Monday, 5 September 2016

RESET programme

Have you done some running before but "lapsed"?  Got too busy with kids, summer hols, hot weather, and stopped going out for a run as much as you wanted to?

I hear a lot from people that have done our beginners programmes, and then, for whatever reason, haven't kept going.  Or people that have had babies, or got injured, or been too busy with work, and so had an unintentional 'gap'.

Is this you?

If you have already done some running before, then our 0-5k programme is not the place for you to be - it starts from a level that is too easy (it is aimed at people with no running experience *at all*), so you'll be going backwards.  And more importantly, you'll be scaring off our legitimate beginners who will wonder where all the speedy ones have come from!

And, if you've had a gap, you may not be confident in joining our usual club training sessions just yet.  We've been wondering what to do about this for a while, and have come up with a cunning plan (to quote Baldrick...).

So, welcome to our running RESET programme!

There are two options, either an endurance option (for those that feel OK doing short distances but are worried about building it up), or a speed option (for those that can plod along happily, but want to increase their pace).  You can, if you like, mix and match between the two :)  Each session is planned specifically for people that are returning to running, and with options throughout to suit all abilities.  All of our sessions are taught by our team of experienced England Athletics qualified coaches, sports conditioning specialists and run leaders, and covered by our insurance.  The programme is 5 weeks long, and costs a bargain price of £15 per option.

Endurance option - at Cottenham Village Green, meet 6:30pm.
Mondays : short distance endurance run, up to 5k.
Thursdays : Training session focusing on building up aerobic capacity and efficiency.

Speed option - at Over Village Green, meet 6:30pm.
Tuesdays : Training session focusing on improving strength and increasing pace.
Fridays : 30 mins speed training - intervals, fartlek and so on.  Optional trot round the village afterwards.

There is also a closed Facebook group where you can learn what we're planning to do each night, and ask any questions to our coaching team.

These sessions are running (pun intended...) alongside our club sessions on Tues and Thurs, so you will do a warm up and cool down with the main club session, but then have a specific session based on your needs.

If you haven't had a gap, but want to work on either of these aspects then you're welcome too!  The speed option in particular is great paired with a long distance training plan - get faster, stronger, and become a more efficient runner.

The programme starts on Monday 12th September (once the kids are happily back to school etc), and places are limited so get signed up now!  Our last 'faster 5k' programme sold out in 24 hours so don't delay!

To join in, please email secretary@fenedgerunners.org.uk or message us on Facebook @FenEdgeRunners - first come first served!




Friday, 5 August 2016

Please see the contact and info pages for more information, or better still, go and visit our Facebook page for daily updates?

Monday, 10 March 2014

Thoughts on running club

"No, your running club isn't right for me. That's where all the fast runners go"
"It's mixed ability"
"Yeah"
"That doesn't mean they're all fast"
"Really?"
"That's why it says it's mixed ability.  If it was where all the fast ones go, I'd call it 'the one where all the fast ones go'"
"Oh.  But I can't run for an hour"
"You don't need to, we don't just run"
"What do you do then?"
"Coached technique, drills, speed work, sometimes things like squats and strength, sometimes we work on pace, sometimes we do some agility and coordination, sometimes we do circuit training"
"Oh, like the stuff we do at bootcamp but with extra running bits?  So it's not just running?"
"No."
"£3 is a bargain then - why is it so cheap"
"We're a not-for-profit club - it covers our costs"


  • We are operated by a coaching team including a qualified running coach (who also is a personal trainer, handy...) and eight UK Athletics run leaders. We also use local experts in physio, athletics coaching, yoga, sports therapy depending on what we're doing. 
  • We operate as a 'not-for-profit' club.  We price cheaply because of this - it's all about inclusion and getting people to join in.
  • Our club is affiliated to UK Athletics.  We're run by committee - the members decide what happens!
  • We are completely (honestly) mixed ability.  We have complete beginners, we have people that run marathons and everything between.  We have slow ones, we have fast ones.
  • We don't just run.  Ok, we do, but we never charge for this - these sessions are on Weds and Saturday and are always FREE.  
  • Some of our members race.  Some don't.  Some race as unattached members, some race as members of our affiliated club.  Either way is fine.
Why not come along and try us out?  Leave any ideas you might have at home, as I can guarantee it won't be what you expect!

Tuesdays 6:30 The Exhibition, Over (coached session - £3)
Weds 6:30 Swavesey Sports Centre (endurance session, usually 5 - 6 miles, FREE)
Thursday 6:30, Cottenham Village Green (coached session - £3)
Saturday 3:30, various locations, endurance sessions 5k+, FREE (see Facebook each week for meeting points)
Sunday 10am, The Exhibition, Over (coached session - £3).


Thursday, 9 January 2014

So, we have loads of options available for you to achieve your running goals in 2014.

Are you a complete beginner and want to start running in 2014?
Can you get to Bar Hill Tescos? Want to learn to run in a supportive, award-winning group, meet new friends and conquer your running demons?  You do?  Then READ ON....

What you get:
Closed Facebook group with access to our UKAthletics trained coaches and run leaders.
Full 8 week training programme to get you to 5k (3.1 miles) easily and safely.
Training sessions three times per week (Mon/Weds/Fri 6:30) with our experienced, enthusiastic, UK Athletics trained run leaders (you can do these in your own time if you prefer!).
8 weeks of membership to our mixed ability running groups in Over, Swavesey and Cottenham.

Oh, and it's FREE. Yep, completely, no catch.
All welcome, 12+ (under 16s must be accompanied by a parent).
Dogs welcome too - great exercise for woofers if they've got (ahem..) deconditioned.

Places are limited and usually fill up fast. Want one?  Sign up on Facebook here - places limited so grab one NOW!
Did I mention it was FREE?  I did?  Good stuff....

Are you a bit more than a beginner?  Then come and see us at our mixed ability running groups in Over, Swavesey and Cottenham (see this page for more details).  These are fun, varied sessions.  Cheaper than a pint/glass of wine...  Probably the most fun you can have with your trainers on....

Are you training for a Spring half?  Our 10k-half marathon 8 week programme starts this week - includes up to three sessions per week including speed and endurance based sessions.  Our UKAthletics coaches and leaders will run with you, and plan appropriate activities each week to prepare you for the race.  FREE to members of Fen Edge Runners, £25 otherwise.  All welcome, join our friendly tribe of ninja runners - we make your training FUN and EASY!

Give me a shout with any questions? Don't hang about if you want to sign up - places are limited, and go fast!