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Sports & Fitness

Information about sports and fitness services in and around Harwell Campus.

Harwell has excellent sports pitches and a well-appointed sports pavilion, as well as a number of connecting cycle paths and running/walking routes around and into the campus. See here for a map of the different cycle routes available.

There are numerous links to The Ridgeway, known as Britain’s oldest road, and the Berkshire Downs. Surfaces vary from tarmac to tar spray to gravel chippings to limestone dust, but are designed for easy riding throughout.

There is also a Harwell Running Club Oxford Fusion where a group of people run at lunchtime and welcome fellow runners.

The Harwell Laboratories Recreation Association (HLRA) is a voluntary organisation that runs the facilities for Harwell Campus. All personnel employed at Harwell can join the HLRA for a small annual subscription and thereby have access to all the clubs above and to possibly set up their own hobby/club if they wish.

There are many Sports & Clubs run by HLRA including: Archery, Cricket, Croquet, Evening League Cricket, Football, 6-a-side Football, Rounders, Rugby, Running, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, Aunt Sally. Membership forms and further information are available at HLRA. You can join the Rec Soc Facebook page to also see more.


Endeavour Personal Training

For 1 on 1 or small group training and located at Curie Avenue. Contact: 01235 861168 or

A free Outdoor Gym is situated on the main sports recreation field, off Thomson Avenue.

The Fitness Experts 

The Fitness Experts is a fresh alternative to traditional gyms and they are located behind Quad One Building, Becquerel Avenue, next to Pierrepont's Cafe.

The gym offers a free 6 day trial,(select the Harwell Club, and click ‘free trial’ ) and they also offer Corporate memberships. Instagram page: (The_Fitness_Experts) Facebook Page: ‘The Fitness Experts Harwell’  Email:

 Team sports

Harwell R.U.F.C

A very friendly club with training and coaching every Thursday night at 7pm. All abilities are welcome, drop a message to: or just come along and join in.

6-a-Side Football

6-a-side league matches take place on week day lunchtimes during the winter. Entries are encouraged from units on the Harwell Oxford Campus.



Harwell International Cricket Club plays Saturday OCA league games, Wednesday evening T20 Berkshire Downs League games and 40-over friendlies on Sundays.


Evening Cricket League

8-a-side league that takes place on mid-week evenings during the summer. Entries from units on the Harwell Oxford Campus are encouraged. Players wishing to join a team can also get in touch.



Both Association and Golf Croquet are played all year round. The club takes part in leagues, friendlies and internal events. Times vary during the year.

See for details and contact information.


The annual Harwell Summer Rounders tournament takes place from May to August at lunchtime (12.30pm). Team entries from across the Harwell and Rutherford campuses are invited.



Korfball is a fast moving mixed team sport, suitable for all ages. Abingdon Korfball Club: Didcot Dragons:

 Racket sports


Five teams play in the Newbury & District Summer League and three courts are available on site. A regular coaching session is available Monday lunchtime, a club session is held each Wednesday lunchtime and a box ladder is in place for members to play each other. Contact:


The club has teams in the Oxford League. Home games played at Larkmead School.


Harwell men’s and women’s teams compete in the Oxfordshire Squash Racquets Association leagues, playing home games at Abingdon Squash Club. Contact: 

Table Tennis

There are two table tennis tables on the field next to Thomson Avenue, in front of the HQ Building. You can hire bats and balls from HLRA, either ring them on: 01235 831072 or email:


Didcot Hash House Harriers

Summer: Didcot Hash meet at a different pub every Tuesday evening at 7pm and follow a trail (3-5 miles) that circles back to the pub. Winter: switch to Sunday mornings at 11am. 


Events every Tuesday lunchtime. Track races May - August, otherwise a handicapped Fun Run: 3km / 5km / 7km time trial with the slower runners starting first. Contact: 


HarBUG (cycling)

Harwell Bicycle Users Group is a group of cyclists campaigning to make it easier to cycle to the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and to improve facilities for cyclists and cycling on site.

Harwell Campus Bicycle Loan Scheme

Harwell Campus Bicycle Loan Scheme is available to all campus occupiers to use free of charge and to hire. Download the pdf for further instructions

You can also access the a network of cycle routes in the surrounding area here.

All you need to do is:

-        Download the Donkey Republic app, available for Android and iOS.

-        Register with your campus organisation (work) email address otherwise it won’t make the campus bikes available.

-        Enter details for a credit / debit card – you won’t be charged unless you exceed the free 48 hour period.

-        Start and end your rental at one of the bike a drop-off zones.

If you have any mechanical problems, please contact Bainton Bikes:

T: 01865 311610

For booking, locking or unlocking enquiries, please contact Donkey Republic:

E:  T: 0808 178 5353


Archery (Harlequin Bowmen)

HARLEQUIN BOWMEN are affiliated to the Grand National Archery Association, the Southern Counties Archery Society and the Berkshire Archery Association.



Harwell Laboratories Recreation Association 

Memberships start from as little as £10 per annum for a junior member and for more information and subscription fee details please click here.

The HLRA Administrator can be contacted Monday-Friday between 12:00 and 14:00 at: 
Harwell Laboratories Recreational Association, The Pavilion, Rutherford Avenue, Harwell Campus, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0DF T: 01235 831072  E: (Rec Soc office) 
Facebook page

Affiliated Clubs

For further details see