The club offers varied training sessions geared to helping you to become a better all-round runner. Whether it's long runs, sprint training or hill sessions, there's something to suit everyone no matter what level you're at. Our sessions also have a great social vibe which makes it the perfect opportunity to chat with other runners and make new friends!
There are no minimum requirements in regards to attending sessions. Some of our members turn up to every session week in, week out, whereas others choose to train to their own schedule and prefer to just attend our social events. We understand that everyone has different commitments outside of work and training, so just come along whenever you can.
Or course. Feel free to come down and meet with the group one evening and if desired, join in with a couple of our training sessions before you decide whether to join or not. This will give you the chance to gets feel for the club and also ask any questions you may have.
Anyone can join Chesapeake Road Runners. Whether you are an experienced runner or a complete beginner, everyone is welcomed and you will find numerous other members who are likely to be at a similar level to you. Forget the 'elitist' image that many running clubs may have, our club is made up of some great characters from all walks of life who all share the same love; running!
Membership is currently £21 per annum which runs from 1st April until 31st March each year
Download a membership form from the website and bring the completed form along to a training session. You will then shortly receive a welcome letter with your England Athletics membership details.
Club night runs can range from just a few miles for the lower groups to up to 6 miles. We decide on time/distance as a group before each run to make sure that everyone is comfortable with the planned session. Training sessions are made up of short distance sprints (100m — 400m) with periods of recovery in between. Although the total distance covered in this style of training is relatively short, it is a great way to build up your strength and speed.
We usually start from the Chaddesden Pavillion at 7pm and keep mainly to pavements, roads and trail paths in the Chaddesden / Oakwood / Spondon areas. There are some set routes however we can go wherever we like! Club members are encouraged to suggest their own routes, as we try to keep it as varied as we can.
Not all of our members choose to race, but many do and gain great enjoyment from it. Membership with our club will grant you discounted entry fees for most UK races. Racing as a club member allows you to compete as part of a team and experience events in a whole new way. There is always a great buzz amongst members on race day, which is the perfect way to ease any nerves you may have!
A good pair of running shoes should be considered if you are interested in running on a regular basis. In winter high visibility clothing such a reflective top is vital. Our club kit includes singlets, t-shirts, hoodies and jackets, all sharing the traditional red and white Chesapeake Road Runners Club colour scheme. It is not compulsory to purchase kit, however it is a nice addition to your running wardrobe. A singlet / T-Shirt must be worn at all league races and can be purchased from the club. We are exploring plans regarding an online club wear shop, look out for details on this website.
Club members arrange a few social events throughout the year one of the highlights is the annual presentation evening / Christmas party. Members also arrange other events such as evenings at the pub & curry nights. All members are welcome to attend and the club actively encourages the social side of membership. We train hard but we also play hard!
We usually meet at the Chaddesden Park Pavilion . Please turn up ready to start running at 7pm.
There are changing rooms and showers at the pavilion. Use of the changing rooms and showers and the building means we must charge £1.50 per session. There is free parking in the car park for Chaddesden Park.
A typical training session will last between 45 and 55 minutes. No one will make you train for any longer then you feel comfortable doing, so if you're new to training then you can take it easy to begin with.
Running groups are sometimes split up based on ability, if that happens you will be placed in a group of runners who are at a similar level to you. No-one gets left behind on a long run and we will take regular breaks if needed, but it is advisable that you are already able to run for at least around 10 mins without stopping. The club can offer advice about how you can gain fitness.