Beginners

WELCOME!

We are a small, friendly, community-conscious club that caters for anyone who loves to run. Come and join us!

We meet every Tuesday night throughout the year at the Hungerford Rugby club on the Triangle Field at 7.30pm for a range of training activity that aim to cater for all running abilities. These might include intervals, hill sessions, and longer runs in and around Hungerford.

Schedule

Hungerford Hares Running Club runs a Beginners Course at the Rugby Club, Hungerford.

Last year 14 runners successfully graduated from the programme. The fee is £12, including a year’s membership of the club and a finisher’s medal. For more information visit the beginners page or email hungerfordhares@outlook.com.

The programme is led by England Athletics-qualified run leaders who will take you from zero running ability to running 5km (3.1 miles) over the course of eight weeks.

Last year 14 runners successfully graduated from the programme. The fee is £12, including a year’s membership of the club and a finisher’s medal.

How to join

Send us a quick email here and we’ll add you to the list!

Beginners programme

Here is an introductory video to give you an idea of what it involves (advertising the 2019 programme):

Beginners’ guide

Since the club started in June 2007 we have always encouraged new runners to join the club. We have run several successful Beginners’
programmes which aim to have complete beginners running 5K in 8 weeks.

Many of the beginners who have completed the programme stay with our club, and have gone on to compete in organised races ranging in distances from 5K to a full marathon! It does work and is an excellent way to feel fitter and healthier in just 8 weeks (and meet like-minded people!).

One of our beginners from last year ran a 10k race a few months after the programme:

The Programme

Date
Week
Walk
Run
Total Repetitions
Leaders / other info
2021-04-13Week 11 minute1 minute10Simon, Jeremy
2021-04-20Week 21 minute2 minutes8Simon, Jeremy
2021-04-27Week 31 minute3 minutes7Jeremy & other
2021-05-04Week 42 minutes5 minutes4Simon, Jeremy
2021-05-11Week 52 minutes8 minutes3Simon, Jeremy
2021-05-18Week 62 minutes12 minutes2Simon & other
2021-05-25Week 71 minute15 minutes2Simon, Jeremy
2021-06-01Week 81 minute30 minutes1Simon, Jeremy

Each week you should try to repeat the Tuesday session by yourself (or with a friend!) at least twice. So that is three sessions of running a week.


FAQ

Q. How much is it?

A. We charge £12 for the course – that’s £1.5 per session! – but this also gives you full membership of the club until April next year.

Q. I don’t think I’m fit enough or fast enough

A. That’s why you should do the programme! And you’ll be surprised how often we keep telling you to slow down. That’s the secret at the start.


Q. Surely I could just do this myself?

A. You could – but will you? It’s much more fun to run with a group of like-minded people, on a specific weekday evening, and you’re much more likely to complete the programme.


Q. What happens if I miss a session?

A. No problem. Just do it yourself at the next available opportunity and then turn up next week!


Q. If I miss one (or two) sessions will I still get a medal at the end of the programme?

A. Yes 😉


Q. Can I join part way through the programme?

A. Yes, absolutely.


Q. Do you take us through a short warm-up and cool down?

A. Yes


Q. How long does each session last?

A. Up to an hour, including warm-up and cool down.


Q. What happens at the end of the course when I’ve run 5k for the first time and/or run for thirty minutes’ continuously?


A. We hope you’ll continue running with the Hares’ other runners on a regular basis. This year we have planned even more intermediate routes (5k, and maybe 6 or 7k) to provide you with a transition.


Q. Do I have to continue running with the Hares at the end of the course?

A. Not at all – but we hope you will.

Q. How do I join this year’s beginners course?
A. Send us a quick email here and we’ll add you to the list!

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…your name will also go on the list


We recommended wearing some well-cushioned running shoes and you will be shown some basic stretches and given other useful information about staying fit and injury free!

For any further information please use the Contact Us page.

Some of the 2020 Beginners runners