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Can I come along and try out a session before I decide to become a member?
We'd be delighted to have you come along and try us out! For insurance purposes, if you decide to run with us after your first couple of sessions, you will need to become a member - just register online through the website.
Is there somewhere I can leave a bag etc while we're out?
Yes. During the week we have access to a small locker room where you can leave your bag. You can also leave your keys there before the run (it gets locked while we are out running). Note not available Saturday mornings as it is too early for the Centre to be open.
If I come straight from work, is there a place to get changed?
Yes - we have access to the change rooms & showers at the start location during weeknights.
What is the NRG Six Foot Training Program?
The program caters for experienced runners with sound ability + running history to tackle this challenging event. Members will tell you that the best parts of the training are: A. Post Race Party B. Katoomba Training Weekend - February C. Saturday runs at varied locations around Northern Sydney.
What level of running ability do I need to join the regular club runs?
We split into multiple pace groups so if you can run at all, there's a good chance we can fit you in. From the Tuesday evening "Ron's Run" introductory session to the speedy Fast group on a Thursday and Saturday, we cater for all pace levels.  Joining a running group may seem daunting, but rest assured we have all levels of runners and will easily be able to fit you into a suitable pace group.
When and where do you meet?
Unless an "Away" run is advised, our regular meeting place is out the front of the Indoor Sports Centre (NSBA stadium) between Hume St and Clarke St, Crows Nest. The weeknight runs start at 6.30pm sharp, the Wednesday morning run starts at 6.00am sharp, the Sunday hills session starts at 5.00pm sharp, and the Saturday morning run starts at 7.00am, unless otherwise advised.  The Event Calendar on the website will confirm the start location and time for each event.
What are the membership costs?
Annual membership for NRG is currently $60; this covers you for as many runs each week as you'd like to attend. There may be a small cover charge for (optional) Education events etc where we need to pay a speaker.
What are your pace groups?
For many of our runs we split into multiple groups by pace so that everyone can join in. While the actual group pace will depend on terrain and conditions, as a rule of thumb groups will target the following paces:

  • Fasties - sub 4:45min/km
  • Fast Middies - sub 5min/km
  • Midd Middies - sub 5:15min/km
  • Short Middies - sub 5:30min/km
  • Back of the Pack - the remainder
If the size of a group is such that it becomes difficult to manage, group leaders may split the group in two (faster and slower groups) and assign a secondary run leader to the additional group.
What are the rules for the NRG 6ft training program?
If you're a regular at NRG's Six Foot Track Training runs, here are some helpful rules and tips to keep in mind:

  • Everyone must be NRG members before joining the run
  • Carrying liquids is compulsory: at least 500ml water bottle or hydration pack. Recommendation is 2 litres for runs longer than 20 km
  • Please run with your pace group
  • Can't make a scheduled run and want to do it another day? Please get somebody to run it with you on remote bush runs
  • If you drop out of a run early, please notify another NRGer to relay this info to the pace leader or host
  • You are encouraged to sign on to the NRG website to download and print your own copy of the map if you feel more secure running with one
  • Bring sufficient cash for taxi and refreshment, just in case
  • Bring your mobile (in waterproof zip-lock bag)
  • Familiarise yourself with the map and plan an exit strategy for contingencies
  • Arrive 10 minutes early. Parking is easier and you're less likely to forget something
  • Eat something, drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen before starting
  • If you are "between pace groups" ability-wise, start in the slower group if the run is in the bush
  • Bush runs are slower than road runs. Don't schedule essential meetings or tasks on Saturday morning
  • If you miss one or two long runs or hill sessions, don't try to "make up for it" by running extra afterward
And most of all - enjoy yourself!