Membership and Constitution

Dartford Road Runners welcomes anyone over 18 who wants to get involved in running. We can provide training sessions and organised runs that are suitable for all abilities. Age should not stop you giving it a go! Our members’ age range is from the late teens to mid 70's!

We meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with the session starting at 6.50pm from Princes Park and also on Sunday mornings at 9.00am. There are various coached sessions on both evenings and the option to join others for a run.

We have a huge catalogue of sessions and runs making the most of the well lit roads in the winter and the many parks and trails around Dartford in the summer. Tuesday evening is the main club night with quite often over 70 members running. We also have a beginners group; no one will be turned away.

The Sunday runs are social runs of about 10 miles at a comfortable pace to suit everyone. Usually we meet at the club but we do have away days to explore a little further afield. In addition to this we have a monthly track session and winter cross country sessions held on Saturday mornings.

As a road running club, it is no surprise that we spend a few months of the year thinking about and training for marathons, in particular the London Marathon. Many join us for this and with our structured sessions and with our willing members we can make those long marathon training runs as enjoyable as possible.

Those that get rejected for London can get a second chance through the club ballot for the places the club is allocated or they can join our spring marathon trip. We try to find a race a week either side of London that allows everyone to train together. In recent years we have run Milan, Paris, Barcelona Loch Ness, Dusseldorf and Edinburgh marathons. In 2014 we are planning trips to Madrid in April and Inverness in September.

We hold three in house competitions throughout the year. The Grand Prix run over 13 races of different distances and two handicap competitions, one in the summer and one in the winter. Prizes are given in all of these and members are divided into ability groups.

The club enters three leagues, including cross country competitions and for many of us this is what belonging to a club is all about.

We organise the Joydens Wood Summer Series. These raise funds that help finance the club. All members are asked to get involved and help with these.

There are three social events arranged by the club; the summer BBQ and track race, the Club Road Race at a coastal venue and the Christmas Ball.

If that all sounds good to you but you’re not quite sure, we welcome you to come along to have a few runs with us before joining.

Membership fees and benefits

Gold Membership: £45
      - Affiliation to England Athletics
      - Competition Licence (race discounts)
      - Free entry to Kent League and County/National XC Championships
      - Free entry to Kent Fitness League XC
      - Free entry to Assembly league races
      - Eligible for club London Marathon Ballot places
      - Use of  training facilities and showers
      - Comprehensive training Programme on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays
      - DRR newsletters
      - DRR social events as well as social media sites. 
      - Voting rights at AGM

Silver Membership: £30
     - Use of training facilities and showers
     - Free entry to Assembly league races 

      -Kent Fitness League XC races
     - Comprehensive training Programme on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays
     - DRR newsletters
     - DRR social events as well as social media sites.
     - Voting rights at AGM

Bronze Membership (Associate): £5
     
- DRR newsletters
     - DRR social events as s well social media sites

DRR club vest – additional charge of £20

If you need further details please contact Mira Homden at mira_homden@msn.com

We look forward to meeting you and seeing you run in the Black, White and Red!

Remember!

If you are joining Dartford Road Runners from another Athletics club please remember that under UK Athletics Rules you are required to submit your resignation to your existing club in writing and anyone joining another club as first claim must resign, in writing, to Mira Homden, the membership secretary. The nine month qualification period before you can represent your new club starts from your date of letter of resignation not the date you joined your new club. Therefore, failure to formally resign could make you liable to a further year’s subscription to your existing club and an extended period before you can run in competition for Dartford Road Runners.

Important Information about Athlete Registration from UKA

Coinciding with the start of the new track and field season, the latest version of the UKA Rules for Competition 2016 are to be launched on April 1st and UKA have announced information on the updates that will be included.

These include important changes regarding compulsory athlete registration in competitions held under UKA Rules. It is important that athletes, club membership secretaries, team managers and others are aware of this and the associated guidance.

To help support those who are affected by different aspects of registration rules we have put together advice for:

While athlete registration has been a part of the rules of the sport for a number of years these changes mean it is essential that athletes are registered and aware of their registration details.

We recommend you make yourself familiar with the information that is relevant to you and, where appropriate, draw the attention of others to the information that is relevant to them.

You can read UKA’s announcement at www.britishathletics.org.uk/media/news/2016-news-page/february-2016/08-02-16-rule-book-update.

While road runners will still be able to compete unattached, athletes, who wish to represent their club (and claim the registered athlete discount on entry fees) in road running events, will need to be registered.

Application form and downloads