We meet at our clubhouse to run on Wednesday evenings in small groups, and there are events at various locations on other days of the week.
If you're considering becoming a club member, as a first step you should contact us via the Contact Form on our web site (https://bvrunners.org.uk/contact-us/). We'll then arrange for you to do a couple of group runs with us.
After you've done a couple of runs and decided to join the club, you can come back here and fill in the membership details. Once you're a member, you'll be able to see all the running events on our private Facebook Group and sign up to them yourself.
BVR is a social running club. We have around 200 members, made up of roughly equal numbers of male and females of all running standards. The main club night is Wednesday when we meet at 7pm for a quick chat and club announcements. Then at 7.15pm we split into around 10 different ability groups, all with group leaders, to run for between 4 and 10 miles. In Winter we use well lit routes on roads, and do hill training, reps, fartlek etc. In Summer we often venture more off road. We organise running activities such as team challenges, relays and away runs. There is also a social calendar typically including a Summer BBQ, quiz nights, trips abroad and the annual awards dinner and dance. The clubhouse has great facilities, including 4 changing rooms with showers and a bar, and there's plenty of parking around it.
To join, click on the 'Join Us/Renew' button on the right hand side of this web page. If you (re)join BVR you'll be expected to comply with our club rules, social media policy, and safeguarding code of conduct, all of which you can find on our web site.
Some notes on England Athletics (UKA) affiliation
If you have previously affiliated to EA with another club (even if it has lapsed), then you will have an EA URN and you will probably need to transfer from your old club to BVR. There is a form to do this when you login to the EA online portal. You can join BVR but please do not pay for EA membership until you have consulted with the membership secretary.
If you aren't currently affiliated to EA, then main benefits of affiliation are:
- you will get a £2 discount when you enter races that are run under UKA rules.
- you will be able to specify 'Blackwater Valley Runners' as your 'club name' when you enter races run under UKA rules, and you can be part of a BVR team.
- you may be eligible to enter the BVR draw for a guaranteed London Marathon place. (There are other criteria - eg not had a BVR place before). The odds of success are much better than the public draw.
- you'll be covered by EA third party insurance whenever you're out running. (All BVR members are covered by BVR third party insurance when participating in BVR activities).
To encourage members to affiliate to EA, BVR makes a contribution towards the levy, leaving you to pay the remaining £10.
If you affiliate to EA we will provide England Athletics with your personal data which they will use to enable access to an online portal. England Athletics will subsequently contact you to invite you to sign in to the portal and check/update your details including your privacy settings. If you have any questions about the continuing privacy of your personal data when it is shared with England Athletics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.