Virtual Beginners Course

A 0-5K course with a difference

Our Virtual Beginners Course will have you running 5K in just 8 weeks! Alongside a small group of like-minded ladies, you'll be on this journey together, supporting each other to reach your goal.  You'll have a dedicated, qualified run-leader who will be on hand 24/7 via your private WhatsApp group and will provide tips, advice and encouragement at your weekly Zoom calls. 

Our next Virtual Courses start soon!


Dedicated Run Leader Support


Weekly Zoom Check Ins

Weekly Training Plan

Technique Guidance Videos 

Private Whats App Chat Group


Free Yoga and Strength Virtual Classes

Webinars on Nutrition, Sleep and More 

Access to our Facebook Community



Unlike the many do-it-yourself 0-5K apps, you’ll be taking on this challenge with a small group of ladies just like you.  You'll have a group chat to keep each other motivated and it is the support of the group and added accountability that will help you reach your goal! Plus you'll have a dedicated, qualified run-leader for your group to support you each step of the way.


You'll meet with your leader and the rest of the group once a week via Zoom.  During this call, your leader will talk through the activities for the week, give you technique tips and answer any questions you have. You'll also have a chance to catch up with the group and share how you've found the week.

Injury prevention is key when learning to run, and the best way to avoid injury is to warm-up and cool-down effectively every time you run.  With Athena's Virtual programme,  you'll have access to warm-up and cool-down tutorial videos to keep you injury-free.


This 0-5K course is led by qualified run-leaders who are there to support you throughout your journey.  The course begins with walk/run intervals over short distances then gradually builds with the aim of completing a 5k run by the end of week 8.  It is suitable for all abilities, even if you've never run before!

After the course you will be invited to progress to our Improvers Course or simply to join in our community and attend social runs.


We see Athena as more of a community than a club and we love the support our members give each other.  As part of the Beginners Programme you will have a private WhatsApp group with the other ladies on your programme so you can support each other to reach your goal.


You’ll also be able to access to our members-only Facebook page where you’ll have the support of many Athena ladies who have graduated through this programme themselves.  


During the programme, you'll get complimentary access to our new Members Area and virtual events, including weekly yoga and strength classes and a library of wellness webinars on topics including sleep, ageing well and nutrition. 


“Completed my first 5k when I'd always thought (because of being told from school) I was not 'sporty'.”

“Highly recommend Athena, very friendly, no pressure, a real community”

"Love the group support and the non-judgemental attitude of everyone from leaders to group members"


“Week 8 of my beginners course - my first 5k ever! Never thought I could do it”


One-off fee of £40 + £10 purchase of Athena high-vis which will be posted to you (fully refundable if you don't continue with Athena).

Next Groups...


Please note our Beginners groups are designed for people who are currently not running at all.  If you are running 5K, please see our Improvers Programme.  If you are running but not quite comfortable with 5K, please get in touch.

Red Beginners Group (Virtual)

11th January - 1st March

Zoom meeting: Monday evenings at 6:45pm