Our club motto is "fun, fitness, friendship", and that's really what the club is all about.

Lots of people have preconceptions about “how good” you have to be to join a running club. And that if they can’t run a 4 minute mile then they couldn’t possible join a club. Or that if they can’t run at least three times a week then they’re not “serious enough” to join a club.

Such preconceptions are wrong.

The truth is that we’re really happy for peope of any ability to join our club. It really doesn’t matter if you have to walk up some of the hills. You won’t be the only one, and no one will think any the less of you.

While many of our runners do enter races, some just come on club runs and non-running social events.

Plenty of members can’t come on a club run every week; that’s not a problem either.

To join the club you will need to complete and return the application form.

Membership application form

Open to all

Allen Valley Striders do not have a pre-entry requirement. We welcome all abilities including novices. We can devise improvement programmes for our beginners if they want. Several of our members have joined with no running experience and have progressed with help and encouragement from the club to run half- and full marathons.

Allen Valley Striders welcome everyone from all communities and is not exclusive to the “local community”. The club has members from Haltwhistle, Haydon Bridge and Hexham as well as Allendale and Allenheads.

No commitment

You are most welcome to join us for your first 2 runs without any commitment. Should you decide not to join, any subsequent runs will be charged at £1.00 per run. However, any payments will be deductible should you decide to take up membership.

Membership year

The membership year runs from April to March the following year. Members joining through part of the year will be charged a pro rata fee.


The club is an amateur club, run by unpaid volunteers and, like all voluntary organisations we always need more volunteer help.
If you are able to offer your time, the club can arrange training, especially in areas like coaching.
It does not need to be an ongoing commitment as we need help on an occasional basis for marshalling at events.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Club