The Running Programme for Beginners 2021

The Club is pleased to announce that the 2021 Beginners Programme will start at the end of April and continue through to the end of January 2022. It will be organised under Covid Secure Environment guidance from the UK Government and England Athletics. It is open to anybody aged 16 years or above.

You may have envied the grace and elegance of some of our elite athletes or felt sympathy for the slow determination of the “jogger” passing on the pavement. You may have memories of childhood when running was such a part of play, or of grim days of PE when running was imposed as a bleak form of punishment.

It is not by chance that running has become very popular. In 2014 research found over 4 million people had taken up running in the UK. The reasons are not hard to find: running is fun, sociable and healthy; it does not cost a lot to do and can become a regular part of your day. Just lace up your shoes and get out of the door. Running regularly brings a host of health benefits for the heart and lungs as well as stronger bones and joints. Combined with a healthy diet it will aid weight loss which you will begin to feel when you run. Running is also relaxing. It is a way of getting out from under those other demands and stresses of the day and leaving them behind for a while.

Convinced of these benefits some people are keen to start running: just a mile or so to get started. Sadly, they discover that just running round the corner feels like a mile. Some press on and end up getting injured. So the trainers are retired to the cupboard and the ambition resigned to “I tried it once but I couldn’t do it”.

Are you interested in running but wondering where to start? How to avoid getting injured, being put off or discouraged? Come along to our initial no-obligation meeting.

BRJ will be putting on its annual Beginner’s Programme which has been designed to guide and support you at every stage on the way to becoming a runner. The programme is based upon sound principles of running fitness and technique. The initial phase will be fifteen sessions progressing through walking and running with the aim of everyone achieving the initial goal of running non-stop around the 5K of the local ParkRun at Hinchingbrooke Park.

After a couple of weeks of consolidation at that distance the programme will continue to increase distance and duration to achieve the target of running continuously for 60 minutes. There will be some additional coached sessions, on a Wednesday evening, at St Ives running track to improve endurance and pace. The ultimate goal is for the beginners to fit in with the regular Monday-night club runners by the end of the programme. By now you will be equipped to progress to longer distances if you want to, the running world is your oyster…


2021 Programme Details

There will be a taster session for people new to the Club on Monday 26th April at 7:00pm, you will need to register on the Club’s Membership Database and select “2021 Beginners Programme”as a membership type. By registering you agree that the Club’s Covid compliance officer may pass your contact details on to NHS Test and Trace if necessary, this is part of our compliance with making a Covid Secure Environment.

Do not pay for your membership immediately, come along and try your first session to see if you like it. If you do, and wish to continue on the programme, then please pay the club membership fee as per the details you will have received by email. If you decide not to continue please email hidden; JavaScript is required and your details will be deleted from the membership database (21 days after the session you attended).

From 10th May the training programme you will follow involves weekly meetings with the group on Monday evenings (except bank holidays), then repeating the sessions twice independently each week. In previous years participants on the course arranged to meet up in smaller groups to complete these repeating sessions together, they became running buddies. There will also be three additional coached sessions at the running track in St Ives, probably in October and November, exact dates to be advised later.

The full programme is here, you can use it to tick off the sessions as you do them
Beginners Programme 2021 - all dates

If you are already a paid-up BRJ member the course is available to you at no extra cost, but please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to be added to the list of participants.

The most difficult part of any training programme is deciding to give it a go. We at the BRJ are devoted to our sports and would love you to join us and to get running.



If you have any doubts about your physical health please consult your doctor before taking part. Runner’s Medical Resource advise this is vital for people with:
Heart disease (or symptoms of heart disease)