As Run Like a Girl continues to grow, we are beyond excited to add Stratford to the family tree.
The Run Like a Girl Beginners course is based on the Couch to 5km programme, originally written by the NHS and tweaked by us. It is an 8 week progressive plan, starting with short bursts of running and gradually building up week by week until you are able to run 30 minutes non stop. On graduation day you are presented with a lovely 'Graduate' medal. The cost of this course is £25.
The next Beginners course starts on Thursday 27th July
For those who might have completed the Beginners course or are able to comfortably run at least 5km or around 30 minutes, these sessions focus on improving pace and stamina. With a nice mix of timed runs, longer distances and a variety of speed drills, these sessions will challenge our runners and improve their overall performance. We hope to introduce an Improvers group to Stratford in September, stay tuned.
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Meet our team of friendly and supportive Running Leaders.
Rebekah Grayson-Richardson, Running Leader
I joined the beginners course in July 2016, as a Mum to a daughter of nearly two I wanted some 'me' time, as well as something to help shed the last of the baby weight.
I have no running history pre this group and was terrified by the thought of joining. Spurred on by a friend I signed up and I have not looked back.
I have thrived with the support of the other RLAG ladies and pushed myself through runs l never imagined I would do. Half way through the course I tried my first 10k and now 10 weeks after starting my running journey I have completed my second official 10k in 56 min! An achievement I would never have imagined possible without this support.
I work locally as a GP and hope my story can help other RLAG members and my own patients push themselves to become more than you think is possible.
Rachel Burdus-Cook, Running Leader
I've always loved sports & would happily run round a tennis court for ages but always thought I couldn’t just run for the sake of running, it just wasn’t my thing. My husband is a keen runner & I often wished I could just pop out for a quick 10k like he did!
Then one cold, rainy winters night in January 2016 I turned up for the new RLAG beginners course & that’s when my love of running began. My only goal was to be able to run for 30 minutes… By week 5 I was running 5k & 2 weeks after graduating I ran my first sub 30 minute 5k. I’ve honestly never looked back. RLAG is so much more than a running club, through it I have found a new passion, improved my fitness & made great friends.
Now I feel so proud to be a running leader, supporting other ladies on their running journeys to realise their goals.
We’re now a running family & I love how our running is inspiring our little boy to lead a fit & active lifestyle too.
Hannah Smith, Running Leader
I started my running journey in 2010 after having my second child. I was in a permanent state of exhaustion and it seemed like a great idea at the time! I signed up to a boot camp and a big part of that was running, I struggled, I was so unfit having spent the past 30 years actively avoiding anything active! But slowly I noticed an improvement in my fitness, and I started to use running as an opportunity to have some me time, the benefits to my overall health were immense and I was hooked.
I signed up for a 5k and loved the anticipation and thrill of the race – even though I’m not fast at all! Before I knew it a 10km was on my horizon. In 2014, I embarked on a year of challenges, from half marathons, to hilly 10kms and a triathlon.
One of the best things about my fitness journey is the friends I’ve made along the way, women that inspire me, we push each other to try harder and do better, even when we think we can’t take another step!
I’ve watched the Run Likea Girl journey from the start and was delighted when I heard it was coming to Stratford. I’m so excited to be part of the RLAG team. I think there’s something wonderful In seeing women encourage, empower and support other women and I’m very much looking forward to running with you!
I ran cross country as a teenager, enjoying the peace and the headspace. I’ve been relatively active ever since, and have now qualified as a fitness instructor. I’m not a fantastic runner but I still love the freedom that it brings. I’m running my first ever marathon later this year, for Bloodwise. I’m not expecting a great finish time but I’m just grateful that I can run.
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