About the Club

About | Welfare Policy

We are a large running club based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire with currently around 100 active members. The club has runners of all abilities - from recreational runners looking to improve their fitness through to those that run marathons and ultras. We regularly meet for informal training runs in the area and take part in local races. There is also an active off road/fell running group for those who like to run off the beaten track.

Club Constitution

You can find out more about the club by reading the Club Constitution

Training Runs

The club meets every Tuesday at Ashbourne Leisure Centre at 7pm. The runs are between 6-8 miles, taking about an hour including stops to let everybody get back together. Faster runners can therefore run hard and slower members run steadily, whilst still keeping in a club group.

During the summer months (April-Oct) we tend to enjoy the local area and many of the runs are off road and we also have an "Out of Town" run once a month.In winter the runs are mainly confined to the footpaths around the town that have ample lighting. We also try to have a special run once a month during the winter, ranging from Treasure Hunts to Orienteering. Routes are emailed in advance.

‘Special’ Tuesday Runs: The Club tries to have a ‘special’ Tuesday night run once a month to add variety. In the Winter, the run has to be around Ashbourne and include hill training, speed reps and the Bleep test. In Summer, the Club arranges with a pub in one of the local villages and runs from there – with the option for members to stay and eat afterwards.

Membership

Come along for a few runs and see if the club is right for you before you decide to join. Annual membership is £20 for adults. When you are ready to join please complete the membership form and email it to us or bring it along to a Tuesday evening run.

Benefits

As well as running with like minded people in a beautiful part of the country, membership also gives you

  • Reduced entry fees for many races
  • Regular combined runs and social events
  • Competition in the club championships
  • Athlete registration with England Athletics
  • Third party insurance cover when running with the club
  • The opportunity to have the club’s place in the London Marathon (conditions apply)

Junior Members

Young persons between the ages of 12 and 17 years are most welcome as junior members of ARC. Whilst every effort will be made to ensure their safety, the club cannot be held responsible for their safety, and the parent / guardian’s acknowledgement of this is required by signing the membership form.

We do not allow runners under the age of 15 to attend club training runs without a parent or other responsible adult to run with them for the whole run.

During training runs, junior members aged 15 to 17, running without a parent or other responsible adult must follow the run leader and respond to any reasonable instruction given. Instructions will always be given in the best interest of the group or individual. In the event of a dispute over an instruction, the club committee’s decision is final. Failure to observe this rule will lead to termination of membership.