Berkeley Triathlon

For many of us, 2021 represents a ‘re-boot’ of our athletic ambitions.  To mark this, DRC Tri are proud to announce the launch of a new triathlon in the region.

This is an ideal event for those new to multi-skills competition, as well as more experienced triathletes who want to test themselves against a competitive field.

Athletes will take part in a pool-based 400m swim in the attractive school 20m open-air lido.  This will be followed by a 21km bike ride on mostly country lanes through the beautiful rolling countryside around Berkeley (see link to route below).  The 5km run to finish is on a fast course on quiet roads starting and finishing in Berkeley (see link to route below). The event will benefit from a professional timing system and all competitors will receive their own commemorative medal.

The event will be carefully planned to take account of any Coronavirus restrictions in place at the time with appropriate social distancing and hygiene controls.  If a decision is taken that it is not possible to run the event safely under these conditions, then every effort will be made re-schedule the event.  Unfortunately, no refunds can be offered in these circumstances, but all entrants will be offered a free transfer of their place to the re-scheduled event.

Book early to be sure of a place at this friendly and accessible event with great atmosphere and support. Overnight camping for the night before the event may be available.  Contact for details.

As an approved UK Triathlon event, places can be booked on the UK Triathlon entry system, link below:

2020-2021 DRC Juniors

Well the 2019-2020 academic year didn’t exactly turn out as expected, but we still managed to keep active and get some great athletics and running training done. I’d like to thank every coach, coaching assistant and parent for making this happen. Our junior athletes are a credit to us.

Information for 2020-2021:

  • Membership renewals are due. Please complete the membership form and make payment in the usual way. If you have any concerns please do speak to us. I can see some of you have already signed up for the new year so that’s great. Form link:
  • Finances; we saved some money last year not booking the athletics tracks but then spent some money on hand sanitiser and cleaning equipment so broke even on that front. We also bought a new white liner to paint the track with. However, with a number of donations and grants over the years we have finally managed to purchase our high jump mat – yay! It should arrive in a couple of weeks, and if the weather brightens up we should get some use out of it this side of Christmas, if not then I’m sure it’s going to get plenty of use during our 2021 summer programmes. 
  • Competition wise we’re still listening out for information on that. There is a lot of will to run both cross country and indoor athletics events in some format but we are going to have to wait and see how those pan out. We’ll do our best to keep you updated.
  • Autumn term is mostly outdoor training, and the England Athletics rules now allow us to train in our normal groups sizes provided we are in a COVID Secure location. So good news is that we are almost back to normal as far as these programmes go. There will still be measures to maintain social distancing and hygiene so please continue to adhere to these rules where required. Programme details and links to sign up to these are below:

I look forward to another great year of athletics training and seeing our keen athletes progress and enjoy sport.
Kind Regards,

Caroline & the DRC Juniors Coaches & Committee

DRC Coronavirus Guidance Update

At all times Dursley Running Club advises compliance with Government Advice (which can be found here >>). Exercise in these times, especially running and cycling, can be great for physical and mental health, but please remember safety first; run or cycle within your ability and if exercising alone outdoors take a phone with you to call for help if you need it.

The following link provides the latest club advice regarding Coronavirus infection control measures. Guidance >>

This page >> contains the latest virtual challenge information.

Rescheduled Dursley Dozen 2020

Update from Tony Freer, Race Director

Many apologies for the silence on the arrangements for the 2020 Dursley Dozen. Initially we had been awaiting to hear back from landowners regarding access on to their land and also from DBmax our timing provider as to which dates they could do.

We have now confirmed the 1st of November 2020.

The good news is as a runner entered in the February 2020 race you don’t have to do anything as we have transferred your entry to the new date, which hopefully you can attend.

If for any reason you cannot run it on the revised date then normal transfer arrangements apply (see note below for instructions for this). We are confident that given the popularity of the race anyone seeking to transfer their place will be able to achieve this, with the Dozen Facebook page being a good platform to initiate this.

There is just the small matter of Covid-19 to deal with as well. This has been another reason why we have been tardy in communicating.

Whilst we are planning to run in November the worst case scenario could be that we cannot run the 2020 Dozen because of Government guidance. We are planning to run the Dozen as “normal” in 2021 and if we have to cancel our November event as the situation becomes clearer then we will consider adopting the same approach, i.e. that entrants in the 2020 event can transfer their places to the 2021 event.

We will be keeping weather eye on Guidance and be in touch if anything should change, but again please accept the club’s apologies for the lack of communication but we are living in “interesting times”

Notes – How to transfer your entry:

1. Log into your account at using the email address you registered for the event with.

2. If you’ve never logged in before you will need to first claim your account by entering the email address you registered with here and follow the instructions.

3. When you have successfully logged in, you will need to locate the entry you wish to transfer and click on the Transfer button.

4. Select Transfer to another entrant

5. You will then be asked to enter the email address of the person you wish to transfer to and select Start transfer. This will automatically send an email invite to the new entrant

6. Once the person you’re transferring to receives the email, they must click the Start Your Transfer and complete their details.

7. When they have completed their registration they will automatically be processed into the event and the original entry will be cancelled.

8. Please note No refunds are processed. Payment will need to be arranged between yourself and the new entrant taking over the entry.

DRC Supports the 2.6 Challenge

Run, walk or skip 2.6 miles, hold a plank for 2.6 minutes, do 26 press ups, do 26 squats, cycle for 26 minutes… anything 2.6. Raising money for UK charities who have also suffered during this period; Maggies, NHS Charities Together and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust Charity.

Follow the link below for more info on the challenge and to donate to this cause:

The club reminds all members to stick to the Social Distancing rules; washing hands before and after an outing, keep the 2m distancing and keep to one local form of exercise a day. Please also be careful out there, we don’t want to add to the NHS burden with lots of extra running injuries, just run within your ability and if running alone take a phone with you.

All organised club activities cancelled

Following government advice regarding the delay phase control measures for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Dursley Running Club is cancelling all organised club activities. This includes all adult running, triathlon and junior sessions. This is with immediate effect and until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the situation, particularly with respect to our planned club races and publish further information when available.

Dursley Dozen for 9th Feb Cancelled

It is is deep regret that we are having to cancel tomorrow’s running of the Dursley Dozen.  

Athlete, marshal, spectator safety is of upmost importance for us and with the Met office weather forecast and warnings being upgraded this morning from a yellow to an amber status we cannot take any risks we are unable to mitigate against.  If you didn’t know, probably 90% of the route is directly within the woods so the chance of flying debris, or worse, branches or whole trees falling is now quite high, more so given the super-saturated nature of the ground.

We will see if it is possible to run the event later in the year (late autumn) after all the main races you guys are likely to have booked, are completed and we will communicate this and the details in due course over the next few weeks.

If you have any major concerns now and ahead of our further communications then please email;