How many clubs have affiliated to ARC?
The continuously updated number appears on this website- just
click on “Membership”. In our first year, 116 clubs affiliated to
ARC. This increased to 145 in our second year 2008/2009 , 165
for 2009/2010, 202 for 2010/2011 and to
clubs and organisations during 2011/2012.
expect growth to continue.
Q. Is it
possible to affiliate to ARC and England Athletics?
Yes. Obviously this is not something that ARC would advocate but
we can understand why some clubs may want to hedge their bets.
Interestingly most clubs that have so far chosen to double
affiliate have paid a club affiliation to EA but have only
registered a minority of their runners, which highlights their
concerns about the whole runner registration process. The benefits
of ARC affiliation can be enjoyed without such concerns and,
significantly, the cost of affiliation to ARC for many clubs will
be more than covered by the retention of 75% of unattached race
levies for their ARC permitted events.
Q. How many events have ARC permits ?
A. Just click on “Races/Permits” for the updated figure.
During 2009, ARC granted permits to 243 events.
In 2010 this increased to 265.
Q Will ARC issue Race
Permits to an organisation which is not an athletic or
running club ?
A In approved cases yes. ARC
will need to be satisfied that the event is competently
organised by experienced officials. The organisation will
need to affiliate to ARC as an associate member. Please
apply to the Secretary for the appropriate Membership
ARC permitted races charge unattached race fees to members of UK
Athletics affiliated clubs?
ARC permitted races will not charge unattached fees to members of
clubs affiliated to either ARC or UK Athletics.
the ARC insurance give my club the same level of protection as
that afforded by UK Athletics ?
The ARC policy gives a very wide cover and compares
very favorably with the UK Athletics policy. The ARC policy gives
some important improvements in cover over that previously enjoyed
by clubs. It does not require clubs to license and register their
coaches and race officials. It covers all coaches, officials and
volunteers who are competent. The ARC policy gives employers’
liability cover for volunteers, and directors’ and officers’ cover
for the club committee.
ARC need to increase its charges?
We want to sustain reasonable fee levels for our clubs and
not subject them to unexpected or unjustified increases. For
each of the 4 years after its inception ARC successively REDUCED
its charges and has held them steady for 2011/2012 and
How will you keep insurance premiums low?
ARC can only survive in the long term if it can insure clubs at a
competitive price. To do that ARC needs to have a good claims
record. We will therefore apply sensible safety standards and only
commit our insurers to the insurance of quality risks. We will not
insure races that are poorly run or organised by inexperienced
How is ARC coping administratively?
Many members have commented favourably on
the prompt and efficient handling of affiliation, permit requests
and queries. We will avoid pointless bureaucracy and unnecessary
systems. ARC is run by volunteers (all running club members) who
understand the ramifications of the sport. We will remain a
volunteer organisation although we recognise that as the
Association grows we might have to pay for clerical assistance at
members of UK Athletics clubs who enter ARC permit races be
banned, as stated in UKA Rules?
This Rule has never been enforced in the past and the Chairman of
England Athletics has gone on record to the effect that there is
no question of it being enforced.
will you know whether clubs are declaring the full number of their
members when applying for membership of ARC?
ARC pays a premium to insurers based on the membership figure
given by member clubs. Any serious discrepancy could cause the
clubs insurance to be invalid. The ARC insurance policy states
“This Policy shall be voidable in the event of misrepresentation,
misdescription or non-disclosure in any material particular.”
Q. If a
club joins ARC, what effect will this have on any of its members
who are UKA licensed coaches or officials?
None. Coaches and officials are licensed as individuals, their
club membership is irrelevant. For example, any member of an ARC
affiliated club can continue, in his individual capacity, to take
UKA coaching courses and qualify as a UKA licensed coach
What will ARC’s relationship with the County association be?
ARC recognises that the County Associations are good for the grass
roots of the sport. ARC would like, and will seek, to be
recognised by them.
(Remember that under the post Foster set-up, the Counties do not
have a designated role and many of their constitutions will have
been outdated by the changes. Remember too that county
associations are still democratic and can be made to conform to
the will of their
members – and running clubs constitute a
majority in many counties.)
Q. What is the connection between ARC and ABAC?
quite separate legal entities (although ARC did originate from a
strategic review which began in ABAC) and have markedly
different objectives. ARC was set up to provide a new
democratic governing body for running clubs. ABAC functions as a
lobbying body for all aspects of Athletics.
Q. What has ARC achieved so far?
We have taken the
major step of establishing an affiliation option to the UKA
imposed “modernisation” where previously none existed. This has
been done at much lower cost to clubs and without the need for
individual runner registration. The ARC insurance package and race
permit scheme have allowed club races to retain a large proportion
of unattached levies. ARC has also developed safe but not
over-restrictive rules and organisational standards for all non-stadia
events. We have arranged for course measurement facilities to be
extended to ARC permit races. We believe these achievements have
provided a welcome new environment in which our member clubs can
enjoy their running activities economically and with minimal
club has taster sessions for novice runners who are not club
members. How do we stand with regard to insurance?
Your insurance covers your club members including your coaches and
volunteer helpers against claims made against them following their
negligence. It covers your members’ liabilities to these novices
and any claims made against your club members following negligence
by the novices. Since these novices are not club members they are
not themselves entitled to indemnity under the club insurance.
Clubs should only allow non members to attend their training
sessions for a limited period, at the end of which the novices
should either join the club or not as appropriate.
club race has a difficult road junction. How should we see that
the runners are safe?
It is a requirement that you should perform a comprehensive risk
assessment before your race. You must grade all potential hazards
as low, medium or high. In the case of hazards that are high or
medium you must take steps to reduce the hazard to low. For a
difficult road junction this could be done with an extra marshal,
uniformed police, signs for the traffic and runners or cones
placed in the road to guide runners on a safe route through the
we need to do risk assessments for our club training routes?
Most clubs use such a variety of training routes so a formal risk
assessment is not practical. However, before leading a run,
leaders should mentally review the route and the weather
conditions and decide whether any specific precautions are
necessary. For instance if conditions are icy then it may be
advisable to warn runners to be careful or to use routes which are
not subject to icing. Of course if ice is very dangerous then it
may be appropriate to cancel the run.
we need to take any particular precautions when running at night?
Your runners should be advised to wear a fluorescent vest or a
white shirt. If you are running in areas where street lighting is
poor or where there is no street lighting, then runners should
carry a torch
our coaches and run leaders need to be qualified?
There is an insurance requirement that coaches are competent.
Coaches for road running clubs should either have a formal
qualification or should have regularly trained with the club for
at least 2 years, be over 18 and be approved by the club committee
as sufficiently experienced and competent. Coaches training elite
or near elite athletes should have a formal qualification. There
should be a leader for all club runs but he/she will usually be
whoever is available on the day. Leaders are responsible for
seeing that all return to the clubhouse or car park safely and
particularly that females are not unaccompanied.
What races need a permit ?
For insurance reasons ARC needs to issue a permit for all events
for which the organising club charges an entry fee. This includes
league events where entry fees are paid by member clubs paying a
subscription to the league.
cover is provided to UKA club members and unaffiliated runners at
ARC permitted races?
Any competitor in an ARC arranged &/or organised event whether an
ARC member or not would be covered for or in the event of their
negligence under the ARC policy providing they have paid an entry
fee to participate in the event
Does the ARC policy provide Employers’ liability cover for