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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 info@eneavourpt.co.uk

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 www.thefitnessexperts.co.uk,(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 harwell@thefitnessexperts.co.uk

 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 harwellrugby@hotmail.com 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.

Contact: harwell6s@gmail.com


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

Contact Harwell.cricket@gmail.com


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.

Contact: harwellel@gmail.com


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 http://www.harwellcroquet.org.uk 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.
Contact: mike.poole@nda.gov.uk 


Korfball is a fast moving mixed team sport, suitable for all ages. Abingdon Korfball Club: http://www.abingdonkorfball.co.uk/  Didcot Dragons: http://www.didcot-korfball.co.uk/

 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: kevindavies@tesco.net


The club has teams in the Oxford League. Home games played at Larkmead School.
Contact: info@harwellbadminton.co.uk


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


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. http://www.didcoth3.org


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: will.atkinson@nuvia.co.uk


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.


Archery (Harlequin Bowmen)

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

Contact: haywoodbarry@btinternet.com


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: hlrarecsoc@gmail.com (Rec Soc office) 
Facebook page

Affiliated Clubs

For further details see http://www.hlra.co.uk/

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