FAQ

Can you tell me more about your group runs?

You can find all our runs on our Facebook page and on our Schedule Page. From short leisurely jogs taking in the countryside, to more challenging hill climbs, we have runs to suit everyone.


How fast do you run?

Our club is for all kinds of runner at varying abilities, and no matter what your pace we’d love for you to join in. We have a range of distances and paces but in smaller groups will always have someone keeping pace with the slowest runner. You can try out a session with us before joining if you want to find out more


How far do I need to be able to run?

We have runs and programmes for all levels of runner, whether you’re starting out slowly to get your first 1k, or training for your next marathon!

We have lots of shorter runs at 5k (Saturday mornings at Churchfields) If you’re not quite there yet, do check out Zero to Hero which can help you reach your 1-5k goal or follow the couch to 5k podcast – you could post in our Chessington Community Facebook group to find a fellow beginner runner to join you on your journey. If you have a specific goal in mind; we can probably find a way to help!


What should I know about my first run?

Let us know you’ll be joining us for your first run so we can make sure we welcome you personally. If you’re new to running maybe have a chat with us to get the best session for you.

Turn up at least 10 minutes before the start time so we can say hello and give you any information you need to know.

The most important piece of running kit is a well fitted pair of running shoes. But make sure you don’t try out new running shoes on your first run, very important to break them in a bit first!


What’s the best way to get to the meeting point for group runs?

You can find where we meet for our runs on our running schedule page. If we’re travelling further afield, most of our runs are accessible by public transport, and where a car is needed, we offer a car sharing scheme.


Can I bring a friend or family member with me?

You’re very welcome to bring along a friend or family member – they can try out a run without joining. If they enjoy it, they can join you and become a member too!


Can my child join?

Currently Chessington Unity Running Club doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to join. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.


Can I bring my dog on group runs?

Friendly, well-behaved dogs with short-leads are welcome on most of our runs. However, check the specific run information beforehand – as some races/runs may not allow dogs. 


How else can I get involved in the group?

We’re always looking for volunteers to lead runs (particularly if you have under-taken run leadership training) and support with putting on events, just get in touch and we’ll let you know what opportunities are available.


Do you have English Athletics membership?

Following successful registration for English Athletics membership you can now for a fee of £15 register as first claim with Chessington Unity with EA. As an EA registered member you’ll receive £2 off any English Athletic events you enter including most organised races. When you complete your membership form, please indicate if you wish to include EA membership.


How do you keep runs Covid-secure?

The rules and guidance on running in a Covid-19 environment is ever changing. English Athletics post regular updates and guidance on how to conduct club runs in a Covid-secure, safe environment and this is what governs our instructions on the day. Please do not join a club run if you have a temperature, loss of taste or smell, have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been instructed to self isolate.

If you are not a club member we will ask you to provide your contact details to the run leader at the start of the run. If you have any further questions or have tested positive shortly after a club run please contact us at: info [at] unityrunningclub.co.uk


How can I buy running kit?

Club kit can be purchased directly though our supplier ‘Just a little bit’ who can also offer to personalise your club tees at no extra cost and you can find full details on our Club Kit page.

Club tees are available in both men’s and ladies ‘true to size’ fit in either grey or green. You can also purchase other running kit from Up & Running our local running shop where as a member you’ll receive 10% off all purchases – simply let them know you run with Chessington Unity Running Club.


Why do you take photos at some of your runs?

We take photos of our runs and events for use on our website, social media and other club publicity materials. We will always inform you at a run if photos are being taken. If you don’t want your photos used in this way please inform us at the time. If you ever see a photo of you on our website or social media you have the right to ask us to remove it.

Do check out our Facebook Page after a run or event so you can recapture some of the great memories!