The End of the XC season and the Track Season Looms

The last few weeks have seen the last races of the XC season, the last Oxford League followed by Inter Counties at Loughborough and finally English Schools at Norwich. Swindon Harriers were at both the last events representing Wiltshire and we hope that this will be a growing contingent in years to come.

With the end of XC its time to dust down the track spikes and welcome the track season, this year will be busy with county and regional championships to contest along with Senior and junior leagues and the round of open events. Early season events at Bracknell (25th March) and Eton (1st April) are early opportunities to check form and fitness. It is important that we are represented as a club at as many Championships as we can and all athletes should be looking to compete at the highest level they can; by measuring ourselves against the best we get better.

With the season brings home meetings and help is always required, whether it be before a meeting to set up or after to tidy up and put equipment away, coaches and team managers will be looking for volunteers for these tasks. In the near future we will be have a track tidying day, date to be confirmed, when we can make sure we are all ready for the season.

The final round of winter throws under Alan's trusty eye were held on the 18th March and there was a plethora (10) of club records and the event goes from strength to strength, see news section for more details.

It is unfortunate that the track will be out of action during April when the contractors will return to complete the track work, please check with coaches about venues for training.

There has been some progress with the application from Swindon Football Trust to build a 4G football pitch and multi-sport clubhouse on the grass area next to the track, the clubhouse would be a facility that would be used by the Harriers as changing and toilet facilities along with a cafeteria and viewing area. All still very much in the planning stage at the moment but Harriers are involved with the process.

Here's looking forward to the sun and the track season!