Our Monday session
Meeting point: The Bird I’th Hand, Flixton Road, Urmston, M41 5DN
6.30pm (start date Monday 7th January )
Cost: £2 a session, no need to book in advance, just turn up
Starting with a fun group warm up, runners are placed into groups depending on ability (ranging from complete beginners to 5k runners). A run/walk session is then completed along a set 2.5k route. The session includes teaching points on how to run, and taught cool down stretches afterwards. Afterwards, we offer optional homework to our runners, which if completed, means runners can progress to the next level. If runners attend every session and complete all homework, we expect them to be completing their first 5k in 9 weeks.
Runners who complete the programme will attend a celebratory ParkRun with the #MileShyClub to complete their first 5k! Subject to club funds, we will endeavour to provide all finishers with goody bags.
Meet our coaches
Started running: I was a swimmer before I became a runner! When I got to swimming a mile 3 times a week, I wanted to give running a try. This was back in 2009.
Favourite race: The Great North West half marathon in 2015 in Blackpool. It was raining heavy sleet and snow, and the sea crashed onto the promenade. The wind on top of the cliffs was horrendous. But I completely smashed by personal best time of 2 hours 12 minutes by finishing in 1 hour 51 minutes which was completely unexpected!
Proudest running moment: So many to choose from. I think I have to say it was when I spoke to my friend who is a trainee nurse. She had trained and trained really hard for a race but she stopped midway to help another runner who had fallen. I just remember being in awe of her for sacrificing her race. I am sure I would do the same, or at least I would like to think so, and I remember being really proud of her (Clare) that day.
Started running: I can remember taking part in ‘fun runs’ as a child, and have always ran to maintain fitness. I started running seriously in 2011 after entering the Manchester 10k. My running continued until 2013 when I took a 4-year hiatus. I returned to running with the #MileShyClub in November 2017.
Favourite race: Sheffield 10k in 2007. It was one of the hottest days of the year, at 27’c, and I was dressed as a bear. Very warm, but all in aid of charity (Sheffield Children's Hospital).
Proudest running moment: Completing the Edinburgh Marathon in 2013. Amazing to complete it. However, I didn’t run for 4 years after it. Then I found the #MileShyClub...