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Of course! The more the merrier. We encourage everyone to come along and have a run with us. However, we must remind people that they need to fill out health and safety form before their first run. More information can be found here..
Simply send us a message, we require all newcomers to fill out a health and safety form, and some information about themselves.
Sessions Tuesday and Thursday 6.25pm, informal we meet at parkruns, races, and ad hoc Sunday’s, etc that guys organise themselves and post for buddies on the closed group.
No No No! Never! We often have a 3 mile group and 5 mile group but mustering (don’t worry about this term) so can be more and even the absolute beginner fits in, also some sessions I bring in hill reps, intervals, other fun stuff, we even go to track sessions and everyone loved it. Often we all do the same session together so fast guys run with those starting out etc.
Some trainers and a smile! No need to buy new gear to start out any clothing suitable for exercise and any pair of trainers to start. On a dark evening we also require people to have hi-vis colours on, for health and safety.
Look up our closed FB group where locations of meets are posted in events each time, then just come along. Please give Alan a ring if you need more information. It does help if Alan knows you are coming and if you have done any running before etc. Alan 07511781350
The aim of the club is to be as low cost as possible. Whilst there are no major operating costs we have had training for leaders which is quite an expense (about £150 each). So far Alan has been able to get funding for this from England Athletics. However, in the longer term, this is not going to be sustainable as we grow hence see later section on funding and sponsorship. That’s why, after a couple of sessions we kindly ask you to pay a £10 membership for the year.
While we can accommodate and manage numbers we are happy with more people. So please feel free to share information you see and promote what we do. We don’t mind if people are members of other clubs too, why would we? The public face of the club is the public facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Northwich-Running-Club-841594712574411/ from time to time we also manage to get articles in the paper.
Most Saturday’s you will see some of us at Northwich, Delamere or Warrington park run, please keep an eye on posts or post yourself if you are going to encourage others to join you, also if at Delamere some have a coffee and cake after. We also encourage people to help out with Northwich junior park run on a Sunday.
Most runners appreciate and like support and encouragement and praise of personal effort and achievement. Mustering is an important part of this and something we should try and do not just to keep groups together for safety but also for support. When you finish a race and there are other club members still running, please try and go back to support others run in to the line, it really helps. It also shows people not in a club that it might be a good idea to try one.
Runs are planned and risk assessed by our Run Leaders (Alan and Sharron) with Craig and Lesley also acting in these roles too pending their formal training courses. Runners do attend these clearly at their own risk and have their own responsibility to act sensibly and comply with the groups plans. We are organising life skills training available to all members, a register doc will be available soon as to who in the club has some level of training and we will consider a system of identifying people. First aid – for regular runs we think a kit in Alan’s or other leaders cars would make sense and it is vital that one member of each run group has a mobile and trained person. I.C.E. Toe tagz etc. We think it’s a great idea to ask all runners to have a record of their ICE number (in case of emergency number) on some form on their person. Toe Tagz seem a good idea http://www.toetagz.co.uk Please ensure that you make run leaders aware of any injuries or issues before the start of any run, also if there are any critical medications that you may carry etc. such as inhalers or diabetes etc. i.e. please consider others reactions if something did happen and they weren’t aware of what to do to help. On dark nights please wear hi viz clothing, head torches aren’t compulsory unless specified for example ad hoc night trail runs. You must assess your own circumstances and risks too. When crossing side roads, always look behind first, always make sure you give way to other pavement users and please do not block footpaths when you stop in a group.
Training sensibly and building strength is important. Getting the right shoes, for example, we recommend you go somewhere like running Bear (Alderley Edge), Sweatshop, other places where they properly check out your gait and how foot lads etc and give you the right advice. Injuries happen and sometimes they are niggles that go away after rest, sometimes they can be caused by more fundamental physiological issues about you. The club has a friend Lee Wilkinson who is on our closed group. He offers his professional services at a discount and there have been good reports from runners who have been pressed, manipulated and also who have had simple free advice over the phone from Lee. Always worth asking Lee early on.
The club is insured as a Run England Group where the operation has trained run leaders etc. http://www.runengland.info/page.asp?section=1846§ionTitle=About+us Some clubs are affiliated to England Athletics. Where this is the case the club pays an annual fee depending on the number of members (I think). Additionally, then club members are able to individually be members of England Athletics for a personal fee (£12 per year I think). I felt the cost of this unnecessary and hence we are a Run England Club. As far as I can tell the only advantage to club members of this is £2 discount per race entered (that is a registered race) The club has recently set up a bank account which Alan and Steph have control over together. There is a written club constitution.
We have our own Tshirts, vests, and hoodies, which are all available from Rosebank sports. Please check out our Merchandise If you search for “Northwich Running Club” you should see everything pop up. Other kit, we are keen to develop further kit available and would like to maintain the lime green tone within, ideas and proposals considered.
Club Sponsorship by Reward Health Club will be able to provide more training for run leaders, first aid training and kits etc, kit for run leaders, and promote and reward participation for example through monthly prizes etc. Vitality sponsor parkrun http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sponsors/vitality/ . The scheme rewards people for participation in activities so the more you are active the more rewards you get. There seem to be some really good tie-ups, fit bits for example or hopefully Garmin records of activities automatically record your activities so the incentive tie’s in with the club and parkrun ethos of encouragement to be active rather than performance Runners who run at organised club sessions are insured through Run England because we have trained run leaders and risk assessments etc, runners are not covered by Run England insurance at other times. Vitality provides Life and serious illness insurance and Health insurance to individuals, families and small businesses As a known brand that already sponsors parkrun and has Seb Coe, Jess Ennis, Jonny Wilkinson and others as brand advertising. The club will not do any more than making people aware of the Club sponsorship deal, there are several providers of such products and hence it is not for the club to recommend any products. We do have a link for example with a personal sports therapist who gives club members discount but others are welcome to recommend others for example. To find out more and get quotes etc. ask Alan for Paul Higgins number from Reward