New Members Area
Welcome to Chepstow Harriers
We encourage you to run with us for a couple of weeks as a guest, before asking you to decide whether to join.
If we haven’t put you off in that time and you would like to join us, please complete an on-line membership form here:
Please contact the membership secretary (Neil Grant) with any queries (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alternatively, turn up on a Tuesday or Thursday night's training and ask anyone to introduce you to the “master of ceremonies” who will welcome you and explain any procedures for the evening.
We look forward to welcoming you to the club!
If you have any further questions you can contact our 'new members' co-ordinator here: email@example.com
If you are a new or prospective member, we would like to extend a warm welcome to Chepstow Harriers, and to introduce you to the club and its members.
We want you to get the most out of your club, out of the training we provide, the races you compete in and our ever-popular social events.
So, who are we?
We are a local running club, based at Chepstow Leisure Centre and serving the lower Wye Valley and environs. We have over 180 members of all ages and abilities, including a thriving junior section for girls and boys aged 8 to 16.
We train twice a week - Tuesday evenings (7 pm) are speed sessions, with sociable long runs on Thursdays (again at 7 pm). We spend the winter pounding the pavements and lanes around Chepstow (always wear a reflective top), but go off-road as soon as the evening light allows.
Our juniors train Monday evenings, with some joining the adults on Tuesdays. We use the sports hall in winter, moving outside from April to October.
See Juniors page
We take part in a range of local open races, relays and team competitions.
About the club
We have an active club committee to help run the training, club races, social events and so on.
Led by Head Coach Dick Finch, our coaches meet monthly to agree a training programme for the weeks ahead.
Find out Who’s Who.
We are pleased to report that the club recently applied for and was awarded Club Mark status by Welsh Athletics. Club Mark recognises the coaching we deliver, the training and qualification of our key volunteers, and the excellent work we do within the Junior and Senior sections of the club to provide a good and safe environment for all the members Our clubmark certifcate
For more information go to Clubmark
Train with us
Not surprisingly, training is at the heart of the club!
All our coaches are Welsh Athletics qualified (up to Level 3). The coaches organise monthly training programmes, often to help club members target specific races.
Tuesday nights are intensive speedwork sessions, to build leg strength and speed. During the winter we make good use of the streets around Chepstow, moving on to the Chepstow School sports field in the spring and summer. Typical sessions include:
- Bridge hill reps – using various (not too) hilly roads, we run 12 x 150 m reps at speed with a return jog recovery;
- Danes Loops – we run at pace around a 1.2 km loop on residential streets, with 2 mins recovery, repeating this 5 times;
- Pyramid runs – on the school sports field, run 200 m, then 400 m, then 800m and finally 1600m, all at a steady 5k pace, before ... reversing back to 200 m, with 2 mins recovery.
On Thursdays, we go for a longer sociable run through the lanes around Chepstow. Again, as soon as it’s light enough, we take to the paths and woods of the lower Wye Valley. These are sociable runs, with runners forming equally paced groups and regrouping at preset points. Thursday runs are typically 7 to 8 miles, but with options for shorter distances. Check out our training pages for a range of routes.
We group runners into pace groups (A to F), based on their current 5k race time. This allows the training sessions to be adapted to meet different abilities and for runners of a similar standard to train together and support each other.
Find out which group you are in – Pace groups
Have a look at our Training Pages for more information.
Socialise with Us
Monthly Curry Club, Annual Awards night and Xmas Party
Away runs: we will arrange to meet a little further afield to run a new route, usually followed by a drink at a local pub.
Occasionally we arrange club trips further afield, in 2017 we spent the weekend walking, running eating and drinking in the Brecon Beacons. 2019 sees Harriers travailing to Bulgaria for a skiing trip.
Often members arrange nights out in Cheptow.
Race with us
We like to think we offer a wide range of club events that all members can take part in.
- Leisure Centre League – we compete with 9 other clubs in Monmouthshire in 5 cross-country and 5 road races each year. These are always enjoyable and a good opportunity to forge links (and rivalry) with local runners. We encourage all members to take part – all you need is a club number and to turn up on the day. For more info...
- Gwent League – similar to the LCL cross-country, but on a much grander scale, the Gwent League comprises 5 races across south Wales and southwest England each winter. Our ladies have a good record here, coming 3rd overall in 2012/13. Again, anyone can enter, just turn up on the day. For more info...
- Relays – we take part in the Cotswold Way, Welsh Castles and the Rack Raid. What can you say about these? They are all great team events, taking in some great road and off-road routes. We select teams, but there is usually plenty of opportunity for all. And, not content with competitive relays, we have organised our own “run for fun” Offa’s Dyke relay. For more info...
- Club handicap – every spring, we run a series of handicap races for club members on a 5 mile route around Chepstow Park Wood. All runners are given a handicap, with faster runners starting behind slower runners. It’s always a challenge to stay or get ahead of others! For more info...
- Club championship – who is the best runner in the club? Every year we organise a club championship, taking in a wide range of races, from 5k to marathon, road, multi-terrain or fell. With a club “champs” race each month and two or three optional races, your best seven results count towards “best in club”. For more info...
- Time-trials – these aren’t races, but an opportunity to see how you are progressing. Either on the Severn Bridge or our Leisure Centre running track, we arrange a series of 5k or 3k runs through the year. For more info...
- Open races – we put on five open races each year. These are always well attended and have a reputation for good organisation and friendly hospitality. If you aren’t running, we encourage club members to help out with marshalling, timing and even cake-making! Open Races
Volunteer with us
We are always on the look-out for volunteers to help out with club races and events. Whether you can spare a morning marshalling one of our open races, an evening time-recording at a time-trial or handicap race or even coaching other runners, we would be most grateful for your help.
For more information or to volunteer, just speak to a race director/event coordinator or one of our coaches.
Some positions may need training or a valid CRB check – we’ll be happy to support you with these.
If you have any queries or just want to tell us you're coming along on a training night then contact our 'new members' co-ordinator here: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have various places for members to chat and catch up on all the recent Harrier gossip - here