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 are very pleased to announce that a new Beginners Course starts on Tuesday 19 April 2022 at the Rugby Club, Hungerford at 7:30pm

Last year 9 runners successfully graduated from the programme. The fee is £16.50 including a year’s membership of the club and a finisher’s medal.

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.

The last session will be on 7 June 2022.

How to join

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

For more information email hungerfordhares@outlook.com.

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 course was perfect for me; apart from the training aspects, everyone was really friendly and helpful, and running as a mixed age group of beginners got me over my confidence barrier. The fact that the Hares run leaders have got someone of my vintage up to 10k distances within six months is a complete revelation for me. I feel I have been very lucky to discover a new activity within a great social group”

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
2022-04-19Week 11 minute1 minute10Simon, Jeremy
2022-04-26Week 21 minute2 minutes8Simon, Jeremy
2022-05-03Week 31 minute3 minutes7Jeremy & other
2022-05-10Week 42 minutes5 minutes4Simon, Jeremy
2022-05-17Week 52 minutes8 minutes3Simon, Jeremy
2022-05-24Week 62 minutes12 minutes2Simon & other
2022-05-31Week 71 minute15 minutes2Simon, Jeremy
2022-06-07Week 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 £16.50 for the course, 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