Training with the Dorset Doddlers

all year round

We hold several training sessions during the week, each to cater for different abilities and peoples busy schedules!

Our main training session is every Thursday evening at the Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre at 7pm. Following a brief meeting for announcements, the session begins at 7.15pm.

We run a structured training session throughout the year, with an emphasis on catering for all levels by working in groups of similar ability and pace. Sessions are led by our club coach Ian (below) and/or other senior members.

Using a variety of training methods and locations around the town, these sessions help you improve your running technique, endurance and speed, for more efficient and enjoyable running.

However you want to progress your running, whether for social enjoyment, improvement or in preparation for specific races or events (5/10K, Half/Marathon etc), our Thursday training evenings will help you develop your full running potential in a welcoming and like-minded environment.

Shower and changing facilities are also included in the annual membership fee which is just £15.

winter training

During the long, cold, dark winter months, we run training sessions on Tuesdays in both Blandford and Shaftesbury.

Blandford –  meet at Blandford Leisure Centre at 6.45pm and head up to the Sunrise Business park (our local winter track). This is an interval sessions with reps ranging from 600m to 1200m.

The session is suitable for runners of all abilities (beginners included), a great way to improve your speed and indurance.

Shaftesbury – these are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and involve running up and down the hills of Shaftesbury, meet at 6.45pm in the central town car park.

Summer runs

While the evenings are light, between April and September, we organise our 'Summer runs'.

Organised on a Tuesday by different Doddlers, the summer runs usually begin and finish at a lovely pub, house or picnic area.

These are always great social occasions and we also get to see some beautiful Dorset scenery while we are at it.

The usual format involves meeting outside a pub at 7pm for a 7.15 start.  This gives time to order food to be eaten after the run, and to listen to the run briefing.

There will usually be a choice of two or three distances, ranging from about 4 miles up to about 9 miles, to suit different inclinations and abilities.

See our summer runs section on the Main Page to view the rota for the Tuesday runs.


The Dorset Doddlers run a beginners group which is FREE TO JOIN in Sturminster Newton, Including free use of the Shower and Changing Facilities

We meet on Thursday evenings at 6.15pm in the main foyer at Sturminster Newton Leisure centre.  These sessions have a structure tailored for new runners, based on short distance repetitions in ability groups.

The group is very welcoming and enthusiastically supports every ability, from absolute beginner to those who are returning to running after a break.