Barking Road Runners have two new beginners' running groups!

Barking Road Runners are pleased to announce the start of the next 12 week course of our ladies' beginners' running group, as well as the commencement of the mixed beginners' group. Both of these courses are run by fully qualified and certified England Athletic coaches.

Our ladies-only beginners' group will take place at the Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2JR, starting on Wednesday 26th February 2014 at 10am. Each session will last approximately 1 hour, with a good warm-up and cool-down, and with an initial (very easy) walk/jog strategy to get you back on track to your fitness. At the end of each session, you will be able to grab a cuppa in the club house to socialise and make new friends!

This course will run for 12 weeks, and is just £2 per session. The course is being held in conjunction with Barking and Dagenham Council. At the end of the course, each new beginner will be competent to complete a 5K run.

To book onto this course, please contact Maria Bartlett on 07919 117525, or Lisa Maughan on 07904 102450.

What should I wear?

Ensure you wear comfortable clothing, starting with a good fitting sports bra, a t-shirt (not too tight-fitting), a pair of jogging bottoms (especially in cold weather), and a pair of comfortable trainers. When the weather is cold, it is advisable to layer up.

Do I need any specialised equipment / gadgets?

No, that is the great thing about running! The cost is very low, as running is certainly one of the least-expensive sports available. The only thing you need to bring with you is a bottle of water or other cool drink. This is to ensure you always stay hydrated throughout.

What are the benefits?

Remember, this course is for beginners and those new to running, so you will all be at the same level. There is no need to feel embarrassed as everyone will be treated equally, whatever your level.

So if you have been inspired by recent Olympic and Paralympic events, or you simply want to get rid of the festive excess and get fit once again, come and join us, and see what YOU can achieve!!

For further details, call Maria Bartlett on 07919 117525, or call Lisa Maughan on 07904 102450, or send an email to

For those who wish to take part in our 12 week course mixed class, this will commence in early April. Please check back for further details. However, if you are keen to get started sooner, please contact Vicky Cooper on 07722 421335 for alternative options.