have several training groups at Trentham to cover all abilities from the
absolute beginner who has never run before, right through to elite, race
Absolute Beginners Group
You may have woke up
this morning and looked in the mirror and saw bits of you that weren't
there before and decided that it's time you did something about it. You
may have run years ago, but the thought of now pulling on your trainers
and heading out in public frightens the life out of you. The thought of
running a 10K race fills you with dread to the very core. This group is
This group have a series of 'Run England' 10 week programmes starting
throughout the year led by qualified 'Run Leaders' aimed at people who
have not run before.
You will probably be running/walking at 12-13 minute mile pace!
Okay, you now own a pair of proper running shoes and feel more like a
runner now. The thought of racing a 10K still harbours fears of the
light fading before you crossed the line, but if you did run one you'd
probably complete it in about an hour. You feel ready for a bit more of
a challenge and maybe looking to push on to that next level. You still
like to keep it steady and like a chat on the way round the 5-6 mile
route. This is the
group for you!
You will probably be running at 10-11 minute mile pace!
progressed through the intermediate group and feel confident to move to
the next level. You may also be doing some races at this stage if that's
what floats your boat! The emphasis in this group is still on inclusion
and the group regularly musters back to the slowest runner in the group
to make sure we stay together. You might find these runs are a bit
longer than what you're used to in the steady group being 6-8miles, but
hey, you're an athlete, you're ready for that!!! You may be able to jump
straight into this group if you've run before (but running for the bus
doesn't count). You may encounter mud if there is any to be found in a 3
mile radius of the club.
You will probably be running about 8-10 minute mile pace!
This bunch of intrepid souls have run their way through the
intermediate group and have been told to leave as they now run too fast
for them. These sessions are a little more structured and Richard
publishes a regular training schedule (see below) with fancy words like
Pyramids and Fartlek in them. No-one really knows what he's talking
about but we just humour him and nod when he talks. You can expect to
come back from these sessions a little sweaty and thinking your lungs
have gone on shrunk to the size of a beer can.
You will probably be running about 6.5-8 minute mile pace!
There isn't really one fast group as such but rather 2 or three groups
that go out, sometimes together and comeback separately. Whichever group
you go in you will be running so fast that traffic coming in the other
direction will start to blur and distort. When you get back to the club
you may find your watch is 'out-of-sync' with someone in the beginners
group by as much as 2 seconds. This group is made up of the Trentham
Elite you might say and some runners will aspire to join this select
band of racers who will talk you silly with tales of 'Sub 36 10k' and
the time they ran the Marathon in 2hrs 11mins and 22seconds and they
would have been faster if their shoelace didn't come undone at 25 miles!
You will probably be running about 5.5-7 minute mile pace!
Richard's improvers group usually plan about 8 weeks in advance, and the most
recent schedule will be posted on this page when available.
The latest Training Schedules are available