Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:57
I posted the below on a thread recently where Millsy was asking about the reasoning behind this attitude of my club....
The main reason is that there are people who are club members but choose not to pay the annual EA fee (maybe because they don't know what EA do with the money to help support long distance running, and so don't want to pay it). These people are willing to pay the £2 extra for races and register for that race as being a member of the club, but they risk not appearing as a club member in the results. So the individual considers themselves a club member, the club considers them a member of the club, but EA do not. At best, they've been registered as a non-scoring club member, and so not being able to count as a team.
The club have been trying to get the rule changed arguing that the £2 extra is a temporary race license and so the person should be shown in the results as a club member, but the club hasn't had any joy with that.
There are other reasons (political, mainly) around EA seemingly not wanting to acknowledge ARC, which had more than 300 clubs in 2013.