If you have done very little running and don't think you can run more than half a mile, or less, but really want to get started, the Club periodically run a complete
beginners course. You'll be encouraged to jog / walk / jog / walk for gradually increasing distances along with others in the same condition as yourself. You'll soon be jogging all the way
for a mile or so and then ready to face longer distances.
YOU CAN START PREPARING FOR IT BY ENSURING YOU DO 2 or 3 BRISK WALKS OF 20 - 30mins EACH PER WEEK.
DO THEM BRISK ENOUGH TO FEEL A SLIGHT EFFORT IN BREATHING AND PULSE, BUT NOT TOO HARD !
The next group will start in 11th September 2017
The group will meet at Rowley Park at 6:15pm each Monday (except bank holidays) and Wednesday. There is no need to preregister or put your name down or pay. Come along and meet us.
The group is open to anyone, if you have any medical history or you are unsure then please talk to your doctor before coming along.
During the first few sessions there will be advise on buying the right footware, so please don’t rush out and buy new shoes for the first session. However if you have nothing then we would advise
going to a sports shop that has trained staff and a treadmill. They can then check the movement of your feet and ankles when you run (the technical term is Gait Analysis).
One local shop that do this is Mammoth Lifestyle & Fitness (You need an appointment please check the current cost. Milford - 01785 664228). Please ring them before you
Others places include : Running-form.co.uk (Burton-Upon-Trent), Running Bear (Alderley Edge)
Your first session will consist of introductions, talk about our club, some basic rules, talk about kit and then the first runs. After about 4 weeks we will ask you to join the Harriers £15 per
person until end December (and the end of the course).
We will start with running and walking within Rowley Park on the edge of playing fields. The park isn’t totally flat but we start slowly and gradually build on this over the 14 weeks.
We will introduce you to jog/walk/jog/walk and build your running up gradually over the weeks until you can jog/run comfortably for 55mins without stopping.
Monday night will be taken by Colin Mitchell / Paul Foster
Wednesday night will be taken by Paul Foster / Colin Mitchell
Contact email email@example.com
The training plan
The group meets at Rowley Park at 6:15pm each Monday (except bank holidays) and Wednesday for the first 9 weeks then we change to 6pm for the last 5 weeks. On Bank Holidays we don't run on the
Monday and on the Wednesday we repeat the previous weeks session.
Monday group will be taken by Colin Mitchell
Wednesday group will be taken by Paul Foster
Please try and do a third session on Friday or Saturday until week 10
If you miss a week or two keep don't worry.
Any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Sept week 1 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
18th Sept week 2 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
25th Sept week 3 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
2nd Oct week 4 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
9th Oct week 5 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
16th Oct week 6 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
23rd Oct week 6 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
30th Oct week 7 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
6th Nov week 8 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-15pm
13th Nov week 9 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-00pm
20th Nov week 10 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-00pm
27th Nov week 11 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-00pm
4th Dec week 12 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-00pm
11th Dec week 13 -- Monday & Wednesday Rowley Park 6-00pm
18th Dec week 14 -- Monday & Thursday Rowley Park 6-00pm
The last groups
The April 2017 group started with 21 people
The Sept 2016 group started with 18 people
The April 2016 group started with 24 people
The Sept 2015 group started with 37 people
The March 2015 group started with 18 people.
The Sept 2014 group started with 14 people.
The April 2014 group started with 38 people.
As with all groups:
Some moved onto other groups during the 14 weeks, some got injured, the rest have now joined the next group. This is called the "improvers group" they have a good foundation and will continue to
get more confident and stronger.
The training plan
To check the schedule or start it if you can't make the beginning of the sessions open this document.
The complete beginners group started 14th September 2015
Some of the group that after the 14 wek course joined the improvers group on the Christmas hat run. 4.5 miles in 55 minutes.
Messages from previous people that have done the beginners course:-
"Back in September 2013 I saw that Stafford Harriers were starting a beginners session - I hadn't run since I was a teenager and now at 34 weigh more than I used to. A
friend who is a runner convinced me to try the beginners session. That was 18 weeks ago - I only knew 1 person and couldn't run half a mile. I can now run 4.5 miles in 1 go and have many friends and
the support of fellow beginners. I have lost about a stone since I started running and my health is great. I would recommend the beginners course to anyone who wants to start running but doesn't
think it is possible. Myself and many others are now running 3 times a week and can run between 4 and 5 miles - something we never thought possible. The support of the coaches, other runners and
beginners has been amazing and continues to be the main thing helping drive me on - it is not to be underestimated. No matter how poor you think you may be at running everyone is always there to help
you get to the finish of whatever run you may be doing. They will never leave you to run alone."
Here are a group of past members of Complete Beginners - who ran the Race For Life at the County Showground BEFORE they finished our course: