Founded 1888 - Running for 126 years

Club rules and track etiquette

Longwood Harriers hopes you will have a happy and successful time with the club. To help achieve this, and so that everyone can benefit, in joining the club, members are asked to accept the following basic expectations:

It is expected that:

  • the reason for attending sessions is clearly understood: that is to say for the purpose of being coached in Athletics in preparation for competition
  • athletes must behave as directed by the coach at all times
  • athletes must respect and heed advice given by the coach
  • when group sessions are in progress, the athlete must work within the confines of the group to enable essential supervision and care
  • athletes must be over 9 years of age
  • athletes under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult or parent who can assist in the coaching and/ or care of their child
  • athletes must be paid-up Club members (see joining details here)
  • athletes will be paid up members of the NoEAA scheme through club subscription (Currently £2)
  • athletes will wear the Club vest and red shorts when competing
  • any race or events fees that are due , are paid before the race or event entered
  • athletes will dress appropriately for training - this may include waterproofs
  • athletes must pay and are responsible for paying the correct tariff to the Club representative for use of the facilites provided at the Leeds Road track at the start of training

The Athletics arena should be a safe training environment, however to ensure safety of each and everyone, certain guidelines should be followed.

  1. When athletes have completed whatever distance they should ensure no- one is on their left and proceed immediately off the inside lane into the inside of the track so as not to obstruct others
  2. When jogging, walking or recovering athletes should always use outside lanes - for safety reasons ( Athletes approaching from behind at speed can be a hazard) and to avoid wear on the inside lane which is expensive to replace
  3. Coaches should continually remind athletes how to respect the track and other athletes. Coaches and assistants should never instruct whilst standing in the track lanes
  4. It is especially important for coaches of junior athletes to remind them regularly of track etiquette

Any athlete deemed to be deliberately obstructive will be asked to leave the track for safety reasons