Welcome

Welcome to the joining page for Lincoln & District Runners. Joining our club offers some great benefits:

 

  • Training together to stay motivated and learn more about running.
  • Affiliation to England Athletics giving members discounts on race fees.
  • Free entry to Lincolnshire League Cross Country events.
  • Socialise together at special club events and keep running fun.
  • Work out with training partners at all levels of ability.

 

Club membership offers years of experience, advice, encouragement, information, friendship, and camaraderie.

 

Club nights are every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday nights we start from the North Kesteven Sports Centre (LN6 9AX), except for the first Tuesday of the month, Please view the Running Schedule for further details. We start promptly at 7:30pm, so please aim to meet up for 7:20pm for any announcements and to meet new members. We meet outside (or inside if cold) the sports centre foyer.

 

Thursday nights we vary our start location and Lincoln and the surrounding areas to add spice and the occasional hill to your training. Please see the Running Schedule for further details.

 

We generally have 2 - 3 running groups of differing paces, and runs are between 5 - 7 miles. On club nights those runners at the front of the group are actively encouraged to run back for those at the tail to ensure no-one is left behind. We aim to make you running experience fun and improve your fitness to whatever level you aspire to.

 

 

Click to download the LDR Membership Form

How to Join and Other Questions

How do I join Lincoln & District Runners?

Thank you for your interest in joining the club. The first step is to come along to one of our club runs and see if you like it. The club offers a free trial period for you to get a taste of what we offer.

What do I need to do on the first night?

Look at the running schedule to see where we are meeting. All runs start at 7:30pm so aim to get there a few minutes earlier. If you speak to any of the other runners and say you are new to the club they will point you towards one of the run co-ordinators for that evening. They will then chat to you and ensure you are running with the correct group.

Do I need previous running experience?

We ask that all new members can run 5 miles. Club nights we normally run between 5 and 7 miles (depending on which group you run with). During the runs we regularly stop and regroup so no-one is left behind.

So how do the different running groups work?

On a club night we normally have 3 groups which cover a range of distances and paces. Group 1 will cover 6 - 7 miles at 7:30 a mile pace or quicker. Group 2 will normally run about 10K at 8:00 - 9:00 minutes a mile pace, and group 3 cover about 5 miles at 9:00 - 12:00 minute pace. All three groups aim to complete their runs within the hour.

Can I swap groups?

You can choose to run with whichever group you want on the night. Occasionally some groups may merge together if there are fewer people.

I've tried it out and want to join the club. What next?

If you want to join the club, please download and complete a membership form. You can then either email it or post it to membership secretary who's details are at the bottom of the form. The current membership cost is £35 per annum which includes affiliation with England Athletics. The club can take payment online or via cheque. Once the membership secretary has the completed form they will email you the details on how to pay the membership fees.

I'm a new member and fancy being a run leader. How does this work?

We encourage everyone to have a go at leading a run. Some runs are already assigned as can be seen on the Training Schedule, but others are free so these are open to anyone with a good suggestion. The Schedule is updated every 3 months and details emailed out for people to book themselves onto a particular slot. Some points to consider when leading a run:

 

  • Ensure you plan the right distance for the right group (Group 1 can cover 7 miles or so, whereas Group 3 may do 5 miles).
  • For bigger groups it's worth putiing in some alternative routes or intervals during the session so everyone can run at their own pace.
  • Remember to check that no-one is left behind at the back. Put in regular stops to ensure that the group meets up during the run.
  • Try shadowing an existing run leader on a club run to get some ideas.

 

Please see the LDR Guidelines Page for more information on the various runs and responsibilities.