Beginners Courses - the next course was due to start 30th March 2020

We welcome beginners and hold ten week 'Couch to 5K' training courses each Spring.  But we very much regret that we have had to abandon the course which was to have started on 30 March because of coronavirus.  We'll get a new course going as soon as we can but it may well be some months.

Tracy never realised that she would fall in love with running, she originally began running to improve her health and fitness.
1 year on, Tracy has completed her first 5 kilometre and 10 kilometre races, and has even booked a 10 mile race in the summer to challenge herself!
Through the support of the Hardley Runners, Tracy has gained in confidence and is truly an inspiration to any new runners out there!
Be like Tracy.
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Who are Hardley Runners

The Hardley Runners want to help EVERYONE on the Waterside achieve their running goals. We provide training, races and social runs for ALL running abilities, from those that want to WIN, to those that want FITNESS, FUN and FRIENDSHIP. Whether an accomplished runner, a lapsed runner or an absolute beginner, Hardley Runners is here for YOU!

Here's the poster for the 2019 course to explain a bit more.  The 2020 one will be out soon.

Feedback has been very good.  Chris is far too modest to mention this lovely comment on the Hardley Facebook page,

Hi All, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Hardley Runners - Chris, Paul, Steve, Mel, Naomi, Kim.. The beginners course has been fantastic, and thanks to the brilliant coaching, advice and motivation I am now able to run 5k and enjoy it!!

I really hope to be able to keep improving and get to join the training sessions - what a great team you are, many thanks! x

2019 and Previous Courses

Here are progress reports and pictures of our 2019 and previous courses which will give you an idea of what's involved and what fun they are.

What next?

The Next Step - How Hardley Runners are helping beginners

An extra group has been created within the training schedule for the Beginners on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. There will be ample support and guidance from the coach taking the session , plus the other three coaches Andy , Steve and Ian. Not forgetting Paul and of course all the Hardley Runners, several you have already met.

I would suggest you initially take part in one training night, choosing a session with a short run out, the track is ideal as you warm up when you arrive. Any concerns contact the coach who is taking the session (details on the training page) Alternatively you could travel to the nearest car park, but consider the safety aspects, do go in pairs. Always inform and the discuss with the coach taking that session.

Each session starts at 6.30pm, aim to try arrive 10 minutes before to introduce yourself to the coach. Please check the schedule carefully: normally we meet outside Applemore Recreation Centre or Hardley School track, here you can park inside the school gates (the first set after the funeral directors).

Good Luck, just keep running, Chris

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