HOW TO JOIN OUR CLUB
To join our club, simply fill in the application form and click SUBMIT. You must be 16 or over. You will receive a reply immediately with details of our bank account, should you want to do a bank transfer. Alternatively, you can pay in cash or card on a club night.
Annual membership fee: £14
BENEFITS OF JOINING
We are often asked by potential new members what the benefits are of joining our club.
These are many and varied, and really depend on what you yourself want from us. We pride ourselves on responding to the individual needs of our members and do all we can to support them and help them achieve their goals.
Read more below
JOINING ENGLAND ATHLETICS
If you wish to join England Athletics then an additional registration fee of £17 is required. This allows you to enter races at a reduced rate (at least £2 cheaper than non-affiliated members) and provides you with insurance when participating in these and club events. If you want to enter the ballot for the club’s place in the London Marathon or take part in the cross country league, you must be a member of England Athletics,
See www.englandathletics.org for more details.
Many people new to running find it difficult to maintain their enthusiasm for the sport as they desperately try to find the time to go for a run, and find it difficult to get motivated, especially on dark, cold and wet nights.
There’s nothing better than running with other like-minded people of similar abilities. You’ll be introduced to, and run with, members of similar pace so you’ll not get left behind.
We have a structured programme, so you know what to expect when you turn up (take a look under “Training”)– whether it be a normal group run round the streets of Buckingham or something more demanding like a tempo run or hill work.
During the lighter evenings, we also go on many trail runs that will take you through the beautiful Buckingham countryside – ones that you probably wouldn’t know of yourself, and ones you probably wouldn’t want to run alone in case you got lost!
On the other hand, when it’s dark, our torch light runs are great fun – running through the parks and woods of Buckingham and even Stowe Park (especial fun in the snow!).
We also have regular and varied fitness sessions – bleep tests, intervals, hill work, circuit training, Sunday morning club runs etc – and have access to Stowe School’s running track in the summer. Then there’s our technique sessions where we teach you how to run efficiently – and faster. We can also advise you on training programmes if you want to run a half or full marathon. With so many experienced runners at the club, information and advice is always at hand.
Many club runners participate in race events and it’s great to travel to them together. Many of our newer members gain much inspiration from other experienced runners and eventually will often find themselves running in events and for distances they never would have dreamed possible!
You can also buy quality club kit at discounted prices – cheaper than you’d find in the shops or online and with the club’s logo printed on it.
So, if you came along two nights a week, that’s over 100 club activities!. Then, of course, there are the socials … curry nights, pub meetings, summer BBQs, quiz nights, Christmas parties and so on.
ALL THIS FOR SUCH A SMALL SUM OF MONEY – what’s not to like?
And if you still need some encouragement, read what Tony, one of our members, has to say …
“My running story started when I needed to lose a few stone, my blood pressure was horrendous and my mental health needed a boost. At 53 (now 60+) I returned home from holiday over 16 stone after 30 years of no activity unless I had to run for the chip van. I knew I had to do something about it before it became too late, I started couch-2- 5k and after more than the 9 weeks it should take, finally got to keep going at more than walking pace for 30 minutes. Parkrun was next, the weight started to reduce, blood pressure went in the right direction and I loved the endorphins and the effect it was having on the space between my ears. I have now run all the distances up to marathon (slow) and have made some great friends at the club. When it comes to health and wellbeing, I have become a bit of an evangelist for the power of running and in 2018 attended a run leader course. My other favourite things are family, laughing a lot and pubs. My motto is if I can you can and I encourage you to give it a go no matter what age or ability by coming along to one of our beginner evenings.”