About Us

Background

Carnegie Harriers is a friendly running club which caters for people interested in running over all types of terrain and across a range of distances. Originally formed in August 1991 to cater for the interests of road runners in the Dunfermline area, we now also cover cross country, ultra, trail and hill running. Whatever the distance, someone in the club is likely to have run it – from a mile to a marathon and considerably beyond, throughout Scotland and further afield.

We have two Facebook pages. “Carnegie Harriers” is our public page which contains items of general interest and “Carnegie Harriers Members Group” is a closed group for members only where anyone can post up items which may be of interest to others such as races, informal training runs, car share, social get-togethers etc.

Further information is provided in weekly bulletins and other communications which are emailed out to members.

 

Training

We are based at Dunfermline Sports and Soccer Centre, Pitreavie Playing Fields, Queensferry Road, Dunfermline, which offers changing and showering facilities along with a cafe where members can socialise after training. However, there are alternative meeting points for some of our sessions and members have the option of going there directly if this would be more convenient to them – details are notified in advance in the weekly bulletins and on our website and Facebook pages.

Our official training nights are Tuesday and Thursday – we currently offer two sessions on a Tuesday at either 5.45 pm or 6.30 pm (both sessions are identical) and one on a Thursday at 6.30 pm. We also offer an alternative session on a Thursday at 6.30 pm for those looking for something less intense.

In either case, we ask members to try to be there in good time for the pre-session briefings so we can start the sessions promptly.

At other times throughout the year, we offer sessions in cross country and off-road running, or hill training at various locations, as well as organising additional training runs, or recces of race routes, which are open to all members.

Our structured, progressive training sessions are designed to help improve the fitness and performance of our members, regardless of speed or ability. These sessions provide an opportunity to make new friends, explore new routes and exchange training ideas. Running in a group encourages you to get out and run and to work harder than you would on your own and you benefit from the advice and support of others.
To find out more, go to our Training Page

Club Competitions

For the competitive runner there are plenty of opportunities to test their abilities. We encourage members to represent the club in local, District and National events, both as individuals and as part of a team.

We currently offer two, members only, Grand Prix series over the course of a year, one covering roads, trails and cross-country, the other covering the hills.

Whilst we encourage members to take part, there is no obligation to do so if you are more interested in social or fitness running. Points are awarded for each race and prizes are presented to overall winners and age category winners.

In addition, we have an All Rounders Competition (ARC) which combines the results from events across all our disciplines of road, hill, trail and cross-country running, with separate awards presented to category winners.

Club Races

We also promote running by organising a number of events during the year starting with the ever-popular Devilla Forest 5K and 15K races in mid-February, followed by the Graham Clark Memorial Race in August comprising three loops of the iconic Knockhill Racing Circuit. These open races attract runners of all abilities. In mid-December we have our members-only Festive Forest Run in Blairadam Forest, which is usually followed by a social outing.
See ‘Our Races’.

Social

However, it’s not all about training and racing, there’s a social side to running as well. Many races offer post-race buffets which are always a firm favourite with our members, giving them an opportunity to recall the events of the day and to mix with members from other clubs. We also enjoy going along to support our fellow club members in long distance races.

We get together regularly, either to enjoy informal social outings to local pubs or for more organised events such as meals and other functions.

Join Carnegie Harriers today.