The minimum age for junior membership is seven

Junior Members Area

Our junior members meet on Mondays at the Arc from 6pm until 7pm. We are limited to the number of young athletes we can have and we may therefore sometimes have to operate a waiting list system for anyone wishing to join.

Junior Membership

The minimum age for junior membership is seven.

Junior membership £10
We are limited to the number of young athletes we can have and we may therefore sometimes have to operate a waiting list system for anyone wishing to join. This is usually a fairly short list and we aim to invite however many we can accept from the top of the list to join us in line with the school terms, ie. three times a year. 
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Junior parkruns

What are junior parkruns
Junior parkruns are ideal for MAC members, or any youngsters that like to run. They are free to enter. Distance is 2k, perfect for younger runners and shorter legs! Just register once with parkrun and turn up with your barcode (you can simply show it on a phone). This is a great introduction to running a timed event, against a wide range of abilities.
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UKA/EA (England Athletics) Affiliation

Please note the following for UKA/EA affiliation: Participants in races held under UKA rules who do not hold EA affiliation will be subject to a £2 surcharge in addition to the standard entry fee and will appear in the results as an unattached runner. It is a mandatory race entry requirement that entrants into UKA/EA champtionship races, e.g. County, Regional and National championships must hold a current EA affiliation in addition to their club subscription and must be registered and have paid their annual registration fee in advance of entering events. These include championship races and other races such as road events organised under UKA rules. Please ensure that you pay your subs promptly before entering any races as a UKA affiliated member.

If any juniors (under 18) require UKA/EA membership for entry into Championship races, this may be covered by the club subject to committee approval. Please speak to the junior coaches if you need clarification on this.

Events under ARC registration do not require UKA/EA affiliation, and each member is automatically covered by the standard subs fee displayed below.

How to pay

You should pay your annual subs to Matlock AC on-line.

For on-line payments, enter Matlock Athletic Club in the payee details, and in the reference panel enter details of what the payment is for, using the codes given below. Please note that the reference panel can only accept 18 characters, so you can only use it for one single membership at a time. If you wish to pay for additional family members, you will need to set up a payment for each one.

All members (including existing members) must complete the application form which should only take a few minutes to complete. Please note that renewals are due by 01/04/2023. As stated in the club constitution you will cease to be a Matlock AC member if you have not completed your renewal by 30/04/2023, and will lose membership benefits including access to member only social media sites and groups.

BACS details for online payments

To pay online, please complete the membership form and then make payment. For security, the sort code and account number will be displayed when you submit the form. 

On the payment reference panel input your first name followed by your surname and code.

Bank reference examples:

  • JohnSmith-s    -  Means John Smith, a single senior member’s payment, plus ARC registration
  • JohnSmith-su   -    Means John Smith, a single senior payment plus UKA affilation
  • CameronMackintosh-su    -  This exceeds the 18 character limit -  Reduce toCamMackintosh-su

If in doubt, send an email message to the secretary via our contact form

Please only complete this form once you have been notified a junior space is available for your child.
This form can be used for both new members and existing members renewing their membership 
descriptioncostonline reference code
Junior membership£10on-line reference Code j
Senior membership£14on-line reference Code s
Senior membership plus UKA affiliation£33on-line reference Code su

Monday Evening Training

Meet at the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock at 6pm unless otherwise stated in the schedule


1st Monday of the month
Circuits / Technique
Time trials [summer route]
Hills (Off Road)
Local Fell Race Route (TBC)


1st Monday of the month
Circuits / Technique
Timed Speedwork
Hilly Time Trial

Junior Grand Prix

Open to all junior members
To score points in the Grand Prix (GP), you need to be a paid up member of Matlock Athletics Club. Membership covers a full year's GP. Qualifying age applies on the day of the first race. 2nd claim runners can score points if entering and appearing in the results lists as Matlock AC.
Find out more
We encourage competition. The club was founded on this principle and over 40 years later we still have a very healthy competitive ethos within the club. We have a junior grand prix running throughout the year comprising a number of local races where young athletes can score points and see how well they can do by the end of the year. We also aim to be well represented at county athletics level and many go on to represent the county both regionally and nationally. However, the thirst for competition must come from within the athlete and above all it must be rewarding and enjoyable (most of the time!).
We have different training groups sorted by ability. Our way of sorting the groups out first of all is to keep roughly similar numbers in each, otherwise managing the sessions becomes problematic. There is room for migration down through the groups as well as upwards and we aim towards nice balanced groups within which everyone gets a worthwhile training session.

Our sessions follow a monthly rolling program. The first Monday of the month we concentrate on technique, racing theory and strength training. The second is a time trial when it is light or stopwatch speedwork during the dark months. The third is speedwork and the fourth is hill training. If a month has five Mondays then the fifth is whatever we can come up with. In the summer this may be meeting elsewhere and going round a local race route or something similar.

Our coaching team is made up of volunteers from within our club. Some of them are excellent athletes (or might have been once upon a time) who will be able to pass on a wealth of knowledge about racing. Others have strength in getting a remarkable amount of work out of people and all should be thanked for their efforts. DBS checks are carried out through our governing bodies (England Athletics and the Association of Running Clubs).

A few things we require are that the children wear clothing suitable for going outside. They may not go out every week if they are in groups 3 or 4 but, then again, they might and they may well get wet. Also they should wear brightly coloured clothing and in the dark months we insist on a top which has reflective qualities (a tabard is ideal).

Good behaviour is essential. We try not to confuse enthusiasm and high spirits with bad behaviour, but don’t feel offended if a child needs to be quietly spoken to if they are acting in a way which is hindering the progress of the training session.

Runners do get injured from time to time. Niggles, if not rested or treated, can sometimes develop into bigger problems, so we ask that children are not sent along with injuries, which will prevent them completing the full training session.

Finally, running by its very nature is hard work. However, it should also be enjoyable. Be prepared for an intense hour and enjoy the benefits which come from it. There are new friends to be made, new places to be discovered and something as simple as putting one foot in front of the other will help you find out a lot about yourself.