As well as the prestige, and the pleasure of having other runners look up to you and ask your advice on important matters, membership of Black Combe is extremely cheap.

Most of us join for the weekly guided tour of the best fells and pubs in the South Lakes, and for the company and competition on races and other days out, but with membership you also get:

  • England Athletics membership
  • Cheaper race entry
  • Regular training sessions with one of only eight level 2 fell coaches in the country (hi Val)
  • Participation in the club championships, winter league and other competitions
  • Free, often compulsory access to the assembled wisdom of generations of fell runners
  • An extremely irregular newsletter
  • A free meal at the Miners Arms after the club’s summer Black Combe race
  • Pie and peas at the AGM
  • Fewer people following you on fell races (if you wear the vest)

At the moment annual membership costs £17, and £14 of that goes straight to England Athletics. Anyone is welcome to come along for a run any time, but you might as well join too.

Get a membership form by writing to someone at Black Combe Runners.

If you would like to find out about junior membership, head over to the junior page.


Various Black Combe runners on top of Harter Fell on a tuesday night.