Welcome to the Joining page for Lincoln and District Runners. Joining our club offers some great benefits:

  • Training together to stay motivated and learn more about running.
  • Affiliation to England Athletics giving members discounts on race fees.
  • Free entry to Lincolnshire League Cross Country Events.
  • Socialise together at special club events and keep running fun.
  • Work out with training partners at all levels of ability.

Club membership offers years of experience, advice, encouragement, information, friendship, and camaraderie.

Club Nights are every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday evening we start at the North Kesteven Sports Centre (LN6 9AX),  except for the first Tuesday of the month - please view the Running Schedule for further details. We start promptly at 7:30pm, so please aim to meet up for 7:20pm for any announcements and to meet new members. We will meet outside (or inside if cold) the sports centre foyer.

Thursday nights we vary our start location across Lincoln and surrounding areas to add spice and hills to your training. Please see the Running Schedule for further details.


We generally have 2 - 3 running groups of differing paces and runs are between 5 - 7 miles. On club nights those runners at the front of the group are actively encouraged to run back for those at the tail to ensure that no-one is left behind. We aim to make your running experience ‘fun’ and improve your fitness to whatever level you aspire to.. 


How to Join and Other Questions

How do I join Lincoln & District Runners?

Thank you for your interest in joining the club. The first step is to come along to one of our club runs and see if you like it. The club offers a free trial period for you to get a taste of what we offer.

What do I need to do on the first night?

Look at the Running Schedule to see where we are meeting. All runs start at 7:30 so aim to get there a few minutes earlier. If you speak to any of the other runners and say you are new to the club they will point you towards one of the run coordinators for that evening. They will then chat to you and ensure you are running with the correct group.

Do I need previous running experience?

We ask that all new members can run 5 miles. Club nights we normally run between 5 and 7 miles (depending on which group you run with). During the runs we regularly stop and regroup so no-one is left behind.

So how do the different running groups work?

On club night we normally have 3 groups which cover a range of distances and paces. Group 1 will cover 6 - 7 miles at 7:30 a mile pacer or quicker. Group 2 will normally run about 10K at 8:00 - 9:00 minutes a mile pace, and group 3 covers about 5 miles at 9:00 - 12:00 minute pace. All three groups aim to complete their runs within the hour.

Can I swap groups?

You can choose to run with whichever group you want on the night. Occasionally some groups may merge together if there are fewer people.


I've tried it out and now want to join the club. What next?

If you want to join the club, please download and complete a membership form. You can then either email it or post it to the membership secretary who's details are at the top of the form. The current membership cost is £35 per annum which includes affiliation with England Athletics. The club can take payment online or via cheque - once the membership secretary has the completed form they will email you the details on how to pay the membership fees.

LDR Membership Form

LDR Membership Form.pdf 


I'm now a member and fancy being a run leader. How does this work?


We encourage everyone to have a go at leading a run. Some runs are already assigned as seen on the club schedule, but others are free so these are open to anyone with a good suggestion. The Schedule is updated every 3 months and details emailed out for people to book themselves onto a particular slot. Some points to consider when leading a run:


  • Ensure you plan the right distance for the right group (Group 1 can cover 7 miles or so, whereas Group 3 may do 5 miles).
  • For bigger groups it's worth putting in some alternate routes, or intervals during the session so everyone can run at their pace.
  • Remember to check that no-one is left behind at the back. Put in regular stops to ensure that the group meets up during the run.
  • Try shadowing an existing run leader on a club run to get some ideas.
Please see the LDR Guidelines Page for more information on the various runs and responsibilities.
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