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.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU VERY SOON...
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
EVERY MONDAY INCLUDING RAINY DAYS AND BANK HOLIDAYS!
The Group meets at 6.30pm every Monday night from April to September at Blandford Forum Leisure Centre, rain, shine and Bank Holidays!
*You are welcome to join us at any time of the year, but if you are a complete beginner it would be advisable to start with us as early as possible in the Summer Season.
Members also meet on Thursday evenings througout the Summer Training Season, for various running based activities including Hashing, Orienteering and Off-Road running. These take place at various locations in the Blandford Forum Area, often from a pub, sometimes concluding with a picnic and are primarily designed to be fun, social and sometimes both! Details, instructions and locations are subject to change and are usually given out at training sessions or via our social media pages.
The Group continues throughout the winter every Monday 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!
We also organise an "Interval" session on Thursday's thoughout the winter season. Details of which can be obtained at Monday night training.