NOTE: The 2017 Course is now full.
Please refer to our Training Page for information about our regular training sessions.
If you’re wanting to start running – or return to it after a break – we would be delighted to help you on your way.
Our Beginners courses have proven popular and successful – many of our brilliant club members came to us via one of our Beginners Courses. Booking is essential.
The course accepts runners and would-be runners of varying abilities; we will encourage you and challenge you according to your current fitness and your goals. Our Beginners Training Schedule is endorsed by UK Athletics and the course is designed and led by UKA qualified leaders and coaches. It provides a perfect opportunity for new or returning runners to improve fitness and gradually ease into running.
What Is The Beginner’s Course?
“I’d Like To Run But…”
…I’d be too slow… I can’t run very far… I’m too unfit… I’m too old… too busy.
We can’t help much with that last one – but the others are often myths.
Beginner’s running courses are designed for people who can already maintain a fairly brisk walking pace for at least an hour and want to gradually build aerobic fitness so they can jog or run further and/or faster without discomfort. How far and how fast – well that’s entirely up to you.
The 8-week course provides:
- Encouragement and support for your fitness goals
- A recognised (and realistic!) training plan
- A friendly, group setting with the visibility and safety of running with others – and loads of encouragement
What to Expect
- Structured running coaching aimed towards new and returning runners who want to develop running fitness and form
- Separate training groups tailored to your fitness level
- Coaching by qualified (and very supportive!) leaders
- End goal is to run a minimum of 4 miles by the end of 8 weeks
- Group running where no one gets left behind
- Suitable for all adult ages
Completion of the course will be celebrated at Warrington ParkRun at the end of February and/or the High Legh 10K on March 5th.
Starting off running within a group of like-minded people can be great for motivation and safety. Knowing that others are there and that the course will carry on without you can help get you out of the door when it’s raining and you’ve had a hectic day (and part of you just wants to sit by the fire and watch the telly).
From 0 to 10K… in 8 weeks?
Our course is timed to allow 8 weeks of training for beginners wanting to take part in the High Legh 10K Race.
You don’t have to register for the High Legh 10K in order to attend the course – though having a clear goal to aim for is a great motivator – and a brilliant way for anyone to start the New Year. If not the High Legh 10K, we would like you to celebrate your running success by taking part in a 5K Park Run. So, if you’ve not run previously, or at least not recently, providing you are reasonably healthy (see note on Preparation below), we will offer training and support to get you to a 5 or 10K in 8 weeks.
The Beginners Course includes two sessions where we run-the-route (that’s the High Legh 10K route). The two sessions for 2017 will be on February 5th and the 12th.
This gives everyone a chance to familiarise themselves with a 10K distance, and for those taking part in the High Legh race it provides a great opportunity to become familiar with the course.
And if you’re daunted by the thought of running a 10K distance before March don’t worry – there will be an option to run just a part of it.
January evenings are dark! We ask you to wear suitable bright high-viz running gear AND carry a head or chest torch; you need to be easily seen – and you need to be able to see where you are running.
Tuesdays and Thursdays?
Once a week is not enough! Runners – including beginner runners – need to be aiming for three run session a week. As part of the course we offer you two; 7-8pm on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Thursdays will start from Lymm High School; Tuesdays will be based at Victoria Park athletics track. If you cannot attend both, or cannot attend every week that’s not a problem, just come to the sessions that you can get to and we’ll give plenty of advice and encouragement about adding in your own sessions to your schedule.
Anyone starting the Beginners Course must be able to walk at a brisk pace comfortably for 60 minutes. If you are already jogging or running a bit that’s great – everyone’s starting point is different.
Throughout the course we will encourage you to run (or to run/walk to start with) three times a week. To help protect and prepare your body for running we encourage you to start NOW with walking. Getting out for a brisk walk or power walking a few times a week is perfect preparation. If you want inspiration check out the walking plan on Runner’s World.
Places for our 2017 course will be limited. Registration is via the Joining Instructions page.