FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you're thinking about joining our club, then you should find this page useful. Compiled from questions we have been asked in the past, it should tell you all you need to know about joining Barking Road Runners.

Where do you meet? And when?

On Tuesdays we meet at the Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR, just before 7pm. On Thursdays we meet at Castle Green Sports Centre (also known as the Jo Richardson School) in Gale Street, Dagenham RM9 4UN. We start running at 7pm, so arrive anytime from 6.50pm.

It's not necessary to attend every session, just come along as and when you are able to.

What ages do you cater for?

There's no upper age limit. In fact, we have numerous runners that have reached retirement age and beyond, and many of them are far fitter than some of the younger members!

Individual runners at the club have to be 16 or over, although if you are under 18 you will need the signature of a parent or guardian. Junior membership is available for runners over the age of 11, but a parent or guardian must be a full member of the club, and they assume full responsibility for them while running.

Is there anywhere to leave my bag at the club? Are there showers and toilets?

Yes, we have someone that will look after your belongings while you run.

Both facilities have shower and toilet facilities should you wish to use them.

How far do you run during the week?

We usually have two groups, so are able to offer differing distances. Some members are happy to run between 3 miles and 5 miles, and others between 5 miles and 7 miles. We are able to cater for all abilities.

I'm not that fast, will there be anyone for me to run with?

Yes, we have members at all levels. Our faster runners will run on ahead and then return to the group furthest back; this gives them more miles, and enables the club to stay together. You will never be left out on your own.

Do you have women in the club, or is it just men runners?

The club has many female members at various levels.

I'm a complete beginner. Do you have anyone that can help with this?

Yes, we have two different beginners' groups; please see our beginners' page for further details.

Do you organise runs at the weekend as well?

Yes. A large number of members take part in various local parkruns (see www.parkrun.org.uk for details), which take place at 9am on a Saturday morning. When we are not racing on a Sunday, (see below) we also meet at Hainault Forest at 9.30am, where we have off-road routes between 5 and 15 miles.

What races do you compete in?

We have a Grand Prix (GP) series which we compete in; these are a series of races between 5K and Half Marathons throughout the season. Between March and September, we also compete in the local ELVIS series of local races; each of these races is either 5K or 5 miles. We also compete in the South Essex Cross Country series during the winter.

It's not mandatory for club members to race, and there will nearly always be runners meeting up for a social run locally even when there is a race going on. There is no pressure to take part in anything that you don't want to, we are a very relaxed club with lots to offer, and it's up to you to choose what's best for you.

How do I know where and when you are racing etc?

We have a diary on our website. If you decide to join the club, you will also be given access to our club's online forum, where we discuss races, car sharing, and a host of others things... many of which are not even running-related!

I'm training for a marathon, can you help?

Yes! We have many experienced marathon runners that can give you lots of advice. We also have group training runs for the London Marathon from January to April.

Can I get a place at the London Marathon by joining the club?

Yes, but you have to earn it. The club awards points for race attendance and other things during the year, such as marshalling and helping at our London Marathon water station. If you are lucky enough to earn enough points, you may receive a marathon place!

Sounds good, how much does it cost to join?

It's just £15 per year.

For an additional £10, we can affiliate you to England Athletics (please note this is the fee set by UKEA, and is subject to change). Affiliation is not compulsory, but it will give you a number of benefits, including reduced entry prices to races. If you take part in the GP series mentioned above, you will save a lot more than the £10 affiliation fee.

So what do I do now?

Just come along and meet a few of us, join a few of the runs, and see what you think! If you like us, you can download a membership form here. We look forward to meeting you!

Still got a question that you'd like an answer to?

If there's anything you'd like to know about us, just send an e-mail to info@barkingroadrunners.org.uk.