An Introduction to West 4 Harriers

*** COVID-19 UPDATE – 18th October 2020 ***

With the recent introduction by the Govt. of local tier restrictions, we are still able to meet and run/train together by continuing to adhere to the W4H General & Covid-19 risk assessment that we have in place, and by following the England Athletics Tier 2 guidance (updated 16th October).

– Outdoor activity and competition unchanged except for travel restrictions
– Indoor activity based around groups of 6 in Tier 1 but highly restricted in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas
– COVID-19 Athletics and Running Tier 2 (High) restrictions :-

Activity Type 1: Organised Group Activity/Group Coaching in Covid secure environments
•Permitted (Adults and Children)
•No socialising before and after sessions
•Groups larger than 6 allowed
•If running off track avoid running into tier 3 areas
•Minimise travel and avoid tier 3 areas
•Adhere to coaching ratio’s

Activity Type 2: Social (Unorganised/non-coached activity)
•Permitted but required to follow the Rule of 6
•If running off track avoid running into tier 3 areas
•Minimise travel and avoid tier 3 areas

*** COVID-19 UPDATE – 8th August 2020 ***

For our Club members and all potential new runners! 

Following updated and UK Government advice we are pleased to announce that we are able to now re-start club training sessions and group runs if they are conducted within a Covid safe environment. It is essential that you visit the Covid 19 page linked above to read and digest the information and the pre activity questionnaire. You must run through this questionnaire before attending any club sessions.

Note also that some of our session meet up times and procedures have changed, they are also listed on the training pages.
If you are planning on running with us for the first time, first of all a warm welcome! it is particularly important now that you contact us prior to coming along so that we have your details.

Monday 10th is our first planned session, an easy social run.

*** COVID-19 UPDATE – 17th March 2020 ***

Due to a change today in the UK Government’s advice on the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus regarding mass gatherings, we have today taken the unfortunate decision to cancel our 2020 race on Sunday 19th April. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to participants, who I know have been looking forward to the race as much as we enjoy putting it on every year.

Being a club organised event entirely run by volunteers, there is a need to ensure we balance the books and we always try to keep our entry fees as low as practical. Although there is a no refund policy, it is our plan currently to offer a £5 discount for our 2021 race in April to all 2020 entrants balanced by the need to meet the obligations we have made to our suppliers. We therefore hope to confirm the arrangements for 2021 in the next 5-6 months, once the situation has become clearer with regards to the spread and mitigations for COVID-19.

Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you in 2021. Until then please remain safe and follow the advice regarding the spread of the virus when planning your own runs.

The West 4 Harriers Fuller’s Thames Towpath Ten Organising Team

West 4 Harriers is a small and very friendly running club based in Chiswick. There is a wide range of abilities, from beginners to seasoned ultra/marathoner runners. Ages range from anything from 18 to 60 plus.

Club nights are 7pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We meet at Chiswick Cricket Club on Riverside Drive W4 2SP. The clubhouse is close to the river and Dukes Meadows, perfect for evening drinks in the summer after a run. Monday night is an easy, social run of between 4-6 miles, ideal for prospective members to meet us all. Tuesday and Thursday are hill and speed sessions (see training for more details). All of our running is done in the local area, either on the towpath between Hammersmith and Kew, or Richmond Park in the summer and then on the roads in the winter.

West 4 Harriers participate regularly at races of all distances all over the country, Europe and the rest of the world. There is no pressure to race but almost all new members end up catching the bug and there is nothing more encouraging than crossing the finish line with all your club mates cheering you on. Unless of course you cross it before they do!

Each month there is a hotly contested club handicap race – 3 miles in the summer and 4 in the winter. In the winter we take part in the Surrey League men’s and women’s cross country league. An opportunity to do some off road running and get muddy whilst scoring points for the club.

Our annual club race is the Fuller’s Thames Towpath Ten, a popular 10 miler down the towpath. West 4 have organised this successfully for over 20 years and all our members are requested to marshal and help make the day special.

Prospective members are urged to come and try a few runs with us before committing to joining. If you do join, the annual fee is a mere £25. If you wish to race as a “West 4 Harrier” and be part of an affiliated club, the annual fee becomes £40. This additional £15 fee goes to England Athletics, who will issue you with your own EA number entitling you to a discount on race entry and at some running stores.

£25 buys 1-2 weeks of gym membership. With a club like ours it’s 52 weeks! Including over 200 running and training opportunities! Not a difficult choice.