Join Red Rose Road Runners

The Membership Process has changed

We have a nice problem.  We are growing and that is good.  We are here to encourage people to enjoy running and get some fulfillment out of it so the more members we have the better.  It comes at a price though.  We need to process and maintain all our membership records and that is a growing administrative task.  We need to simplify and transfer some of the burden from our volunteers to you, the member.

We have made some changes that will mean that you have a little more work to do.  The main points are:-

  • Normally all members have a period of 3 calendar months after the end of the membership year on 31st March to rejoin for the following year.  This is now set to 5 months for the year 2020.  This gives us all more time to understand what is going to happen.
  • If you are a member at the end of a membership year then England Athletics will send you an email in early April asking you to pay your membership fee for the next year.  Check your Junk folders.
  • Any member who does not rejoin before the 1st Sept will be marked as resigned from the club.
  • If you want to join for the first time, or join after being marked as resigned, then you need to follow the process below.
  • You are responsible for keeping your own details up to date on the England Athletics portal.   If you can’t remember your credentials and can’t get your password reset by England Athletics then please contact us.

Existing Members

  • You will remain a member until 31st August 2020.
  • Keep your personal and contact details updated on the England Athletics portal.
  • Sit on your hands until April.  We will ask England Athletics to send you a reminder to re-join.
  • Check your junk filters and folders and if you do not receive anything from us by mid-April then please contact us.
  • If you do not wish to re-join then please let us know.

Want to Join for the first time or rejoin after having resigned?

Step 1: Make your mind up. Come to a taster run, talk to people, understand the fees and benefits, read our Privacy Policy as well as all the other small print at the bottom of this page.
Step 2: Choose on-line or paper entry. Fill in your form. On-line Entry
We will ask EA to collect payment on our behalf using their PayZip system.
or Print & Post Entry
Payment by cheque
Step 3: Got stuck? If you have any questions or problem using either the on-line or paper forms then please contact us.
Step 4: Wait a little and check your Spam folders. Generally we process membership applications in a day or so.  However, from time to time the Membership Secretary leaves her desk and wanders off for a while for a bit of respite from the grind of Red Rose Admin. Who knows – this may be such a time. However, do not be dismayed, all entries will be processed in a week or two and backdated to the date on the entry form. England Athletics Affiliation payments will be processed likewise. So, please be patient and give us 10 days before sending up flares, sounding trumpets or weeping into your pillow.


Whether you are a novice or experienced runner, there are many benefits to joining Red Rose Road Runners.

Beginners get encouragement and confidence to go further with support from fellow runners. More competitive runners receive discounted race entry, and will enjoy pitting themselves against fellow club members in a number of club and external competitions.

Affiliated Red Rose members benefits include:

  • Discounts on kit and services.  See Links for more details
  • 12 free races a year (6 cross country and 6 Inter Club)
  • £2 discounted race entry at most races

Members are not required to compete in races, you may just want to come along for the social aspect, but many runners enjoy the challenge of setting and beating their goals while racing.


Club membership normally runs from the 1st April to the 31st March of the following year.

The Coronavirus lockdown is preventing any group training or competitions.  Therefore we have extended the period of membership for the past season until the end of August 2020.  This is in-line with the validity of England Athletics affiliation.

The normal Adult membership fees for 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021 will remain at £22.00  This includes the England Athletics Affiliation fee which is now £15 for the year starting April 2020.  Unaffiliated Junior membership costs a nominal £1.  This does not include the England Athletics Affiliation fee.

Standard membership for the year 2020 to 2021 will cost:

Adults (to end of March 2021) £22.00
Juniors (under 16 at 1st Apr 2020) ** £1
Juniors including EA Affiliation (optional for under 16) ** £16

Late in the membership year we expect to offer a 15 month membership deal for new members.  The date will be announced in late 2020.  This deal will give you membership up to the end of March 2022 at a cost of

Adults (both affiliated and unaffiliated) TBA
Juniors (under 16 at 1st Apr 2020) ** £1
Juniors including EA Affiliation (optional for under 16) ** £16

The Adult membership fee includes your England Athletics Affiliation fee if you are a First Claim Club member of Red Rose.

If you have any membership queries, please contact us.

** Please note that Junior members must be accompanied at all Red Rose events and training sessions by a parent or legal guardian who must be a current club member.


We welcome junior (U16) members but currently must insist that a parent or guardian is a member of the club and that the parent or guardian accompany the child to all sessions and take full responsible for the child at all times. The club cannot take responsibility for safeguarding children and we have to make it a condition of joining that a parent (or legal guardian) is responsible for the safety and well-being of the child.  That said, we do have a safeguarding policy and endeavour to make the Junior training sessions, age appropriate, safe, and enjoyable.

The 2019 AGM voted to charge a nominal Junior membership fee of £1 and affiliate Junior members only if they pay the additional £15 England Athletics affiliation fee.  So if you are a Junior and want to compete in the Mid Lancs Cross Country, the Interclub series or get a discount on normal race entry fees then you now need to be affiliated.  Note that there are different age restrictions for these races and you might want to learn about those before deciding if you want to be affiliated.  See our See FAQ number 2.3.

Prospective Members

New runners are welcome to join us for a couple of training runs before deciding whether to join. For more information see our Training page, or find us on Facebook.

Previously a member of a different Club?

England Athletics have mandated a process for athletes moving between affiliated clubs. This process is described on their website in the section on Affiliation and Registration.

Medical Conditions

If you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to take part in club activities then you should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.