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The Dorset Doddlers Running Club have been running around in circles since 1983.

The club was originally formed by small group of runners who had just completed their first London Marathon and now has well over 100 members drawn from all over the county.

Our main training sessions are held on Thursday and all of our sessions are designed to cater, as far as possible, for mixed ability groups. See our training section for details of all our training sessions.

On Tuesday evenings during the winter, we also meet at 6.30pm at the Blandford Forum Leisure Centre. Then, when the clocks change to BST, the Tuesday training is replaced by Cross-Country runs starting from various Pubs and beauty spots throughout Dorset.

Longer organised group runs sometimes also take place on a Sunday, particularly in the months preceding the London Marathon and subject to local races.

We also have a 'Beginners and Novices' groups who meet at 6.30 on Mondays at Blandford Forum Leisure Centre (BST only).

We are also able to race each other, regardless of ability, by means of our 'Club Handicap Races' and our age related 'Club Championship'.

Our club also organises various races throughout the year, including the The Stur Half and The Stickler both of which attract over 400 runners.

Further details of all of the above, can be found on the appropriate page of this website.

We are an inclusive and social bunch, who welcome runners of all abilities. If you are new to the area or new to running, you are most welcome to come and try us out. Whatever your goals are in running, our ethos is to encourage , improve and enjoy running.

If you would like to join our friendly club
Whether you are...

an experienced runner that is new to the area...

someone that goes running and feels that it is time to join a club...

or simply someone who is totally new to running...

Just come along to any of the sessions mentioned in our training section and introduce yourself. You will be sure to get a warm welcome.
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Club Sessions

The Dorset Doddlers run a beginners group during the summer months (Apr - Sep) which is FREE TO JOIN* :

Blandford Forum - Including free use of the Shower and Changing Facilities.
Monday evenings at 6.30pm in the main foyer at Blandford Leisure centre. These sessions have a structure tailored for new runners, based on short distance repetitions in ability groups.
In the Summer months we meet at various locations (normally pubs) for off road runs of between 4 and 9 miles. See website for details of times and location. Normally 7.00 (7.15 start) depending upon light.

In the Winter we focus on speed and hills from Blandford Lesiure centre at 6.30 (6.45 start). Once a month there is an alternative session from Shaftesbury, again see website for more details.
Our main training session is every Thursday evening, meeting at 7p.m. at Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre, off Honeymead Lane.

We alternate between three types of session: Hills, Endurance and Speed. Sessions are run by experienced Doddlers and generally last for just over 1 hour. We structure the training to cater for various levels of ability.

In the Summer there is a monthly event which can be one of the handicapped timed races, hill race or duathlon. These are all followed by a gathering for food, drink and merriment in one of the local establishments.
Not technically a Doddler session but some Doddlers join the North Dorset Tri Swim Session from Blandford Leisure centre at 7.30am. Cost approx £4.50
In the lead up to the Spring marathons there is often a Sunday long run to fit in with training. The location and terrain varies but details are posted on the website/facebook.
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4 Aug 2024
Sturminster Newton Half Marathon
7 Aug 2024
Haselbury Trail
14 Aug 2024
Yeovilton 5k
18 Aug 2024
Frome Running Festival
Frome Running Festival
Frome Running Festival
LDWA Dorset Doddle
1 Sep 2024
The Beast
11 Sep 2024
Yeovilton 5k
15 Sep 2024
Ironman 70.3 Weymouth
22 Sep 2024
Black Hill Run 10km
Black Hill Run 5km
29 Sep 2024
Hangers Heroes Challenge
Round the Lakes Poole 10K
6 Oct 2024
Studland Stampede
13 Oct 2024
Weymouth 10
Bournemouth Half Marathon
2 Nov 2024
Green Mile Prison Marathon
The Green 26.2 Mile HMP Dorchester
17 Nov 2024
Wimborne 10
24 Nov 2024
Boscombe 10k
23 Mar 2025
Cerne Abbas Giant
17 Aug 2025
Frome Running Festival 5k
Frome Running Festival 10k
Frome Running Festival Half Marathon

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