Beginners Courses

New to running or haven’t run for a while?

To encourage people to get into running we organise introductory courses for Total Beginners and for Novice Runners. Our aim is to improve fitness to enable people to join the main club runs. These courses are popular not only because runners get great deal of personal satisfaction as they get fitter, but also because of the friends people make on the course.

Beginner Runners’ Courses

Our beginners’ courses are for you if you have never done any running before, or you have run in the past and would like to get back into it at a slower pace. The course is a 10 week course, and we aim for you to go from not having run before to running 5k within that time. Starting with walk -run-walk-run, gradually building up to completing a 5k (3m) route. (hopefully running the whole way, but on a run-walk-run basis if necessary). Lots of friendly advice and support is given on how to start running from the very beginning, as well as giving you top tips on kit, fitness, safety and having fun running.

Beginners courses usually run twice a year in the Spring and the Autumn. Courses are 6.15pm, for  6:30 start finishing approx 7.30pm at Saxon Hill School. Anyone over 18 who wishes to start running or get back into it after a break is welcome. The course costs £15, payable on Week 2. You will need to wear running trainers, and Hi viz tops (Hi viz tops will be available on loan for the night).  Advice will be given on what to wear (usually less than you think as you get warm quickly when you start to run). Please email us at to register and to find out about the current courses.

Novice Runners’ Courses

The novice course is for you if you comfortably run 5k (at any pace) prior to attending this course. This is a 10-week course, and we aim to build up your speed and stamina, ready for you to join the main club runs at the end of the course. This course usually takes place at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings from Saxon Hill School. Our date of our next Novice course is not yet decided, but please see taster sessions below. The aim is to build you up from 5k to 10k distance.

Taster Sessions

In addition to the Beginner and Novice courses, we will occasionally be running taster sessions for people thinking about joining us. Please meet at Saxon Hill School at 7.15 for a 7.30 start. Email us for further details of courses and to express an interest. You need to be able to run 5k at any pace to attend these sessions.

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