Frequently asked questions

Have a question? Check out these FAQ’s for an answer.

  • 1. Do you cater for beginners?

    We are a welcoming and predominantly road running club that tries to cater for runners of all abilities. However, if you have very little or no running experience you might find our training sessions are probably a bit too intense, and we wouldn't want to put you off running by expecting you to train at an inappropriate level. Therefore, we advise beginners to start out on their own or with a running friend to develop some running fitness before joining a running club.

    There are many sources of advice available to help you get started, two of which are accessible from the links below:

    Running Tips for Beginners

    How to Start Jogging

    See the next FAQ for information about our training groups.

  • 2. What standard do I need to be to become a member?

    Our training sessions are organised as four.groups. In Group 4, the slowest group, the distance is generally about 5 miles and you should be able to run this distance in a time of about 50 minutes to train comfortably with this group. As your pace improves you will gain benefit from moving to a faster group.

  • 3. Does the Club have a women’s section?

    We have a considerable female membership which enjoys all the benefits of the club. The Women’s Team Captain organises entries for women’s team road and cross-country events.

  • 4. Does the Club have a junior section?

    We do not have a section specifically dedicated to junior runners. However we do allow juniors to join provided a parent or guardian of the junior joins too and accompanies the junior member in training sessions and at races. The minimum age for senior membership is 18 years.

  • 5. Is there a Club training night?

    The club meets on Wednesday evenings at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club in Browns Lane.

  • 6. When are the training sessions?

    Main training sessions take place on Wednesday evenings. Members meet at around 7.15pm ready for a 7.30pm start.. Weekly sessions are posted on the training page of the club website.

    Longer distance or special sessions take place on Sunday mornings at 9.00am. Routes and distances are posted on the training page of the club website.

  • 7. At what time do the training sessions start?

    Wednesday night sessions start at 7.30pm.
    Sunday morning sessions start at 9.00am.

  • 8. How are training sessions organised?

    Training is organised as four groups suited to different abilities.

    Typically the pace for a 5k distance would be:
    Group 1 – under 21 minutes
    Group 2 – 21 to 23 minutes
    Group 3 – 23 to 26 minutes
    Group 4 – 26 to 35 minutes

  • 9. Can I come along to a training session to see what it’s like?

    You would be welcome to join us at a Wednesday night training session. Turn up at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club by 7.15pm, introduce yourself to any of the runners congregating there and someone will look after you.

  • 10. Do you have track sessions?

    We occasionally organise a Wednesday night track session at the Warwick University running track.

  • 11. How many members do you have?

    We currently have ca 160 members.

  • 12. How do I become a member?

    You must complete a Membership Application form. Post the form to the Membership Secretary with the correct fee, or hand it with the fee to a committee member after a Wednesday night training session. Cheques are accepted but no cash please.

  • 13. How will I know Northbrook AC is right for me?

    If you are not sure about taking out club membership you can join in our sessions as a guest for a few weeks on a “try before you buy” basis.

  • 14. What are the membership fees?

    The fee for new members is £42. The fee for new members in receipt of the State Pension is £30. The joining fee includes a club vest.
    To use the facilities at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club you must take out Social Club Membership, paying the additional fees as determined by the Jaguar Sports & Social Club.

  • 15. I am in this area only occasionally, can I run with you as a guest?

    Visitors to the area are welcome to run with us as guests.

  • 16. Can I run with you for a while before I take out membership?

    If you are not sure about taking out club membership you can join in our sessions as a guest for a few weeks on a “try before you buy” basis.

  • 17. I am a member of another running club, can I also be a member of Northbrook AC?

    A member of another running club can join Northbrook AC as a second claim member. When entering a UKA licensed event a second claim member must register in the name of their first claim club, ie the club responsible for paying their UKA affiliation fee.

  • 18. Is Northbrook AC affiliated to UK Athletics?

    Yes. Part of the annual membership fee is used to pay the charge levied by UKA on all first claim club members.

  • 19. Can I park my car at the Jaguar Sports & Social Club?

    Jaguar Sports and Social Club requires that anyone using its facilities, including the car park, be a member of the Jaguar Sports and Social Club. JLR employees are automatically enrolled as members, anyone else must take out Associate Membership.

  • 20. Do you have shower facilities?

    There are shower facilities at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club. To use these facilities you must be a member or associate member of the JS&S club.

  • 21. Do you have changing facilities?

    There are changing facilities at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club. To use these facilities you must be a member or associate member of the JS&S club.

  • 22. Does the Club have a bar?

    There is a bar at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club. To use the bar facility you must be a member or associate member of the JS&S club.

  • 23. Is food available after training?

    Food is available to purchase in the bar of the Jaguar Sports and Social Club. To use the bar facility you must be a member or associate member of the JS&S club.

  • 24. Does the Club organise any competitions?

    We stage the Coventry Northbrook 10k road race each year in July. We also usually organise or co-organise one of the races in the Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League.

  • 25. How do I enter the Club summer handicap race?

    You should be at the start point by the published start time. If you competed in a Club handicap race in the previous season the handicapper will have worked out a handicap time for you , and this will be included on the list available at the start.

    If you are new to the series then you will be invited to suggest a realistic time for the course, and a suitable start time will be allocated. You will not earn points on your first such race.

  • 26. Do you allow guests to run in the summer handicap races?

    Guests can run in the summer handicap races and will be given a time and a position. However, guests do not qualify for points or prizes.

  • 27. Does the Club enter track and field team events?

    The Club is registered for track and field and may therefore enter teams for these events. A member may also enter a track & field event as an individual.

  • 28. Does the Club enter cross-country team events?

    The Club usually enters men’s teams in the Birmingham Invitation Cross-Country League races, and women’s teams in the Midland Women’s Cross-Country League races. The Club pays the entry fees for these races.

    Given sufficient interest the Club will also enter teams for the National Cross-Country Championships and the Midland Cross-Country Championships.

  • 29. Does the Club enter road racing team events?

    The Club usually enters men’s teams for the Midland 12-Stage and women’s teams for the. Midland 6-Stage Road Relay races. The Club also enters men’s and women’s teams for the Cotswold Hilly 100 relay race. The Club pays the entry fees for these events.

  • 30. Can I wear earphones/headphones whilst training?

    For safety reasons the Club does not permit the use of portable audio devices during training sessions.

  • 31. Is there an official Club strip?

    First claim Club members must wear the approved Club competition vest or competition T-shirt when competing in a UKA licensed event, or in any team event for which the Club has paid the entry fees. A vest is provided to a new member upon joining the Club.

  • 32. Is there any sort of Club clothing?

    A range of Northbrook branded training and warm-up apparel is available from the Club’s Kit Manager via the Club website.