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Harpenden Arrows is a social and friendly running club. Whether you just want to run to keep fit or you’re after some friendly competitive rivalry to see if you can push yourself that little bit further, you’ll be more than welcome at our running club.

Some people find the thought of joining a running club a little daunting. Don’t be put off –  our Membership Secretary and all the committee members, are there to help you out and make sure that your first club sessions work for you.

Who can join?
All members must be over the age of 18 years old, according to our club rules and affiliation. Whatever your standard of fitness, you’ll find other people in the club who are about the same standard as you. All we ask is that you can run for at least 30 minutes and 11 minute/mile pace or faster. Our slowest group runs for 4miles, with other groups running from 5 to 7 miles on club nights.

Everyone is welcome to try us out 2 or 3 times before we ask you to join.

Find out more about our club nights

Download the info pack and recent joiners stories


Membership benefits
For a small annual fee all members get the following benefits:

·       Train with the club Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm

·       Push yourself in a variety of hills and speed training sessions

·       Learn and get motivated at the occasional events and seminars

·       Enjoy the social side at club social events

·       Be competitive and see how you rate in the Club League and Club Standards

·       Get a discount (minimum £2) off local and national races through the club ARC affiliation or individual membership of EA. Find out more about Club Affiliation

Club vests can be bought for £15 from the Kit secretary to wear at races and Cross-Country.

First or second claim
When you join a running club, providing it is your only club, that is your first claim club. If you subsequently join another club, for example because you’re working in a different area, that will be your second claim club. You can race as an individual in open races for any club you are a member of, although of course we’d prefer that our club was your first claim club. However, for league and championship races and to count as part of a scoring team, you have to compete for your first claim club. This system was primarily designed by UKA to stop elite athletes swapping from club to club regularly.

How to join
Club membership is currently £20 for the year January to December 2017, reduced to £10 if you join after the 1st July. All current members should renew in January.

For 2018 membership will be £25 for the 15 months January 2018 to Mar 2019, reduced to £10 if you join after the 1st Oct 2018. Members will renew in April from 2019.

Optional membership to England Athletics (EA) for an additional £14 a year (1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 rising to £15 from April 2018). Read more about EA membership

All you need to do is fill in a membership form, which can be downloaded from the link below and then filled in on your computer and then printed and bring it along to a club night with your payment (cash or cheque payable to ‘Harpenden Arrows’). 

Download the membership form 2017

Download the membership form 2018/19

For membership queries please contact the membership secretary:

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New Members Invitation

We are not doing specific New Member evenings at the moment so you are welcome any time! On the third Tue of every month we try to do a 'cake night' though, which might be a good time to come along and meet some of the regulars

Are you thinking about joining our club but not sure if it's for you? Or do you fancy trying out a club run with other new joiners to check you can run ok?

If you haven't been to a running club before or are fairly new to running, we understand that running clubs can seem a little intimidating and people are unsure if it’s right for them. Harpenden Arrows is a really friendly club that welcomes all sorts of runners!

A club such as Harpenden Arrows is ideal for people who’ve run by themselves in the past but want the support you can get from running with others, or people who've finished a learn to run course and are interested in taking their running further.


Read more: New Members Invitation

Affiliation Member Info

Club Affiliation
Harpenden Arrows is affiliated with two organisations, both of which give benefits to the club and its members.

Association of Running Clubs (ARC)
ARC is an affiliating body for clubs and associations whose principal activity is road, cross country , fell, trail running or walking. The club benefits from insurance cover for the club activities and members are entitled to a discount (around £2) for any local or national races that accept Affiliated clubs.

All members of Harpenden Arrows automatically benefit from ARC.

To claim your discount, enter races as Harpenden Arrows and our club number: 123.

More information can be found at

England Athletics (EA)
The EA is the new governing body for athletics in England. They are primarily responsible for international level competition but clubs must be affiliated if they want to compete in regional or national running, cross-country or track & field competition. Affiliation also provides insurance for us to hold our own races should we choose to do so as well as discounts off coaching courses and other club training. We are affiliated for competition in road running, and cross country.


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