RTW runners is a running group (formed in May 2016) and is open to people of all abilities, whether you’re a first timer, returning from injury or you want to improve your parkrun or race times. Joe’s aim is to get the best out of anyone who would like to improve their running, whether it be their technique, speed, frequency or if you just want to run with other like-minded people.
Tuesday night sessions are tailored for the individuals who are attending and no one gets left behind with runners allocated into groups based on ability. The variety of sessions include, Reps, Fartlek (speed play), hills, Parlauf (continuous relays) and tempo runs.
Beginner sessions are suitable for those who have little or no experience of running or are returning from injury/illness and would like to gradually improve their fitness over time. We run an 8 week beginner plan which takes people from walking and jogging intervals and gradually builds them up to jogging continuously for 30 minutes by the end of the plan. Please contact us for details of when the next beginner group is due to commence.
Joe’s first running experience came following the 2012 London Olympics, when he was inspired by the success of Team GB and decided to go along to his local club, Tonbridge Athletic Club. Despite being at the back of the pack, Joe became a member immediately and is still an active member today where he trains on a Thursday evening. Joe enjoys racing and has represented the club at various cross country races & road races, with distances varying from 4km up to half marathon. In April 2014 Joe became Event Director of Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km that takes place in Dunorlan Park every Saturday at 9am. The event which is run by volunteers has grown steadily and is well attended each week. A keen Cross Country runner, Joe was awarded with “most improved athlete” at the Club’s National awards for the 2016/17 Winter season – in which the Club itself won it’s first ever senior men’s National Cross Country title.
Joe qualified as a Coaching Assistant in the summer of 2015 and the following year qualified as a Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF). In July 2017 he qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness. All of these courses are run by England Athletics who are the governing body for athletics in England. In September 2017 Joe qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
Although Joe has only been running for 5 years, he has learnt a lot during that period and is keen to share his love and experience of running with others.