Burning Questions Answered Here
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
To join the Jog/Walk complete beginner group, all we ask that you are regularly walking briskly for 30-40 minutes each week. You need to be able to walk before you can run. If so then you're good to go and we'll teach you the rest! a lot of people think they need to 'get fit' first which isn't true. Just come along.
If you're not quite at that stage yet, then spend some time getting fitter with walking and gentle conditioning.
If you're not sure, then just drop us a message.
For any of the other groups you run at YOUR pace. We don't set pace groups or expect you to keep up. You can walk if you want to and there's no pressure.
DO YOU RUN IN ALL WEATHERS?
We do! The only time we cancel the group is if there is snow, ice or in extreme heat which makes it unsafe to run. Check the 'News & Updates' page for information before you come and keep an eye on the Facebook Page. Just make sure you dress for the conditions.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We operate as a 'non-profit' community group. The session currently costs £4 (or £3.50 if you purchase a block of 10). There is no annual fee and you can pay week-by-week (booking and paying in advance online).
This covers running costs of the group, hire of facilities, coach training and expenses and first aid kits. We do not make a profit from Sarah's Runners.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR/BRING?
Proper running shoes are a must. They help protect you from injury and are a good investment. The Running Hub in Southborough offers a fantastic fitting service and discount for Sarah's Runners, so be sure to mention us.
A sports bra is also essential for females and we insist on high viz vest or clothing for evening road runs in the winter months.
Learning how to dress for the temperature is a dark art. Thin layers are good, so you can take off a top if you get hot. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it's 5 degrees warmer than it is. Feel chilly to start with, you'll soon warm up.
Also make sure to bring a drink with you so you can stay hydrated. Have this before and after the run. You don't need to take it with you.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE?
We have a range of members of all ages. The minimum age is 12 years. Children are welcome over the age of 12 although they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who must run with them. To run unaccompanied you must be 16 years or over. There is no upper limit! (our oldest runner is 81 years old).
CAN I RUN WITH A BUGGY OR DOG?
Due to insurance purposes we're sorry that we can't accept buggy runners or dogs.
I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION/HAVE JUST HAD A BABY, CAN I STILL COME?
If you are in a clinically vulnerable group or have been advised to sheild due to Covid-19 then please obtain advice from your team about whether it is appropriate for you to attend.*
We welcome and can support people with a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, cardiac conditions, mental health illness, diabetes, disabilities and other chronic conditions. Please just check with your GP that it's ok for you to exercise and drop Sarah a message before you come. We ask all runners to complete a joining form and medical screening form. Please keep us informed of any changes to your health. We treat all information with strict confidence.
If you've just had a baby, you are welcome to join us when you feel ready. Typically this is 6 weeks after the birth. It's really important to strengthen your core and pelvic floor after pregnancy if you want to run. Please speak with Sarah about this.
HOW DO I JOIN?
All sessions MUST be pre-booked. You cannot just turn up.
That's completely normal. Everyone is the first time they come. All we can say is that we offer a really warm and friendly welcome. We won't push you or make you do anything you don't want to and we won't leave you behind. If at the end of your session you say 'Oh that was fun, I can do that again' then we're happy. We are a really nice friendly bunch!
If you're really worried, have a previous serious illness or injury or have a specific concern, then you can book a 1:1 with Sarah before you come.