Ready Steady Run celebrates its fourth year

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THE beginners running course Ready Steady Run is looking forward to a fourth successful year, after members of last year’s group progressed to marathon runners, group leaders and club members in less than 12 months.

Established by Rugby Borough Council and Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, the course enables beginners aged 16 years and up to train with the support of qualified and friendly coaches.

Held at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre athletics track from February to December each year, the aim is to train towards completing a 5k run by the end of the course. However, the 2011 group were more than ready for the challenge and the majority went on to tackle 10k runs instead, with two members even completing a full marathon.

The success of the programme continued as several runners were inspired to take a Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualification to enable them to help lead runs in the future. This is an impressive achievement, especially as many participants start the course with no previous experience of running.

This year’s Ready Steady Run hopes to see more than 70 beginners training towards their very own 5k challenge in 2012, proving that running is not just for the Olympic athletes.

The women’s group starts on Saturday, February 4 and costs £25 for 16 weeks - book and pay online from Monday, January 9 2012 at:

Information on both the women and men’s courses are available on the website or by contacting Laura Musgrave, Family Lifestyle & Active Recreation Officer (Rugby Borough Council) on 01788 533721.