Town and Country Harriers (TACH) is an off-road running club dedicated to exploring the varied countryside around Bristol, in the West of England, UK.
Who belongs to TACH?
Our members are a varied group of runners - men and women, young and not so young. The one thing we have in common is a love of off-road running.
When and where do we train?
Training runs start each Thursday at 7:00 pm from a different pub within a thirty-minute drive of the centre of Bristol, a city in the west of England. The run is led by a member who is familiar with the area and who can find the way back, even in the dark! Faster runners are encouraged to run ahead to a prominent landmark and then loop back for the slower runners. No one is left behind and runners of a range of speeds are catered for. In the winter months, each runner carries a torch to help find the way.
Run locations vary from off-road runs, just outside the city, to hill climbs in the Mendip or Cotswold hills. Sometimes, the route (usually 6-7 miles) is made to fit a particular pub and sometimes we chose the pub to fit a particular route. We are becoming familiar with some of the finest examples Bristol and its environs have to offer. We also have training runs on Tuesdays, currently from Stapleton in north-east Bristol. See TRAINING RUNS for more details.
We cannot guarantee we will finish the run with clean shoes but we are convinced that running off-road is kinder to our joints than pounding pavements. There is something exhilarating about running off-road under a starlit sky or splashing through the mud whilst being threatened by a thunderstorm. A run across grass lit by the evening sun or through the dappled shade of a woodland path, rain or shine, summer or winter, makes us feel that we truly deserve a pint and a chat in the pub before heading home.
What else do we do?
In the Summer months we organise a series of marked and marshalled off-road races (The Summer Pub Series) which is open to other clubs and individuals. See TACH RACES.
Many of our members enjoy a challenge and compete in several races each year - anything from a 10K to a 45-mile ultra and everything in between (see RACE DIARY).
The Man v Horse Marathon is popular with most of us as is the Cotswold Way Relay which takes in a lot of our training grounds. We enter a couple of teams each year.
Social events range from summer barbecues to our annual Twelfth Night club dinner where the club championship prizes are awarded.
How can I find out more?
New or potential members are always welcome. If you think you might be interested check out the list of training runs, choose one that appeals and just turn up, either alone or with some friends. There is no charge unless you decide to join the club. You might like to contact us first, see the CONTACTS page, or find us on facebook for any last-minute information.
We hope you can join us on a trail sometime soon!
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