Beginners and Improvers Running Group

The group was set up in 2011 as a 'pathway' for new or novice runners and joggers, into the wider local running community. It's aim was to provide other groups in the area with a steady stream of new runners. At the same time, it has also gained a growing number of regular attendees, happy to remain running predominently with the Group. The Group has also been of use to people training towards a “Race for Life” or similar events. Nevertheless, the aim of the group remains to simply encourage an enjoyment of running in a social and friendly atmosphere, with a focus on new runners.



Runblandford is affilliated to England Athletics.



The group doesn't have a 'minimum standard'. However, to fully take part and enjoy the sessions (which is important!), we would suggest that a good starting point is to already be able to slow jog for 2 minutes then walk for 1 minute, five times in succession.


This is a FREE to join group, please see the Contact Details at the top of this page for our meeting times. Click the MEMBERSHIP tab for a joining form.



runblandford aims and objectives


  • To provide a friendly and encouraging environment for new and novice runners

  • To provide coaching that has new and novice runners as it's primary focus

  • To provide coached sessions that are inclusive and encouraging to all abilities

  • To provide a pathway for new and novice runners into the wider running community

  • To promote running within the local and surrounding community

  • To ensure a duty of care to all members of the group.

  • To provide all its services in a way that is inclusive and fair to everyone

  • To provide FREE Membership of the Group. Operating costs will always be raised by Sponsorship, Fundraising and Donations

Come and join in at


Milldown Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7DB




Summer Season: April to September

The Group meets at 6.30pm every Monday night from April to September at Blandford Forum Leisure Centre Reception, rain, shine and Bank Holidays!


*if you are a complete beginner it would be advisable to start with us during the Summer Season.





Winter Season: October to March

The Group continues throughout the winter from October to March, however due to the nature of the longer winter training runs under street lights around the town, these sessions are not suitable for “absolute beginner”runners!

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