How to Become a Member

 

  • Come along in person to the Monmouth School Sports Club at 7:20pm on a Tuesday or 7:30pm on a Thursday and a committee member can help. New members are very welcome to join us for a run or two before signing up
  • Or print off a membership form and return it to us
  • Or fill in our contact form and we'll get back to you

Membership is £40 for the year from April 2016 to March 2017 and this includes your registration with Welsh Athletics.

We look forward to meeting you!

10 Reasons to Join Spirit of Monmouth Running Club

1) The coaching

 

 

Our coach for 2017 is Emma King, a qualified running coach and experienced runner who has completed several marathons. Coached sessions are held every two weeks on a Tuesday evening and cover a variety of training methods, such as intervals, VO2 max and hill work. If you want to become a faster, stronger runner, this training is really beneficial.

2) Discounted Membership of the Monmouth School Sports Club

Spirit of Monmouth members pay a discounted membership rate and this includes up to three members' children under the age of 18. For details of what is included in the Sports Club membership, please take a look at this page.

 3) Running in a group has many benefits

Group running is safer and, for many people, more motivating. If you know you have people to run with it can make the difference between sitting on the sofa or getting up and exercising. Catching up with friends while running can mean you train harder without even noticing. Don't just take our word for it:

http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/perks-of-running-solo-or-social

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/25/the-benefits-of-group-running/?_r=0

4) Work-friendly start times

We meet at 7:20pm on a Tuesday for our main club night and 7:30pm on a Thursday, plus there are often additional runs organised informally for weekends or other days. So even for those with unusual working hours or big family commitments, there should be opportunity to run with other club members. 

5) We are friendly and sociable

We are an inclusive club and runners of all abilities may join. As a guide, our group runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays are most beneficial for those able to run at least three miles at twelve minute/mile pace. Whatever your shape, goals or reasons for running, you will be made to feel welcome. There will always be someone to run and chat (if you're not running too hard!) with. If you don't enjoy running, or you just like hanging out with runners (who wouldn't?!), we do offer a social only membership. We are so keen on socialising that we have a committee member dedicated to the job, making sure we have plenty to look forward to on our social calendar for the year ahead. Our Meet Some Members page has profiles of some of our club members.

6) Save on race entry and get discounts at specialist running shops

By joining you will become a member of Welsh Athletics, which provides some insurance cover and will get you around £2 off the cost of race entry for many races. Basically, if the race entry form asks whether you are affiliated, you can say yes, put Spirit of Monmouth as your running club and usually pay less for entry.

As a member we are also eligible for discounts in certain running shops, such as

10% at Run and Become (Cardiff):

http://www.runandbecome.com/club-discount

Moti (Cardiff, Bristol), though they don't have a dedicated web page:

http://www.mymoti.com/

Welsh Athletics members are eligible for a 15% discount from Physique

http://www.physique.co.uk/

So once you've done a few races and bought a new pair of trainers, the membership fee starts to pay for itself!

7) Be part of a team

On race day it's much more fun to be part of a team - car-sharing with other excited runners on the way to the race, wearing your club vest with pride, a bit of friendly rivalry with other running clubs, being cheered on at the finish and, of course, trying to beat your friend's PB!

Spirit of Monmouth enters teams for the Gwent Leisure Centre League cross-country and road race series', the Rack Raid and the Cotswold Way Relay. These are all really enjoyable and well-organised events and are either free to enter or subsidised by the club. Some of these events are only open to running club members.

8) Compete in the club championship

We also have our own running club championship, which includes selected runs of various distances and terrains throughout the year. 

At the end of the year there is an awards ceremony, where the male and female championship winners are announced and presented with a trophy (there are other awards too, for outstanding performance, improvement and contribution to the club, among others). A list of previous winners can be found here.

9) Qualifications

A few members each year attend a one-day training course to become LIRF (Leader in Running Fitness) qualified, which gives people the skills to lead a group of runners, from safety to warm-up and planning a training session. For those willing to dedicate a larger amount of time, there may be the potential to undertake a full coaching qualification (depending on the availability of funding). 

10) London Marathon ballot

Spirit of Monmouth running club receives ballot places for the London Marathon each year. Any club member who has been unsuccessful in getting a place through their own application can enter a draw for the place(s).