Nice one Dave!
I've been plucking up the courage to join my local club for ages. It's stupid really, 'cos I know they'll be really welcoming. They're quite small, but very active - their website shows all the routes that they use, with pictures as well! Each weekend they do a long run, with 3 different lengths on a similar route, so you can choose how far to go.
They're only in the next village, and I've seen them run past my house a few times.
OK, that's it - I'm going to join after my 10k on Sunday! It will be invaluable in the winter months, as I don't have any street lights around here, and they organise routes in the larger villages around here where there is lighting.
Kate Speed wrote (see)
I emailed someone from WRN in Swansea this week. Had a reply saying that she couldn't help as I wouldn't be good enough until I had done a beginners course and she wasn't going to be running one for a while. She then went on to totally contradict herself by saying that WRN is for runners of every ability - pah! It's put me off trying anywhere else now in case they all tell me I'm too crap...... Never mind, I shall carry on plodding away by myself.
Kate, I am really concerned someone from the WRN said this to you. I run the beginers group for South Manchester and I would be furious if people we're going away from contacting the WRN feeling like they weren't good enough.
Would you be kind enough to PM me and tell me what happened?
I also know Rio! from the forum is a WRN laydee from S.Wales and she is one of the nicest people on here, maybe she can help.
I have messaged you Farnie - hope it gets to you OK. The e-mail she sent me wasn't nasty or anything like that - she sounded very nice, it was just a bit "sorry I can't help you, contact someone else" kind of thing. I have contacted someone else - I'm not put off that easily , but I was left feeling as if I'm not good enough and that WRN aren't particularly helpful if you're a beginner.
Helen, I'm in Killay although I often go down and run along the sea front - there's too many steep hills in Killay!
but I was left feeling as if I'm not good enough and that WRN aren't particularly helpful if you're a beginner.
What a shame, because, everyone is good enough, everyone, even if you are still a walker, you should still be accomodated. And the WRN should be the perfect place for a beginner.
Also, Joanne, it is the responsibility of the group organiser to find out what standard people are and work out a route/training session that fits. It is not your job to tell them what you can and can't do, its for them to find out and act accordingly.
Right - thats it, everyone pack your stuff, you're all coming over to Manchester!
The sea front sounds like a great place to train, especially as that is where the 10k is!! I will def post when I am next in Swansea, should be in about 4 weeks or so.
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