Are you an attached runner? You may think you are, purely on the basis that
you are a member of Bedford Harriers AC, however changes in our sport mean that
there are now 2 affiliating bodies - Association of Running Clubs (ARC) and
England Athletics (EA).
Bedford Harriers has, as a CLUB, affiliated to ARC which means as long as
you are a club member, you are affiliated to ARC. Being affiliated to ARC means
you can enter ARC permitted races as an attached runner.
Bedford Harriers has also, as an ORGANISATION, affiliated to EA, however
all this affiliation covers is the Bedford Harriers organisation and NOT the
members. EA's membership process is that individual runners must register with
them for a competition licence* to be able to run in EA permitted events.
If you affiliate individually to
EA, you can enter EA permitted races as an attached runner, but if you do not,
and the race is permitted by EA, you must enter as unattached.
Below are 3 documents - a letter describing the situation outlined above in more
detail; a flow diagram to help you when entering races to establish whether you,
as an individual can claim to be an attached runner or not, and an EA membership
* Members who register with EA will each receive their own unique membership
number and competition licence. It is likely that future race entry forms will
ask for this number. Despite EA's membership year being April to March, they
have advised, however, that they will not be able to issue competition licences