Information for Parents/Carers

Purbeck Runners junior run sessions take place on Wednesday evenings throughout the year from The Centre (previously Swanage Youth Centre).


Sessions commence at 6:00pm with club announcements followed by warm up at 6.10pm and runs set off at 6.20pm.

The sessions are open to children and young people aged 9 or above who can run for at least 2km without stopping. The maximum distance covered in a session is approximately 5k. The aim of all sessions is to encourage participants to adopt healthy lifestyles and have fun in a safe environment.

The activities covered will include warm up drills, warm downs and stretching, run technique drills, road runs (on pavements), trail runs, beach runs, intervals, relays and games. Occasionally junior club championship races and time trials may be held instead of run training. Participants are required to wear high viz clothing and this is compulsory when running on dark evenings.

Session signing in will take place in The Centre.The Centre will be open and the run leader present from 6:00pm.

If this is your child/cared-for-child’s first session we would advise that you introduce yourself to our Juniors Coach, Dave Pratten, before the junior can run with the Club.

Primary school (School Year 9 and below) aged children should be accompanied to the sessions by a responsible adult who must sign them in at the beginning of each session and sign them out at the end of the session.

Secondary school (Year 10 and above) aged juniors can sign themselves in and out if they bring a note/letter from their parents giving them permission to do so.

NO junior will be able to take part unless they have:

  • completed a membership form
  • paid £10 membership fee and
  • been signed in. 

At the end of the session the run leader will be present until 7:00pm. Juniors must not be left unsupervised at The Centre.

For safeguarding reasons we advise that child/looked-after-child arrive changed in their running clothes Toilet facilities are available at The Centre.

All juniors are expected to behave with courtesy and respect at all times, train hard and have fun.

The Junior championship is open to all paid-up junior members, there is no entry fee for the races. The races will be followed by post-race refreshments.