Q. How much does it cost to join or become a member?
A. There are no joining fees or membership costs, however, our Tuesday sessions cost £1 & beginners sessions are £2.
Q. I am new to running – I have not run since I was at school, would I be able to join in?
A. We would strongly advise joining in with one of our beginners groups in order to build up your level of fitness gradually before coming along to one of our Tuesday night sessions, after all, we don’t want you to pick up any injuries. From October 2017, come along to one of our Monday morning or Wednesday evening sessions (or even better, both).
Q. I have recently recovered from an injury and am looking to get back into running having been out for the past 6 months, can you cater for me?
A. We would recommend a gradual return to running mixed with some non-impact cross training (e.g. cycling or swimming) in order to help regain your fitness. We certainly could accommodate you within our sessions as we split the group into teams based on ability (e.g. one team who are able to run 5km in 20mins, another who run 5km in 25 mins; 30 mins; 35 mins etc) and you can work your way back into running gradually. Alternatively, you could come along to one of our Monday morning or Wednesday evening sessions (or even better, both) to build your fitness up gradually with a mixture of walking & jogging.
Q. What should I eat before the session?
A. Nothing too heavy & certainly nothing that you haven’t eaten before. Something small like a banana, a bowl of porridge or muesli, a yoghurt or some toast would be a good idea but try not to eat anything within the 90 minutes leading up to the session. Please ensure that you drink plenty of water during the day and bring a bottle of water with you. A good recovery drink for afterwards would be a chocolate milk (e.g. Nesquik powder mixed with milk) and then a decent, wholesome meal which includes a mix of protein, carbohydrate and green vegetables.
Q. Is there a minimum age for joining the group?
A. We can accommodate all ages from 12 years upwards. Our run leader has a current DBS check and public liability insurance which is provided by England Athletics.