However, what is the real cost.
Apparently the jogging clubs hae a membership of, on average 100. Givign a cost to join ARC of £137. The same size club, if joiining EA woudl have to pay £50 + £3 per member, a total of £350. ARC loks like good deal if tht's all you look at. However, every time an ARC memebr runs in an event covered by UKA insurance they are classed as unattached, which means that they should pay a £2 levy. With the difference between ARC subs and EA subs being £213, that means each athlete can run 1.065 races which are organised by UKA registered clubs or by the UKA registered regions before it's actually cost them more.
In addition most jogging clubs that I know of are populated by people who wnat to runt he London Marathon or Great North run. With the London Marathon they often join clubs to try to get their automatic entry places. Well, if they aren't EA registered they don't qualify. So to get hte places the club will need to pay the £50 to register with EA.
I don't know about any other race organisers, but the existence of ARC means that this year I will be checking my races entry forms more thoroughly for clubs that are not UKA affiliated clubs. I had to send back an entry 2 years ago from a member of a local jogging club who tried to pay the attahed fee without the unattached levy. I can only assume that ARC think that race organisers won't check this.