BECOMING A MEMBER
Why join a running club?
There are many benefits to being a member of a running club.
For starters you get to meet like-minded people who understand the appeal of running and don’t think you’re mad going out at all times of the day (and night) and in all kinds of weather, and who know what you’re on about when you refer to PB’s, Strava and other strange terminology.
At Carnegie Harriers we have a very diverse membership from all walks of life, ranging in age from their teens to their eighties. There are those who prefer running on the roads, those who prefer the hills, and some who like a bit of everything. Whilst some members prefer to run over short distances, we have a strong contingent who like the challenge of ultra-running. So whatever your interest, you’re likely to meet a kindred spirit.
Training in company is another great benefit. It’s easy enough to follow a training schedule but on your own it can be difficult to motivate yourself to work hard, or even to put on your shoes and leave the house. Being a member of a club gives you a reason to go out, when you might not otherwise, and it’s a lot easier to push yourself when you have people to chase or people chasing you. Our newer members frequently comment on the improvement in their times since joining the club.
Being in a club is a great way to try out different training sessions and to find new routes to run. On your own, it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same things in the same places week after week. Our members come from all over Dunfermline and the surrounding area, and even further afield. As a result we know lots of different places to run and a change of scenery can often give your running a much needed boost.
There is a special camaraderie in running. As a member of our club you will get plenty of support and encouragement from your fellow members, not only at training but also on informal runs and at races. We also encourage members to take part in team events, which is a great way to get to know people and share common experiences. You will find that members are only too happy and willing to share their experiences and give advice and guidance to fellow runners.
If racing is not your thing, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in supporting club events or other members in some of their adventures.
Want to find out if Carnegie Harriers is the club for you?
The best way to find out if our club is the one for you is to come along and try it out for yourself.
Please note, we do not cater for complete beginners. Instead we recommend they join one of the local Jog Scotland groups to get started. However if you already run a little and have a reasonable level of fitness, you are welcome to join us for a few sessions. Details of the current month’s training schedule are available here and on our Facebook page.
We would prefer that anyone planning to come along gives us advance notice by sending an email to email@example.com. This allows us to exchange information and arrange for someone to meet you on the night.
We offer the following membership categories:
- Adult Member (21 years and over)
- Junior Member (over 16 but under 21 years of age)
- Child Member* (children aged 9 to 15 inclusive)
- Parent/Guardian Member (non-competing)
- Associate Member
*We do not offer separate training for children under 16 and would recommend, in the first instance, that they join an athletic club that caters specifically for young athletes. However, child members can attend club training sessions on the proviso that their parent or guardian agrees that the training on offer is suitable for their age and level of ability. Child members must also be accompanied by a parent, guardian or nominated person who will be responsible for them at all times whilst at training.
The parent or guardian of a child member must also join the club, either as a full member (if they run also) or as a non-competing (associate) member as all communication will be channelled through them.
Associate members do not participate in training or compete in races as members of Carnegie Harriers, but may otherwise be actively involved in club activities and, as a consequence, pay a reduced membership fee.
Full details of the conditions of membership can be found in the Club Constitution here.
The membership year runs from 1st June to 31st May. Annual fees are as follows:
|1st June to 30th November||£25|
|1st December to 31st March||£15|
|1st April to 31st May (next membership year)||£25|
|Junior Memberships (aged 16 to 20 inclusive)||£10|
(Only available to children of active members)
(aged 9 to 15 inclusive)
We recommend that members also join Scottish Athletics as they must be a paid-up member of Scottish Athletics if they wish to represent the club at cross-country races, some relay races and certain other events. The cost is £19 per annum for senior club members (21-65), and entitles them to a £2 discount on all SA permitted races they enter, together with other benefits – see the Scottish Athletics website http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/ for full details. There are reduced fees for those over 65 (£11) and junior club members aged 9 to 20 (£6).
Those joining Carnegie Harriers from another Scottish Athletics affiliated club should ensure they submit a Change of First Claim Club form insert link to download form from SA website.
Membership of Carnegie Harriers entitles you to a range of discounts including:
- 10% discount at Run & Become, http://www.runandbecome.com/edinburgh
- 10% discount at Run4It, stores in Edinburgh and Bridge of Allan, https://www.run4it.com/
- 10% discount at Sandy Wallace Cycles, Inverkeithing, http://www.swc.co.uk/
- Minimum 5% discount at Morton Running Company, Kirkcaldy, http://www.mortonrunning.com/
- Discount at westerntherapies (Sports Massage and Complementary Therapy), Dunfermline, https://www.westerntherapies.co.uk/
The club also provides:
- A selection of club races, open races and social events throughout the year.
- A selection of club branded clothing.