Membership Growth 2007 to 2015
have grown from 116 clubs/organisations in
our first year and enjoyed continuous growth every year with
currently more than 300 clubs/organisations (see table below).
We expect growth
Advice for runners from Lyme Disease Action
marathon runners to recreational joggers, from people who run in
urban parks to those who prefer to take more extreme routes,
Lyme Disease Action asks all runners to be tick-aware when
out and about this spring and summer.
Caused by the
bite of an infected tick, Lyme disease is found across the UK,
in city parks (such as Richmond Park in suburban London) as well
as in rural areas. Carried by deer, small mammals and birds,
ticks (whose population peaks from April to October) are
able to sense a passing potential blood donor by picking up the
carbon dioxide that humans exhale. They hook their legs onto
clothing or skin and hide in warm, dark corners of the body.
Tiny – the size of a fullstop – ticks can easily go undetected
and their bite does not cause irritation, because they inject
their host with an anaesthetic.
causes a range of unpleasant symptoms which may include a
circular red rash, headaches, a stiff neck, extreme fatigue,
muscle and joint pain, and disturbances of sight, hearing,
digestive system and sleep. If left untreated it can progress to
the joints, the heart and the nervous system.
There’s no need
to be afraid – it’s more a case of being aware; knowing how to
reduce the chances of being bitten, how to remove a tick and
knowing what to look out for in the way of symptoms.
To reduce the
risk of being bitten by an infected tick, Lyme Disease Action
advises runners to take the following precautions:
to avoid stretching out on long grass
Ensure you brush your clothing and bare skin off before going
an insect repellent effective against ticks (look for those
containing the chemical DEET)
Check for ticks regularly and very carefully when you wash or
shower after a run
to avoid running through areas of long grass or bracken
Remove any ticks found attached as soon as possible
should be removed immediately with a tick removal tool. Do not
try to pull the tick out with your fingers, burn the tick or
cover it with creams or chemicals. If you don’t have a tick
removal tool, use a thread of cotton wound round close to the
skin and pull upwards or, alternatively, cut a slit in a plastic
card and slide that under the tick’s body. This reduces the risk
of squashing the tick’s body and the rick regurgitating the
(potentially infected) contents of its stomach directly into the
bloodstream of the host (the human).
you have been bitten by a tick and notice any of the above
symptoms, seek medical help straight away. Diagnosed and treated
early, Lyme disease can be treated successfully with
antibiotics. NB tick bites do not itch like mosquito bites, so
awareness is important to aid diagnosis.
information is available on the Lyme Disease Action website (www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk).
Lyme Disease Action is a charity striving for greater awareness
of Lyme disease and associated tick-borne diseases.
Ends – 30 April
Note to Editors:
Lyme disease poster, showing how to remove a tick correctly, and
leaflets on Lyme disease, are available for publication if
required or, free of charge, for readers to take to their own
local GP, veterinary practice or running club. A fact sheet is
also available on request. Tick removers can be ordered via the
Lyme Disease Action website (www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk)
and cost from £4.99 including p&p.
Press: Issued by
Lyme Disease Action’s press office (www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk).
case studies or to speak to Stella Huyshe-Shires, the Chair of
Lyme Disease Action, please contact Sue Ockwell or Helena Hamlyn
via email –
firstname.lastname@example.org – or ring 020 8891 4440.
Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle has
taken over responsibility for ARC Championships with immediate
effect. He is looking for clubs to stage some championships in
2014. Please see the
Championships page for details.
For further information contact:
| 01935 426779
Possible ARC Newsletter.
committee is keen to explore the possible production of a newsletter
for ARC members. The idea is for a regular electronic production,
perhaps every 4 months or so, to be sent direct to each club.
Distribution to individuals would have to be effected by clubs since
the ARC does not hold individual contact details.
newsletter would contain a variety of general interest articles on
running, a photographic competition, regular contribution from
committee members, reports from member clubs on races, member
spotlight, training tips, letters/forum, diary, ARC championships
and other articles of interest.
embarking on a project of this magnitude, it will be essential to
know whether the idea is wholeheartedly supported by members. We
have already mailed your club to seek their views, but the opinion
of individual members would also be very welcome. If you would like
to comment please do so using the following email address:
Concerns have been raised in the media recently
over the threat to ash trees in the UK following the identification
of the potentially deadly disease of Ash Dieback (Chalara faxinea)
British Orienteering has issued the following
advice to all clubs on the biosecurity measures that should be taken
by all orienteers (i.e Planners, Controllers and control hangers, as
well as competitors) when holding or participating in an area
suspected to contain Ash trees:
- Thoroughly wash all footwear before
leaving the area, ensuring that all mud, soil and leaf litter is
removed. Event organisers may wish to provide water, buckets and
brushes at a suitable location i.e at a point where there is
little risk of further contamination.
- On returning home rinse all boots and
shoes in a chlorine based cleaner or garden fungicide and allow
them to dry thoroughly. N.B please read the manufacturer’s
label and follow their instructions on use and disposal of the
- Thoroughly wash and dry all kit and any
other clothing that may potentially have been contaminated with
- Clothing and footwear should not be reused
for at least 48 hours after drying.
Whilst it is currently thought that the disease
is restricted to East Anglia and the South East of England, this
position may change as Forestry Commission pathologists and
surveyors enter more woodlands
Peter Brett, Environment Officer.
ARC Affiliation and Fees after 1st
Q. What are the fees for
races and events organised by ARC Affiliated Clubs ?
A. Affiliated Clubs
will pay a fee of £25 for each Race or Event Permit issued. They
will pay nothing more after the race or event.
Q. What are the fees for
races organised by ARC Associate Members ?
A. Associate Member
races will pay the fees set out in the Schedule of fees attached to
the Permit Application for Associate Member races and also published
elsewhere on this website. These fees approximate to those currently
charged by ARC and are some 25% less than those charged by
Q. What is the situation
regarding the £2 unattached runner levy ?
A. Races must
continue to surcharge runners who do not belong to a club affiliated
to ARC or UKAthletics. However races will now retain the whole of
this levy for their own purposes.
Q Can clubs whose members
participate in both track and field and road running affiliate just
their road running section to ARC and pay ARC affiliation fees based
on just the number of those in their road/trail/cross-country/fell
running section ?
Subject to approval at ARC AGM on
Andy and Kate
pub in 1983.
told ARC. ‘
I did Cross
as soon as I
1982 I ran in a
7 mile Fun Run
it and was
bitten by the
Running Bug! In
September 1983 I
was persuaded to
stage a 5 mile
race from the
took part and it
raised £366 for
‘A Hospice For
Appeal’. I was
on my way!
I have staged as
many as 38 races
in one year, and
in 1991 I was
2004 I was one
of only 3 people
from the North
of England to
Olympic Torch in
London, it was a
lots of Olympic
My ‘Stint’ was
Only Fools And
December 2004 I
MBE for services
to Athletics and
on my visit to
‘My Knees are in
Fine Fettle’! I
races and have
changes to the
bulk of the
races are now
I am delighted
to join ARC and
look forward to
who love the
of these races
ARC now has a
ranking system for top
athletes. Top performances
over standard distances for
ARC permitted races will be
available on the following
The result of a Case
Management Decision is
publicised on the
ROBERT SLOAN - ATHLETE -
1st December 2011