Welcome to the online home of Dartford Road Runners

Who we are

The club was formed in 1998 for the purpose of giving Dartford a club dedicated to road running. It is now one of the most widely-recognised road running clubs in Kent. Our members regularly participate in distance events from parkruns to marathons, and the club’s training gives its members the best chance of achieving their potential in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

What we do

Training

We organise training sessions twice during midweek, and organise longer runs are at the weekend. The majority of our Tuesday and Thursday sessions involve repetition and interval training. They take place in a variety of locations around the Dartford area, depending on the time of year and available light. These sessions typically last around 45 minutes.

We mix these interval sessions with occasional tempo runs of around 7-8 miles along familiar routes in and around the Dartford area.

On Thursday evenings, we also have a ‘recovery run’ group, aimed at runners returning to the activity following injury, or those who need a slower-paced run. These runs are typically around 4 miles in length.

Where and when?

This is a typical example of our usual schedule, although it is subject to occasional change:

  • On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, we have a club training session. We usually meet at Fleetdown Utd FC at 6:45 pm. The club’s weekly email to its members will have all the details.
  • On Thursday evenings, we also have the Recovery Run of around 4 miles, for those who don’t wish to take part in a full training session.
  • On Saturday mornings, parkrun events take place in Dartford at Central Park and Dartford Heath, both at 9:00am.
  • On Sunday mornings in preparation for the marathon season, we often organise longer runs of 10 and miles and above, for those looking to boost their weekly mileage, or are training for a longer race.

Cross-country and other competitions

Kent Fitness League

During the winter months, we take part in the Kent Fitness League. This is a series of seven cross-country fixtures which take place on Sunday mornings between October and February at various locations in Kent.

More information is available here.

KCAA cross-country

We are also affiliated to the Kent County Athletics Association (KCAA) cross-country league, which is a series of county-level cross-country events which take place on Saturday afternoons. Our affiliation to KCAA means that our members can take part in the SEAA Southern Cross-Country Championships, as well as the ECAA Cross-Country Nationals.

More information is available here.

Assembly League

We are also members of the Assembly League, which is a series of shorter road races around the London area on Thursday evenings during the summer months.

The Joydens Wood 5k Summer Series

We also host a series of three races each summer in Joydens Wood, for the wider running community. These are voluntary supported by the club’s members.