The Running Programme for Beginners 2020
- 13/01/20 7:00pm – A free presentation in the main hall at at Thongsley Fields Primary School, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon PE29 1PE. The presentation will finish with an short optional active session where you can participate in some dynamic mobility (warming up exercises), join in a very short running taster session outside (one minute of gentle running followed by three minutes of walking, done twice), participation in post-run stretching exercises in the school hall.
If you’re going to take part in the optional active session please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Entrances for parking are off Buttsgrove Way and off Coneygear Road, or the car park for the Acorn Centre is only a couple of minutes walk away.
- 20/01/20 7:00pm – First coached session of the 2020 Beginners Programme, meet in the car park for the Acorn Centre. This is not Sapley Square, instead take the exit opposite Maple Drive from the traffic lights on Sallowbush Road into the Acorn Centre car park.
- 27/01/20 – 14/09/20 – Weekly coached sessions (excluding bank holidays) at 7:00pm leading you to 5k, 10k and 60 minutes of continuous running
- Three Wednesdays in June/July – Additional sessions at 7:30pm on the running track at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre in St Ives. Dates to be confirmed.
New to running or getting back after a long absence? Why not come to the BRJ Run and Tri Club’s Beginner’s Presentation?
You may have envied the grace and elegance or 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 presentation on 13th January.
From Monday 20th January 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 by end of April.
After the Easter holidays the programme will continue to increase distance and duration to achieve the tarket of running continuously for 60 minutes. During the summer 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 time autumn evenings prevents running off-road. By now you will be equipped to progress to longer distances if you want to, the running world is your oyster…
The training programme you will follow involves weekly meetings with the group on Monday evenings, 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. The programme up to the end of April is available here to download.
To join the programme you will become a member of BRJ Run and Tri Club for 15 months (from January 2020 until the end of the 2020-2021 membership year on 31st March 2021) for coached sessions from 20th January to mid-September; there won’t be coached sessions on the Bank Holiday Mondays, but there will be a number of additional coached sessions at the running track in the summer. If you are already a paid-up BRJ member the course is available to you at no extra cost, but please contact Simon to be added to the list of participants. Non-members should register at MemberMojo and select “2020 Beginners Programme”.
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.
Why not contact Simon, our beginners coach and find out more.
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)