Good news for women signing up for the Race for Life or the Great South. The friendly local women's running club, Southampton Running Sisters are holding their annual beginners course starting on Monday 20th April.
There is an interesting programme of guest speakers to accompany a carefully crafted schedule of gentle training runs designed to help get you fit enough to manage a 5k fun run at the end of the course. Its a chance for runners to get to know the club and for absolute beginners to get into the running habit - so much cheaper than gym membership!
Its all good fun, and this is the 15th year that the course has been held. There are experienced coaches plus plenty of already established runners from Running Sisters on hand to help get you up to speed. This year the course is based at Taunton's College and the training runs will mostly take place on Southampton Common.
"We have new runners of all ages, shapes and sizes join our course". says club chair Su White, who is also one of the coaches. "Our approach is really practical, giving down to earth advice and providing support from other runners who were themselves beginners a few year's ago. Our speakers cover topics like stretching, massage and physiotherapy, women's health, safe running, plus advice of diet, clothing and footwear. There is a fun run and celebratory supper at the end of the course, and miraculously we usually manage to get the weather to keep fine as well!"
Southampton Running Sisters Beginners' Course 2009 starts on Monday 20th April, 6.45pm, Taunton's College, Hill Lane, Southampton SO15 5RL. After the course runners can continue via the club's regular programme meeting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
You will find details of the beginners course, plus an application form on the special beginners course blog http://srs-beginners.blogspot.com/
For general information about Southampton Running Sisters see our website http://www.srs.org.uk/