2019 Beginners' Course

We welcome beginners and hold ten week 'Couch to 5K' training courses.  Our next course starts on Monday 1 April.   Details are on our lovely poster.  Click on the little picture to see it.

On April 1st (Monday) the Hardley Runners Club will be starting a Beginners' Running Course over a period of ten weeks. The first week we will meet outside Applemore Recreation Centre at 6.20 pm. The meeting place for the following nine weeks will be at Dibden Enclosure Car Park, at 6.30pm.

The Beginners' Running Course is for the absolute beginner and those that wish to return to running.   The course content is similar to the NHS "Couch to 5k" but with the added bonus of qualified run leaders. This year three more Club members have completed the England Athletics qualification.

Hardley Runners is a community based running club - we provide this course free of charge. However a donation to the Society of St James, that supports the local homeless population, would be most welcome. www.ssj.org.uk

Please feel free to contact our coach, Christine Harris, to find out more (07708 118114 or Landline 02380 844339 or energybar6@btinternet.com ). 

Scroll down for reports on previous courses.

2018 Beginners' Course

Last year's course ran from March to June 2018.    Click here to see the poster.   

15 June - Coach Chris writes, "It seems a long time ago that we all met outside Applemore Recreation Centre on March 26th, on a chilly but sunny evening.

This was the start of the 2018 Beginner's Running Course, 18 people registered.  This number obviously changed over the following 12 weeks, at times we gained people , other times people felt running was not for them. But each meeting was always jolly and fun, as our new team ran around the field just waiting for Paul's final whistle to blow! Several ladies made the final session, running for 30 minutes. This was followed by two training sessions as an introduction to Hardley Runners.

I am really pleased to say 6 ladies are joining Hardley Runners. However a running club is not for everyone, several people have met new friends and running buddies.

Thank you to Paul for his commitment and enthusiasm, not forgetting all the Hardley Runners who have supported the runners over the last months."

30 April - Coach Chris reports, "This week will be our 6th week  - 1/2 way mark .  The number of people has been very constant approx: 23 enthusiastic runners. A few people have decided running is not for them, but they have given it a go. They have been replaced by others who have heard about the group. Once more each session is well supported by our Hardley Runners. A huge thank you to Paul, who as usual is doing a splendid job. Chris"

Previous Courses

We look after our beginners (scroll down to see more) and hope they will join our club.  But whether they do or not we hope they will keep on running.

7 June 2017.  Coach Christine Harris writes,

The Next Step

An extra group has been created within the training schedule for the Beginners on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. There will be ample support and guidance from the coach taking the session , plus the other three coaches Andy , Steve and Ian. Not forgetting Paul and of course all the Hardley Runners, several you have already met.

I would suggest you initially take part in one training night , choosing a session with a short run out , the track is ideal as you warm up when you arrive. Any concerns contact the coach who is taking the session (details on the training page) Alternatively you could travel to the nearest car park , but consider the safety aspects , do go in pairs. Always inform and the discuss with the coach taking that session.

Each session starts at 6.30pm, aim to try arrive 10 minutes before to introduce yourself to the coach . Please check the schedule carefully: normally we meet outside Applemore Recreation Centre or Hardley School track, here you can park inside the school gates (the first set after the funeral directors).

Good Luck, just keep running, Chris

Coach Christine Harris writes,

Click on the little picture to see a rather happy photograph of our Beginners Group following a very successful pyramid session in Fawley Enclosure.  Just one week to go, to complete the 11 week course. Once more our Beginners were supported by several Hardley Runners. Thank You Chris


After 5 weeks our beginners' group look fighting fit.

Coach Christine Harris said, "This evening all our folk coped well as they ran for 5 minutes and walked for two minutes X 5. There were 14 people in tonight's group, we were joined by one new gentleman. We welcome new people at any time, during the course. As you see by the photograph there is lots of support from Hardley Runners, which always makes for a jolly evening!"




There is no obligation to join Hardley Runners, however you may consider this when you achieve your final goal to run 5k!

So come on; we all understand the benefits of regular exercise so here is an opportunity to meet a new group of friends and at the same time take in all that Beautiful New Forest Scenery! 

For more information please contact coach Christine Harris: 07708 118114 or Landline 02380 844339 or energybar6@btinternet.com


Our Spring 2016 Course

Coach Chris Harris writes,

"Following the last meeting of a 10 week Beginners’ Running Course, the ladies cheerfully and comfortably ran a scenic 5k run through Fawley inclosure. Unfortunately five people were on holiday & Kitty picked up a cold but came along to say thank you.

Again the course has been successfully led by Paul & well supported by Kim. Many thanks to the Hardley Runners who have come along to run alongside the ladies - Martin, Tiff, Mark, Mel ( who took part in last year's course ) and Steve.

The poster shows them with their certificates.  Click on it to see the full size version.

The next Step 

An extra group has been created in the Training Schedule for the Beginners on a Tuesday evening. Support will obviously come from the coach taking the session.  Initially Kim will run with this group offering support & guidance as necessary.

Two weeks later the Beginners will be covered by Chris & Kim.  Of course Paul will be at training.  In just over a month on Monday July 18th a social run will take place for the Beginners (or improvers) on the field as you come off the pelican crossing into Dibden Inclosure.  Meet at 6.20 ready to run at 6.30 pm.  This will be a loop back type of run to keep all together, just to touch base and discuss ways forward if required.

If there are any problems please contact me on 07708118114  

Well Done and Keep Running, Chris"

Chris is far too modest to mention this lovely comment on the Hardley Facebook page,

Hi All, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Hardley Runners - Chris, Paul, Steve, Mel, Naomi, Kim.. The beginners course has been fantastic, and thanks to the brilliant coaching, advice and motivation I am now able to run 5k and enjoy it!!

I really hope to be able to keep improving and get to join the training sessions - what a great team you are, many thanks! x

Our first course

Starting in March 2015, our previous 10 week course for beginners took them from a standing start (first picture, looking a bit apprehensive) to being able to run 5K (second picture, looking supremely confident and fit). 

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