We’re an athletics club based in Richmond, Melbourne. Both men and women, young and less young form the club, ranging from the social to the competitive. The club holds regular training sessions with experienced coaches every week for those interested. During winter, we host our own races which are free to all members. There are also various social events throughout the year. This includes a trivia night, functions, and the occasional mini golf nights!

Will I be too slow?

This is the most common question we get. The whole purpose of the club is to provide an environment where you can improve and develop, no matter what stage you are at. You don’t have to be fast, you don’t even have to be fit. Maybe you did a fun run and liked the thought of running regularly with a group, or maybe you want to get that personal best and need a push in the right direction. Your best plan if this sounds like you is to turn up to the club rooms on a Wednesday evening at 6pm to meet some of the helpers and other runners.

Aren’t running clubs just for elite runners?

A lot of people seem to think this. While most clubs, including ours, do have some talented athletes among the membership, the reality is that have everything, all the way from  those just beginning to run, all the way to the more experienced athletes.

Wednesday Evening Run

Runners that consider themselves beginners, or just don’t know where they might suit are encouraged to turn up to the club rooms on the corner of Gleadell st and Highett st in Richmond (click for map) on any given Wednesday evening throughout the year at 6pm. On this evening there will be a range of runners of varying ability and there will always be someone to look after you. This is the ideal starting point for all new runners to the club, and then once you have learnt about the various mentors and groups, you can branch out as you improve. For more details, please contact us on Email.

Thursday Interval Sessions (winter season)

A weekly training session during winter is now available. It is aimed at meeting a range of needs for runners including those new to running and for those wishing to achieve specific goals. They are a great way to introduce some speed into your winter running program. The session usually involves around 20-24 minutes of relatively hard effort intervals and recovery. Occasionally we head for a dinner debrief on Swan Street afterwards too.
 
The sessions start at 6pm from the Tan and we meet at the bottom of Anderson street, Gate A.  

More info is attached, and please contact Pauline or Marianne if you are interested.  

For Details of Sessions contact Pauline or Marianne:
 
Pauline:     0408 464 591      pal.98420@bigpond.com
Marianne: 0407 462 333      marianne.quigley@cantab.net

Intermediate/Advanced – Middle – Long Distance

This group suits those who would like to join a group of runners who train to achieve high performance in middle distance (from 800 metres) and long distance running up to marathon.

Structured training sessions are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from either the Collingwood Athletics track in Heidelberg Road (click for map of Coulson Reserve, Heidelberg Road) or our Clubrooms (click for map of club room) at 5:30.

Contact Bill Peterson on his mobile: 0413 537 082 for details or send him an Email at peterson-bill@hotmail.com

Distance running group

This group has training runs throughout the year. Organised by Joji Mori and Neil Ryan, they focus structured training for long distance runners. This includes anything from 5km and up to half marathon and marathon distance training, at any level. This is an ideal group to start with if you have done a few fun runs and want to improve your training in a measured and controlled way. We meet and start from the clubrooms at 6pm, Monday through to Friday night.

Email Joji Mori on joji_mori@hotmail.com for further details.

Park Running Group

Our club have many members who run (and volunteer) at the Studley Parkrun most Saturdays every year. You can often see club members in their Richmond merch each week. After the run, the group enjoy having a coffee and a cake at the cafe. More info here https://www.parkrun.com.au/studley/, please join the Richmond Harriers club at parkrun! Contact info@richmondharriers.org.au if keen to learn more.

Trail Runs

Twilight Trail Runs – Over the summer months Richmond Harrier’s take advantage of daylight saving and the proximity of the clubrooms to Yarra Bend offering trail runs of 30 to 60 minutes on trails along the Yarra River.  These runs are offered on Wednesday evenings at 6pm from the Clubrooms and are a great way to familiarise yourself with the wonderful trails so close to the CBD.  Contact Pauline (by Email on pal.98420@bigpond.com or phone 0408 464 591) for more details.

Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to run in the Athletics Victoria races?

No. Many Richmond Harriers do compete for the club in the AV competitions and so is a prominent part of the clubs activities. However, it is worth asking around the membership to determine if it would suit you. There are also many opportunities to come and try, which is a good way to dip your toes in.

Who can join and how much is it to join?

Please visit the membership page for details on club membership options and costs

When and where are the club races?

Richmond host races for club members all year round. In Winter, we host cross country and road races, while in summer, we host our own track and field events. The list of races for the upcoming season can be found here 

Where are we?

The club is based in Citizens Park, located on the corner of Highett and Gleadell St.,Richmond, Melbourne. click for map.

Tough as Nails: A History of Richmond Harriers (1913-2013), Roger Trowbridge

The Richmond Harriers have been running for 100 years out of Richmond. As part of the centenary celebrations in 2013, Roger Trowbridge authored the book covering the history of the club. Anybody with an interest in the Richmond Harriers, grassroots athletics  clubs, or even the history of Richmond would find this book interesting. For a copy of the book, please contact us by email on info@richmondharriers.org.au

Need Further information?

  • Contact our us via Email
  • Our postal address is- Richmond Harriers Inc. PO Box 220, Richmond 3121

Other Links

For athletics gear & advice (shoes, clothes & accessories) visit Runners World in East Kew (click for map)

If you are moving to England, we recommend joining the Ranelagh Harriers (click for map)

For other non club related information, the Cool Running website is a great resource for runners.