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Hey all. I've been running for about a year now and am enjoying it and have improved and shed a load of weight.
For me, running is more of a personal thing and I prefer to go it alone. I tend to run without technology or too much excess gear and just run speed and distance based on feel- sometimes it's a fast HM and sometimes it's a crawl at 4k.
That said, I do like the enter the odd event just to see where I am in the grand scheme of things and I think I'd like to enter more and more events as the year goes by - and that's where joining a club would come in handy.
Obviously it's cheaper to enter as a UKA-affiliated club member, so that's an attraction, and though I like a solo plod I'm not antisocial, so it's a good way to bounce tips and advice off more experienced people.
That said, as someone who works odd hours and prefers to run against himself, is there any point joining a club? I can't guarantee appearance at any training, and to be fair, I'm not fast enough to make any team event standard.