A group of runners are inspiring others to get fit this spring with the launch of a new beginners running course in Ryedale.
Pickering Running Club coaches are holding a new 12-week programme in April aimed at novice runners who need help and advice to get started.
It is the second year the group have run the course and previous “graduates” will be there to encourage and motivate the class of new beginners.
Pickering Running Club beginners’ graduate, Sally Raines from Amotherby, said the course is suitable for all ages and abilities.
She said: “I did the first beginners course two years ago and when I started I could hardly run from one lamp post to the other.
“But with the advice and encouragement of the Pickering Running Club coaches and support from the other runners my confidence just grew.
“This summer a few of us completed the York Marathon.
“This is something that we could never have dreamed of when we started the course.
“Taking part in the beginners course showed us that we can do anything we put our mind to – all you need is a bit of encouragement and plenty of good advice.”
The course, which will be based at Malton & Old Malton Cricket Club, will be led by experienced and qualified coaches with groups according to ability and progress.
It will cover all aspects of running including safety, health, nutrition, stretching, technique and clothing. The end-goal of the course is a 10km run by week 12.
Pickering Running Club currently has more than 70 members from across Ryedale.
A “twin-based club,” it has a clubhouse in Malton as well as in Pickering with its members enjoying weekly runs twice a week, as well as competitions throughout the year.
*The introduction course will cost £20 if beginners join on or before the welcome evening at Malton Cricket Club on April 9. Thereafter, the course will cost £25.
For more information visit: www.pickeringrunningclub.co.uk or Facebook/Pickering beginners running group.