Sheen Shufflers Juniors


Sheen Shufflers Junior Athletics is a thriving athletics club for young athletes aged 7-15. The club aims to encourage individuals to gain a great all round athletics experience through participation, encouragement and fun.  By learning the fundamentals of athletics (running, throwing and jumping) Sheen Shufflers Juniors also develop an understanding and appreciation of competitive athletics; useful for progressing children to competing for their schools or boroughs. 

Sheen Shufflers Juniors meet every Sunday mornings at 09:00 at Barn Elms sports centre from March to October on the Barn Elms athletic track. The sessions are inclusive and open to new participants at any time and are run by a team of qualified coaches. 

Whilst the main focus of the Shufflers Juniors are the Sunday morning track and field sessions, the club also participates in local junior athletic events such as parkrun, Team Richmond Cross Country, Junior Summer League and our own Sports Day and orienteering events. As the Juniors section was borne out of Sheen Shufflers running club there are also lots of opportunities to attend and participate in their events, and the hope is that children progress from the Juniors through to the Sheen Shufflers adult section.


Night Orienteering – Wimbledon Common- Tuesday 28th November

Venue: The Telegraph on Putney Heath SW15 3TU Tuesday 28/11

Not done a Night-O before? There are two courses, 5K and 2.5K, though only the top orienteers manage to get that distance as the ‘also rans’ spend yards looking for control points. Children can run if accompanied by an adult or responsible guardian.

Basically, you are given a map with clues on it and you have to navigate to the clues ‘check-points’ and electronically check in. You will need a head torch, whistle and a compass. The cost is £5 entry, £3 for juniors. Registration between 18:00 and 19:25, and as it is electronic timing, you go when you are ready.

These are fun but frustrating events (when you can’t find a check-point). You can run in groups, so please don’t feel you have to run on your own.

If you need any further information/re-assurance please ask:

I will be doing the 5k run so anyone who wants to partner with me is more than welcome.

Owners and Possessions Session – Sunday 10th December

We are planning on holding our first ‘Owners & Possessions Session’ on Sunday 10th December on Sheen Common (Fife Road entrance). The session will start at 10:00am.

We are hoping that some of the Owners will join in to show that they can cope just as admirably as their Possessions.

As this will be the first of these sessions it will be a trial/trail and error morning and hopefully we can take it on from there.

The session will take in warm-ups, running and the odd obstacle course or two, where the Possessions can stand back and watch their Owners with wonder!! Owners will be allowed some flexibility (if their Possessions let them!).

Hopefully see you there on the 10th (that’s one Sunday after the second of the Junior cross-country league fixtures on the 3rd).

Downs Cross-Country League 5th November 2017

This was our first appearance in the Downs League and a huge learning curve for the both the runners that took part and the coaches, Steve and Louise, who were in attendance. The standard was extremely high with some of the best young athletes in Surrey taking part. We hope that all our juniors enjoyed themselves and will be coming back for more. Our next fixture, at the same venue, takes place on Sunday 3rd December. We will publish all the details nearer the time.

Despite only having one runner in the U15 Girls, Alex Mortimer, we managed to finish 9th team out of 11. Alex finished 20th Lady.

In the U13 boys, again we only had one runner, Svante Jonsson who finished 34th. In the girls U13 we had two runners, Mia Oldfield who finished in 33rd place, ahead of Lily Nash in 42nd. The U13 girls finished in 10th place out of 12. It’s three to count and you get penalty points if you are short of runners, so in this race we would have been a lot higher if we had had a third counter.

In the U11 Boys we managed to get a full team of three out. Emilio Olvera was first Shuffler home in 41st place, closely followed by Sebastian Mano in 55th with Luca Barkan two places behind in 57th. This was a hotly contested race with some very good athletes, so our boys did really well to finish in 10th place.

In the U11 Girls 8YO Ava Oldfield finished in an extremely creditable 24th place, with Emily Hough, another 8YO running with U11s, 8 places behind her in 32nd. Again, with another runner in this category our girls would have finished higher than the eighth place that they achieved.

Well done to all those that took part!

Downs Cross Country League – Interest Register

As you are all probably well aware, Sheen Shufflers Juniors will be participating in this seasons’ Downs Cross Country League. The first fixture is less than two weeks away on Sunday 5th November.

If your athlete is intending to do any of the fixtures we would be grateful if you could let us know. We will require your athlete’s name, gender and date of birth. If you are not sure at this stage if you have a runner or not, please register anyway as it will save us time in advance. Can you please reply to

All the races will take part on Epsom Downs with the start/finish off the car park at Tattenham Corner Road and Old London Road. The first race for U11s starts at 10:45. All races are between 2K and 3K.

We will have our sail banner flying so we will be easy to spot. Club tops must be worn and will be available to purchase (£20). We will be carrying a couple of spares if needed. Any parents that would like to assist on the day with marshalling etc. – can you please hold up your hands.

Both Steve and Louise will be in attendance on the day to help organise.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

End Date for Summer Season 2017

The last Barn Elms Track Session of 2017 will take place on Sunday 29th October. We are looking at a resumption date of 11th March for Summer Season 2018.

We are planning on holding ‘extra curriculum’ Sunday morning training sessions on Sheen Common during the ‘close season’. We will announce the dates and times on this website and on the Juniors Facebook page. We won’t be e-mailing the details so please either ‘like’ the Juniors page or just keep monitoring the website.

Night Orienteering – Richmond Park – Tuesday 31st October

The first in this winter season’s Night-Os  takes place in Richmond Park. Registration is at The Albert, Kingston Hill, 57 Kingston Hill, Norbiton KT2 7PX from 17:15 to 19:30 with the course open between 18:00 and 19:30.

For those who haven’t done a Night-O before – I’ll try and explain. There are two course a 5k and a 2.5k. You register for whichever course you want to do. You will be given an electric dibber. At the start of the course you will be given a map and it will have points marked on it that you have to locate – once located you have to ‘check-in’ with your dibber. Look on it more as a glorified treasure hunt.

You will ideally need a head torch and whistle, which you can borrow from the host club, and a compass.

All competitors take part at their own risk. You MUST be over 16 to take part in this event, unless you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a condition of the insurance of the event. Entry is £5 per person, Juniors £3 – excellent value for money!

Quite a few juniors have enjoyed it in the past, so if it’s your first time and you are not sure, just ask. You can run in groups and I’m quite happy to take around any first timers who want to do the 5k. I have some previous maps of events that I can bring along and show you what it entails.

Come along and enjoy yourselves. It can be very frustrating when you can’t find a marker – but you can always talk about it over a drink afterwards.

Just let me know if you’re coming or want reassuring or ask Anthony, Olivia or Bex who do these events regularly.

Sheen Shufflers Juniors AGM

We would like to invite you to our annual AGM of the Sheen Shufflers Junior Athletics.

It would be good to get some input from you, the owners, as to what you think we are doing right or wrong, or anything else you would like to add.

The Hare & Hounds in East Sheen is booked for this event at 7pm on Thursday 19th October.

Thanks for all your encouragement this year.

Downs Cross-Country League

Sheen Shufflers Juniors will be competing in the Downs Cross-Country League for the first time in the 2017/2018 season. The first fixture takes place on the Sunday following our last Sunday meet of the season. The races are open to all of our juniors, and hopefully we can get a bit of parent participation in marshalling and helping out!

The race dates are:

Sunday 5/11/2017,
Sunday 3/12/2017,
Sunday 18/2/2018,
Sunday 4/3/2018.

All the races will take part on Epsom Downs with the start/finish off the car park at Tattenham Corner Road and Old London Road.

The categories and start times are:

Under 11s (Years 5 & 6) – 2.2k 10:45
Under 13s (Years 7&8) – 2.5k 11:15 est.
Under 15s (Years 9&10) – 2.5k 11:30 est

You will need to wear a club top, which can be purchased on the next few Sundays at athletics (£20), otherwise, we hope to have a few spare tops that you can use on the day.

Please feel free to speak to any of the coaches if you need any advice or send us an email. It would also help if you could let us know if you plan to partcipate. The entry is currently free.

Osterley parkrun – Saturday 23rd September 09:00

The senior Shufflers do a monthly parkrun at a different venue each month. This month the venue is Osterley Park. The course stays inside the park and is three laps over 5K. It starts and finishes in front of the big house and is a mixture of grass and gravel/tarmac paths. Don’t be put off by the laps, its a really nice course. This is also very convenient for any first time Junior parkrunners as it is a lot easier to drop out if you’ve had enough. All under 11s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, if there is no parent or guardian available, let me know and we can try and arrange one for you. I should be running, so can probably help out.

There is a car park in the grounds of the park which is free if you show your barcode. If you don’t have a barcode, you can register for parkrun at: you’ll find Sheen Shufflers in the club download box. Remember to print off your barcode and bring it with you.

It’s probably best to get there early but you should be able to find parking outside the grounds too (allow 5-10 minutes to walk to the start though).

Details below for parkrun course and Osterley Park

Running Beginners Course (Adults)

A Beginners Course will commence on Wednesday 13th September and will be held at Palewell Common, 10am lasting for approximately 1 hour each week. The course will run for eight weeks and the idea is that the participants will go from not being anywhere near fit and after eights weeks be able do a 5k parkrun to complete the course. It will be run by an England Athletics Qualified Coach, Louise Oldfield (she’s the tall blonde lady at the track who looks after the Juniors) and will cost £40 per person. Please pass the word round and prospective participants should e-mail Louise, who will be pleased to hear from you or answer any questions you may have.