Welcome to the online home of Dartford Road Runners

COVID-19 and lockdown

As of Thursday 5 November 2020, we have suspended all our activities including outdoor coaching activity.

We will restart our activities in December 2020, under the guidance of England Athletics.

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 biggest 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 tempo runs of around 7-8 miles along familiar routes in and around the Dartford area.

Where and when?

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

  • On Tuesday evenings, we have a club training session. We usually meet at Princes Park at 6:50 pm or the nominated training site at 7:00 pm. The club’s weekly email to its members will have all the details.
  • On Thursday evenings, we have a club training session. We usually meet at Princes Park at 6:50 pm or the nominated training site at 7:00 pm. The club’s weekly email to its members will have all the details.
  • On Saturday mornings (subject to race calendar), there is an earlybird social run. We usually meet at Central Park for 7:30 am. The distance is between 7 and 10 miles at an approximate pace of 8.5 – 9 m/m
  • 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 may organise longer runs between 10 and 20 miles, for those training for a marathon.

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.