A warm welcome to Thurrock Harriers AC.

In this pack you'll find useful information and advice, and the Athlete Code of Conduct.

As a member, it's important that you adhere to the code to make the club a safe environment for all members.

Please refer to the Club website for much more information that you will need as a new member.

As a club we treat all our members equally, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, or religious beliefs.

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Club location

Blackshots Athletics Stadium

Springfield Rd

Blackshots, Grays, Essex


Club training times

Tuesday 6pm to 7.30pm

Thursday 6pm to 7.30pm

Under 11s only Thursday 4.30pm to 6pm

Sunday 10.30am to 12 midday (at the discretion of coaches)

The register must be signed at every training session.

If you are unable to attend training, ensure that one of your parents contacts your coach. If you miss 5 consecutive sessions with no contact, your place may be offered to another athlete and your membership terminated.

During summer months an extra session may be added on a Monday or Wednesday evening. Your coach will know more about this.

Membership and track fees


Membership year runs from 1st April to 31st March

Membership Fees: (2019)

Senior (18 and over) £ 155 (including Season Ticket & £15 UKA affiliation)                   

Junior & Full Time Student (Under 21) £ 145 (including Season Ticket & £15 UKA affiliation)   

U11s   £30 per term  - To be paid in advance.

If you require membership without a season ticket please apply in writing to the Committee.

Membership and UKA fees must be paid before you can compete in any competitions. Arrangements can be made to pay fees in stages

Club Contacts

President: Stan Eves email:

Chairperson: Geraldine Heapy email:

Secretary: Jon Metcalf email:

Membership Secretary: Jill Boosey email:

Treasurer: Charlotte Edwards email:

Track Hire: Cathy James email


Junior (Under 17) Team Manager: 

 Senior Team Managers:

Women: Sue Lawrence

Men: Bernie Johnson email:      

Coaching Secretary: Geraldine Heapy email:

Officials Secretary: Caroline Drewitt


Women/Girls: Jill Boosey. Tel: 07539045245

Claire Whitbread: email

Men/Boys: Keith Willett email:

COVID 19 Officers:

Jill Boosey. Tel: 07539045245

Jon Metcalf email:

Club website  for news, race dates, and further club information.

Find us on Facebook as Thurrock Harriers AC (members by invitation)




Les Bell

Level 4 – Performance

Gary Chivers

Coaching Assistant

Liam Chivers

Coaching Assistant

Stan Eves

Level 2 Performance Coach

Geraldine Heapy

Level 3 Event Group Coach Jumps

Catherine James

Level 2 Athletics Coach

Elizabeth James

Coaching Assistant 

Shelley Jameson

Coaching Assistant

Christopher Jessener

Level 2 Athletics Coach

Bernard Johnson

Level 2 Athletics Coach and 

Coach in Running Fitness

Marie SplarnCoaching Assistant
Theo AdesinaCoaching Assistant
Megan SmithCoaching Assistant
Charlie SplarnCoaching Assistant

Jonathan Metcalf

Coaching Assistant

Brenda Stone

Coach in Running Fitness

Kelvin Stone

Coach in Running Fitness

David Staines

Level 4 Performance Coach

Margaret Whitbread 

Level 4 Performance Coach DT, HT, Hurdles,

JT, LJ, SP, Sprints, TJ

Code of Conduct

A code of conduct exists for all members and associates of

Thurrock Harriers AC. The Athlete Code of Conduct is included in this

pack, and all codes of conduct are available on the club

website (address above).

Track and Field Discipline and Health and Safety

During busy training nights, the track environment can become very crowded. It is our prime concern to ensure our athletes are safe and therefore ask them (and Parents) to obey our Track and Field Etiquette as displayed on the Board near the Clubhouse. The use of iPods, mobiles and earphones are not to be used in the entire stadium area as they may prevent someone from hearing a warning sound. No athletes should cross the infield for any reason, unless pre-arranged by coaches as part of a training session. Any athletes bringing younger brothers or sisters to training must ensure that a Parent accompanies them at all times.

Athletes leaving the Stadium to go on road runs must wear a fluorescent bib.               

Club Kit

The registered club colours are a white vest with a blue inverted V.

It is advisable to wear blue or black shorts.

Athletes are required to wear club vests in all League events and Championship (Essex South of England, Eastern and National events) – these can be purchased from the clubhouse.

Club Activities

Throughout the year the club competes in a variety of athletics events, cross country and track and field. All upcoming races, events, etc. are displayed on the notice board and on the website– please check regularly.

The club enters teams in Eastern (EYAL 11 to 16 years) and Southern (SAL 16 and above) competitions. There is also a Vets League (over 35 years).



The club intends to hold various social events throughout the year.

Look out for these on notices in the clubhouse, the website and on Facebook.

Club Committee meetings are held on the last Tuesday each month to discuss club business.

Top tips for

new members,

and parents of



Attending your first proper competition can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the experience and help you to perform your best:

Remember to pack your vest and spikes (if needed) –

almost all events require you to wear your club vest.

Arrive in plenty of time - if your race is due to start at 11.30, try to arrive by 10.30. For league matches, your Team Managers need to finalise teams on the day, so the earlier you arrive the easier it is for all involved.

 Look for the Thurrock colours and coaches and our banner.

For league matches, Thurrock Harriers AC will have already registered you, but you will still need to get your letter T from the Team Manager, and let them know you’ve arrived.

Bring a good supply of safety pins to attach numbers to your vest (usually two numbers or letters- one for the front and one for the back = 8 safety pins).

 Most T&F league matches begin at 11.30 on a Sat/Sun and last for most of the day – bring lunch and plenty of water (not fizzy)!

Most venues have space on grass for chairs, rugs, small tents etc. if it’s a nice day.

Cross-country can sometimes be cold and wet – remember to bring a change of clothing, wet wipes and a big bag for the muddy stuff!

 Remember to warm up and then cool down/stretch after the event(s).

 Remember, you may not win, but participation is important, and this is especially so in league matches, where the club can gain valuable points for every member who competes.

Please help out if you’re asked to do so by a team manager, or even better – volunteer your services at the start of the match.

Results are often displayed on the day (usually near the reporting box), but if not, they can usually be found online – search for the particular event and you will often find a link to results, or

is a good general site, with athlete profiles plus links to most main events.

 Try to perform to the best of your abilities at all times, but more importantly, ENJOY IT!