Are you a beginner?

Joining a running club is a big step. We’re a friendly club with members of all ages and abilities. We always recommend coming along to meet us first so you can find out about the Club with no obligation to join until you decide it is right for you.

We have three different types of training sessions most weeks, and you’re welcome to come along and take part in any of them, whatever you ability.

Our new members often find that our Tuesday night track sessions provide a great place to get started. The popular myth that track running is only for the fast runner is simply not true! The track provides a safe area that’s exclusively under our Club’s control during the session, with lots of friendly runners of all abilities around and about to provide encouragement, and you’ll never have to worry about holding anyone else up or getting left behind. There’s a clubhouse at the track, so you’re never more than a short walk away from the warm and dry, and we get together after each session for a hot drink and some friendly post-run chit-chat. We often have a beginners’ group at our track nights, or you can join in with our main group that includes runners of all abilities; the great thing about track sessions is that you can run as much or as little as your fitness and enthusiasm allows! Sessions cost £3 each (including tea and coffee afterwards) or £2 for members.

Our Thursday night sessions are about an hour long, and are often described as “social” runs. These provide the opportunity to take part in a friendly group, running safe routes of a variety of distances around the local area. If you’re not sure about what sort of pace or distance you can manage, we’ll make sure that there’s someone running with you the whole way, so that you don’t have to worry about getting lost or being left behind. There are loos, etc. available to use where we meet at the start and finish. Sessions are free.

If you fancy getting away from the urban environment, then you’ll enjoy our Sunday morning runs in the beautiful setting of Hainault Forest. We have a number of routes of various distances, and we’ll make sure that you’re not left to fend for yourself out in the woods! Forest trails tend to be kinder on joints, and green exercise has proven benefits on mood. The café afterwards is also a buzz, with plenty of running and non-running banter to enjoy over a cuppa. Sessions are free but there is a charge for the car park if you bring your car.

If you’re interested in any of these sessions, would like some advice on starting out, or have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us, either by using this form or by calling our club captain Rob on 07840 653602. We also have a page on this website with details of where we meet.

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