Beginners 2022-12-07T12:12:37+00:00

Want to start running?

RRC began running beginners courses in the Spring of 2012. The courses are designed for absolute beginners with the aim being to get them running 3 miles within 12 weeks. The courses are aimed at men and women of all shapes, sizes and ages that would like to start running but don’t know where to start.

The initial RRC beginners course were overwhelmed with interest and several courses have now been completed. Well over 375 people have successfully taken up running since attending one of the courses.

Most attendees do not already exercise and knowing how to start is the hardest part. The support and friendship that the group offers gives beginners confidence and guidance as they begin running. An evaluation we conducted after one of the courses received very positive feedback with the majority of respondents speaking of the “buzz” of running and how it had helped them mentally as well as physically. The majority of our beginners progress into the main RRC running groups after completing the 12-week programme.

RRC run one of the most successful groups for beginners nationally. The efforts of the club were recognised recently by the sports’ governing body England Athletics, resulting in a news article on their main webpage.

Want to join us?

Our latest group graduated in 2019 after completing the course run by RRC at Clements Hall Leisure Centre. The next course will start on January 21st 2023. If you’d like to register your interest in joining this group, or find out more information:


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Moving up to 10K

The club members who join from the Beginners course often ask, well what do we do now, what is next? Some are just happy to stay running the 3 mile distance that they have achieved, others want to go on to the next stage.

After running at 3miles/5K comfortably and taking part in one of the local Parkruns on a regular basis Rochford Running Club can offer a progression training schedule to get the improving runner ready for a 10K race. There are many held throughout the year and it is such a massive boost to take part in an official race with a medal or T-shirt to show for it at the end.

The 12 week training plan incorporates club nights and a longer social run on a Sunday. There is extra fitness advice and on hand support by phone and messages. This isn’t just for people who have graduated through the Beginners course, but also for runners who have joined the club as 3 mile runners but want to stretch themselves that bit further.

If you want to know more, please speak to one of the Coaches.