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Easingwold is a Georgian market town in North Yorkshire, 15 miles north of York and 10 miles south of Thirsk, just off the A19.
During the lighter months we have regular away evenings in other locations, followed by a visit to a local pub.
Membership is open to runners over 18 and junior family members over 11. All abilities from beginner to advanced are welcome.
Make sure you read the information given here and our Frequently Asked Questions below.
If you've decided to give us a try, please go to our 'Join Us' page.
In the lighter months, we arrange 'away evenings' in the on and off road in the countryside around Easingwold, followed by a visit to a local pub. We also have a summer and Christmas events.
We have three ways to interact on social media:
A Facebook forum to communicate amongst club members (closed group)
A Facebook page to promote the club and engage with those interested in what we do within the community
A Strava group for members to share their training efforts (closed group).
If you choose to become a member, Easingwold Running Club (ERC) is committed to protecting your privacy and processing your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 up to 24 May 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on and from 25 May 2018.
We will collect certain information about you which will include your name, date of birth, gender, email address, address, telephone number, emergency contact and any health issues you disclose, as well as details of any coaching or officiating licenses you hold.
Read the our full Data Protection Statement (PDF)
Frequently asked questions
How much running experience do I need to join?
Ideally you should be able to run comfortably for 30 minutes non-stop. We tend to run for about 45 minutes on club nights. We cater for all speeds!
Is there an age limit?
Membership is open to all runners aged 18 years and over. Junior members aged between 11 and 17 may run with a family member or appointed responsible adult.
Will I hold people up or get left behind?
No. On training nights we split into groups according to ability which are managed by coaches who will always check everyone is coping with the speed.
Do I need to be competitive and enter races?
No, this is voluntary. Many of our members never race. You can train and improve on club nights for general fitness without having to race, although you are very welcome to try one out once you feel confident.
Do I have to come every week?
No, you don't. You can attend as little or as often as you like depending on other commitments. Attendence is monitored for safety reasons, but members are not judged on how often they turn up.
I'm really keen but can't run for 30 minutes non-stop yet. What do you advise?
There are many good training programmes out there to help bring you up to speed. We sometimes arrange a Beginner's Group in the summer. Keep an eye out for this on our website, although we don't run it every year.
Can you advise me on which running shoes to buy?
Running shoes vary enormously but you shoul be able to find a pair quite cheaply if you are not sure how much you want to commit. It is important to ensure adequate cushioning. See https://www.runnersworld.com/running-shoes/ for more information. Retailers like Up and Running can film your running gait on a treadmill and advise accordingly. You can oftern get a 10% discount as a member of a running club with some retailers.
I'm really keen, but Thursday evenings are difficult for me. Is it still worth joining?
Yes. Thursday night is the main club night, but we have informal running sessions on Tuesdays and fitness sessions on Mondays. Many races also take place at weekends.
I'm a relatively advanced runner that has just moved to the area. Can you cater for me?
Yes, we cater for all abilities and have several faster runners who you can train with.
I used to run a lot and be quite fast, but haven't run for a while. Can you cater for me?
Yes certainly. We have different groups on club nights and you can just join the one that suits your fitness. You can move freely between groups if you feel you want a quicker or slower pace.
Do I need to be really fit to join?
No, you need to be able to jog for around 30 minutes to keep up with other runners on club nights, but you do not have to be super fit or fast! Hopefully by running with us regularly you can build up your fitness.
What is the situation with COVID-19? Are activities still taking place?
We are currently running in small groups on Thursday nights following government guidelines and practising social distancing where necessary. This requires members to sign up in advance to control numbers. We are also running some virtual competitions.