Absolute Beginners Group/New to Runners
Note this group is only populated
during a N2R course.
425 runs are distances of 4 to 5 miles, based on the published club routes.
If you are now a little more confident, having graduated from a new to running course, or already have a basic level of fitness and are able to run around 4 miles, then lace up your trainers and join this group. This is the perfect stepping stone for you to build up your fitness and confidence to the longer club runs while enjoying the company and having a chat with like minded people on the way. 10k and beyond will soon be a realistic target.
You will probably be running at about 10 minute mile pace!
You may have already done some running before or progressed from the 425 group as your fitness levels improve. Thoughts of entering a race are now getting stronger and your fellow runners in the Improvers group are probably encouraging you to do so. The routes taken by the Improvers Group are pretty much the same as those of the next levels up with mustering points designated on the route maps although the group leader may decide that some of the [blue trace] shortcuts are in order for a particular run. See route maps for short-cut details.
These runs will be longer than those of 425 group - you will be looking at 45-55 minutes on feet perhaps a little longer in summer when the off-road routes are the norm.
You will probably be running about 9.5 - 10 minute mile pace!
This group will up the tempo
from the Improvers group. The runs will probably be up to an hour on feet
- maybe a little more in summer. You will probably even own a pair of
off-road running shoes by now - such is your enthusiasm. Routes will pretty much
cover the full distance as described on the standard route maps - without taking
many 'shortcuts'. Expect to break out in a sweat and require a little time
to catch your breath after pushing on up some of those hills around Biddulph.
Mustering at and from mustering points is still done.
Note that there will inevitably be overlap between groups. The main aim of all of this is to have fun, maintain and/or improve fitness whilst sharing that delight with fellow runners ......
Good Running ALL!