Do you want to improve your fitness, make new friends and feel good about yourself? The Absolute Beginners Group (ABG) at Horsforth Harriers can help. This is a small, friendly and accessible group designed to introduce people to the joy of running. We build runners up from a very basic level and everyone will be encouraged to progress at their own rate. Our sessions can be tailored to suit members’ individual needs and all abilities are welcome including non-runners and those who prefer to run/walk.
New members are welcome to join us at any time. No booking required! Just turn up at Leeds Trinity any Tuesday evening (7.10pm onwards for a 7.30pm start) and we will help you get started.
We currently use a range of sessions suitable for beginners (listed below). No two weeks are ever the same. We aim to keep our group sessions fun and accessible for all.
SOME EXAMPLES OF TUESDAY NIGHT SESSIONS WITH THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS GROUP:
Fartlek (a Swedish word meaning ‘speed play’)
Greyhounds and Hares
Meet and Greet
Fun and Games
Fixed Point Reps
Timed or fixed distance outward efforts & recoveries
Alternate fast effort/slow recoveries around a square course
Run the U
Leaders choice of route
Members choice of route
We meet from 7.10pm every Tuesday at Leeds Trinity University in The Bar. Please see the map on our Contact page. Club announcements are given at 7.20pm. The session commences with a quick warm-up at about 7.30pm. We run/walk a short course for about an hour. This includes plenty of stops to regroup and finishes with cool down stretches. All members are encouraged and there is no pressure to do more than you can cope with. We don’t want our beginners to feel uncomfortable or demotivated. It’s also important not to risk injury by doing too much too soon.
As a beginner, we recommend you try to run at least three times over a week. Our newer runners are often surprised by what they can achieve when running with the group but establishing consistency and regularly getting out to run is the key to making progress. Practice makes perfect. You can’t expect to improve if you only lace up your trainers once a week. Space your sessions evenly over the week and try running shorter distances more often. You will be surprised at how quickly running starts to feel easier.
As a new starter, you will receive advice on all aspects of running and be encouraged to improve. After a few weeks you should be able to complete a 5K such as parkrun or a Race for Life event. Of course, there is no pressure to do this. We will encourage and support you whatever your goals.
The first three weeks are free. After three weeks, if you like us, you can become a full member of Horsforth Harriers. The current yearly fee is £57 which includes your England Athletics Competition Licence and a club vest.
For more information on joining our beginners running group at Horsforth Harriers please contact either of our qualified group leaders using the details below.
Tel. 0113 250 5673
We look forward to meeting you!