Popular Saffron Striders beginners’ running course to return for another year

13:40 28 April 2014

Mark Starte, who completed last year’s beginners course and is now a fully-fledged Saffron Strider.

Mark Starte, who completed last year’s beginners course and is now a fully-fledged Saffron Strider.


The popular beginners’ running course organised by the Saffron Striders is returning for another year.

Starting on Tuesday, May 13, the course will take people who are new to running, and those who have not run for many years, through a 10-week programme to improve their fitness. By the end of the course, everyone should be able to run at least 5km.

Mark Starte, who completed last year’s beginners course and is now a fully-fledged Saffron Strider, is encouraging people to give it a go.

Mark said: “At the beginning of 2013 I was barely able to run 300 yards without collapsing in a heap. I decided to rectify this situation by signing up for the Saffron Striders beginners’ course.

“Over a period of 10 weeks the course provided professional, friendly and fun tuition which greatly improved my running performance. By the end of the course I was able to run 5km. I am now a regular runner with the club itself and have progressed onto 10 kilometre runs and races.”

Saffron Strider Keith Savill, who will be leading the course for the sixth time, said: “We want to encourage people who might be put off at the thought of joining the Saffron Striders without ever having run before, or without having run for many years. Perhaps you watched the London Marathon and thought ‘I’d like to try that’.

“Anyone aged 16 and over is welcome to join up, whatever their ability or level of fitness. As a fully trained group leader, I’ll be making sure that you’re well looked after and have loads of fun.”

The course costs £40 which includes a T-shirt, 10 weeks of coaching suitable for all abilities, insurance, and club membership for the remainder of 2014. Each weekly session starts at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre at 6.30pm and lasts an hour.

Anyone wishing to join can just turn up on May 13 with cash or a cheque for £40 (payable to Saffron Striders) and a completed application form and disclaimer, which are available to download from the Saffron Striders website – saffronstriders.org.uk.

To find out more contact Mr Savill by e-mailing kdsavill@gmail.com.


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