Learn to run with Horsforth Harriers Absolute Beginners Group (ABG)

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 you achieve your aim. This is a friendly and accessible group designed to introduce people to the joy of running. We use 6-week courses to build runners up from a very basic level. Everyone will be encouraged to progress at their own rate. If required, the plan can be tailored to suit members’ individual needs.

The six-week courses are run back-to-back. We currently use three different schedules, which keeps the overall structure of the courses the same, whilst introducing variety into our weekly sessions.

The next course starts Tuesday September 17th using Schedule 2.

If you are already able to run or run/walk you may not need to wait until the start of a course. New runners are welcome to join us at any time.

Our Absolute Beginners group is currently divided into two separate ability groups. We have the Couch to 5K group, aimed at those who are completely new to running and would like to build up to completing a 5K event such as parkrun. We also have a 5K to 5 Mile option for those who are already able to run and would like to improve their stamina and confidence over a greater distance.


Week 1 Fartlek
Week 2 Greyhounds and Hares
Week 3 Meet and Greet
Week 4 Hills
Week 5 Games and Relays or leader’s choice of route
Week 6 Time Trial or members choice of route

Week 1 Buddy Run
Week 2 Fixed Point Reps
Week 3 Timed or fixed distance outward efforts & recoveries
Week 4 Hills
Week 5 Games and Relays or leader’s choice of route
Week 6 Time Trial or members choice of route

Week 1 Alternate fast effort/slow recoveries around a square course
Week 2 Run the U
Week 3 Track session at Trinity
Week 4 Hills
Week 5 Games and Relays or leader’s choice of route
Week 6 Time Trial or members choice of route

We meet from 7.00pm every Tuesday at Leeds Trinity University in The Bar. Please see the map on our Contact page. The session commences with a warm-up at about 7:20pm. We run or run/walk a short course for about an hour. This includes stops to regroup, advice, information and encouragement and finishes with cool down stretches.

As a beginner, we recommend you try to run at least three times 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. At the end of the six weeks you should be able to complete a 5K such as a parkrun or a Race for Life event. Many of our members quickly move on to completing a 10k distance and beyond.

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.

Hilary Wharam
Tel. 0113 250 5673
email: hilsrun1@talktalk.net

Jamie Stewart
email: jamie.stewart80@googlemail.com

We look forward to meeting you!

ABG September 2016

ABG September 2016

Absolute Beginners - Horsforth Running Club

Horsforth Harriers Q & A

Horsforth Harriers meet every Tuesday from 7pm. Groups set off running at 7.30pm after the club announcements. We are based at Leeds Trinity University (Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD) and groups set off from The Bar. See contact page for full address and a map.

There is a dedicated car park for Horsforth Harriers. This is the car park on the old tennis courts situated to the right of the rear university gate. This car park can not be accessed via the rear gate. You must enter via the main university entrance, stay left and follow the road around to the rear of the building. Our car park is on the right behind the Sports Centre. Pedestrian or cycle access is via the main gate or via the pedestrian entrance into Lee Lane West.

Yes. Showers are available in the Trinity Sports Centre. You will need to show your England Athletics membership card at reception to gain access to the showers. You will receive this card once you have paid membership fees.

Limited lockers are available in the Trinity Sports Centre. Please ask at reception. The Bar building is not for our exclusive use, so we ask that members do not leave anything in there while out running.

No. We invite you to run with us a couple of times and then join officially. If you decide you would like to join the club an annual membership fee applies.

Open all year and in all weather. No excuses!
A club vest is included in your joining fee and you will be encouraged to take part in relays and to proudly wear your club colours whenever you race.

To obtain your club vest please contact Hilary Wharam. Vests (and any other club merchandise) must be collected from 32 Layton Park Croft, Rawdon, LS19 6PN. You can make an appointment to view, try before you buy, order or collect goods as appropriate. Message Hilary on: 07780 704 243 or email hilsrun1@talktalk.net

Don’t worry about this. We have many groups from beginner to winner. All our group leaders are England Athletics qualified and fully insured. Full details of training groups can be found in the Members Section of this website.
Speed work sessions are available to full members and runners of similar ability meet up to train.
We have a website, closed Facebook group and targeted emails to keep members informed.
We hold our own race each year which boosts club funds. All members are required to help on a rota basis.
See “How to Join Us” on the club website. https://horsforthharriers.co.uk/how-to-join-us/

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