Horley Harriers is the first official running club of Horley, Surrey and in 2016 we became an England Athletics affiliated club. We welcome both social and competitive runners to the club, so whether you are looking to enjoy running with like minded people in a supportive environment, or have specific distance / time goals in mind, our England Athletic accredited Coaches and Run Leaders are here to support you.
We meet at Horley Leisure Centre (Court Lodge Road, Horley, RH6 8SP). Please note on Mondays we meet at the Horley Town Football Club (just behind the Leisure Centre) in the ground floor foyer. Please park in the main Leisure Centre car park.
Training sessions every Monday and Thursday, meeting at 6.15pm for a 6:30pm start.
If you are joining us for the first time, please contact us in advance so we may confirm the session is suitable for your current level of running fitness.
Before attending your first session, please print and hand to the lead coach a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PARQ) form which can be found here.
Training Nights (sample sessions)
Monday Session: Speed endurance
The session consists of short bouts or intervals of high intensity running, interspersed with set periods of rest or active recovery. Runners operate at their individual ability level in a supportive environment.
This type of training increases the body's ability to work at a higher rate for longer periods of time, which is beneficial to runners looking to improve their speed over 3k, 5k, and 10k distances and ideal for developing interval based fitness (e.g. football, hockey and netball).
Thursday Sessions: Steady state or a Tempo:
The session is a long bout (roughly 40-45 minutes) of continuous running. The pace of the run is self selected so depending on how energetic you are feeling you can select a steady state pace (low intensity) or a faster paced tempo run!
For those wanting to enjoy the social aspects of running with a club, a 'steady state' pace can be selected. Running at this pace you will feel relaxed and somewhat comfortable maintaining this pace throughout the session.
It is possible to hold and enjoy a conversation with another runner or the run leader as the exercise intensity is low enough that the body can work aerobically. This means the body is able to breathe in and transfer enough oxygen to the working muscles, delaying the onset of fatigue.
For those feeling very energetic, a 'tempo' pace can be selected. This pace is slightly faster than steady state and is often described as feeling 'comfortably hard'. During a tempo run you would struggle to hold a conversation with another person without becoming breathless.
This type of training improved the bodies ability to run at higher speeds without suffering muscle fatigue.