of ARC clubs - Summer 2008
We have been asked to put on the website
a note of the results of the Membership Questionnaire
that was carried out earlier this year, so here is a
brief summary of the responses.
Questionnaire was sent to all ARC member clubs. We had a
response from 19%, which, at first glance, is
disappointing but is not, we understand, far from
typical for such surveys. Could, of course mean, that
everyone is totally satisfied!
following is a brief summary of the Survey results.
Reasons for joining ARC
The weighted responses indicated that decisions to
join were chiefly influenced by:
Support of grass roots running
Fees and costs
Simple Permit procedures
(ARC Comment: we were quite pleased with
these reasons because they tally closely with why ARC
club vote about joining.
Asked whether their club had voted on
whether to affiliate to ARC, 35% had done so without a
vote by members.
many held dual membership (with EA)
80% of the responding clubs said they
also belonged to EA and gave the following reasons for
joining that body
Members want to enter EA races and
To avoid the unattached levy.
To secure London Marathon places.
To allow juniors to compete in T&F.
Training and qualification for coaches.
These reflect the concerns some clubs expressed when
ARC was founded and which stopped many from affiliating
to ARC. We said at that time that such worries were
overstated and the past 18 months have proved that to be
the case, although we fully understand why many of our
members have taken a cautious approach)
on having ARC Championships
Only 15% of responding clubs said they
did not want any ARC championships. Most favoured
staging 10k and ½ marathon races, but 30% also wanted to
see a 10 mile and marathon included.
majority thought any championship should be staged in
conjunction with an existing race. Regionally based
races were favoured. Any championship must be
held at a weekend to stand any chance of success.
Comment: We will take these comments into consideration
in planning for 2009. We do agree that ARC championships
should be staged in conjunction with existing ARC
permitted races and we feel that race location should be
such as to ensure a championship entry of at least 100
ARC club members).
All clubs thought that the
website fulfilled current needs of the membership. The
following additional comments were offered:
There should be a Diary for races staged
by ARC members with a link to the
(ARC Comment: There is a
complete list of ARC permitted races on the website with
links to the race/club website whenever supplied by the
organiser. The entry form/online entry is, with very few
exceptions, available on the event website).
More advice for race organisers would be
(ARC Comment: Agree the
desirability of this. Some very useful advice already
exists on the ARC website but we will endeavour to
continually build on this).
Not enough current news.
(ARC Comment: AGREE! We hope
to improve this but ARC is run by a small group of
unpaid volunteers and we would appreciate receiving news
from right across our membership. So if you have
something you think might well feature just email it).
Find your nearest club by inserting a
(ARC Comment: We have an
England map (with key) upon which the location of all
ARC clubs are shown. This is updated regularly).
Change membership page so that club links
(ARC Comment: The club
membership list is based on an SQL database. These links
are not live due to a limitation with the script that
displays the links on a web page. The links can be
copied and pasted into the address area of an internet
browser. However, we are seeking ways of improving on
What about on-line permit applications?
(ARC Comment: Forms are
already available on line but because associated
documents need to be sent through the post we believe on
line application is not currently practical. We believe
that most members are happy with the system and many
have favourably commented on the speed and ease of the
ARC permit process).
Should we have a Newsletter.
Over 80% of those responding thought we
should The majority wanted the newsletter, if produced,
to be downloadable from the website. Suggestions for
News of committee meetings, areas of
development, club news, What are EA up to,
Feature member clubs
General running related topics e.g.
health & safety legislation
Committee member profiles (UGH!)
Race reports of all ARC races not just
Progress and benefits of ARC
Hints for race organisers
Comment: Agree in principle, and a web based Newsletter
would be the economic way to go BUT in practice there
are two difficulties – first, we need to have a
dedicated editor and, secondly, it won’t work without a
constant flow of news from members. If there is anyone
out there who would volunteer to edit a newsletter
please get in touch with the ARC Secretary. The problem
of getting news in was touched on in the Website
comments above and we repeat the request for members to
not hesitate in sending news, views, reports etc.)
A number of respondents added ad hoc
comments, many of them congratulatory (e.g. “Keep up the
good work”) and we have noted all of them for future
reference and action where relevant.