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Beginners Programme

Our Beginners Programme is designed for those who cannot currently run 5K without stopping. This programme is suitable for anyone who is either new to running or returning to running after a break.  It is not usually suitable for anyone who can already comfortably run 5k. 

The Beginners 0-to-5K Programme is limited to 20 places per term and places are allocated via an official waitlist. Please register for the waitlist below. Once you have registered, our Beginners Leader will contact you to confirm your place on the list and the next available course. 

You will need to be a full member (£30/£20 concessions) to participate in the Beginners course. ***Please wait until your place and start date on the Beginners course is confirmed by Laurie before paying the joining fee***

About the Beginners programme

This 8-week programme is specifically designed to get you running a 5K distance without stopping. It is similar to the NHS Couch-to-5K programme, but with our own enhancements. The course is inclusive and our volunteer leaders support runners of all paces, but we usually start at a gentle 12 minute to 14 minute mile while we work out your needs.  As a guide, Week 1 of the course will see you running in 90 second intervals. 

When and where?

Tuesday evenings from 7pm at Talacre Centre for a 7:15 sharp start.   

What if I can already run 5K?

If you can already run 5km, then please do not sign up to the beginners waitlist - join us for one of our standard Tuesday runs instead.

What happens once I've registered on the waitlist?

Once you've registered on the waitlist, you will recieve an email usually within a few days to confirm your position on the list and the date of the next course.  Once you've signed up for the waitlist (below) please regularly check your spam/junk mail as some of our emails initially find there way there. 

What happens at the end of the 8-week course?

All graduates from the Beginners course will be offered a place on our Improvers course to help you build the confidence to get beyond 5k and run 10K comfortably. 

Register for beginners now!