The Club Rules

Club Nights

Are Wednesday. Thursday evenings will be added soon. Other activities including speed training, hill repetitions, pub runs. Other training runs will take place from time to time and will be posted on the club website.

Club Colours

The Club colours are a Black and Orange Vest or T shirt with Collett Park Dark Runners on the front.  This wording is also on the back along with a motif of the Shepton Mallet Market cross

Where feasible Club colours should be worn by all members representing the Club at every representative meeting and for Club competition races unless the requirement is inappropriate for specific events such as Fancy dress runs. A "Penalty" of 50p (Ten bob) is to be paid if Club members who have bought a T shirt do not wear it to Club nights. Proceeds of this will go towards a "Round of drinks" at a social event. 

When entering races, members should complete the entry form stating “Collett Park Dark Runners” as the Club name. Any variation on this may lead to the Club missing out on team prizes.

Club Runs

Where possible the Club tries to accommodate runners of all abilities with the provision of various routes, speeds and with nominated leaders.

When running with the Club, members should follow the instructions of the designated group leader. They should also make sure the group leader is aware of any significant medical issues that they have, which may give rise to problems during the run. They should also take account of other members of the group to ensure that no-one is left behind particularly if running in the dark or in an unfamiliar rural area

When running on roads members should always run in single file commensurate with the local road and traffic conditions.

It is essential that when running with the Club members are seen to be polite, responsible and set a good example to others.  

Runners should take responsibility for themselves and be aware of other road users and pedestrians.

When running in the dark, members should wear fluorescent or reflective clothing and wear or carry a torch when appropriate.

When running through the countryside members should be aware of common hazards such as livestock, stiles, gates, nettles, brambles, and remember to check for tick bites at the end of the run. Always close gates behind you.


The Club will not be liable for any injury to a member or loss/damage to their personal belongings.

Membership / Fees

Fees are £10 per year 

The Club Membership year 

Runs from 1st April  to 31st March. Any person joining prior to 1st April 2019 will have their membership run until 31st March 2020. 

The Committee will decide if there is to be an increase in the Membership fee by 1st March before the start of the new club year. 

The Club members must pay their Annual Subscription on 1st April and no later than 15th April.  The membership fee must be accompanied by the appropriate paper form or electronic equivalent to provide the Membership Secretary with up to date contact details.

If a person wishes to join the Club before the beginning of the club year and there is less than 2 months remaining of the year, their membership will be valid u 1st April the following year. 

If a person wishes to join after 1st April then they will pay a full year's fee of £10 for whatever portion of the year remains. 

The club has Insurance with the Association of Running Clubs which covers Third Party Insurance. attendance.

If a member has not renewed their Club Membership by 1st May, their membership will be considered as terminated

General Principles

Collett Park Dark Runners running club exists purely to offer an opportunity for like-minded runners to exercise, race and socialise together and nothing more.

All attendees should consider the club as an informal gathering of people who will run together in a loosely structured format.

The club is operated and managed by a number of volunteers in their free time and these volunteers cannot accept any responsibility for any events that occur at the club. These volunteers may or may not have taken any training/coaching.

Members are encouraged to volunteer to help with operating of the club, for example by marshaling at one of our races or helping to organise an event. It does not need to be a major commitment, but it all helps spread the load.

Medical Conditions

If you have any medical conditions that could affect you, it’s your responsibility to make the club aware of these.

The club does not take responsibility for any injury, loss or damage that might arise as a result of participation in club activities. Every person attending the club must take full and complete responsibility for their own actions. Know your limits.

All attendees are expected to behave with mutual respect and in a way that does not endanger others or bring the club into disrepute. Not complying with this may result in termination of membership.

Any matters of concern should be directed to the Club Committee email is

Age limit

The minimum age that we can accept is  16. Notwithstanding the minimum age for entry, the club does not discriminate against any attendees of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs; or of age, sex or disability except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of athletics and running as particular sports.

Training with the club

If you feel dizzy, faint or unwell it’s your responsibility to stop exercising and to notify other runners of this.

If you stop mid-session you must not go home without notifying the session leader.

It’s your decision alone whether or not you are fit and able to run. If you are unsure consult your doctor. We recommend that you can run at least 5k comfortably.

The volunteer leading the session reserves the right to refuse to let you run with the group.

Appropriate clothing and footwear for running must be worn. You should dress appropriately for the weather and for the lighting conditions.

During darker evenings, high visibility reflective clothing MUST be worn for runs on public highway.

Each runner must accept full and complete liability for their actions.


Collett Park Dark Runners running club may use photographs of you with or without your name for publicity, advertising or website content relating to the club’s activities. If you do not wish for this to happen, please contact Edric Hobbs 07831534463 or Caroline Hobbs 07851061307

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance

When you create a profile to join Collett Park Dark Runners, you agree to provide sufficient personal information to allow us to contact you, to allocate you to the appropriate age group for competition and to contact someone on your behalf in case of emergency. We undertake to safeguard this information and do not make it available to third parties. You consent to this by ticking the box on the Membership sign-up form to confirm that you have read and agreed to the Club Membership rules.