Over the past month we have been inundated with nominations for our UK Running Club of the Year competition, with over 100 amazing clubs up and down the country having been entered.
The competition welcomed nominations for all manner of running clubs, groups and associations, with the ultimate winner receiving a £500 spending spree at a Decathlon store. Having narrowed the entrees down to a shortlist of ten, the onus is now on you to cast your vote and help decide the winner.
We’ve included some details on each finalist below in order to give you some insight into what makes each club so special. So take a few minutes to read up on the final ten before casting your vote, and be sure to join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RCotY14.
Voting closes on Thursday 11th December 2014.
The Carnegie Harriers running club is based in the Scottish town of Dunfermline, and received widespread praise in its nominations for its competitive success. This was attributed to the level of detail and planning that goes into the training regimes, as well as the amount of internal events and races on offer to its members.
Visit their website for more details: Carnegie Harriers
County Antrim Harriers
Based in the Northern-Irish town of Ballyclare, County Antrim Harriers is described as an incredibly friendly running club with a real family atmosphere. Members speak highly of the level of encouragement they receive, with one runner having been selected to represent Northern Ireland at cross country within two years of joining the club.
The nominations also praised the togetherness of the group, with members completing a series of park runs together in memory of the club’s founding chairman, Greg Hopkins.
Check out their website for more details: County Antrim Harriers
Dacorum & Tring AC
The strong emphasis on the values of sportsmanship and fair play is what makes this Hertfordshire based club so special, according to those who put it forward for nomination. Its members also enjoy plenty of competitive success whilst forging new friendships and encouraging each other to perform to the best of their ability.
More information is available on their website: Dacorum & Tring AC
This club has enjoyed a rapid growth since its formation seven years ago, and today boasts over 600 members and 36 coaches. It has earned plenty of praise for its support for disabled athletes, as well as its ability to inspire novices, with many embarking on regular long distance runs within a year of joining.
See their website for more details: Doncaster AC
Macclesfield Harriers received special praise for their dedication to charitable causes. Each year, the club organises four races and donates all net profits to charity. £10,000 were raised this year alone, with over £100,000 donated since 2012. They also enjoy plenty of success in the various events they enter, including Road Running, Track and Field, Cross Country and Fell Running.
Read more about them on their website: Macclesfield Harriers
Run Dem Crew
Over 200 members make up London’s Run Dem Crew, which was set up to help people develop both their running skills and other aspects of their lives. They even started a project which aims to get young kids off the streets and into running. The nominations highlighted that it feels more like a family than a club, hence why they refer to themselves as a crew.
Find out more about them on their website:Run Dem Crew
This group is described as being “super friendly and encouraging” and was founded in order to fulfil a vision of providing a free fitness environment for everyone in Stoke. Members attribute the success of the club to the ‘inspirational leaders’ who create a fun, no-pressure atmosphere which has encouraged people who would never previously have dreamed of joining a club to take up running and meet new friends.
You can find more details on their website: Stoke FIT
This north-east club trains over 250 runners on a weekly basis and counts Aly Dixon, who represented England at the Commonwealth Games marathon, as one of its members. Those who nominated the club praised its ability to inspire people into making life-changing modifications to their exercise regimes. The group also raises considerable sums for its nominated charity, the Sunderland Royal Hospital Chemotherapy Unit, on an annual basis.
Check out their website for more information: Sunderland Strollers
Team Coco is a nationwide organisation which participates in races throughout the year in order to raise money for disadvantaged children around the world, with a special focus on children’s education. Its members include runners of all abilities who participate in events up and down the country, enabling them to meet new people and enjoy some exercise whilst raising much needed money for a worthy cause.
You can find more details on their website: Team Coco
Warwick University Athletics and Cross Country Club
This university club caters for every running discipline and even provides its members with free transport to league races up and down the country. Those who nominated the club highlighted the huge emphasis it places on creating a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, as well as its charity fundraising efforts. For example, a 24-hour run round Warwick University campus was organised to raise money for the Sport 4 Life charity.
Find out more about them on their website: Warwick University Athletics and Cross Country Club
Cast your vote via the form below:
Voting is now closed. We are currently counting the votes and will contact the winning club before Thursday 18th December 2014. We’ll also be announcing the winner on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. In the meantime, check out our range of running clothing, equipment and shoes.
Terms & Conditions:
- Only one vote per person
- Votes will be accepted until midnight (GMT) on Thursday 11th December 2014. Any votes received after this time will not be eligible.
- The winning club will be the one that receives the most votes using the form above
- The winning club will receive £500 of vouchers to spend at Decathlon in the UK.
- No alternative prize, cash or otherwise, will be offered in exchange for the vouchers. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, Decathlon UK reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or higher value. Decathlon UK will not enter into any correspondence.
- The names of nominated clubs may be used in future promotional activity.
- In the event of a tie for 1st place Decathlon reserves the right to use discretion when distributing the prize.
- The winning club will be notified within 2 weeks of the final competition closing date.
- If Decathlon cannot: (i) contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within a reasonable period of time (to be established at Decathlon’s sole discretion); or (ii) the winner does not return details of its postal address to Decathlon within 14 days of notification that they have won the Prize, Decathlon reserves the right to award the prize to the club with the next highest amount of votes and thereafter until a winner on these terms is found.