Why join?

Membership Secretary Dave Sheppard who will gladly take all your money on a Wednesday morning..

We like to think we’re a running club like no other, with social events and meet ups throughout the year. From summer barbecues to Christmas parties and runs, we put as much importance into the social side of things as we do the running…

To join Zero 2 Heroes costs an annual membership fee of just £10 per year, with the membership year running from 1st January. Those taking part in the Beginner’s Course are welcome to join at any time during the course, or upon graduation. Members have access to a members only Zero 2 Hero facebook group, with detailed information about club runs and social events. To become a member, simply download the form on the link below and bring it along to the Membership Secretary, Dave Sheppard on a Wednesday morning, together with your membership fee. Forms are also available from Dave.

You can stick with simple Z2H membership but the application form will also give you the option of registering with England Athletics as an individual at a cost, this year, of £17. If you do this you will be eligible for a £2 discount on most races you enter and the Club’s registration with EA means that you will be able to run with Zero To Hero Running Club against your name. Those who currently run with other clubs may wish to stay with them as ‘First Claim’ and run with Z2H as ‘Second Claim’, or they may wish to change to Z2H as First Claim. It is entirely your choice.

If you have any questions regarding club membership, please feel free to track Dave down on a Wednesday, or alternatively get in touch with us here

Club rules

Only Z2H members may run with the club, with the exception of under-18s (see below) and guests, who may run for a few occasions to decide if they wish to join the Club.

The Club does not have under-18 members. However, an under-18 may run with their parent/guardian, who must be a Z2H member.

For safety reasons, children’s buggies are not allowed on Z2H runs outside Norman Park.

Again, for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on Z2H runs.

The Club cannot endorse ‘place swapping’ in races that do not permit it. For this reason, any posts on the Z2H Facebook Group or Page requesting or offering this will be removed. 

The Club gets one place for the London Marathon through its complement of England Athletic members. This will normally be allocated in November/December as follows:

  • The place is allocated by ballot, with reserve winners in case the winner cannot take the place.
  • Applicants must have applied for a place and been rejected (able to show the rejection email).
  • Applicants must have been First Claim Z2H/EA members for a full year.
  • The winner of this place is not eligible to enter the ballot in the following year.

To ensure that the Club’s own charity collections are not adversely impacted by members’ collections, only the Club’s charity tins are permitted at the cafe on Wednesday.

To ensure that users of the Club’s Facebook Group are not deluged with requests for charity donations, it was agreed that requests for donations other than the Club’s designated charities will not be allowed on the Facebook Group. This does not apply, however, to sales and other fundraising events. The guiding principle is whether something is being offered rather than simple donations being requested.

(January 2023)

Privacy notice

Zero to Hero Runners (Club) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. For any personal data you provide for the purposes of your membership, the membership secretary is the Data Controller and is responsible for storing and otherwise processing that data in a fair, lawful, secure and transparent way.

What personal data we hold on you

You may give us information about you through the membership form or by filling in forms at an event or online, or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail or otherwise. This includes information you provide when you register with the Club. 

Why we need your personal data

The reason we need your Athletics Data is to be able to administer your membership, and provide the membership services you are signing up to when you register with the club. Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is that we have a contractual obligation to you as a member to provide the services you are registering for. 

Reasons we need to process your data include:

For training and competition entry

  • sharing personal data with club leaders/coaches or officials to administer training sessions;
  • sharing personal data with club team managers to enter events;
  • sharing personal data with facility providers to manage access to the track or check delivery standards; and
  • sharing personal data with leagues, county associations (and county schools’ associations) and other competition providers for entry in events.

For funding and reporting purposes 

  • sharing anonymised data with a funding partner as condition of grant funding e.g. Local Authority;

analysing anonymised data to monitor club trends; and

  • sending an annual club survey to improve your experience as a club member

For membership and club management 

  • processing of membership forms and payments;
  • sharing data with committee members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals or invitation to social events;
  • club newsletter promoting club activity; and
  • publishing of race and competition results

Marketing and communications (where separate consent is provided) 

  • sending information about promotions and offers from sponsors;
  • sending information about selling club kit, merchandise or fundraising.

Any special category health data we hold on you is only processed for the purpose(s) of passing health data to leaders/coaches to allow the safe running of training sessions and runs. We process this data on the lawful basis of consent. Therefore, we will also need your explicit consent to process this data, which we will ask for at the point of collecting it. On occasion we may collect personal data from non-members (e.g. any non-member participant who fills in a health disclaimer or form at a taster event. This information will be stored for 4 weeks after an event and then destroyed securely. Our lawful basis for processing data is consent. Therefore, we will also need explicit consent from non-members to process this data, which we will ask for at the point of collecting it.

The club has the following social media e.g. Facebook, Whatsapp. All members are free to join these pages. If you join one of the Social Media pages, please note that provider of the social media platform(s) have their own privacy policies and that the club do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data on the club social media pages.

Who we share your personal data with

Zero to Hero Runners will not supply any personal data it holds to any other third party. Zero to Hero Runners does not store or transfer your personal data outside of the UK.

How long we hold your personal data

We will hold your personal data on file for as long as you are a member with us. Athlete data is updated every year on annual membership forms. Any personal data we hold on you will be securely destroyed after four years of inactivity on that member’s account, in line with England Athletics Limited’s retention policy. Your data is not processed for any further purposes other than those detailed in this policy.


Your rights regarding your personal data

As a data subject you may have the right at any time to request access to, rectification or erasure of your personal data; to restrict or object to certain kinds of processing of your personal data, including direct marketing; to the portability of your personal data and to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of your personal data. As a data subject you are not obliged to share your personal data with the Club. If you choose not to share your personal data with us we may not be able to register or administer your membership. 

If someone had told me a year ago that I’d ever refer to myself as a runner I’d have choked on my fish and chips, but here I am, a runner! I very nervously turned up for Zeros to Heroes back in April, having never done any serious running before and was hooked straight away. Everyone was so friendly and their enthusiasm so infectious I haven’t looked back since. The coaches are all brilliant. I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve done in a long time. I never thought running could be such fun. It’s completely changed my life! Now, where did I put those chips I’ve earned…

Nick Keeble

Course Graduate

How do you describe Zero to Hero’s running club? Inclusive, non-judgemental, friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, sociable, motivational, caring….the lists of positives is endless. I never thought of myself as a runner but I run several times a week, not fast, not great distances but with friends who motivate me to get out there. The beginners course enabled that and the club members and leaders mean that I now call myself a runner!

Helen Randell

Course Graduate

After a couple of years of thinking I’d like to start running and an abortive attempt at couch to 5k I finally listened to various friends and decided to give Z2H a try! Good decision – I found many like-minded people who hadn’t done any sporting activity since school, and a team of encouraging and supportive leaders who promised that we would manage 5k in our own way at the end of the course – and we did! After that an even lovelier world of friendship, organised group runs and sociable events opened up. What a club – do give it a go.

Penny Davies

Course Graduate

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