Come and join us

Whether you are just wanting to improve your general fitness, are an aspiring Olympic athlete, or fit somewhere between the two, why not come and join us?

Join us for a no obligation 1 week free trial.
Beginner sessions are always free.


Monday – beginner session, anything up to 3 miles depending on your ability, run/walk at first until your fitness improves, all about running in a group.
Meet at the entrance to the Oakleaf Sports Complex for a 6.30pm start.

Tuesday – interval sessions or time trial tempo runs, these can vary in distance from 5 to 8 miles and are excellent at improving both speed and stamina.
Meet at the entrance to the Oakleaf Sports Complex for a 7pm start.
Note from October to March there is also an indoor circuit session at the sports complex from 6-7pm ran by our coaches, these are excellent sessions for improving overall fitness and strength.

Thursday – track session, these vary from speed work to tempo runs, excellent sessions for gaining speed and general fitness.
Meet at Shildon Stadium 2000 for a 6.15pm start.

All of the Club coaches give up their free time to coach club members with detailed risk assessments of all coaching activities having been undertaken to ensure the safety of all participants.

Further training runs are held on Wednesday evenings and at weekends, these are communicated through email or announced at the training sessions.

ARC runners at Hartlepool

Club subscriptions are payable on joining and are renewable annually in January. Club members are registered with the England Athletics, and are then “Attached Runners”, which makes entry to events cheaper and earns discount on purchases from many sports retailers.

The Club regularly competes in a number of national and regional leagues and events including the North Yorkshire and South Durham Winter Cross Country League and the North East, Northern and National XC Championships. We also compete in off road trail races, road races, and fell races such as The Tees Forest 5K series held during the summer on Thursday evenings. This is a popular series with many club members competing. We also organise a number of social outings where transport is hired to go to a specific race after which we enjoy refreshments (and sometimes even food!).

Club members are encouraged to take part in races with it being a requirement that runners competing on behalf of the Club purchase a club vest to compete in these events.

Please note: Aycliffe Running Club promotes equality and does not accept racism, bullying or sexism.