About the Dorset Doddlers


The Dorset Doddlers Running Club have been running around in circles since 1983. The club was originally formed by a 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 at 6.45pm at Sturminster Newton Lesuire Centre. All 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 meet at 6.30pm at Blandford Forum Leisure Centre. There is also a Shaftesbury Hill Session on Tuesdays throughout winter training.

When the clocks change to BST, the Tuesday training is replaced by our 'Summer Runs', starting from various pubs and beauty spots throughout Dorset.

Longer organised group runs often take place on Sunday mornings, particularly in the months preceding Spring Marathons.

The Doddlers are very welcoming and enthusiastically supports new runners of all abilities, from absolute beginners to those returning to running after a break or longer layoff.

Internal Club Races

During the year, we hold several internal races on our Thursday Training night, such as the 'Broad Oak Hilly', 'Suzy Vivian Hill Climb', 'John Deacon Handicap', 'Duathlon' (Run and Cycle) and the 'Sturminster 5'. Please note these races are only for club members.

During the year we also have two ongoing competitions, the 'Club Handicap' and our age related 'Club Championship'.

Club Races

The Doddlers have been organising races for many years, and we currently organise the following races:

'The Stur Half'

The Stickler'

North Dorset Village Marathon (NDVM)

The Wessex Ridgeway Relay

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.

How to join

Feel free to print off a membership form from our membership page or email our secretary via our contact page.

Alternatively, just come along to any of the sessions mentioned in our training page and introduce yourself. You will be sure to get a warm welcome and we do have a 'try before you buy' policy – we look forward to seeing you.