If you're over 17 and you've never run before or want to get started again after taking a break, the Ealing Eagles Beginners Programme aims to get you running a continuous 5km. The programme is completely free, all you need to do is register and show up!
Please be aware that the Beginners Programme is completely volunteer run. At certain times of the year this means there may be a hold on new intakes to ensure we have enough volunteers to safely and effectively manage the programme.
In weekly sessions meeting in central Ealing, either on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm or Thursday mornings at 10am, our volunteers will start the session with a gentle warm-up before a gentle jog/walk, finishing the session with some cool-down stretches. The jogging is entirely at your own pace (you should still be able to hold a conversation), and over the weeks we will slowly reduce the amount of walking and increase the jogging until you can run 5km continuously. Our experience is that most people will take six to eight weeks, going out twice a week (homework is to repeat the same session some time over the weekend), to progress from not running at all to running 5km.
*** Update 13 Sept 2019 ***
Our October 2019 programme is oversubscribed. We limit the number of people in the Beginners’ Group to ensure we can give everyone the right level of assistance. The October 2019 programme is therefore closed to new entrants.
If you registered on the waiting list on or before 12 Sept 2019, you should have received an email invitation - please check your junk / spam folders and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not heard from us.
Ealing Eagles hopes to offer another beginners programme starting in January 2020. Please register on the waiting list, if you would like to join us in January 2020.
The meeting point will be in the Ealing Green area. Please note that we do not have a clubhouse so you will need to arrive dressed ready to run.
Who leads the sessions?
We aim to have at least one UK Athletics qualified Leader in Running Fitness at every session. We also have a merry band of volunteers to run along with you, which helps us to cater for people of different abilities, so please don't be afraid of being too slow. A lot of our volunteers are club members who came through the beginners programme previously so they know what its like to be a beginner.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing, except a good pair of trainers, a sense of humour and a commitment to follow the programme! We don't currently have any changing facilities, so please come ready to run. A couple of local businesses kindly let us leave bags with them during the sessions if you need that.
To find out more about the programme, please take a look at the beginners blog to read the stories of some of our graduates. If you are interested in taking part in the Beginners Programme, please complete the online form and we will get in touch and let you know when the next programme starts.
What if I can already run 5k?
If you can already run 5k continuously, whatever your speed, then you do not need to go through the Beginner's Programme and are welcome to join the main club right away. Please get in touch with us via the contact form and we will come back to you with details about how to join.