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Carnegie Harriers


Our club was formed in August 1991, to cater for the interests of road runners in the Dunfermline area, Scotland. We are a friendly club that welcomes new members of all abilities regardless of whether you are a serious runner or just wanting to keep fit.

Since then our range of activities has been extended to include cross country, ultra and hill running, an event that is becoming increasingly popular with our members. Whatever the distance, someone in the club is likely to have run it - from a mile to a marathon and considerably beyond, there's no stopping us! During 2006, club members raced in countless British events along with races in Italy, Holland, Greece, Sweden, Thailand and the USA. Our club now has over 150 members throughout the central belt of Scotland and beyond including four members from the USA.

As well as taking part in races throughout Scotland and beyond, we do a lot to promote the sport by organising a number of events during the year. From May to August we host a series of one and two mile races on the first Friday of each month as well as the highly successful "Auld Toun 10K Road Race" on the second Wednesday in May and the "Graham Clark 3.9 Mile Memorial Race" in late August. Two new events in 2006 were the Loch Fitty Trail Race and Carnegie Hill Race. These are all open races and attract runners of all abilities.

For the more competitive there is the chance to represent the club in a variety of team events during the year. You can also earn points at selected races to count towards our annual awards, where we give prizes in all three disciplines of road, hill and cross country running. On top of this we have several members only races and regular time trials.

If all of this has still not persuaded you to come along and train with us, as a bonus you get to wear our "discrete" but distinctive (luminous green and orange) club colours and discounts at a number of local retailers and specialist running shops. But by far the biggest benefit of joining Carnegie Harriers is the support and encouragement you will get from fellow club members. Whether you are new to the area, new to the sport, been running for some time on your own or already an experienced runner, we're confident we have something to offer. But don't just take our word for it - come along to one or our training nights and see for yourself.

Your questions answered!

Where can I find you?

Our club meets for training every Tuesday and Thursday at The Dunfermline Academy of Sport (formerly Powerleague), Pitreavie Playing Fields, Dunfermline, Fife at 6.15pm (for a 6.30pm start). The Academy of Sport offer superb changing / showering facilities along with a licensed bar and cafe.

What training do you do?

Every Tuesday and Thursday our club provides structured group training which is designed to develop your strength and endurance. In the build up to the Virgin London Marathon there is also the option on Tuesday evenings of ‘tempo’ runs along with a regular time trial on a Thursday evening. For anyone who does not wish to partake in the interval sessions then there is always the option of an easier paced group run on both training nights.

In the build up to the Virgin London Marathon our club will also be organising Sunday morning long runs at different venues every week. Details of these runs and all our training sessions will be posted on our club website at

Can I turn up or do I have to join first?

We encourage you to come along and train with us for a few weeks with no pressure to join. If you do decide to join us at Carnegie Harriers then it will only cost you £10 until the end of April.

So why should you join us? The club provides an opportunity to make new friends, explore new routes and exchange training ideas. Our structured training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings will help improve your overall fitness and performance as well as those all-important PB's.

I am only looking to train for the Virgin London Marathon, how will I find others to train with?

We have numerous members of all abilities taking part in the Virgin London Marathon and other marathons in April. Our members are all keen to train and share their experience with other marathon runners. At our club you will introduced to people of similar ability which will help you significantly in your training for the Virgin London Marathon.