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     Sonia Blackaby updated 8 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 5 Posts
  • Sonia Blackaby

    October 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    <p style=”text-align: left;”>When is best time to join running club? I’m running couch to 5km at the moment. I have to weigh up pros and cons of joining as I don’t drive. I cycle. It’d be nice to run with others from time to time. Shall I wait until I can run 5km comfortably?</p>

  • Chris Pattison

    October 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    I would pop along to your local club Sonia and have a chat with them.  A couple of clubs local to me allow folk to join the first 2 or 3 sessions without joining up, so they can see how its working out.  I would also hope that the club would be supportive of folk looking to build up to 5k, they are likely to have different running groups for different distances/paces.

    I believe there is a misconception about running clubs that they are elite and only for ‘good runners’ (whatever that is).  My experience is far different, they are social, inclusive and very supportive and there will be some very experienced folk helping you to achieve your running goals.


  • sharnie1

    October 14, 2019 at 11:35 am

    As Chris said a lot of clubs have many different groups for differing abilities from novice right through to super speedy marathoners so worth looking at what groups your local clubs have and where you might fit in.  Most clubs should be happy for you to go along and try a few sessions before you commit to joining, and once you have joined you should be free to pick and choose as and when suits you to join them.  I’m a member of our local tri club but don’t go to any of their training sessions but have met a fair few other members at local events.

  • Vicky Pixi

    October 29, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    @cloudsmile Did you join a running club in the end? ;0)

  • Sonia Blackaby

    October 30, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Yes I went along to a session. I enjoyed it. I’m going to schedule possibly going to a session when I fancy going along. I’m not great with chatting and running at the same time at the moment. I suppose that will come in time. They take membership in February so I’ll do pay as I go. The club very welcoming. ☺

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