East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire Athletic Network and The Washlands Women Runners are working in partnership to organise a women’s beginners running course.

No matter what level of fitness you are the running course welcomes women of any standard. Participants can start with walking and improve their capabilities throughout the course. By the end of the course all participants will become more confident and competent runners.

The sessions will be led by qualified leaders in running fitness who will support and encourage participants to run to the best of their ability. The sessions are open to females over 16 years.

The group will meet every Wednesday at Burton Rugby Club between 6.30pm and 7.30 pm. The ten week running course will run from Wednesday 24th April to Wednesday 26th June 2013. The cost per session is £1.00.

The project Run England is the Official England Athletics Recreational Running programme, which aims to get the whole nation running. The project will target women who are currently inactive or returning from injury to become recreational runners. At the end of the course participants will have the opportunity to feed into the Washlands Women Runners or Burton Athletic Club.

Patricia Newman, Health Development Officer said: “The running programme is a great opportunity for women wanting to get fit, try a new sport or get involved with something they used to do in the past. The running group will provide a supportive and motivating environment for beginners”.

It is recommended that adults should be physically active for a minimum of 150 minutes a week, which could be 30 minutes 5 times a week. Running or walking once a week will count towards this target.

For more information or an application form, please contact Patricia Newman, East Staffordshire Borough Council on (01283) 508191 or email patricia.newman@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or Catherine Pendlebury, South Staffordshire Athletics Network on 07800 619841.