DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

2019 has started with energy and enthusiasm! Hills training on Wednesday, U21 tempo session on Thursday, Bleep Test session on Friday and Cross Country training on Saturday. It has been great to see so many of our younger club members take part in our programmes. And a huge thank you to all those people who help to make these sessions work.

Looking for new sports kit? Just a reminder Dursley Running Club members, that includes our Juniors, get a 10% discount at Gloucester Sports.

The DRC Juniors section development plan was created last year so that we can plan our section improvements over the coming months and years. The first spend against this plan was the purchase of new indoor athletics equipment that we are hoping will arrive in time for this year’s programme. I am always open to discussion and further ideas for our development plan; please let me know if you’d like to contribute.

Current programmes:
-Yr7+ Running Skills Development, for 11-18yr olds, Wednesdays 6.15pm from Rugby Club
-U21 Winter Running, for 14-20yr olds, Thursdays 6.30pm from Rugby Club
-Indoor Athletics, for 7-18yr olds, Fridays 5pm at Rednock Sports Hall
-Muddy Running (currently cross country training), for 7-18yr olds, Saturdays 9.30am at Rugby Club

DRC Juniors – Welcome Back!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas, perhaps a few new pairs of running shoes were unwrapped, or some sporty shorts and maybe someone was lucky enough to receive a smart watch. Well the new sports season is about to begin, so just a few reminders of the current DRC Juniors offerings:

  • Wednesday evenings 6.15-7.15pm Yr7+ Run Based Training from the Rugby Club.
  • Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30pm U21 Winter Running Programme from the Rugby Club.
  • Friday evenings 5.00-6.00pm Indoor Athletics at Rednock Sportshall – please register here as numbers are limited.
  • Saturday mornings 9.30-10.30am Muddy Running from the Rugby Club at present – still a little more cross country training to go, but we will aim to organise some trail running and orienteering events before Easter.

All sessions commence from 9th Jan onwards. Please remember to dress for the weather, hats and gloves recommended for those colder sessions. Please check out our website for more information: www.dursleyrunningclub.org.uk/drc-juniors/

Kind Regards,


DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Another great sporting week despite the cold, wet windy weather. Running on Wednesday and Thursday with some new faces giving running a go. Saturday saw some really nasty weather, but that didn’t put off our cross country runners who showed us some great determination when running over obstacles.

Sunday was the Indoor Athletics Sportshall League, hosted by us at Rednock. Just four athletes took part from Dursley, but they did great; bringing the DRC Juniors into the competition for the first year ever. Well done to Bill Smith, George Pitts, Olive Jones and Charlie Jones. Our cake and coffee sale made £40 too which we can add to our development funds.

On the topic of development funds, we have a committee meeting on Monday where amongst other things we will be reviewing our development plan. If anyone is interested in joining us, or would like to input then you are welcome to. Contact me for details.

We finish for the Christmas break after the Thursday 20th session, back on the 9th January. But if you want to join the Boxing Day DRC family friendly run please do, everyone welcome. Whatever your plans for the Christmas break I wish you a fabulous time, and look forward to training again in the New Year.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Ever decreasing circles on Wednesday made for some great pacing control training, some tough 400m loops. On Saturday cross country training included some more progressive Kenyan Hill with Obstacles training. Great stuff.

Olive Jones represented DRC at the Sportshall League. One more Sportshall League event to go this year (date to be confirmed either 9th/16th Dec, to be at Cheltenham Sports Centre).

A good number already signed up for the Indoor Athletics due to start in January, link here >> to register if interested in this.

The U21 Winter Running Programme starts next week too, aimed at developing young adult endurance running ability. Follow this RunTogether link to find out more and register for this programme: link >>

Next Saturday is the KLB School Cross Country racing, so no cross country training, but some warm up drills and haring for our older juniors from 9.30am.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Wednesday was our indoor athletics Sportshall League special. Huge thanks to Elliot from the Cheltenham Harriers travelling down, bringing all the equipment and showing us some of the league events. We had 24 Juniors there and I think they had a great time.

Saturday was both the KLB Cross Country races and the 1st Sportshall League event.

We had 6 Juniors haring and they did a great job in encouraging those younger Juniors around the course. A couple of top performances to mention by name; Bill Smith 2nd place in the yr5/6 boys race and Holly Clarke 4th in the yr3/4 girls race. Well done to all Juniors who took part, from first to last a huge effort well deserving of applause.

In the Sportshall League Olive Jones and Sophie Keevil put in a great performance for the first ever DRC U11 girls team! And Charlie Jones represented the U13 boys for DRC, fabulous. Well done, I’m looking forward to the 24th Nov for our return visit, hopefully with a much bigger team!

Watch this space for our U21s running programme due to start soon (Tuesday evenings). Cross country training 9.30am at the rugby club next Saturday.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Another chilly night of running on the Wednesday, followed by some great running at the AAA Cross Country on Saturday. It is that time of year when the gloves are out for running, we all get a bit wetter and often muddier but running ability really improves.

I am advised that it is the KLB school cross country next Saturday, so our younger juniors will have the opportunity to run there, and our older juniors get the chance to Hare. Back to cross country training sessions on the 17th.

BIG reminder this week, Wednesday no road running training session, instead a one off special Indoor SPORTSHALL athletics taster session at Hamfields. I will bring along some sign up sheets and if you enjoy the session and would like to do more then we could see if we have enough to put forward a team for the league. The league is for U11s, U13s and U15s but all welcome to the taster session as it’s all good Athletics training.

Have a great week!

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

It was the last running session on the rugby field for the Wednesday Juniors, just too dark in the evenings now. Future sessions will now be running focussed, still starting from the club house, but out in the local residential areas. Please wear hi-viz (bright clothing with plenty of reflective material) and if you have them lights (Head torch/ankle lights etc.). And just a reminder these sessions are for our yr7+ juniors, sessions led by Dave.

Saturday cross country training was foggy but fun. We focussed on core stability with a few strengthening exercises and our extended obstacle course.

Just a reminder; subs are due if you haven’t yet paid and completed the form.

And finally we are looking to organise some more winter road running sessions for our older juniors (12-20yrs). These sessions would be more like our adult running sessions, and are aimed at supporting juniors who look to build their endurance running and/or transition to the adult sessions (which they can do from the age of 16yrs with coach assessment). We have two options for these sessions; Tuesday evenings alongside the adult sessions or Thursday evenings. Please let me know if you (your junior) would be interested and when you would prefer to run.

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

This week’s activities

Athletics on Wednesday and Thursday were good sessions with warm evening weather making them very enjoyable. It is rapidly getting very dark towards the end of those sessions though, so please note the last two Thursday athletics sessions have been moved to an earlier time of 6-7pm.

Saturday’s cross country training was also good fun, with an extended obstacle course to run around, all good for endurance and agility.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The club AGM was on Friday. It was a great opportunity for me to share some of our successes with the rest of the club, and I felt very proud to do so. I also spoke about all the hard work that goes into delivering the programmes and activities we put on, and importantly thanked all those that help. I highlighted that without this help we just cannot deliver the programmes and events that our Juniors love so much.

I talked about our plans for 2018-19: to continue delivering the excellent programmes and events that we delivered this year, train two new coaching assistants and our aspiration to buy a high jump mat to enable us to include high jump training at the club. In order to do these things we proposed to increase the annual fee to £20 this was accepted. (My slides here, formal AGM notes to follow)

We also desperately need more help with the organising and admin of the section. So please if you can spare any time at all, we need your help.

Planning Ahead

So I will apologise for the constant pinging today if you have your phone etc. set to alert with every junior section Facebook entry because I have been busy setting up our future programmes. For those not on Facebook the junior section Google calendar, viewable on our website pages, has also been updated.

You will see that I have set up events for the AAA Cross Country Series (more info here), and I have also set up the Indoor Athletics Programme (more info here).

Subs Due

So as mentioned above the annual subscription fee is now due. Please could all juniors (parents/carers) complete the registration/renewal form (available here), this contains details of how to pay. We agreed that our subscription year would run from 1st September – 31st August, but we acknowledge that there are always a lot of payment pressure on parents at this time of year, so if you are at all concerned please contact us and we can work out how to best help you. Our overriding aim is to provide accessible, enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities for our children.

All the best,


DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Javelin training for the year 7+ juniors on Wednesday, some rather windy sprints and hurdles on Thursday and more Cross Country training on Saturday. Great sessions everyone!

And then this weekend 10 pin bowling. Competition that didn’t involve running, throwing or jumping (bowling not throwing right?). Well done to the winning team; Mike, Ted, Billy, Ella, Sophie, Harriet and well done too to the very close runners up; Oscar, Luke, Charlie, Olive and Richard (and me).

Just a quick reminder the club AGM is this Friday, this applies to the Juniors too, so all welcome to attend. Also very quickly regarding fees – these are due in September normally but there are some discussions about changes to the club fees (adults and juniors) so requests for payment have not yet gone out. I am expecting that we will put some messages out about fees shortly after the AGM.

2018 ‘Try Out Tri’ Junior Triathlon Event Success

The first ever DRC Junior Triathlon event was a huge success, wow, just wow! Over 50 athletes competed, giving their best and showing us their swimming, cycling and running skills. Well done to each and every athlete who completed the race. Full results here >>

Winners of the 8-10 years category were:

  • 1st Benjamin Howse
  • 2nd Stanley White
  • 3rd Billy Smith

Winners of the 11-13 years category were:

  • 1st Lucy Holdsworth
  • 2nd Luke Davies
  • 3rd Jacob Brounger

Winners of the 14+ years category were:

  • 1st Aneurin Earle
  • 2nd James Durden

This event could not have happened without the huge support of all those who  planned, organised and delivered the event, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped. A few specific call outs to Martin Bragg, Tara Truman and Annette Keevil (our area leads) and our sponsors; The Pulse (thanks to Ange and team for the swimming, pool, spin room and help on the day), Emsea (our amazing medals and trophies supplier) and Sainsbury’s (the snacks).

This event was so successful we may even do it again next year!

Caroline Jones