A successful new running project for beginners is underway in Bexhill, funded Sport England.
The Get Rother Active Bexhill Beginners’ Running Course is run in partnership between the Bexhill Runners and Triathletes Club and Rother District Council
The eight to ten-week running courses have taken place in Bexhill, Sidley and Rye, with the aim of helping people to be able to run comfortably at their own pace for 30 minutes by the final session.
No previous running experience is necessary for the gradual walk-to-run programme, which builds up the amount of running bit by bit, to ensure that each participant gets a workout that is suitable for their level of fitness.
Natasha Fielden, a Run England Run Leader, led the first course in Autumn 2014, which saw 20 new runners ranging from a 15-year-old to runners in their mid-50s taking part.
The beginners have a wide range of fitness levels when they first started and by the end of the course, each participant was able to complete a 5K run.
Natasha said: ‘As well as improving fitness and ability, learning to run as part of a group is also a lot of fun! I hope this encourages others who are maybe a bit apprehensive about attending a beginners running course, that they really can do it!’
Runner Lorna White said: ‘At 51, overweight and a smoker, I never really thought I would be able to run.
“I saw the beginners running course online and plucked up the courage to see if they would accept me.
“I was amazed at being able to run for two minutes on week one , to running 5K without stopping on the final week. “The support and encouragement I received was unbelievable - if I can do it, anyone can!’
The next Bexhill Beginners Running Course starting on January 13 is now full, but there are still spaces on the next course starting on 14 April at 7pm.
To book a place, email natasha@bexhillrunners triathletes.co.uk