An introduction to West 4 Harriers

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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 our club house in Ibis Lane Chiswick, which we share with the Quintin Rowing Club. The club house looks out over the river, 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 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 £38. This additional £13 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.