Welcome to Chard Road Runners Club website. We are a friendly, small running club based in Chard, Somerset, England.  Affiliated in 1981 we have a mixed membership of about 50 members, plus a number of club supporters, and we cater for all ages and abilities.

While we are called Chard Road Runners we do in fact run on all terrains and over all distances.

Main Club night is Tuesdays at
19:00 at Chard Cricket Club. Typically we will run for between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes. Winter runs are limited to within town and nearby lanes, and reflective clothing and a light are needed. For the rest of the year we will combine road and off road routes. The cricket club has showers and a bar, and most runners will stay on for a drink at the club after the run.  Second running night is on a Wednesday.  Only real difference is we do not always have the club open for changing, and the Wednesday run is better able to accommodate a wider range of abilities. 

Runs at the weekend are generally arranged via Facebook.   If you intend to make this your first outing with the club we suggest you contact one of the club members in advance to confirm distance and pace. 

Wednesday night run is at 19:00 from outside the Cricket Club. At present the clubhouse is not open on a Wednesday so you need to come changed to run.  It is taken by experienced runners and is tailored to the ability of the group. It is designed encourage progress without feeling under undue pressure. For newcomers it is helpful if you contact one of the organisers in advance so they can get an understanding of your fitness and experience, what you are looking for, and to give a bit more detail on the session. Please contact Addie Douglas on 01460 61381

Membership is £15 per annum. Everyone of all abilities is welcome to run with the club, and if you wish to then run regularly or just support the club, you are welcome to join. New members are receive a £10 discount on a club vest. (£5, normal price £15)  For an additional £13 you join UK Athletics which entitles you to enter any UK Athletics run events at the concession rate granted to club members (typically £2 less per event). The club is a member of England Athletics (formally UK Athletics) and is also a member of  The Association of Road Runners.

The club run regular social events, and actively encourage members to take part in races and running events, both locally, nationally, and abroad, as part of the club. About 12 of the members race regularly, and there are others doing marathons.  We also have a Tri-athlete within our ranks. The club tries to enter team events where possible.

The range of membership is wide and includes experienced runners able to advise on training and provide assistance and support.

Visitors to the area are most welcome to run with us. The best approach is to come on a Tuesday evening to the Cricket club for about 18:45. Do not worry if you are not sure whether you will be able to keep pace with the group or run for duration - we always make sure no runners are left on their own or made to feel under any pressure. In winter it is advisable to bring some form of light. The club have some reflective vests.

The club is entitled to one entry for the London Marathon, and this is awarded by ballot to existing members who applied but failed to gain a place who have been members for one year.

Directions to Chard Cricket Club. There are two ways of getting there. Simplest route is to turn off Fore Street in Chard (main road through town) at Wetherspoons into Essex Close. As road bears left turn right and park alongside Rugby pitch at the north end. Go through gap at side of large metal gate onto footpath. Go through another smaller metal gate onto cricket pitch. Clubhouse is 50 yards on lefthand side. Entrance to the rear. If metal gate to cricket pitch is locked do not try and enter via this route. Use next alternative:

Alternate route from Chard High Street (top end of Fore Street) is right in to Helliers road near top of town. Then 1st sharp right Combe Street, 1st left Zembard Lane. About 200 yards on right turn in to narrow entrance to Chard Town Football club. Lane is bumpy. Drive past football pitch clubhouse, bear left and right with tennis courts on right. Parking at end of road by Cricket Club house.

Schools Out is the first building on the right on Millfield, parking adjacent just a bit further along the Millfield. Millfield is by mini roundabout on A358 toward Axminster.

For further information and if you have any questions please talk to one of the members listed below:

Club Email address is ChardRoadRunners@hotmail.co.uk

Simon Hall - Chairman and Club Secretary
Tom Putt Cottage, Westhay, Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5XH
Mobile 07790 780977

Martin Holley - Treasurer - 01460 67249

Paul Masters - Press and Publicity - Paulm1374@gmail.com

Mick Whitworth - Assistant, Publicity - Mick.whitworth@gff.co.uk

Helen Baxter - Secretary and Membership secretary - baxter7helen@googlemail.com

Stevie Potter - Social secretary - steviepots1@talk21.com

Addie Douglas - Wednesday night run leader and contact for new runners - 01460 61381

Richard Clifton - Club Captain  07773 373882

Gordy Miller - President and Founder - 01460 64843

The membership form and the code of conduct need to be treated as one document.  You cannot use the membership form without also submitting a signed Code of Conduct

Membership Form  (click on words 'Membership Form' and it will open a new page with the form which you can then print)

Code of conduct  (click on words 'Code of conduct' and it will open a new page with the form which you can print)

Club Rules and Constitution (click on words 'Club Rules and Constitution' and it will open a new page with the form which you can print)