Frequently Asked QuestionsIf you are currently enjoying your running and want help improving or regular training advice, you may be thinking of joining a Running Club. This can be a daunting thought, so we have tried to include all the questions that we asked before we took our first steps in joining. Don't worry, we have all been at this stage. We hope this FAQ helps with your decision.
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we have a page on this website which answers this. see Where We Meet
No. there is no pressure placed on anyone to do races, it is entirely up to the individual.
That is fine, there are a lot of our members who just come to the club once a week. We have 4 sessions per week and members pick and choose depending on individual commitments. Our sessions are also posted on our website so some members who can’t make it to sessions often choose to do the session in their own time.
I am capable of running for an hour on my own but not sure I would be capable of one of your training sessions?
Our training sessions are split in to 4 groups so each group does slightly different efforts depending on ability. Our coaches will assist you in choosing what group suits you. Also on any one of these training nights there will always be some members just wanting to do a steady run or possibly just complete half of the training session. Best thing is to come along and try it out.
Although our main training nights are focused on speed sessions, we all go out and do a slow long run on a Sunday morning which is a slow conversational pace and runners tend to run anything from an hour to 3 hours depending on what they are training for. It is very informal but it is carefully thought out in terms of routes, and mileage. Everyone is welcome and we have a couple of groups running at difference paces.
NO .. although it would be fantastic if you were We welcome new members of ALL abilities & backgrounds. Our training sessions are split into different groups; from fast paced runners to slower paced runners and those returning from injury. There is always someone to run / train with. Our experienced coaches will look after you. no-one is ever left behind.
It is advisable to have small snack approximately 1 to 2 hours before training, and then main meal of day after the session.
Yes. Changing facilities & showers are available at The East End Pool, Byker. Lockers are also available and a 20p piece is required for this.
No, but a decent pair of running shoes would be beneficial and clothing which is light & comfortable during exercise.
No. We will always ensure that someone stays with/near to you for the duration of the training run. Often, we have a ‘looped’ course to ensure that everyone meets up before returning to our base.
Yes, you will receive a membership card from UK Athletics which will show that you are a member of Tyne Bridge Harriers. As an Attached UKA Club Member This card gives you a reduced entry fee for races should you decide to enter them.
No. We will only ask you to pay the membership subscription when you have tried us and you want to join us. There is no pressure to join Tyne Bridge Harriers, so come for a while before you make any decisions.