With the news coming from UK Athletics that we can now in some form return to Club sessions, we are now starting the process again for membership renewal.
As previously stated, membership has risen slightly to £28 per annum, however, due to the lockdown the membership for 2020 to April 2021 will be reduced to £20 and membership to UKA will be £15.
As a club, we are determined to reinvest all monies back into the club, with more Coaches, Run Leaders and First Aiders pencilled in for this year to ensure we can maintain the high standards we set ourselves in our deliverance of our coaching sessions each week. We also as a club highly recommend our members to affiliate themselves with UK Athletics. For only £15 per year you receive discounts on every race you enter and also get 10% off all purchases at Start Fitness, which is based in Newcastle and Durham
2019 was again another very successful year for WRC. Even during these last challenging few months, with the help of our Run Leaders we continued to attract large participation through our “Segment Challenge” and our Social Distance runs.
Our membership has increased again to record numbers and continues to grow every week, our annual Bottoms Up Cup 5k again attracted both the serious and fun runners from the region and the Kids Fun Run attracted a record turnout.
We again delivered the C25K program and this has become a very important addition to WRC. We again sold out and over 50% retained membership throughout the year, a great testament to all our volunteers and organisers of this event.
In addition, we have added Track session once per month at Monkton track and we have as a club participated in the Relays throughout the year, we now provide a Strength and Conditioning class now hosted by Dan Atkinson and again will have a high representation in the XC relays when it starts up again. All of these activities are now funded by the club.
If members are interested in online shopping and receiving a club discount, you can request via Tim Jones to be added to a group where you receive a discount code each month to shop at Sportsshoes.com, the discount from this alone will pay for your membership this year!
As of mid-2019, we negotiated with Biddick Academy to pay a monthly fee which allows all members to park free on official club sessions, a small room for bag storage and use of toilet facilities.
As you can appreciate, none of this can happen without the support of our Coaches, Run Leaders and committee members who all do this for the love of running and to ensure the best possible experience for yourself. However, the most important part of the club are our members, who continue to turn up in huge numbers each week and make each session as enjoyable as the last.
With that, I would ask if you wish to remain at the club that you do either of the following. If your circumstances have not changed since last year you can make a BACS payments of either £20 or £35(UK Athletics) citing your name as reference or head to our website https://www.washingtonrunningclub.com/ and fill out the required form.
For the members who have already renewed, over the next few weeks I will organise a partial refund of the difference which will be done by a BACS transfer.
Bank Account Number 75121891 Sort Code 60-22-52.
If you do have any queries, then please feel free to either contact myself or email wrcmemberships@gmail.
Hope to see you soon and keep safe in 2020.