About Our Juniors

Our Junior Division caters for young runners who are willing to improve their fitness and ability. From beginners through to those that wish to compete, we aim to support all members to achieve their goals. While there is a focus on competition and improvement, the coach makes the sessions fun and engaging for all involved.

We compete at interclub races and set a high standard in Club representation. Our Junior members, at all levels, are encouraged to compete at the interclub events and also the Wellington Cross Country and Road Championship events. This gives them race experience where they are able to practice racing strategies.

Our Club prides itself in the high level of comradeship our young runners show towards each other and many great friendships have been made.

Our Junior division is coached by Darryl Robinson with Shar McDonald as Junior Administration/Liaison. Darryl has many years experience and provides advice on levels of fitness, race planning and preparation, nutrition and setting goals. He coaches the primary, intermediate and college runners through their school, inter-school, inter-provincial, through to National competitions.

The Trentham United Harrier Club Season for Juniors begins in April and finishes in September with Junior prize-giving.

Training Schedule

Primary, Intermediate and College age all in together
Thursdays 5pm-6pm at our Clubrooms
Saturdays 1:30pm at Clubrooms (except when racing)

May to August:
Mondays 6pm-6:45pm at the NZCIS
Saturdays 1:30pm at Clubrooms (except when racing)

Intermediate & College
Mondays 6:45pm-8pm at the NZCIS
Saturdays 1:30pm at Clubrooms (except when racing)

September TBA

What Runners should bring to each run

Drink bottle of water.
A light jacket to run in if raining or warming up.
Thermal or similar if cold.
Something warm and dry to put on afterwards.
Healthy snack for after run.

Guidelines for our Juniors

Juniors should wear running gear/clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.
Club uniforms/singlets must be worn for Club days and Club & Interclub races.
It is extremely rare for Harriers to get cancelled due to bad weather, as it is a winter sport. We run in rain or shine. Be prepared for the changing weather.

Our Team

Darryl Robinson

-- Coach --

Darryl Robinson has been involved with the Trentham United Harriers club for over 10 years and has been a competitive runner for the past 30+ years.

Darryl was a Heretaunga College athletic and cross country champion before being one of Wellington's top 400m runners. He was a consistent Wellington and Hutt Valley senior mens 4x400m relay team member.

After hanging up his rugby boot he then went on to run more than 60 half marathons, including wins at the 2000 Levin and 2001 Pelorus events, he was also a member of the NZ Post Corporate Challenge winning team for six years.

Darryl has been involved with some great coaches and mentors over the years and brings a lot of experience and knowledge to his trainings. His style is very unique and he has a great skill in peaking runners at the right time. He has a great understanding of the individuals he coaches and helps suit training to their different needs. When you watch his trainings it is clear his runners have the utmost respect for him.