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Beginners Programme 

Our Beginners 0k to 5k programme, delivered by trained volunteers, will get you from 0k to 5K in 8 weeks.  It's for first-time runners, those returning to running after injury or a break, or anyone who cannot currently run 5k without stopping. 

What happens on the Beginners programme? 

It is an 8 week programme starting at 90second intervals and building to a full non-stop 5K.

The course is inclusive and our volunteer leaders support runners of all paces. However, we usually start at a gentle 12+ minute mile pace at the front and a 14+ minute mile pace at the back. If you can already run 10min mile or faster, then this course is unlikely to be for you. 

As a guide, Week 1 of the course will see you running in 90 second intervals for around 20 minutes, with walking breaks.  Each week you the running sections will increase and the walking sections will decrease. 

When and where?

Tuesday evenings meeting from 7pm at Talacre Centre, ready for a 7:15 sharp start.   Runs take place around Kentish Town, Primrose Hill, Camden and Hampstead Heath.  

All runs finish back at Talacre for refreshments provided by the club. 

Course dates for 2023

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.

How can i sign up? 

The first step is to register for our waitlist using the link below.    

Please do not pay to join the club before registering on the waitlist as we may not have an immediate place for you.  Please also note that this course is *not* available on the £5 temporary membership. 

What happens once I've registered on the waitlist?

You will receive a reply within one week confirming your position on the list.  Please check junk and spam mail

Beginners course costs

£45 if joining in any given January (15 months membership)*

£30 if joining at any other time of year (up to 12 months membership)*

*A discount of £10 can be applied to anyone unwwaged or in full-time education

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 to run distances up to 10K comfortably. 

Register for beginners now!