We are very excited to be holding a Beginners Course again.

Start Monday 28 March 

Time 6pm – 7pm 

Location Creasy Park, 7 Creasy Park Drive, Dunstable, LU6 1AJ 

10 week course 

Cost £25 including graduation training t-shirt and membership to DRR 

Homework – running three times a week will really help progress, so repeat the Monday session, on another day and if possible at Houghton Hall (or any) parkrun on a Saturday at 9am. 

Graduation 30 May with parkrun at Houghton Hall on Saturday 4 June Jubilee Weekend.

If Monday is a bank holiday, the leader will notify if the session is taking place on Monday or provide an alternative session. 

Who is it for? 

The course is aimed at those who have not run before or have not run for a while. It starts at a very easy pace, with walk/running at timed intervals and slowly building up each week.

How far should I be able to run to join? 

You do not need to be able to run before the course.  You will work at your own pace and build up gradually. 

Medical Conditions 

Most people are able to run, but if you have a medical condition/medication or if in any doubt please ask GP before attending. If you are unwell or experiencing any difficulties, please do not attempt to run, and put the runners with you in a difficult position. 

Also, ensure the detail is on the registration form and let your leader know. 

Can under 16’s take part? 

Unfortunately, we are not insured for under 16’s, but we can recommend local groups, just ask if you would like further information. Also, checkout junior parkruns for under 14 and anyone can take part in 5k parkrun on a Saturday, just register. 

What will be involved? 

The session will start with a warm-up and then running and walking at timed intervals, with the running element increasing each week, aiming for a 5k run at the end of the 10 weeks. 

How much running will I do? 

The session lasts an hour and each week the run/walk time will increase. 

What equipment do I need? 

A pair of running trainers, comfortable trousers, a drink, and ladies a decent sports bra! 

Bear in mind layers are best, you might start cold but you will soon warm up and whatever the temperature is add 10 degrees as that is the temperature you will feel during your run.  

If the weather is bad you need a light jacket to keep you warm and dry, and something to wear for the trip home. 

I cannot attend the first week, can I still take part? 

The first week is full of information, and everyone is in the same boat, nervous, unsure and don’t know quite what to expect, so really try to attend the first session.  If you cannot make it, let us know, then ensure on the 2nd week introduce yourself to the leader before the run.

What happens if I miss a week?

Life happens and the best laid plans don’t always happen.  Just email the leader to find out the timings and ensure you do the homework, to ensure you do not get left behind. 

End of the course, what can I hope for? 

Hopefully, with homework completed, as really need to do 3 sessions a week, you will be able to complete a 5k continual run. 

Can I join DRR club nights? 

Wednesday is club night, and you need to be able to run for an hour, so as soon as you can do the hour, you can join in the club runs.  

At the end of the 10 week course, for June a weekly session will take place to go from 5k to an hour running, as you will not be far from achieving the hour run.

Considering first race? 

The Friday after graduation, 10 June is DRR club Championship 5k race at the Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine, consider signing up for something to aim for, even if you need to walk a little it is a great club event, a flat course and you will see lots of friendly DRR faces. Please bear in mind it is a popular race and sells out quickly £14  https://affrunningclub.org.uk/marston-forest-5k/

Socials – Everyone Welcome 

We are a friendly, social group, and like nothing better than cake at the end of the run, and lots of social events take place. 


We will be sharing emergency contact details and medical information with leaders.  We also love to take photos, yes you will have a beetroot face but so will everyone else! We like to share our successes on social media and it is great to look back on and see how far you have come. 

Cost is an issue? 

If cost is the only thing stopping you from joining, please get in touch via email explaining your situation and we will see how we can help. 


parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.  Saturday at 9am.  Everyone is welcome, where you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.  If you are taking part you just need to register, and print your barcode and bring along.   


Local parkruns will generally have a number of DRR members taking part who will encourage you along the way. These are a good way to do one of your homework sessions, just repeat what you did on the Monday. 

It is natural to feel nervous but we all start somewhere – even Club Captain Paula. 

Any questions email drr.beginners@gmail.com

“I nervously arrived at the 2013 beginners group, not being able to run to the end of the street, also with severe asthma.  After completing the 10 week course I joined the DRR family. I have now completed events from 5k to ultra marathons. It has been life-changing and I have made so many fabulous friends.”

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