If you have questions about joining the Eagles, hopefully you will find the answer here. If not, please get in touch by emailing us as email@example.com.
Q. How do I join?
A. Get in touch with us via the online form and we will come back to you with full joining details. Annual membership is £25. Please remember that you must be able to run 5k without any walking breaks before joining the main club.
Q. Why £25?
A. We feel that £25 represents excellent value for money when you take into account the coached club sessions, discounted transport to certain races and subsidised social events that we offer to club members. It’s far cheaper than a gym! £12 of your joining fee covers your England Athletics affiliation fee, which gives runners discounted entry to affiliated races and other benefits. Under EA rules you must also be an EA member and an Eagles member in order to race for the club.
Q. I’ve asked to join the Eagles’ Facebook group. Why haven’t I been accepted?
A. We encourage all club members to join the Ealing Eagles Running Club Facebook group. It’s by far the easiest way for us to communicate quickly and efficiently to our 600+ runners and it’s the place where you’ll find easy access to club information, updates on training sessions and club events. We restrict access to the group to paid-up club members, so you will need to have paid your joining fee before you will be accepted to the group. We also need to check members’ details against our membership database before we can accept them to the group, and this can take us a few days. Please do remember that the club is staffed entirely by volunteers – we aim to accept you onto the group as soon as possible and we thank you for your patience. Please also note that we can only check the membership database if we have your real name – if you use a different name for Facebook, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Q. Do I automatically get a club running vest when I join?
A. Club kit is not included in your joining fee. When you have joined up you can order your kit online as soon as you like. Club kit is handled by volunteers from the club. The Kit Officer will get in touch with you once you have placed an order with the details of when your order will be ready.
Q. I’m nervous about attending a club run. What if I get lost?
A. We have runners of all paces at our club runs. Our only stipulation is that you must be able to run our short route (approximately 3.5 miles) without stopping or walking. If you’re unable to do this, our Beginners Programme will help get you up to this level. We have tailrunners for the Monday and Wednesday night club runs so you can run at your own pace and not worry about getting lost.
We encourage new members to make themselves known to the run leader and to chat to other runners when they arrive for their first club run – we’re a very friendly club and you’ll usually find there’s someone you can run with whatever your pace. The club run routes are also available on the members section of the website – they are fairly straightforward but we recommend that you familiarise yourself with them before you arrive to run.
Q. I’m a fast runner. Is there anything for me?
A. Yes! We welcome runners of all standards and have plenty of fast runners in the club. The club 5k records are currently 16:43 (men) and 18:43 (women), while the marathon records are 2:37:44 (men) and 3:04:56 (women). The club sends teams to some very prestigious events including the Welsh Castles Relay and Green Belt Relay, and we compete in a local Summer League and two cross country leagues over the Autumn and Winter. In addition to our club runs, which you can run at your own pace, our track, hills and intervals sessions are designed to improve performance for all of our runners and our club coaches will work with you to help you achieve your running goals. There are also plenty of opportunities to race for the club at all distances.
Q. I’d like to join the club, but I can’t run 5k. What do I do?
A. We have a free Beginners Programme with intakes throughout the year. This follows a gradual programme progressing from two minutes’ running with one minute walking, at your own pace, and increasing the amount of time you spend running each week until you are able to run 5k (3.1 miles) continuously, without stopping. At this point, the beginners’ coaches will take you on a run around the shorter of the Eagles’ club run routes, and/or you may complete a continuous run at a 5k parkrun event, at which point you are deemed to have ‘graduated’ from the beginners’ programme and are welcome join the main club. You must sign up to join the Beginners Programme - please register your interest via the online form and one of our coaches will get back to you.
Q. Is there a charge for the running sessions or coaching?
A. No. We offer several official club training sessions per week, including Monday and Wednesday night club runs, hill training sessions, interval sessions and technique/drills sessions, depending on the time of year. All of these sessions are included in your joining fee. Runners are also free to organise their own runs, and the Facebook group is very useful for this. We also have several qualified running coaches (with the UKA Coach in Running Fitness qualification) and qualified run leaders (with the UKA Leader in Running Fitness qualification) – all club volunteers – who are happy to provide individual coaching or to write training plans for club members. There is no charge for this.
Q. Can I wear headphones during club runs?
A. We prefer that club members don't wear headphones on club runs, as they are designed to be social runs where people can chat to each other. We would also remind runners of the safety implications of wearing headphones, particularly as our club run routes use roads, paths and pavements that are also used by motorists, cyclists and other pedestrians. However, there is no specific rule banning the use of headphones on club runs.
Q. Can my child/teenager join the club?
A. We are in the process of establishing a junior section for the club, so keep checking for information! If you would like to register interest for you child please email email@example.com for more details.
For children aged 4–14, we also recommend trying the free junior parkrun at Pitshanger Park (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pitshanger-juniors) on Sunday mornings at 9.30am.