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Training with Ranelagh Harriers

We are passionate about running and coaching our athletes. As a club we are competitive at National, Regional and County levels with many amazing athletes; but our coaches are just as focused on all our equally amazing athletes who are aiming for, a parkrun PB, a first 10k or marathon! At Ranelagh we want everyone to improve and so our training plans are tailored to suit all abilities. We have coaches and experienced runners who have done it all and can help everyone improve whatever your level.

We are a harriers club - that is, we love to run in our lovely parks, Commons and towpaths when we can, and this is where we are happiest but we also race and train on the road. We don't race as a club on the track, but we do track training! (And many of our runners also do the track season as individuals/2nd claim with other clubs).

Our main club nights are on Tuesday and Thursday. We cater for Juniors and Adults on Tuesdays and the sessions are aimed at runners at every level, from new runners to experienced runners, from elite runners to slower runners, and our training sessions support races at all distances from 5K to marathons. Training varies depending on the time of year and runners targets - come along and discuss your plans! Please contact the Men or Women’s captains if you have any queries or questions.

  • The adult Tuesday sessions start at 7.00pm from our clubhouse in Petersham, where showers and changing facilities are available.  There are five main adult training groups that cater for different speeds (see Training Sessions). There are also additional groups thought the year, such as Becky/Phil’s winter group and the Beginners group (linked to the Women’s training course - see below)
  • The Juniors (under 16) train at 6.00pm from the Ranelagh club house (contact Colin Brett and Maia Rushby)

We usually train in Richmond Park as it provides us with an ideal training environment; beautiful off-road running all year round, and a traffic-free road circuit for those dark winter evenings (see Tuesday Night Training Sessions). When the park is closed we have road and off-road locations to suit specific training sessions. Post-training discussions often continue at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill.

Thursday night track sessions are held at Osterley track (location here). These are fully coached sessions and are designed to improve fitness and running technique. All speeds and training groups are catered for, and encouraged to attend. Training starts at 7:30.

We also have a few social runners who run on an uncoached session on Wednesdays; who set off from the clubhouse at 6.30 pm (often followed by time in the Roebuck).

New and Nearly New Runners

We make every effort to support runners who may be coming back to the sport and encourage new runners, who perhaps do not feel very confident. We make a promise to all runners that you will never be left to run alone when we go out for training runs. We also promise that we will coach people at all levels and help them to improve.

Everyone has to start somewhere and on Tuesdays, we have a Development group for runners who have recently taken up running. Every year we organise a Women’s Beginners Course who want to take up running. Usually the courses start in May and last 8 weeks the women on the courses then are encouraged to join the club as improvers in the Development group.   


There are a number of UK Athletics qualified coaches within Ranelagh specialising in middle distance, cross-country and endurance running, who not only work with groups on Tuesdays and at Thursday track sessions but are also willing to coach individuals. Contact Trevor Maguire if you are interested in coaching.