2022 Beginner’s Programme

The 2022 Beginner’s Programme will be a couch-to-5k with the first run being at 19:00 on Monday 31st January. 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 mid-June 2022.
  • 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 £20 and lots of help and advice.
  • Joining the programme gives you full membership to the BRJ Run & Tri Club from 31st January 2022 through to 31st March 2023.
  • 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.
  • Current BRJ members may join the programme as existing members (but will be expected to renew their membership for the 2022-2023 membership year from 1st April). See the “Sign Up” section below.

What we aim to achieve

  • To take you from scratch to 5k by mid-May 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.
  • We will then consolidate running for 40 minutes to the end of May into June and help you integrate into regular club runs of this sort of pace and distance on the final Monday of the programme.

How it works

  • We will coach you on a Monday evening session, you repeat this 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.


  • Most runs will be in Huntingdon, street-lit footpaths during dark evenings then Hinchingbrooke Park when the light permits it. The final few runs in May could start in surrounding towns and villages for a bit of variety
  • All runs from 31st January until the end of March will be from the car park on Sallowbush Road, here on the map
  • Runs in April will be form outside the cafe in Hinchingbrooke Park (car parking is free at the park in the evening)



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)
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy



Sign Up
New members please sign up and pay using ClubPal, taking the option “Beginners Running Membership 2022” (ignore it saying that membership is only up to 31st December, it’s a fault that is being investigated).

Current paid-up club members who aren’t already using ClubPal can take the option “2021 Senior Prepaid” to register.

Once you have registered look at ClubPal’s calendar and book yourself on the Monday Beginner’s sessions that you’re able to attend

This link will open ClubPal in a new window


The full weekly programme
You can download the full programme here, this has been revised from 21st March:
Beginners Programme 2022 - all dates


The flyer
Download the flyer from here and send it to your friends:
Beginners Programme Flyer 2022