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 etc.

Want to come and train?

If you are interested in improving as a runner, then each weeknight there is a group which can be tailored to fit your needs.


Runners that consider themselves beginners 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.

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 highly talented runners among the membership, the reality is that many of the members are just trying to be the best that they can be.

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.

Women’s Group

There is also a women’s running group that meet at the Tan every Saturday morning at 8AM near F Gate outside the National Herbarium (click for map).  The duration of the sessions is generally around 60 minutes and suitable for a range of abilities and goals.  Training is structured towards upcoming events including fun runs.  It’s a great way to improve fitness or just enjoy a relaxed group run.  Sessions are followed by a social coffee in the Observatory Cafe.  Contact Pauline (by email on pal.98420@bigpond.com or phone 0408 464 591) for more details.

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.