What stops you joining?
Living in a small hamlet 4 to 5 miles from where The nearest town where the local club meets I would need to use the car to get there. So I go across the fields/down the lanes etc straight from home.
Colin - I think I commented that I didn't understand the unaffiliated/unattached bit (there's plenty more threads so please lets not get into that debate on this one!) but I usually decide that I must be unaffiliated every time I'm asked for a UKA or North of England AA 'membership number' - or something similar. Since I've never affiliated to UK Athletics, or paid the extra fee thi seems to be the right way to go. I do attempt the attached route if I'm just asked for the name of a club (TRA, in both of our cases). I think you're right insofar as nobody quite has the full picture. It doesn't help that there seem to be different rules depending on the race permit issuer - probably another debate not to go into on this thread.
And Nick - it wasn't me that bu99ered off into the trees in mid conversation during the Windermere Marathon. See you next year!
I agree with the affiliation thing, it's for other threads.
I do recognise that people join running clubs for different reasons, the world would be a boring place if we were all the same. My reasons were purley financial (race entries), if this goea away I will leave the club.
Other people like the social aspect of it, some for 'serious running'. I think it is very hard to cater for all types of runner unless it's a big club which can effectivley split into sub groups. This is all just theorising on my part.
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