Virtual Improvers Course

Our Improvers Programme is designed to support those who have some running experience and would like to continue on their journey alongside other like-minded ladies.

Our Virtual Courses use the power of community support to help you reach your goal. We will give you the motivation and accountability you need to push yourself during this lockdown and come through the other side having achieved your goal and made some new friends along the way too.


Our 8-week Improvers programme is ideal for ladies who can run 5K but would like to improve their speed and technique alongside learning how to manage their own training.  We introduce you to different training methods and cross-training and teach you best practice to avoid injury longer term.  We will guide you on the first stage of developing your running and equip you with the knowledge and tools to continue on your own.


The programme is led by one of our qualified run-leaders who is there to support you every step of the way.  You can expect everything from hills and sprint work to easy runs and stretching classes.  Don’t worry, your run-leader will talk through each activity at the start of the week, so you’ll head out of your runs ready to tackle anything!


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.


We see Athena as more of a community than a club and love the support our members give each other.  As part of the Improvers Programme you will have a private WhatsApp group with the other ladies on your programme so you can support each other. 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 also have access to our new Members Area and virtual events, including weekly yoga and strength classes, wellness webinars, discounts and much more.


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

“After the 8-week Improvers course I did my favourite 5K route and I did it in much quicker! Also, any time I post on Facebook there is always lots of positive feedback which made me feel part of a community and inspired to continue towards my goals”

“I was surprised by how many different techniques we learnt to vary up our training and now find my running much more enjoyable.”

"Thanks to the beginners and improvers courses, I now run 2/3 times a week, between 5k and 10k. I couldn’t have done it without the support of Athena and still pinch myself today as cannot believe that in my mid 40’s I have now become a runner! What a great achievement!"

Improve your running this lockdown with


Next Groups...

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

Ruby Improvers Group- Virtual 

13th January - 3rd March 

Zoom meet time: Wednesdays 7pm

Pink Improvers Group - Virtual

15th January - 5th March

Zoom meet time: Fridays 11am

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