A Beginners Running Course

Welcome! Get fitter, have fun, meet new people and try something new!

Back for a second year, this course runs for 8 weeks and is aimed at complete beginners, over 16 years old, who want to start running, get fitter and build up to running 5k (about 3 miles). It starts on 25th April 2017.


What can I expect?

Expect to meet other people of all ages, shapes and sizes who have the common interest in wanting to learn to run and to get fitter. Our qualified and experienced leaders from Ryde Harriers will make these sessions fun and based on last year’s experiences, the course is very sociable.

What do I need to wear?

You don’t need to invest in any fancy or expensive equipment. You will need a pair of trainers and for the ladies, a sports bra. Please wear something you will be comfortable running in such as leggings or shorts and a t-shirt or vest top. Be prepared to get hot and sweaty!

Can I sign up if I have a medical condition?

We recommend that you get clearance from your doctor before signing up. The course starts off gently and gradually builds over the 8 weeks so you can progress at a pace that suits you. Please let the course leader know about any conditions you have and what measures need to be taken if you fall ill during the course.

How far will we run?

By the end of the 8 week course you will run 5k (about 3 miles). All sessions will take place from the clubhouse. You will run this at your own pace but the sessions are designed so that no-one is left behind. This is a friendly course.

When is it happening?

  • 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings
  • Start date: 25th April 2017
  • End date: 20th June 2017

* No session on 30th May 2017 during half term

Where is it happening?

Ryde Harriers club house – we’re based at Ryde Rowing Club Headquarters, Appley Lane, Ryde PO33 1ND. Parking along the sea front and Appley car park is free after 6pm. Meet upstairs in the bar area.

You can leave bags, jackets, etc, at the club house but please leave any valuables at home.

How much does it cost?

Experience shows that if we pay for a course, we are more likely to commit and turn up every week. So we have set the cost at £20, but this includes a complimentary running top. Plus, if you decide to join the club at the end of the course, you will get a significant reduction in the membership fee.

How do I sign up?

To download the application form Click here; fill it in and send it to us with a cheque for £20. To ensure that everyone has a good experience and is safe, places are limited. So if you want to sign up, please don’t delay!

If you have any questions about the beginners course, please feel free to email us at beginners@rydeharriers.co.uk.

If you want to chat to one of the course leaders about kit, a medical condition, or anything else that you’re not sure about, just send us an email with your phone number and when it’s best to catch you, and we will call you back.

Have a go… get fitter, have fun, meet new people and try something new!