Virtual Beginners Course
Learn to run 5K with us this lockdown!
Our Virtual Beginners Course will take you from 0-5K in just 8 weeks!
You'll be on this journey with a small group of like-minded ladies, 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.
Thanks to new funding kindly received, we are now able to offer our next group on a 'pay what you can afford' basis.
This is to reduce all barriers to participation, ensuring our course is accessible to everyone during lockdown to help you get active, stay motivated and feel less isolated.
Our thanks goes to Hertfordshire County Councillor Anthony Rowlands for his Locality Budget Grant, NHS Charities Together and St Albans Half Marathon for their support with our new project to target loneliness caused by lockdown through running and community support.
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
Come and Join Us!
Everyone is capable of learning to run if they have the right support around them. By completing the Athena Virtual 0-5K Beginners Programme, you will;
Learn to run 5K
Make new friends
Be encouraged to exercise safely outdoors
Improve your self-esteem
Have a positive focus during lockdown
Frequently Asked Questions
What is different about our course?
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.
How does it work virtually?
How is the course structured?
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. You will be set 3 runs per week to complete, each of which will take around 40 minutes. It is suitable for all abilities, even if you've never run before!
How will it help me feel less isolated?
Am I too old to join?
Do I have to live in the St Albans District?
To qualify for a funded or part funded place you must live in St Albans District as this is a condition of our grant. However, you can still join the group if you don't live in St Albans but will need to pay the standard price of £40.
What does it cost?
Thanks to funding kindly received, the next Athena Beginner Group will be on a 'pay what you can afford' basis. This is to reduce all barriers to participation, ensuring our course is accessible to everyone during lockdown to help you get active, stay motivated and feel less isolated.
Simply complete the form at the bottom of this page to let us know you are interested and how you think it will help you during lockdown. If you are in a financial position to be able to contribute a percentage of the cost, this means we can extend the funding to future groups. If times are financially hard at the moment, we have funding available to help you and look forward to having you running with us soon!
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.
Orange Beginners Group (Virtual)
15th February - 5th April
Zoom meeting: Monday evenings at 8pm
You can run at any time that suits you