If you think you'd like to join our
road running club why not
come along to get to know us first? You'll be welcome at our
club runs on Tuesday evenings,
pub runs on Thursday evenings,
track sessions on Friday
social runs on Sunday mornings.
obligation and (apart from £1 for the Friday evening track
sessions) no charge. If you then decide you'd like to join us
membership form and either send it to Debbie Neal
(address on the form) or hand it to any
committee member. We have very nearly 200 paid up members (July 2011) so there's
sure to be others of your level and ability that you can run with.
Recently "retired" club secretary, Martin Chaffey, said "What's
so good about our club is that at local races we put out such a high
number of entries that reflect all levels of ability. We have members
competing at the front, with some of the very best road and cross country
runners, and spread throughout the field, right down to the tail enders.
All these runners are achieving their own goals and receive the full
support of the club."
If you haven't paid your 2013/14 membership subscription
do so. For a membership form click
FRIDAY TRACK SESSIONS
Click herefor the 12 week training schedule to improve your 5k times.
You can find the 5k time trial "before and after" times
Some of the members of the Yeovil Town Road
Running Club (YTRRC) have set up a
Whilst the officers and committee of the
YTRRC are fully supportive of this group it
should be noted that any views expressed by
members of the group are their personal
views and do not necessarily reflect those
of any officer, the committee or the YTRRC
members more generally.
All runners please note:
of the routes of many of the YTRRC races – and some
club night routes – are on private land over which
there is no public right of way and for which the
organisers are grateful for the kind permission of
the landowners concerned. It is often difficult to
distinguish these parts of the routes as they are
over well used tracks, trails and cattle or sheep
paths. If runners wish to use these routes for recce
or training purposes they should ensure that they
will not be straying from public rights of way or,
if they wish to do so, first obtain the consent of
the landowner(s). Please note that as well as
extending to the landowners the common courtesy of
obtaining their permission this is a matter of
personal safety. Further
details of the parts of routes not on public rights
of way and contact details for the landowners can be
obtained from the relevant race director, available
from the event page – see links at top of this page.
What holds people back from joining a running club?
What are they missing out on by remaining "unattached"? By going it alone?
Whether running purely for fun, for fitness or weight loss reasons
or with some other objective, such as running a marathon, a running club can help in
so many ways. You'll find it helps you keep up your enthusiasm and there is always
someone around to talk to if you have running related problems. There's also that huge
benefit of "feeling part of something" at running events and races.
So, what does the Yeovil Town Road Running Club have to offer?
Well, for a start we have club runs each Tuesday evening. These runs are led by
experienced runners and there are distance and pace options to suit all.
a Beginner and Slower Runner Group at the Tuesday
evening club runs to ease in those who don't feel
confident or fit enough to join the main runs. There are also dedicated Beginner and Slower
Runner Group longer runs each Sunday morning, speed training sessions
on alternate Friday evenings and designated races
throughout the year. Also Saturday Mornings.
Shortly after joining the club new member Sue Whaites said: "I have been to a
couple of Tuesday runs so far and the atmosphere and friendship in the club is
really great. It is such a change to find a road running club that is not elitist
and genuinely encourages everyone to enjoy their running, at whatever level they are."
2011 sees the addition of the Members' 5k Handicap. This
consists of a series of six races taking place at Yeovil Town
Football Club, normally on the fourth Tuesday of each month
(check club calendar), April to
September inclusive, as an alternative to the club run on those
evenings. For more detail see Members'
5k Handicap on the club championship page of this website..
On a Thursday evenings we hold pub runs, starting and finishing at various pubs in the area and many
runners stay on for a meal afterwards. These are run as a social group, at the pace of
the slowest, so suitable for all!
speed training sessions held at the Yeovil Athletic Arena
every Friday evening. Several members of the club take part
regularly and agree that the sessions are key to attaining improved race times. One
of the main reasons that they are so successful is because they are suitable for
all ages and abilities and with somewhat of a "mixed bag" at most sessions
there is a real feeling of camaraderie and team spirit. The sessions are open to all, with a (very) small charge to non-members.
There are also several
throughout the year. Here you can put a little back in if you wish (there's no requirement
to do so) by helping with the organization or marshaling on the day. Or, of course,
you can take part, wearing the famous YTRRC vest!
The club draws up an annual schedule of championship races spread throughout the year with distances from 5
kilometers to half marathon (members are allowed to select their own marathon if they
want to do one!). The club champions, man and lady, are based on the best eight results in
the championship races and there is a "points king" and "points queen" for the man and lady
accumulating most points in all of the eligible races.
There's the "Real Runner Hat" awarded to Yeovil
Town Road Running Club members completing their first competitive event. There's
also the "Grand Slam Hat"
awarded to members completing a race at "all the distances" - that's 5
kilometers, 10 kilometers, 10 miles, half
marathon and marathon, - in a year, between the annual dinner/presentation nights held
early in December. For 2011 there's also the
"Super Slam Hat" which includes all
of the "Grand Slam" Hat distances plus an ultra race.
A trip to Argentan, in France, the first weekend in October for their half marathon,
seems to have become an annual event.
With all this how can you not join us? The current subscription rates are only £30 for
the first year, which includes a club vest and membership of England Athletics, and £25
annually thereafter. E-mail Debbie Neal
for more information or complete a membership formand send to her. Or why not come along to a few Tuesday
evening club runs
to get to know us first?