Beginners Course



The next Beginner’s courses with Haverhill Running Club will be starting on

Daytime – Thursday 16th January 2020

Evening – Thursday 23rd January 2020

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Evening Beginners January 2020

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Daytime beginners January 2020

About the Course




The 10-week course has been put together with the aim of introducing you to running in a safe and enjoyable way. It will start with some gentle walk/jog sessions, and hopefully by the end you will be able to run 5 kilometres (just over 3 miles). Along the way you’ll be given advice on footwear and clothing and shown some stretches to help you stay injury free.

The course lasts for 10-weeks (with a one week break during half term for the daytime course). We’ll meet each week at the Sport Centre  on a Thursday at 9:30am for the morning course or 7:30pm for the evening session. The course costs £30 including a HRC gift.

What do I need?

You don’t need lots of kit to start running, but it’s important that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. If it’s raining you may want a shower-proof jacket (about £10 from Sports Direct). You can buy perfectly good running clothing quite cheaply from big chains like Sports Direct (Cambridge Retail Park). You don’t need special trainers to get started, you won’t be running long distances just yet. A running shoe is best but cross-trainers like you would wear to the gym would also be fine to get you started. If you want to spend a bit more there are some very good specialist stores in Cambridge where they will assess your foot type by getting you to run on a treadmill (Up & Running and Advance Performance all offer this service).

Who leads the course?

The course will be led by suitably qualified runners from Haverhill Running Club. They’re all experienced runners now, but they were beginners themselves once upon a time.

What happens after the course?

At the end of the 10-week course you’ll have the chance to take part in a 5K challenge event. This will be an opportunity for you to see what a difference 10 weeks can make! The running club has groups for all abilities and you can continue your running in one of those groups after the course. If you wanted to take up this option you would need to join the club as a full member, currently £30 per year.

Please see some of our member’s experiences below…

“So a year ago today my sister suggested we sign up for the HRC beginners course. I thought she was mental and I think my exact response began with an f and ended with an off. However I could see it was something she really wanted to do so I felt my big sister obligation kick in. So I signed up, expecting to hate every minute. It certainly wasn’t something I was going to continue with once the course was completed. Little did I know I would actually turn out to love it! Best thing I ever did. Perhaps I should listen to my sister more often lol.”

Gemma Evans 2015 beginner

“I joined the Beginners course in September last year. I hadn’t ran since middle school (over 25 years) and wanted to do something for myself after having 7 children (😂) to get fit and make friends. I often saw runners going along the railway line outside my house and thought I want to be able to do that! I was extremely nervous but Stephen put me at ease and my confidence grew along with my fitness. I enjoy representing HRC as I love feeling part of a team and having the support and encouragement from fellow runners. I have done 5k, 5 mile and 10k races this year and have signed up for 10 mile and Half Marathon for the latter part of the year. I turn 40 in February and am so excited for what the future holds; as running has given me more to look forward to for myself as well as being a Mum. Hopefully I can make my kids proud, like they do me.”

Kristina Bright 2017 beginner

“I joined the beginners club last September after not running for years I wanted to ease my self back in to being able to run 5k … the course did just that Steven was a brilliant instructor and everyone else who would come along to help and encourage were all ways lovely ! I have now gone on to be able to run 10k ! At for me a fairly good pace 😂 I love Thursdays club runs and the atmosphere and friendly ness of the club ! Have also made some new running buddy’s along the way as I hate running alone ! X”

Emma Louise Brown 2017 beginner

“The Heatwave Beginners Course 2018!! I always said that I wasn’t a runner, I hated running, I couldn’t run for toffee! I signed up for the beginners course as I had already started going to the Parkrun in April and was told about it by Clare Everitt . I wanted to get fit and saw by getting exercise how it would help with my current weight loss as well as toning. 
When I started, I could barely run between the lamp posts on the railway path without stopping. Within about 5 weeks I ran round the 5K Parkrun without stopping for the first time and by 10 weeks I had several Parkruns under my belt, I was going to HRC training, voluntarily going out for runs and at 10 weeks did the Time Trial in temperatures of almost 30 degrees. My biggest achievement so far was running the entire course of the Kedington 5K Cock Hill social run this week! 
I was the slowest at the beginners group, but I was never made to feel bad for that by anyone in the group or by the instructors. The instructors; Stephen, Neil, Steve, Clare, Carl, Mel and Jo all were so supportive and never judgemental. There was always a tail runner at the back coaching, encouraging and just being there for you mentally. I do not think I could have got through the course if it weren’t for the positivity and support of them all. My self esteem has improved dramatically, I am so much fitter (but still slow), I have met some wonderful new friends and more importantly, I LOVE RUNNING! Thank you for the journey, the next chapter is just beginning now I am a club member.”

Sally Johnston 2018 beginner

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