Join the Harriers

Join the Harriers


Please find attached a Welcome Booklet for all new and existing members. All detail about the club can be found on the website.

Welcome Booklet.pdf

Take a look at what's happened at the club over recent years by clicking on the video (you will need sound)






We are inexpensive to join as an Athletics Club.

For a Standard membership the cost is £40.  Any sessions at the track there is a £3 fee which is paid directly to Eastbourne Complex or

you can take out a Darlington Harriers Track membership which is £60 for the year but with this give you unlimited access to Eastbourne track and gym.  This is a fantastic offer with huge savings for all club members.  These fees are applicable for all ages.

Both of these fees include £15 to England Athletics and £2 to Northern Athletics so there is no hidden fees. 

Contact us

For all memberships please contact Paul Cook on 07967 262095 or email him at for more details.



If you already know that the Harriers is for you or have spoken to the club then simply complete the form below and send over to Paul at


Darlington Harriers Membership Form - 2018-19 V5.0.xlsx

Important information - New Guidelines 

A change in government legislation regarding data protection called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in place from 25th May 2018.

When you become a member of or renew your membership with Darlington Harriers you will automatically be registered as a member of England Athletics. We will provide England Athletics with your personal data which they will use to enable access to an online portal for you (called myAthletics).

England Athletics will contact you to invite you to sign into and update your MyAthletics portal (which, amongst other things, allows you to set and amend your privacy settings).

If you have any questions about the continuing privacy of your personal data when it is shared with England Athletics, please contact


Please note, to register for the following season this can be done when you receive an email from the membership secretary.

Payments can't be made till 1st April 2018 however please check that your details are currently correct via EA’s portal link


Anybody experiencing difficulties logging in or can’t do this online please email

Change of club online process

There is an online process for registered athletes moving their first claim membership between England Athletics affiliated clubs.

(This online process is for changing clubs within England only. If you are transferring to a club elsewhere in the United Kingdom you will need to complete the paper applications from the respective Home Nations Governing bodies. See below.)

Completing the online application

Process from 11 January 2017

1. Log in to your athlete portal using your own URN (England Athletics Number) and password. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the request function found under the password box.

2. Once logged in to the athlete portal, click on the “Club Transfer” tab found on the left-hand side of the screen. This will bring up the “First claim club transfer” screen. This will show any existing or previous club transfers.

3. To start the change of club application, click on the “start new transfer” button.

4. Enter the name of the new club you are transferring to in the relevant space and enter any comments you wish to send to your club you are wishing to leave. Once both boxes are completed, click the box in the bottom left-hand corner once you have read and agreed with the terms and conditions for the transfer. If exempt from payment (U15’s & those returning after 3 years) you will be taken to the transfer complete screen.

5. Billing Information. Please complete the marked boxes for the address your payment card is registered to and then click the “review and pay” button.

6. Review your details are correct on the next screen and check the confirmation box in the bottom left-hand of the screen and then click on the “go to payment” button to proceed to the next screen.

7. Select your payment method and enter the request card details. Once entered click on the “Pay £10.00 now” button and complete your change of club transfer.

A club transfer complete screen will appear giving details of the next stage of the process and contact details for England Athletics. You will be kept informed on the progress of your application by email.

So why Join Darlington Harriers?  Really the question should be why not?  Better health as well as being part of a brilliant social group.

To summarise a faster, stronger, fitter and happier you!  So what are you waiting for?  Don't take my word for it though, read one of our many success stories, Peter Foulds.

Peter's story

Healthy body, healthy mind! From a fatty to a runner!

Joining Darlington Harriers & AC has without a doubt been the best decision I have made, since my wife and kids came along. It has changed me as a person in loads of ways. All positively!

In the summer of 2013 I decided to lose weight and run. Weighing in at 18 stone 10lb, I needed to and having got down to 15stone and having really started to like running, I hit something of a wall. Running wasn’t as much fun and the weight wouldn’t go down and actually started creeping up.

Luckily, some old friends suggested the Harriers and put me in touch with Paul Cook. These past few months, since joining have been some of the best, happiest I’ve had in ages. My self-confidence is back and I’m fitter than I’ve ever been. The fun but hard training has stripped my weight down to 12 ½ stone since August and my running times are unrecognisable: half-marathon down from over 2 hours to 1h 45; 10k down from over 52 mins to under 46; and 5k down from 26 mins to just over 21. All this in 4 months!

It’s not just about weight and times though for me. The cracking company and strong team spirit have put my mind in such a clear, positive place. Basically since joining, I’m a better person in every way.

Training is so varied and race days have a great team feel to them. Everyone has supported me so much. My daughter liked watching from the side-lines so much so that she has joined the clubs expertly led schools club. In a short space of time she’s done things she never thought she’d do, such as cross country without stopping and even pole vault! Needless to say she loves it too!

To anyone thinking about trying out but maybe feeling nervous about their times, fitness, etc., come along get involved, have a laugh, train like a trooper and you’ll see why I said it’s the best decision I’ve made in ages. The club and my team mates have changed me forever, for the better.

Peter in action October 2015


One year into my life as a Darlington Harrier…

What to say about my life having been a member of Darlington Harriers for just over a year now? I’m a much better runner, obviously but so much more! Loads of new friends, chances to experience a full and varied range of running disciples, loads fitter.

When I last wrote about the benefits of joining our fantastic running club, I was drawn to mentioning my weight loss and improvements in times. Since then, weight has never been an issue as training is so varied, interesting and rigorous, while I’m pleased to say my running times continue to improve to levels I never ever thought possible for me. However, thinking back over the past year, the main things that spring to mind are all the different types of running that I’ve done and new friends I’ve made.

Joining the Harriers has allowed me to take part in the local cross country competitions, which were amazing. A great way to build stamina and really get to know people. Standing shivering in a steamy tent with all my teammates having just ran 10k in a blizzard through deep mud – what a great way to bond! Really! Another highlight for me was being able to race 20k up and down Swaledale and knowing I was fit enough to enjoy it and actually race hard. Eventually, I decided to enter a marathon and picked a real tough one in the Windermere Marathon. I got fantastic tips and training advice from the club along with the chance to train with people doing marathons. All the cold winter and spring mornings with great company paid off and I was over the moon to run my first marathon in under four hours. The feeling of accomplishment I got from finishing so well, wearing my Harriers vest was immense. Truly one of the best days of my life made possible by making that first step a year ago and joining the club.

Even when there are no races on, going out for club runs with all my new friends is simply great fun and a real welcome release from the stresses of life. I’ve met so many super people within the club but also its nice being part of a larger running community and meeting like-minded folk on race days.

It sounds too good to be true but anyone can do all of this stuff and so much more by simply coming along and running with the Darlington Harriers. I use the word simple because training and club runs are so much fun it’s easy to get fitter and quicker.

And for those who are competitive – like me – trying all the different running disciplines on offer means you soon find one that suits you perfectly. For me its long, hilly runs but for others it will be fast, flat 5k running – even track and field events – they’re all on offer.