There are plenty of activities to get involved with from participation in local and national races, club championship events, cross county competitions, social gatherings and lots more!
For a small club we certainly have a lot going on! We can help you get started with running by coming along to one of our friendly coached training sessions or signing up to our Couch to 5k programme (C25k) which takes place a few times a year. We encourage members to get involved in local and national races, cross county events, our own club championships and our very popular club events; the Flitwick 10k, Marston Forest 5k and the Ampthill Trophy. We cater for all abilities from the absolute beginner to the elite distance runner, on road or cross-country. In addition to lots of running activity we have a lively social calendar of events for everyone.
Participation in Local and National races
The club encourages members to participate in local and national races. Local races include a full range such as 5K, 5 mile and 10K, 6, 10, 15 and 20 miles, half and full marathons. National events that are regularly entered include Great North Run, London Marathon, Grizzly and county, regional & national cross-country events.
Hosting Events for Other Runners
During the course of the year the Club host several events. In April we organise Flitwick 10K, around the outskirts of Flitwick which regularly attracts close to 1000 runners. In June we organise Marston Forest 5K, on the paths of the Forest Centre which usually achieves the race limit of 400 runners. In October, as precursor to the cross country season we organise the Ampthill Trophy XC in Ampthill Park, consisting of 2 events; a junior race for runners between the ages of 9 and 17 and a main race of approx 8K for runners aged 17 and over.
Social events are advertised on the club’s Facebook page and in the newsletter that members receive on a weekly basis. Events include summer BBQ, annual fancy dress Christmas curry run and numerous social evenings.
The Club enters the cross-country league every winter. The series involves 4 - 6 races during November - February. Dates are decided as the season approaches after consultation with the host clubs. Races are over distances of approximately 5 miles and men's and women's races are run together over the same course. Competitors must be over 16 years of age on the day of the race.
The Club runs an internal Grand Prix series throughout the year. Members are allocated a place in a league with runners of a similar standard. Points are allocated to all competing runners reflecting their finishing position. At the end of the year, trophies are award to the winners of each league and adjustments made by promotion and relegation.
Club Championships are contested during the calendar year over a number of pre-selected events. Championship distances are 5K, 10K, 10M, half and full marathon. Any marathon run during the championship year is eligible. X-Country championships incorporate the league series of events together with the county championships. Awards are given to winners.