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How do I join the club?
To apply to be a member of Didsbury Runners please go to our RunTogether Homepage.
We have a limited number of membership places. If we are full you can request to join the waiting list until there is available capacity to include you as a member. Instructions on how to join the waiting list is also on the RunTogether homepage.
How long will I be on the waiting list?
We monitor the attendance levels of our Monday runs on a weekly basis. As soon as we are in a position to allow in new members we will do so. This tends to happen at the start of a month.
In the meantime you can join other running events such as Parkrun, Great Run Local, Nike Running Club and Chorlton Runners.
Why do you now charge for membership?
When the club was started we had a handful of runners. Now with 80+ runners joining us every week on a regular basis, we have had to take measures to make the runs enjoyable and safe. The membership admin charge will cover the costs of things such as first aid training, subsidising LIRF qualifications for run leaders, hi-viz vests for our run leaders, consumables such as paper, ink, pens etc. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all money raised will be invested back into the club.
How fast do you run?
We do our best to cater for a range of abilities including beginners. For more experienced runners we have groups that run at different paces, the fastest at around 8min mile ranging through to 12 min miles. Our beginner group walk-jog a 3k course.
Do you run on other evenings?
Our main run is on Monday evenings however we do organise other sessions such as regular trail runs in the summer. Members also come together to go for informal runs on other evenings and weekends.
Although we have organised Open Sessions in the past, we currently are not offering this option to non members due to lack of available run leaders. We do offer couch-2-5k beginner sessions which are advertised on our RunTogether page. These 6 week courses are free of charge and open to anyone, not just our members. Places are limited so sign up is required.
What is the difference between the Didsbury Runners Facebook Group and the Didsbury Runners Community Facebook Page?
The Facebook group is for our current members only. It is where we manage group runs, socials and announcements. The Facebook community page is open to anyone to view and post about anything running related.
Do you run in events?
Members of our group join in races such as the Manchester 10k and half-marathon. We post all Didsbury Runners events and socials on our RunTogether Calendar page. Note all Didsbury Runners organised events are for members only unless stated otherwise.
If you are a member, we reccommend you to sign up to events on our Didsbury Runners Facebook Group Page, as this is where we discuss transport and other logistic
Can I run if I am under 18?
Anyone aged 16-18 can join the Didsbury Runners provided that they are accompanied by a parent or a carer. Although some of our Run Leaders are LIRF qualified and DBS checked, we cannot currently accept minors on their own.
Are you an England Athletic Affiliated Club?
No, Didsbury Runners is not an affiliated club.
Why can't I wear headphones?
We ask that our runners do not wear headphones whilst on our runs. It is important that everyone can hear instructions given by our run leaders so that the groups are safe and do not obstruct other path users. Also, we are a social group, and part of the fun is to talk with your fellow runners!