Sidmouth Running Club to run beginners course starting on January 3

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The Sidmouth Running Club logo - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Running Club will once again be offering its popular New Year Beginners course in 2018.

The 2017 Sidmouth Running Club beginners course. A new course begins on Wednesday, January 3.

The 2017 Sidmouth Running Club beginners course. A new course begins on Wednesday, January 3. - Credit: Archant

The course, which promises to be a gentle eight week programme for anyone who has never run before but wants have a go, will start on Wednesday, January 3, meeting at 7pm at Sidmouth Sailing Club.

Experienced coaches and run leaders provide a friendly, relaxed and supportive atmosphere which takes beginners groups through a programme that starts with a mixture of running and walking and aims to have everyone comfortably running three miles by the end of the course.

In 2017 over 40 enthusiastic, but nervous beginners set out on their journey to running fitness. “It was a fantastic take up of our invitation to beginners’ said Sidmouth Running Club chairman Terry Bewes, who continued: “and we had an incredible response by club members and run leaders who were so pleased to welcome new people along.”

Because the club has invested in training programmes for coaches and run leaders there are plenty of able male and female leaders keen to provide help under the guidance of head coach Tim Mitchell.

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Many of the 2017 beginners went on to further challenges during the year.

Lara Millmow and her daughter completed the course, and then, bitten by the running bug, completed 5k Parkruns in July and September. Speaking of her experience, Lara said: “There couldn’t have been a better way to improve my fitness and health and it was just what I needed after the Christmas season.

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“I didn’t think I was a runner, but it’s part of my life now. One of the things I like most about the Club is that we have all ages and abilities.”

Julia Haddrell hadn’t run since her school days, but found running with others made it easy.

She says: “I have lost lots of weight, feel fantastic and have completed nearly 30 Parkruns this year. I also inspired my daughter to run and celebrated being 60 by doing a 5k in just over 30 minutes!”

David Skinner joined the club at the age of 70 and has found the social running and friendly hints and tips invaluable to his improving fitness. He was delighted to achieve his 5k target time just before Christmas.

Also on offer for 2018 will be an improvers course. Following an eight week programme, this course is aimed at anyone who has run before but needs an incentive to get going again, or solo runners who would like to progress with a group.

“We are a very friendly club and it’s amazing how quickly the miles are covered if you’re chatting’ said run leader Claire Ashby, who continued: “And the great thing about running in a group is that everyone knows a different route so as well as club nights around town we cover a huge variety of trails in this beautiful countryside’. The improvers course also starts on Wednesday, January 3, with a 7pm meet time at Sidmouth Sailing Club.

Both courses cost £20 which includes club membership for 2018. Anyone who is interested in finding out more is invited to contact Terry Bewes on 07734 581782 or via email

For both courses, folk who missed the first session, possibly through holidays or not picking up on the news in time, can join in week two - contact club members with regard to that.

More information on the club can be found at or on the club’s Facebook page.

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