Club Activities

Club Activities:

  • Club Races and Training Events - Our internal events are described below and start from East Christchurch Sports and Social Club (ECSSC).
  • Our Event Results - Results of our external organised events (Hoburne 5, Christmas 10k and the discontinued Mad March Hare 20) can be found on Power of Ten 
  • Couch to 5k - We usually do a free Couch to 5k course on Tues and Thurs evenings starting around April each year.
  • parkrun - we can also be found at local parkruns (see below)

Training Events (Weds at 12:30 and 18:00)

Our regular Wednesday events (Routes and Rules) start at 12:30 and are usually repeated at 6pm for members unable to make the lunchtime session. Our training events are fun with a handicap system so that the slowest runners can compete with the fastest runners. The events here are many and varied and include beach run, meet and part, pace judgement, cross country and hills (as well as our monthly races). Points are awarded each week and the top three at the end of each quarter receive a modest trophy to hold onto for 3 months. Again, handicapping is used to ensure we all have an equal chance of (not) winning.


Most of events are between 2.5 and 3.5 miles, but in each quarter there is a one mile race so that we can see who is closest to Roger Bannister. We have also instigated a 2x1 mile relay which takes place on the last Wednesdays in April and October. There is a shield for the winner (on handicap) of the mile race and a magnificent cup for the winners of the relay.

A Schedule of our upcoming events are on the Home page and results are contained in the members area (see button above).


Club Races (Weds 12:30 and 18:00 or Fri at 12:30)

  • The Mile Race (on the last Wednesday of March, June, Sept and prior to Christmas at 12:30 and 6pm)
  • The Monthly race of 3.35 miles (on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:30 and 6pm), has taken place (almost) every month since September 1982. The current course is based on the route which was inaugurated in December 1984 to replace a slightly shorter one (although over the years the building of new roads and houses has necessitated slight amendments to the course).

 For variety, on the second race of each quarter the course is run in the reverse direction. The third race of each quarter (March, June, October and December) features a handicapped start such that everyone has a chance to be the first across the line.

  • The 10k Race (on a Friday lunchtime mid Feb, May, Aug and Nov), are staggered according to a handicap system such that the slowest runner starts at 12:30 aiming for all to reach the finish together in a blanket finish.
  • The 10 Mile / Half Marathon run (on a Friday lunchtime in mid March and Sept), are very roughly staggered so that runners cross around 7 miles.


Social Runs (Mon at 6:00pm)

On most Monday evenings we have two social runs of approx. 5k

Both start at 6pm, one from ECSSC (BH23 4JD) and the other from Southbourne, either *Cafe Riva (BH5 2EL) during the dark winter evenings and  Solent Meads (BH6 4NA) the rest of the year - Peter W or Nick G can confirm. Newcomers should email us at to make sure we meet up.


Couch to 5k (Tue & Thurs at 6pm)

2022 was our 9th year of holding our free Couch to 5k course.


Bournemouth parkrun is our local parkrun, but Christchurch Runners have been represented at over 60 other parkruns. The wonderful parkrun Tourist Tool is a very useful internet resource for finding parkruns.