Aim: To develop and maintain for its Members, an interest in running in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere.

Overview and Benefits: Members vary in running speed, running endurance and age. Club membership is approx 100, divided almost equally, male and female. The Club holds an Annual General Meeting at which the Committee is elected (comprising the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare and Membership officers and six other members).

Running Kit and access to physio available and running tips and info via ARC webpage. Discount at local specialist sports shops. Discount of £1-2 on entry to most organised races.

Club Night Run Every Tuesday 7pm: From the Ashbourne Leisure Centre. The run is about 6 miles, taking about an hour including stops to let everybody get back together. Faster runners can therefore run hard and slower members run steadily, whilst still keeping in a club group.

Summer (April-Oct) and Winter (Nov-Mar): In Winter the run is around Ashbourne and Mayfield under street lights. In Summer the run takes maximum advantage of the local countryside, both on and off road. Routes are emailed in advance.

‘Special’ Tuesday Runs: The Club tries to have a ‘special’ Tuesday night run once a month to add variety. In the Winter, the run has to be around Ashbourne and include hill training, speed reps and the Bleep test. In Summer, the Club arranges with a pub in one of the local villages and runs from there – with the option for members to stay and eat afterwards.


Events, Activities and Information: The Club organises and/or takes part in:

Wilfs Run – Jan, a challenge race in pairs

‘Club Championship’ via participation in local races, choice of 7 from 12

Summer and Winter ‘fun’ orienteering events

5 ‘out of town’ summer Tuesday runs

Footpath Relay – July, team of 20

Highland Gathering Hill Race – July

Ashbourne Half Marathon and Fun Run – September

Club Handicap Race – Nov, fastest starts last!

High Peak Relay – Nov, Mens and Womens teams of 10

Dovedale Dash – Nov

‘Watchless’ runs – judge your speed over a course without the clock!

Winter ‘Treasure Hunt’


On the social front, the Club usually holds a pub lunch after the Dove Dale Dash, a BBQ after the Summer orienteering event and a Christmas Dinner, at which the Chairman awards trophies for the male and female runners of the year, the sports person of the year and the most improved male and female runners. Throughout the year a ‘Diary of Events’ is issued to keep members updated on activities

‘Try out the Club’: Interested runners are encouraged to come along to the Club and run a few times - without any obligation - to see if the Club is what they want. Then, if they are satisfied, they will be asked to complete a Membership Application (also available on the club notice board in the Leisure Centre) and pay £10 membership fee.

(Insurance - the Club is affiliated to England Athletics. However, runners are not insured until they sign to become Club Members so until then run at their own risk)

If you require further information or advice, please do contact the Membership Member, Charles Pratley on 01335 348950 or