Deciding to join a running club can seem like a daunting prospect with so many questions and doubts. Therefore, we offer a trial membership option, so you can pop along and give it a go.
As a “Running Club For All” we have a wide selection of training groups to suit all abilities and for those who want to take up running, we offer a beginners course at various times of the year.
If you are interested in giving us a go and then joining as a member please email us at [email protected] for further information to discuss your needs and abilities, or, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.
For details of what is included in our membership and our current fees, click the button below.
Membership fees include full use of the Southgate Hockey Centre facilities. This works out to approximately £2.00 per week or £0.50 per visit if you use the centre only on training days.
Benefits of membership include:
- Free use of changing and showering facilities at the Hockey Centre.
- Free monthly Handicap.
- Access to qualified club coaches and group leaders.
- Free use of open water swimming training facilities in the summer.
- Club social activities including Dinner & Dance, BBQ, Quiz nights, etc.
- Discounts from selected sports suppliers.
- Sponsored inter-club races and events such as the 3 cross country leagues, the midweek summer league as well as various national competitions.
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP FEES
A large proportion of the membership fee goes to the Hockey Centre for use of the facilities which are the envy of other clubs. Unlike some other clubs, there are no additional charges for sessions other than swimming and the occasional special session. We also allow any member, regardless of ability to enter any of the clubs sponsored races be it the National Cross County championships or a local inter-club race.
The fees are:-
- Single-member £120.00
- Student (under 21 or in full-time education) £55.00
- Junior Member (9-17 years) £55.00
- Swimming Only Member £55
- Social Member £27.
Please note, there is currently a wait-list for Junior / YA membership (contact the junior section for more information).
Membership fees are due on the 1st of April each year. Members joining during the annual period will pay an appropriate amount for the outstanding part of the year (new members only).
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wait until I'm fit before coming along?
You need to be able to run continuously for about 30 minutes at a time.
If you are not quite there yet then you may want to sign up for our beginners’ course that will train you to run your first 5k.
To be notified of when we are doing our next beginners course then please email [email protected] and they will add you to the mailing list for this.
Do you do a beginners course?
We do run a beginners course but this is only run once a year, usually in January or February.
If you would like to be notified when the next course is please email [email protected] to be added to the mailing list.
Can I try the club first before joining?
We can offer a free temporary membership for both seniors and juniors so you can attend a few sessions before making a firm commitment. To set up a temporary membership please contact us.
For seniors, we suggest the initial session is on Thursday night when we meet at the hockey centre from 7 pm.
Juniors, there is currently a waiting list, so you will be invited to a session.
Where does the club meet for each session?
The club primarily meets at the Club House (Southgate Hockey Centre) within Trent Park unless otherwise specified. There is a large car park in the grounds and Oakwood Underground station is within walking distance.
See our Locations page for full details.
What leagues and races does the club do?
The club host a monthly 5k handicap (time trial) race on the last Saturday of each month (except December). Details of this can be found on our handicap page.
The club is also a member of various leagues around the year and sends members to various regional and national events. These are all free of charge to members and any member can attend these.
In the winter months, the club takes part in the Metropolitan Cross Country League, Met League for short, which is one of the largest and most established leagues in the country and open to juniors and seniors.
In addition, the seniors also compete in the Sunday Cross Country League, and the Chingford League. The Chingford League are on Saturdays and some evening races and includes road and cross-country races. Juniors compete in the North West London League series of cross-country races.
In the summer months, the seniors take part in the Midweek League on a Wednesday or Thursday evening where the host club provides a post-run buffet.
Details of forthcoming races can be found on our calendar page.
I am interested in Triathlon
The club has an active triathlon section that competes in various triathlons and other multi-sport events, duathlon, etc.
They host pool swimming sessions, where an additional fee applies, and open water sessions during the warmer months that are covered as part of your membership.
Currently, we don’t have a junior triathlon section but some of our junior members do take part in events.