Interested in becoming a Claremont Road Runner?
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
Can anyone Join Claremont?
Claremont is only available to runners of eighteen year old or older. (We do not have the facilities or the suitably trained officials to cater for under eighteens). We are a running club and so we would also require that anyone joining the club or coming along for a trial period has the health, fitness and ability to run/jog for at least an hour (otherwise we will have difficulty integrating them into existing training packs).
Is Claremont a fully affiliated club?
Claremont is a fully affiliated club and as a member you will be given a North of England Amateur Athletics Number which entitles you to enter a race as a “club runner” and pay a lower race entry fee.
Does Claremont offer members places in races such as the Great North Run and the London Marathon?
To get an entry for the Great North Run, London Marathon and other races you have to apply like anybody else (the only exception being that London offers 1 or 2 places direct to the club, these are allocated to members who applied but did not get an entry). There are some events eg harrier league (cross country) and relay races which are only available to running clubs and if you take part in these the club enters you (usually free).
Do members who enter races gain access to the start amongst the club runners?
Unless you are an elite athlete (ie invited to run) at most races you have to take your start place along with everybody else, but since the start “grid” is usually organised based on predicted finishing time you may well be near the front along with a lot of other club runners.
If I am interested in joining can I come along and run a couple of times before deciding whether to join?
If you are interested in joining you can come along and run with us for a couple of weeks before joining. If you contact us so we know you are coming we can look out for you, and tell you how to gain access to the Northumbria University Sports Central(This is the new facility opened in August 2010). Please note this is NOT Newcastle University (there are two Universities in Newcastle some new members have gone to the wrong one).
If you would like to join us you need to apply by completing an application form and paying a subscription for the current year. At the next committee meeting your application will need to be proposed, seconded and accepted by our Committee members.
Your club subscription also covers the cost of membership of England Athletics.
What kind of training do you do during your Monday and Wednesday runs?
On Monday we usually do just over 1 hours run around the streets and parks. A slow pack sets off first, followed by the middle and then fast packs. All the packs follow more or less the same route. The packs (especially the fast one) do split up to some extent around the course but the idea is that you should be able to run with somebody of a similar ability rather than on your own. On Wednesday there are usually fewer runners and often only two groups. One group does a steady run (approx 1 hr at say 9 min/mile) the other does approx 1 hr of intervals this group is suitable for a wide range of abilities because at the end of each interval (eg half a mile flat out) runners stop to recover and regroup and then do a recovery run (eg a mile or so jog). Do you do track work in the summer?
In the summer runners wishing to do intervals often arrange to meet at a track to do a “proper” interval session on Wednesday or some other night (instead of doing intervals around the streets).
Do you meet on any other nights?
A small number meet at other times eg Friday evening. While at the club you may meet others who live close to you and can arrange to run with them for example on a Sunday.