Penicuik Harriers

Website: www.penicuikharriers.org.uk

Training location: Beeslack Community High School

 

Caters for:

  • Road Running
  • Cross Country
  • Hill Running
  • Track and Field

Set up for:

  • Beginners
  • Advanced Runners
  • Distance Runners
  • Ultra Running
  • Speed Training

According to a report dated 7 December 1887 (from the 'R. S. Black Collection' of newspaper cuttings) the Harriers have formed around that time and were to have their first run that Saturday. There are subsequent reports on the club's activities, with few breaks, the biggest during and post 2nd World War. It was not until November 1971 that the Harriers were once more re-formed under the name of Penicuik Athletic and Harriers Club in the hope to commence a senior and junior section and a woman's section. They have subsequently reverted to being Penicuik Harriers with and unbroken history since that time. Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s they catered for all age groups with track and field league competition during the summer and cross country in the winter, whilst seniors also contested in hill and road races. The marathon boom of the early 1980s was a general boost to Scottish Athletics and brought with it further interest and competition at this classic distance.

Unfortunately in 1999 the Club was forced to disband its junior section. Since then they have continued as a senior endurance club, competing in the full range of road, cross country, hill and ultra events.

Over the years this relatively small club has experienced a very respectable level of success at district, national and UK level in track and field, cross country, hill and road racing.

One hundred and twenty years gone. We've turned the full circle back to the endurance based origins of the club and are still going strong. Where to the future? That's in our member's hands!

We're a cheery bunch and all are made welcome at Tuesday and Thursday training nights, from novice to the more experienced. Training sessions are open to all and irrespective of club allegiance.
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