WALKER 2 RUNNER
Back on January 7th 2023
This 12 week programme is aimed at people who feel that running is something they have wanted to try but never quite managed.
The sessions take complete beginners through the stages of learning from walking to jogging to running.
We look at correct technique and running form, how to minimise the risk of injury, how to find your optimal rhythm and most economical running style.
We’ll meet once a week on Saturday and you’ll have a programme of runs and supporting strength moves to work with over the week.
How fit do I have to be?
The course for complete beginners to running. It's a very gentle start as we focus first on technique and building strength. Then over time we work on endurance.
How long are the sessions?
Each session lasts an hour. Don't worry you won't be running for an hour. This includes a full warm up, we work on technique and strength exercises, then the main run which builds slowly through the programme, finally we cool down and stretch.
How to join the group
When is the course held?
The next course starts on Saturday January 7th at 11am.
The first session is free. Come along and see if it's the sort of thing you are looking for, then if you want to sign up, the cost is £75 for the 12-week programme.
Where are the classes?
We meet by the fountain outside the Waltham Forest Town Hall, then train on Chestnuts Field. Map below
It's been a very long while, but the WALKER 2 RUNNER course is finally making it's return.
The programme is designed for those who are new to running or haven't run for some time. It's a chance to learn about running with other people in a supportive atmosphere where everyone is welcome no matter at what speed you run.
The session is an hour, but don't worry you won't be running for an hour. Each session comprises of warm-up and mobilisation, work on technique & strength exercises, running, cool-down and stretch to finish. The early weeks' running is very gentle, focusing very much on building a solid foundation of technique and strength, then as your endurance develops, we build more on run fitness.
The group sessions take place every Saturday from the 7th January at 11 am. As well as the Saturday sessions you are also given a weekly programme. This includes runs and strength/technique work and the runs the group need to do in the week before the next session.
The first session on the 17th is free so it'll give you a chance to try it out and see if it's right for you. If you do choose to sign up the cost is £75 for the following 12 weeks.
"I have wanted to run for over 30 years. I have read numerous magazines and tried alone on countless occasions. I was lucky enough to hear about Mike through another mum. After the first session I was surprised to find ,I had run, (slow jog in my case) with rests for 20mins. By the end of the 12 week course I could slow jog, whilst others ran, for 40 consecutive minutes. Mike works with what you bring to the table. I didn't bring much, but went away with quite a lot. He is kind, patient, encouraging, teaches 'everybody' on an individual basis as he observes what you are doing and advises the individual on what to do to improve performance. You never feel left out or feel 'rubbish' Further, he is able to answer any questions on nutrition and fitness with responses that make sense. I recommend Mike without reservation" - Enitan Akinde
"Taking part in the Walker to Runner 3 month programme was the best thing I did all year. I couldn't run for a minute at the beginning but at the end of the course I could run for 40 minutes. Michael's consistent encouragement and professionalism was brilliant. He is an excellent trainer. I loved this course." - Rochelle Scholar
"The course challenged us and helped us develop into independent runners – if someone had told me, at the age of 47 and who had not run any distance for more than 10 years, that I would be running for 40 minutes covering 8 kilometres in three months time – I would not have believed them." - Mark Pearson