Running since 1898...
Willowfield Temperance Harriers was founded in 1898 in East Belfast as a traditional all-male running club dedicated to road racing, cross-country and track & field.
Today, Willowfield Temperance Harriers is still a successful and dynamic running club but, with a growing male and female membership that caters for all age groups from 9 years old & upwards through to the seasoned Veteran (these days the Over 35s are classed as “Veterans"!)
We have a vibrant Mini & Junior section. While we believe it’s important that children enjoy running, we are content that many of our Mini & Junior athletes are also involved in other sporting pursuits. Some of the parents like to use the time when their kids are running with us to enjoy some “me time" to head off on their own informal running session.
Affiliated to Athletics Northern Ireland, with our own registered coaches, we are committed to attracting and developing members of all ages, gender or ability and, can offer varied training programmes to suit all levels.
Remember the modern Olympic Games was founded on the principle that it’s not the winning but, the taking part that counts! So, with that in mind, we would encourage anyone interested in running to come along and take part – under no obligation! Please don’t let our name (or reputation) put you off!
Contact us - Email
Officials and Coaches
President, Hon Treasurer Athletics NI & NI representative UK Athletics
Rod Crossley (contact: 07849334482)
Treasurer, UKA registered Coaching Assistant: and Club Welfare Officer
Rebecca Crossley (Contact: 075266 52773)
Secretary & UKA registered Coaching Assistant:
Jim Ard (Contact: 07905 400476)
UKA registered Coaches and Assistant Coaches
Lawson Cochrane (Head Coach) (Contact: 07763 825107)
(Coach and Assistant Coaches)
Mark Wright, Raymond Black, Rebecca Crossley, Jim Ard,
Kathryn Morrow, Kenny Hamill, Jonathon Winter
Blue and White Hoops
Our main Club Nights are Mondays & Thursdays meeting at The Pavilion, Civil Service Sports Grounds, Stormont as follows:-
Mondays: Seniors/Vets (Male & Female) 6.45pm & Juniors (8 years old & upwards) 6.45pm - 8.00pm
Thursdays: Seniors/Vets (Male & Female) & Juniors (8 years old & upwards)
6.45pm - 7.45pm
Beginners group meet Monday and Thursday times as above.
Further optional sessions are available as follows:-
Optional sessions are available as follows:-
Seniors/Vets (Male & Female)
Tuesdays: 6.30pm at The Pavilion (check with Coaches)
Wednesdays: 6.30pm at Mary Peters Track or The Pavilion (check with coaches)
Sundays: 9.45am at The Pavilion
Juniors (Year 8 & upwards only)
Tuesdays: 6.30pm Stormont (meet main front gates. Check with coach Lawson)
Mary Peters Track or The Pavilion, Stormont (check with coaches Mark and/or Lawson).
Saturdays #: 10.30am - 11.45am
Mary Peters Track or The Pavilion, Stormont
[# subject to change and depends on race fixtures - check with coaches!]
If you are interested in joining the club, please download and print out our Membership Application Form by clicking on the button below. Fill it out and return it to one of our Coaches along with your membership fee (Details of fees can be found on the form).
Parents of juniors should also read the Useful Info leaflet.
The Code of Conduct to be downloaded and signed by all senior members. Junior applicants and their parents to download and sign the Junior Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct (Coaches)
If you want to know what we expect from our coaches, then download the Coaches Code of Conduct
The Club Constitution defines how the club is run under the committee and how they make decisions.
Child Protection Policy Statement
Willowfield Harriers is committed to good practice which protects children from harm.
Club Welfare Officer
Our new club Welfare Officer is Rebecca Crossley who has completed the Safeguarding Children & Young People in Sport and Designated Safeguarding Childrens Officer Workshop through Sport NI.
Rebecca will be the point of contact for - any member to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club.