Thank you so much to all the PP members who have posted - I was beginning to think there weren't any! (Although I know that's not true as I've seen some PP members at races). It does sound like it would be a good fit for me. And purple is my favourite colour (shallow, I know).
Literatin – I think that some running clubs are scary, even for people like me who are not complete beginners. The one down the road from me for example is a little intimidating (at least it appears that way from their website). If you were not confident, or a total beginner, I'm sure you would be put off joining a lot of running clubs.
I'm still around, just drowning in the madness that is the last few weeks of term. This year has been complicated by my youngest son starting school in September so I have nursery events and school events for him as well as for the other two. After this week is over, it should get a lot calmer! I am not popular with my husband at the moment who is coming in a very distant last place to children's events, work and running.
The running is going to plan although my long runs are still slightly too fast. I'm fine on trail surfaces but as soon as I get onto pavements, I speed up without realising it.
Will do a proper catch up when things calm down a bit. 5 days left of the school term...
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to this. I don't know if I would use the coaching, in the short term I suspect I wouldn't. I also wouldn't be doing loads of races, I am usually racing 4-5 x per year.
I could join another local club – but I sort of thought that they wouldn't look favourably on someone who joined the club and then never actually went to any training sessions, but just turned up for a few races with their shirt on. But maybe I'm wrong about that?
There is one within a 5 min walk of my house. But their training sessions are all in the early evening and there is no chance I can get to them. It is £22 per year (I think – their charging structure seems a bit odd). There is another a little further away which does have later training session and feasibly I could get to some but not every week. They are a little cheaper.
I guess it would be useful to know other people doing a race – particularly as I often tend to go on my own.
Purple patch running club – is anyone a member (either currently or previously)? Would you recommend it? I am thinking of joining, I've done a search on the forums and can't find much recent feedback about it. I can't get to a local club for training due to childcare/work commitments and I rarely run at the same times each week. But I would like to get training advice and reduced entry into races. I ran one of their races last year and it was a really well organised race (helped by the PB I got as well).