2023 Beginner’s Programme

The 2023 Beginner’s Programme will be a couch-to-5k with the first run being at 19:00 on Monday 6th February. The programme is aimed at people who would like to take up running and for existing runners coming back from injury.


What we offer

  • Weekly coached training every Monday, except bank holidays, led by experienced running coaches and supported by experienced BRJ runners.
  • Concludes in early July.
  • The programme is aimed at:
    • People who want to take up running from scratch
    • People who have done a little running previously and want to run 5km
    • People who have run previously but had a break due to injury, illness or just life getting in the way.

What it costs

  • The programme is excellent value, 16 coached sessions for only £24 and lots of help and advice.
  • Joining the programme gives you full membership to the BRJ Run & Tri Club from 6th February 2023 through to 31st March 2024.
  • As a full club member, you may take part in all the other club activities, such as summer lake swimming and social events.
  • Support is available for people who find the fee a challenge, please email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • Current BRJ members may join the programme as existing members (but will be expected to renew their membership for the 2023-2024 membership year from 1st April). Please register the sessions you will attend on ClubPal as your coaches will be able to keep a register of attendance and in the unlikely event of accident or injury will be able to view your emergency contact information if required.

What we aim to achieve

  • To take you from scratch to 5k by mid-June so that you can participate in the free parkrun in Hinchingbrooke Park on a Saturday morning. By then you will be able to run continuously for 40 minutes.
  • After a couple of weeks of running for 40 minutes we will help you integrate into regular club runs at this pace and distance on the final two Mondays of the programme.

How it works

  • We will coach you on a Monday evening session
  • You repeat the coached session twice yourself during the following week. Most people buddy-up with other people on the programme to run in small groups on days and times which suit them.
  • The programme builds duration week on week, a small increase on the previous week without being too tough and putting people off.
  • Making new friends and running with them is a great motivator to get outside and exercise, it becomes sociable and fun instead of a chore.


  • Runs will be in Huntingdon; street-lit footpaths during dark evenings then Hinchingbrooke Park when the light permits it:
    • The first Monday run will on 6th February will be from the new Coneygear Centre, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon PE29 1PE. See it here on the map
    • Monday runs from 13th February until Monday 20th March will be from the car park on Sallowbush Road, here on the map
    • Monday runs from 27th March will be from outside the cafe in Hinchingbrooke Park (car parking is free at the park after 6:00pm)



If you have any doubts about your physical health please consult your doctor before taking part. This is vital for people with:

  • Heart disease (or symptoms of heart disease)
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy


Sign Up
New members please sign up and pay using ClubPal, taking the option “Beginners Running Membership 2023” (please ignore it saying that membership is only up to 31st December, your membership will be valid to 31/03/2024).

Once you have registered look at ClubPal’s calendar and book yourself on the Monday Beginner’s sessions that you’re able to attend. It is important to do this as your coaches will be able to keep a register of attendance and in the unlikely event of accident or injury will be able to view your emergency contact information if required.

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The full weekly programme
You can download the full programme here:
Beginners Programme 2023 - all dates


The flyer
Download the flyer from here and send it to your friends:
Beginners Programme Flyer 2023