If you haven’t ran with us before, we recommend coming along for a few runs first. Then if you enjoy it, you can become a member. Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March. However, new members who join the club part way through the year will only pay a reduced amount according to the month in which you first join. If you have any questions about membership, please email our membership secretary, or come and have a chat on our Facebook group.

Membership Types

Standard membership is £25 a year and renewals are due each April. If you do not want the benefits of England Athletics affiliation, you can pay the basic membership fee of £15 to the club. This is more suited for runners who have no desire to take part in races or second claim members that are already members of another club. If you join part-way through the year, the membership fees are reduced.

Benefits of Being a Black Pear Jogger

Here’s a selection of some of the reasons that you should become a member with BPJ.

  • Running in a friendly atmosphere
  • Running with others in safety
  • Running with company most days of the week
  • Running with others of similar abilities
  • Support and tips from experienced runners
  • Great club camaraderie
  • Mental health benefits
  • Support from mental health ambassadors
  • Chance to meet new people
  • Come to club social events
  • Join the active Facebook group
  • Running in club kit
  • Attend parkrun tours
  • Take part in Magic Mile events
  • Certificates for improving in races
  • Organised talks by experts

Benefits of Affiliation

The standard membership price includes your affiliation with England Athletics (currently £15), which opens up a range of extra opportunities and benefits for members.

  • Run in Cross Country leagues
  • Eligibility for London Marathon club ballot places
  • Enter the club’s champions league
  • Reduced entry fees for races
  • Use of the Run Britain Rankings site
  • Exclusive offers from England Athletics
  • Have your say on how the sport is run
  • Fee makes a difference to many areas of the sport
  • Discounts on attending athletics events
  • Discounts at many sports shops

How to Join

1) Complete the New Membership Form

If you are a new member, first complete the online new membership form. so we have all the necessary details to process your membership. If you are renewing, you no longer need to fill in the form and you should make sure you keep your details up to date on the UK Athletics myATHLETICS site. Or alternatively, you can download and print a membership form (PDF, 149KB) to bring to the club in person or post with your fees.

2) Pay the Fees

New members: Once your membership form has been processed, you will receive an email from England Athletics to request payment. This is sent once the membership secretary has processed your membership form, so may take a week or so (you can still run with the club in the meantime). Please follow the link in the email to pay your membership.

Renewing: An automatic email will be sent from England Athletics to request payment on 1st April. Please follow the link in the email to pay your membership. You must ensure you pay your membership by the end of April, otherwise you will not be eligible for entry into the race leagues or London Marathon ballot places.

If you have any issues/questions, you can get in touch with our membership secretary, or come and have a chat on the BPJ Facebook group.

Membership Stats

Here’s some stats from our membership database. Last updated on 6th October 2017.

Total Members

Affiliated (First Claim)

Basic / Second Claim