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Membership of the Trail Running Association provides many benefits, not least the fact that you will receive a regular newsletter providing you with information about events and the sport. You will also have an avenue to communicate with the Association's committee about the way the sport is developing.

Members should not be required to pay the £2 Additional Unattached Entry Fee when entering trail running events. The Race Directory lists trail races throughout the country. Members should state that they are TRA members, and for some events you may need to quote your TRA membership number to get the reduced entry fee.   

Clubs and organisations that organise races are unable to affiliate directly to the TRA, but we do encourage such organisations to affiliate to UK Athletics through their National Assciation, e.g. England Athletics.  By so doing, they would be covered by the public liability insurance policy arranged by UK Athletics.  Further details can be found on the UK Athletics website. 

England Athletics Registration

As a member of the Trail Running Association you have the option to become a registered athlete with England Athletics (EA). This brings many benefits, more detail of which can be found at:

This is an annual membership which runs from 1st April – 31st March with renewal payments due no later than 30th June. For 1st April 2023- 31st March 2024 the subscription fee is £17.

With immediate effect, we are changing how you renew your EA registration (this is due to changes within EA administration).

If you currently have EA registration through the TRA:

  • You will receive a payment request email from EA on behalf of the TRA
  • You should receive this email before the end of April (you have up to 30th June to renew your EA registration)
  • There will be a link for you to pay, via Stripe, directly to EA
  • You will no longer pay your EA registration fee to the TRA, we will not accept any payments for EA registration and will not be able to renew your registration. Any payments for EA registration made to the TRA will be refunded
  • If you have se t up a standing order to the TRA which includes your EA registration fee, please contact your bank to remove the EA fee. (Your TRA membership fee £10 individual or £15 joint membership remains the same)

If you would like to become an EA registered athlete through the TRA:

  • Please email the membership secretary at
  • We will set up your registration request and you will receive a payment request email directly from EA of behalf of the TRA

As an England Athletics registered athlete, you will be invited to apply to enter the ballot for the club entry for London Marathon (at considerably better odds than the public ballot!). Details can be found here:

Note that we are not able to register athletes with England Athletics who have already been registered, e.g. through an club affiliated to UK Athletics, unless they first go through the England Athletics "Change of First Claim Club" process. See for further details of this process.

Some trail race organisers, contrary to UK Athletics rules, ask for an England Athletics registraion number in order not to charge the additional unattached entry fee. Should a TRA member be required to give your EA registration number in order to avoid being charged the additional fee for a trail race held under UK Athletics rules they should point out to the organiser that this is contrary to rule 2(6), and copy any correspondence to the TRA at  We will endeavour to take up the matter with the organiser.

Personal Accident Insurance

Members also benefit from the TRA's Personal Accident Insurance covering:

  • Participating in athletics at any meeting organised by or recognised by UK Athletics Ltd anywhere in the world.
  • Any training organised by the Club and/or the Federation or other Association Body.
  • Travelling directly to and from the above mentioned meetings or training sessions

Click here for complete Personal Accident Insurance information.

Family membership is available for two people living at the same address. 

Most importantly you will help towards the growth of trail running in the UK.

Annual membership subscriptions are as follows....

For those paying by Standing Order Mandate or by BACS:

Individual Membership   £10.00
Family Membership   £15.00

For those paying by other methods, e.g. cash or cheque:
Subscriptionsare higher to reflect the additional administrative costs.

Individual Membership   £14.00
Family Membership   £19.00

Subscriptions for new members are payable on joining, and thereafter are renewed annually on the anniversary of joining. Please note that EA subscription runs from April - March and needs to be renewed in April. 

Payment instructions will be emailed to membership applicants when they submit their on-line application.

You can find answers to many questions on the Membership FAQ Page.

Before joining, please read the TRA's Code of Conduct, which can be found here.

Applications for membership can only be made on-line.  

Joining the TRA through the on-line sytem is a two-stage process. Firstly, complete the entry form using this link:

 Click here to apply for membership

Secondly, follow the payment instructions that you will receive by email.  Once you have made your initial subscription payment this will be picked up by our Treasurer, linked up with your application and your membership status will be activated. You will be sent a second email confirming membership has been accepted. (Note that, because the Association is reliant entirely on volunteers, it might take a week or two before your initial payment is picked up.)