Joining the 100 Marathon Club
The 100 Marathon Club has two levels of membership.
Upon reaching vetted 50 Marathons runners can apply to join as an associate member (commonly known as a Wannabe) – this gives a person all member rights except the right to wear Club colours. Especially the famous blue and yellow running shirt, that is the sole province of members who've reached at least 100 marathons.
There is usually no celebration or significance assigned to reaching associate status, though all new members will be mentioned in the Club newsletter at whatever level of marathons they've achieved.
Full membership can only be achieved by those completing 100 or more vetted marathons and gives a member the right to wear the Club colours.
Membership can be applied for online only via our membership system at https://100marathonclub.wildapricot.org/ - the process is simple, sign up, email us your marathon count sheet (available from this page) we'll vet your list and then approve your membership.
There is a minimum qualifying standard for an individual to have completed at least 5 UK/Ireland Road Marathons for Associate Membership or 10 UK/Ireland Road Marathons for Full Membership. (Further information about which marathons count for Club purposes can be found in the Question and Answer section). If a prospective member is unsure about an event(s) then they are free to email the club their list for vetting at any point before reaching 50 or 100 marathons.
Please bear in mind with all correspondence that there may be delays due to holidays and marathon running trips!
The 100th Marathon
People wish to mark their 100th marathon in different ways and the onus is very much on the individual to organise whatever celebration they wish to have. Some associate members like to notify the club some months in advance as to which marathon will be their 100th in the hope that other members will wish to join them there and share their celebration, in which case this will be listed on the Club website. Others want no fuss and don't join till after their 100th has passed in which case nothing will happen at all and they'll simply become new Full members.
If you would like the occasion of your 100th to be marked then it is up to you to let the club know. If you'd like your medal and/or shirt presented on the day then allow at least two months for this to happen. Advise the club of the marathon and what kit is required and then all efforts will be made to ensure that it is available on the day, but this is not guaranteed. The more time you allow and the more information you give then the more likely things are to happen as planned.
It's traditional that once a member announces that they'll complete their 100th marathon at any given event then another person wouldn't also declare that as their 100th marathon without consulting them in advance. Many people enjoy having a special day "just for them" - a 100th marathon is a very memorable occasion for runners and we should all respect their wishes.
It is customary (but not compulsory) for a senior member of the 100 Marathon Club to make the presentation of the shirt/medal to the new member at the end of their 100th marathon. The Chairman, or other committee members, are more than willing to do the honours should they be present, but the new member must make arrangements for this to happen, nothing happens magically! It is also customary to provide cake(s) to share with those members who share the celebration with the new member.