By joining a club, you'll meet runners that can help you improve your fitness and enjoy training. Find out the benefits of becoming a Maidstone Harrier.
For your membership fee you can get all this:
motivation to train in regular organised sessions;
encouragement at races throughout the year on all surfaces and at all distances;
frequent social events and the bar at the Hockey Club;
cheaper race entries and club discounts at Sweatshop;
a welcome into a team of over 200 fellow Harriers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be fast enough?
Don't worry about it - we cater for all ages and abilities, from total beginner to the experienced athlete. We have qualified coaches who can help you get started, and access to more coaching and advice through the Kent Athletics Network. We also have a beginners group who run a shorter route on Wednesday nights. And while we do have some fast runners, most of our members are everyday people who just enjoy running for fun and fitness, so there's bound to be someone you can run with.
Do I have to come every week?
Not at all, it's up to you how often you attend, but we do get up to 60 Harriers on a Wednesday night, so if you are struggling for motivation in the depths of winter it's great to know you can run with some company, and in the summer it's a great opportunity to enjoy the lovely countryside around Maidstone.
I won't know anyone there
You soon will do. We're a friendly club, and for your first run we'll pair you up with a runner of similar ability so you don't to worry about getting lost.
What it costs
1st claim member: £48
2nd claim member: £30
Each additional family member: £28
Senior Citizens: £28 (Aged 65+)
Students: £28 (Aged 16-19, with a valid student ID card)
There is also now the choice to opt out of the annual £13 England Athletics membership fee. If you do this you will have to pay the additional £2 fee for unaffiliated runners to enter certain races.
Full membership of the Harriers means you are automatically registered with England Athletics and will receive a competition licence, which will entitle you to enter most road races at a discount.
No commitment to join
If you turn up on a Wednesday night for the first time you won't be expected to join straightaway, we're more than happy to let you turn up for a couple of weeks before we ask you to formally join the club.
How to join
When you're ready to sign up, download our membership form , fill it in, print it off and return it with your payment to our Membership Secretary, Paul Holland.
If you have any questions in the meantime, don't hesitate to drop us a line .