Where do we meet?
All beginners courses meet at Hollybush Recreation Ground in Sevenoaks, there are toilets, free parking and a lovely cafe for a hot drink at the end of your run.
How much is it?
The course costs £65 for Eight weeks. Payment details can be found here.
What do I get for my money?
🏃 We will plan the routes for you keeping them flat (ish!) pretty and the right distance
🏃 You can try our taster class 🆓 FREE to see if you like it.
🏃 Starting something new with others in the same boat as you is much more fun!
🏃 Having qualified experienced coaches to look at your running gait & technique will help you get fitter and prevent you getting injured
🏃 Coaches to guide, motivate and support you will keep you from going too far- or fast and giving up 😟!
🏃 Getting weekly homework emails from your coach will help you get fitter and stronger.
🏃 Being part of our private beginners What’s App group will give you daily support from each other and your beginner coaches.
🏃 You will receive information emails after each session with hints and tips about injury prevention, what kit to buy or NOT buy 🎽 and how to eat healthily before and after exercise.
🏃 You will be joining a fabulous bunch of ladies who enjoy all that SLJ has to offer and take advantage of reduced priced Pilates 👣Yoga🧘♀️Fitball and Hi Met classes.
Will I keep up?
Many of our ladies worry about being able to keep up. We aim to make everyone feel comfortable within our groups and our gentle build up will help you go at a pace that suits you. Those ladies who are too fast or fit will either be welcomed into our main group or Gentle Joggers group and faster ladies will take a slightly longer loop here and there to keep everyone together.
What do I wear
As long as you are comfortable it doesn't really matter. Layers tend to help you get the temperature right, hats and gloves when it's very cold and a windproof jacket in the winter is a good idea. Beg borrow or steal for a few weeks though and unless you don't have any, don't rush out and buy new trainers unless you don't have any, as we will give you advice about where to buy them and what to buy. Incorrectly fitted shoes can lead to big problems which will put you off running!
I think I will run out of puff!
Your coach will show you how to intersperse jogging with walking and keep you at a nice chatting pace most of the time. Not everyone is the same but our tried and tested methods mean we can keep everyone going at their own pace.
Is there a toilet?
Yes, at Hollybush recreation ground there is a ladies and gents toilet. Some hand wipes or gel may be a good idea!
I don't want to get lost!
And we don't want to lose you.. we stick together and look after each other so that no one ever gets left behind.
I don't want to be the odd one out.
A very common worry at the start of the beginners course but everyone is in the same boat and you will find yourself running alongside a wide variety of women. Once you have done one week, this worry normally goes.
I'm new to the area and don't know anyone
You will soon find that you are chatting away to new running friends. The group is very sociable,and the coaches will make sure you all get to share your experiences.
But I know I can't run
We follow a walk/run programme, starting with very short bursts of running and gradually building up. We’ll also ask you to do ‘homework’ once a week to build up your stamina. This will involve repeating a similar session to the one you did that week on the course. You will receive a homework email so you can replicate it alone if it is easier for you to do so.
How often should I run?
When you take up jogging for the first time consistency is key, so we encourage you to come every week and if possible, do more than one session of running each week. We offer 'homework' runs, specifically for our beginners, so that you can do a second run with the support of one of our coaches.
What happens if I can't make a session?
We are always happy to try and accommodate you so if you cannot make a run for some reason, you are welcome to make up the session on another day during that week.
When are the sessions?
Sessions for the 8 week course will run on different days for each course - subject to numbers
- Saturday 9.15
- Monday 9.15
What happens during the school holidays?
We do not run courses during the school holidays or half terms.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry but we don't allow dogs to join us on our runs. We love dogs but not everyone does and their natural habit of stopping to do what they do, tends to get in the way!
What happens at the end of the course?
We really hope that you will have enjoyed our course so much that you will want to join our group runs to keep up your jogging. We do understand however that some ladies may want to repeat the course and that is fine. We also understand that jogging is not for everyone and that is why we offer a range of other fitness opportunities for you to try such as Fitball, Hi Metabolic classes, Yoga and Power Walking.