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Obviously, post olympics more than ever and with the rise of events such as parkrun running is being promoted as a way to keep fit for all, however it is clear that standards and opinions on whether one is a 'jogger' or an 'athlete' vary greatly.
I am currently a member of two clubs, however local ones vary widely in their approach despite being proverbially 'for all'. For example, my first claim despite being 'all ability' on the website sends people away when their 5k pb is 24mins saying that they won't really get anywhere in the sport. Another club goes down to 10min/mile pace on runs.
Do you think there is a general minimal standard for joining running clubs, and if so what? (Not just running for at least 30mins or the like, but speed standards). Have you encountered much club elitism or not really? Is your own club elitist/selective and do you like it that way?