Quakers RC has developed a reputation as being one of the friendliest running clubs in the North-East of England and is more than happy to welcome individuals of all abilities into the sport, let’s face it, we all had to start somewhere and you don't need to be an Olympic athlete to get enjoyment out of running and athletics. Whether you just want to start running for the sake of fitness, or are about to do your first 10k race or 25th Marathon, we can help you achieve your goals.
Our training sessions are held at and around the clubs base at Queen Elizabeth 6th Form College Playing Fields, Abbey Road, Darlington (DL3 8LR) on the west side of Darlington. The sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30pm until 8:00pm and are open to all.
We actively encourage non members to come along see what Quakers has to offer, no charge is made for attending these sessions and no one is under any obligation to join, our hope is that you will enjoy training with us, will keep returning and will eventually become a member of the club.
The Quaker's Running Club's members actively compete in races across the North East of England and often even further afield! We can be found on the road, trail and fells wearing our distinctive white vests with black stripes!
Every week, our press officer, Mark Colling publishes a press report of the weekend's goings on from the races and parkruns which which Quakers take part in. These are also published in the Northern Echo's Local Heroes section on a Saturday.
The Quaker's Running Club offers three different competitions for our members to compete in. The 10k Leagues are a "first past the post" competition with each club runner taking part in their own graded league. The Club Championship is our most prestigious trophy, with runners scoring age graded points across a variety of distances and terrains. Finally, the parkrun challenge gives Quakers a chance to take part in an age graded competition across several different local parkruns.
The Quakers Running Club, as any club night will show, has a massive range of runner abilities present at any training session. Our club ethos is based on “no Quaker ever left behind”. So whether you are starting out running or looking to complete your seventh marathon, we can offer you something.
The club has been recognised by the London Marathon for its dedication and support given to beginners and has been designated a London Marathon Running Club Partner, the only club in County Durham to receive this accolade.
In 2005 Quakers Running Club was 'Highly Commended' by Cancer Research UK for its continued support of Darlington's Race for Life.