New running sessions for beginners and returners

The popular Beginner/Returner running sessions return for 2018. There will be a 10-week programme on Thursdays, from 6.45pm to 7.45pm at Bellahouston Park. The first session was January 11th and weekly thereafter. (Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the first session because you can still join in.)

The sessions are ideal for people who have never run before or are coming back from injury/illness.

The programme will gently introduce you to the drills and skills of running so that by the end of 10 weeks you’ll be ready to join the main running session either in Bellahouston or the West End.

The session will take place alongside the main GTC Bellahouston session at 6.45pm (1hr) in/around Bellahouston park.

Runners meet at 6.30pm just inside the front door of Bellahouston Leisure Centre. Each session costs £2.25 and will be available for booking via the online booking system soon. If you’re new to the club your first session is free.

Rose McIlwhan, a GTC coach, said: “If you’ve never been to a run session because you’re worried you’re too slow, might get dropped, or you’ve never run before so don’t know what to do, then this is the session for you.

“The sessions teach people the fundamentals of good running technique. They progress from walking well, to jogging then running. They are designed so that people can work at their own pace but by the end of 10 weeks everyone should be able to run.

“In addition, for people returning from injury the sessions provide a means to get back to running safely and will help to guard against future injury by ensuring good technique.”

Warm up drills.

Lesley Mitchell joined the beginner running course last year. She said: “I was late into the series of sessions last time and I really wished I had started at the beginning. So much so, I am going to start again on Thursday.

“I would recommend for anyone who would like to enjoy running but currently finds it sore, hard and not much fun to go along to these coached session.”

The coaches request that participants wear layers of clothing so they can adjust according to temperature. Hat, gloves, scarf/buff are also strongly encouraged when it’s cold.

Rose added: “The sessions start by moving slowly so we don’t want people to get cold in the process.”

Reflective and bright clothing is also recommended. Check out the booking system to sign up, or if you are new you can turn up and enjoy the first session for free.