Start Running/Return to Running Course

In Spring each year we run an 8 Week jog/walk programme which is aimed at taking someone who is new to running to being able to complete a 5k run (Thats 3.1 miles in old money).

The formal sessions are weekly, each Wednesday evening from Henfield Leisure Centre, and out around the footpaths and maybe even trails around Henfield. The process is coached along the lines of walking/jogging for set periods, starting off with more walking than jogging, then building up each week so that at the end of 8 weeks the ratio is all jogging (gently at a pace suitable for all) and a 5k run is achievable.

Naturally just one session each week won’t be enough, so this requires commitment to continue on a personal basis in between the coached sessions. What we provide is structure, motivation, feedback, and group therapy! And a sense of humour. Don’t underestimate the group benefit – many of us started exactly this way and went on to 10k’s, half and full marathons, even ultra marathons. But lets not get carried away – you’ll get out of this what you put in, we simply understand how everyone feels when starting out. Daunted. You’re not alone – and of course as a group you’ll be able to make friends and running buddies that help create a supportive environment both in, and between, sessions.

Furthermore – many of us started in this way and have our own stories – if you want to know more about what it is like, how we felt (the same as you!) and how it turned out – you can read our stories here.

The course costs £25 but includes membership to Henfield Joggers (valid until January 2020) which brings all the benefits of membership too since we are a friendly club for whom socialising is as important as the running!

More information can be found here or for further details contact:

Our next course starts on Wednesday 24th April 2019

11 Commentsto Start Running/Return to Running Course

  1. Lee Burlton says:

    Hi there.

    Are you running any intro courses anytime soon? Keen to get fit and aid in weight loss. I am male, 42 years old and live in Henfield. I hate running / jogging but know if motivated will learn to enjoy it and see benefits.

    many thanks

    Lee Burlton

  2. anita bracey says:

    hi there, im interested but unfortunately away for the first session. Im returning to running so hopefully could catch up? can i please join for the second week of the course? thanks, Anita

  3. smoggypaul says:

    Hi Anita – lovely to hear from you. I’ve forwarded your details to Danielle who is leading this course, at Good luck and hope we see you next Wednesday

  4. lynda riches says:

    What time does this start and is the first session on wed 11th april

  5. smoggypaul says:

    Hi Lynda – all the information you need can be found here: but its 7pm this Wednesday at Henfield Leisure Centre. Please email so that Danielle can send you what else you need to do. Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

  6. Could you give me an e mail address to be able to join the beginners group beginning this April 2019 please.

  7. smoggypaul says:

    Hi Stephanie – I see you already emailed the account, which is correct. Dani will be replying to you soon, if she hasn’t already. Cheers, Paul

  8. Ele House says:

    Hello I would like to join in please, and get back to running after having two babies in two years. Where do I sign up, would love to get back to being able to enjoying a 5km again!

  9. smoggypaul says:

    Hi Ele. The email to use is, however I have already passed your contact on to Dani so she should be in touch with you directly anyway. Best wishes, Paul

  10. Nicky says:

    Hi! Is it still possible to join the beginners course? Thanks!

  11. smoggypaul says:

    Hi Nicky – the contact email for this is The course started last night however I have passed your message on and you should get a response via email. Paul

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