Our weekly Thursday night run training starts at the Wootton Community Centre, where you will have access to changing rooms and showers. The training will help you build your running fitness, stamina, strength and speed. If you are new to group training, you will definitely see early benefits. You may even surprise yourself on what you can achieve in a short space of time.
These sessions last for approximately one hour and we train throughout the year. During the darker nights, we run on lit paths around Wootton, Grange Park, East and West Hunsbury. These are risk assessed to ensure a safe training environment. During the summer, we use a combination of road and off-road, including a local 400m grass track and an annual run in the country, adding variety and a more forgiving surface.
Thursday night training is split into 7 groups, based on pace. Each group has at least one run leader. All of our leaders are England Athletics qualified. Run leaders and our club coaches can guide you and encourage improved performance, helping you achieve your potential.
New members will be given guidance to determine which group is best for them
Our quarterly training schedules are published on the club website. However, our run leaders may tailor these to the needs of their runners.
If you are new to running or not run for a while and not fit, we may not be the right place for you just now. We can put you in touch with a local beginner’s group. This is run by one of our members, who is also a qualified running coach. He offers a beginner’s 8-week training plan. It’s definitely for you, if you want to get fit and move from the couch to 5K and then on to join us!
Member Led Running
As well as club organised Thursday night run training, there are a number of pace-based Sunday morning informal steady running groups. More information about these is available on our member only Facebook group. There are also ad hoc groups throughout the year who train for specific events, such as the London Marathon.
The safety of our members is a key priority for the club. Simple disciplines like running on the left and overtaking on the right should be observed wherever possible. In the dark runners should wear something that enables them to be seen. High-viz vest or running top is a requirement when the nights are dark.
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