An Introduction to West 4 Harriers

**** Covid 19 Update 17th March ****

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.