a 10k forest trail run. The latter event is followed by a pub lunch at which the draw for the club places in the London Marathon is held.

We had the distinction of being National Trail Running team champions for four consecutive years.   Club members regularly take part in the prestigious OMM (Original Mountain Marathon - formerly KIMM) and the Saunders Mountain Marathon and have won honours in both events.

We organise the popular Solent Half Marathon at Gang Warily, the Test Way Relay, the Exbury 10K and both an RR10 and a CC6 event, through which club members make their contribution to the local running calendar.

We are affiliated to British Triathlon, membership of which provides entitlement to compete in British and National Championships and eligibility to qualify for GB representation.   Hardley members can save £11 on their Individual BTF membership which provides a minimum saving of £4 on every Triathlon and Duathlon entry.  Many of our members represent Great Britain in Age Related triathlon and duathlon and have won National, British, European and World titles.

On the social front the club holds cycling trips, theatre trips, Youth Hostel and camping weekends and our Hardley Hilly Half awards presentation lunch is always well supported.

Our annual club subscription is excellent value at £10 single and we welcome new members.  If you are interested in joining us or would like more information please feel free to send us an e-mail (see contact us tab). Or you can go straight to the subscriptions page which includes a membership form.

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Last updated 24-Feb-2015.

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