Not everyone comes to us as a beginner, which is why we provide an Improvers Programme to support those who have some running experience continue on their journey alongside other like-minded ladies.


Our 8-week Improvers programme is ideal for ladies who can run 5K but would like to improve their speed and distance.  This course is designed to vary your training and improve your fitness which will in turn help you to increase your distance. 


Each week the programme is led by a qualified run-leader who is there to support you every step of the way. Over the 8 weeks you will complete varied run sessions from steady runs, to pacing runs, hills and sprint work. There will then be will then be two homework runs to complete in your own time.


At the end of the 8-week course you will then “graduate” at our local St Albans ParkRun, with the aim to improve that 5k time from 8 weeks prior! Don’t worry - you will surprise yourself on how far you have come! This course contains training elements that you are unlikely to do on your own, but with the support of a group of ladies it’s not so bad we promise!


We see Athena as more of a community than a club, and thats because of the support out members give each other.  At the start of the Improvers Programme you will be invited to a private WhatsApp group with the other ladies on your programme, enabling you to support each other as well as organise to meet for homework runs with ladies from your course.


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


We asked some of our graduates for their favourite thing about our Improvers Programme:

“I ran my first ParkRun and was able to run 5k nonstop after the Beginner’s course. After the 8-week Improvers course I did my second parkrun and I did it in under 28 mins! Also, any time I post on Facebook there is always lots of positive feedback which makes me feel part of a proper community”

“I will never forget my first 10k race. It felt amazing I felt crossing the finish line”

“I was able to run the Hatfield 5 mile and smashed my personal best time!”



Abbey View Track Building 

Verulamkium Park

St Albans


We host a new improvers group 4-8 weeks 

with a qualified UKA Affiliated Run Leader.

Athena standard membership (£20 per month)

+ £20 Improvers registration fee.


Next Groups...

Yellow Improvers Group 


Monday Evenings

23rd March - 18th May
(no session 13th April)

7:15pm meet for a 7:30pm run start

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