we're doing two locations this time - Willingham (meet in the doctors surgery car park) and Waterbeach (meet outside the primary school).
Aimed at complete beginners, this programme builds to a 5k in 8 weeks, with regular meet-ups and 'homework' too.
During the programme you'll have access to our UK Athletics running coach, and the sessions will be led by our team of enthusiastic and motivating run leaders, each of which has started as a beginner recently so will know how you're feeling! We meet three times per week (Mon/Weds/Fri) to run with you, but if you're unable to make it along then you're welcome to do your 'homework' in your own time.
All of our team offer their time for free, and this time we're experimenting with using the programmes as a fundraiser for the local schools, so we're asking for a single donation of £10 from you to help fund worthwhile projects for our local youngsters! We have signup events on Facebook here: Willingham and Waterbeach, or just email me to confirm your place.
We've been running these beginners programmes for only one year now, but in that short time have successfully produced over 100 'graduates' that started as complete beginners with us and ran their 5k in just eight weeks - impressive stuff!
Not sure? This is what one of our Oct 2012 'graduates' had to say:
Put very simply this course is FANTASTIC. I got into running about 5 years ago, like many, it was for a charity 10k that I was running on behalf of someone very dear to me, I managed my own running program (pieced together from the internet) and became a little addicted, joined a running group in Cambridge, had lots of fun and met some lovely people but, again like so many, life eventually got in the way a bit. Marriage, injury, moving house, injury again, and finally pregnancy and a baby. I had worked so hard to get to that level of fitness that starting my training from scratch again just felt so... unfair and belittling!
During my 3 years living in Over I had seen the mad lot on the green (as my other half calls them) and suffered a little runners envy but lacked the confidence and fitness to feel as though I could join them. When I saw this free course advertised in the Over news I thought it would be worth a shot, I might even make some new friends in the village.
This was actually my second attempt at the beginners program, that blooming life thing got in the way again for my first attempt! I have met some more lovely (if not slightly crazy) people, I have lost a little back fat and regained that feeling of fitness that I wasn't sure I'd ever have again after the birth of my son, not quite at 10k stage but it feels doable from here on in.
Thank you Clare for bringing back a little of my previous life that would have been difficult, if not impossible, for me to reach on my own, your support and the flexibility you bring to the course really does mean that there are no excuses anymore. You are a true inspiration :)! I also have to thank your band of merry (?!) men, Luke for actually wanting to be out in the rain and wind running less than I did and to Les who, despite being in training for the London Marathon, managed to fit in some time to come out to cajole us lot along. You're all fantastic and I'm very glad I shuffled along one cold, wet, wintery night to do a bit of running with you :)