if you have a question, you may find it’s already answered below in our FAQ, however if you can’t find the answer then please contact us
Where and when are the sessions held?
Our current locations are Stourport Sports Club (Kingsway, Stourport, DY13 8BQ) on Monday evenings 6:30pm-7:30pm; Tenbury Leisure Centre (Teme Court Teme Street, Tenbury Wells WR15 8SF) on Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:00pm and Wyre Forest (Callow Hill, Kidderminster, DY14 9XQ) on Thursday evenings at 7:00-8:00pm. Click on the locations tab for more information
What's the difference between Run Fit, Run Fitter and Next Steps?
Our Wyre Forest and Tenbury Courses have 2 groups – The Run Fit programme which is suitable for complete and improving beginners based on the ‘Couch to 5k’ course; and the Run Fitter programme will focus on improving speed, stamina and endurance. The Stourport group has a third ‘next steps’ group for those who can maybe walk and jog 5k but not quite ready for the improvers group. We’ll ask you which group you would like to start with but you are welcome to change groups part way through the course – this is your course and we want you to feel like you’re getting the most out of your running.
I've never run before and have zero fitness, can I take part?
Of course you can! Not being able to run makes you the perfect candidate for our Beginners Run Fit group.
The programme is a gentle and progressive plan which takes our members from being complete novices to running 30 mins non stop in 10 weeks.
I already run a bit but am interested in improving my fitness / speed, will this group be suitable for me?
Yes! The Run Fitter group will provide you with a range of varied interval sessions that will enable you to improve your speed and fitness week after week!
I’m an experienced runner; will I benefit from these sessions?
Absolutely; the Run Fitter sessions are for anyone wanting to run further or faster – whatever your current starting point! With encouraging coaches and interesting sessions planned you’ll be able to push yourself more in the group situation than you would on your own.
How long does a session last?
Each session lasts around 60mins and will include a thorough warm up and cool down.
Do I have to be able to run a certain speed or distance?
Absolutely not; everybody is welcome! We are experienced coaches and will adapt the sessions for individual needs. No prior experience is necessary.
What if I can't keep up with the group?
Don’t worry – no one gets left behind! We tailor each session to suit a range of abilities so everyone will feel part of the group and we have tail runners when we’re out and about so no-one will be at the back on their own.
I'm unable to commit to every week, for example if I have a holiday booked, will I fail?
The programme is most effective when each progressive step is completed between 1-3 times per week, although this does not mean you will fail if you can’t commit to every workout. We realise that work, family and life in general can make it a little tricky to get out for regular runs. If for whatever reason you fall behind in a couple of sessions then just pick up where you left off. We can let you know what has been covered in the session(s) you missed so you can have a go at a time that suits you.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for taking part?
Unfortunately our minimum age is 14.
There is no maximum age.
Do I need expensive running shoes to take part?
We recommend that a good pair of well fitted running shoes (not necessarily expensive) are part of your essential kit, although this is something you may consider investing in once the running bug is well and truly established. Until then, a pair of gym/regular/cross trainers will be just fine.
What if I can't run 5km by the end of the RunFit course?
Although the programme is based on the couch to 5km programme, we feel it should really be called ‘couch to 30 mins programme’ as essentially that is what it is. Therefore, being able to run 5km by week 10 of the programme isn’t actually the end goal…..running 30 mins is. Some manage 5km in that time, other’s don’t, regardless we will support and coach you until you can indeed manage that 5km benchmark.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing such as leggings/trousers, tshirt/vest and a top layer such as a sweater or waterproof jacket on the colder nights. You can pick up some very reasonably priced active wear from most supermarkets as well as sports shops these days. Online, the world of fitness clothing is your oyster! We also have some custom Tri Energy kit including hoodies, jackets and running vests – if you’d like to treat yourself to something just let us know!
Is there parking and toilets available?
Yes. There is ample parking at all 3 venues but please check the ‘location’ tab for further information on parking, toilets and showers.
I've just recovered from injury, would the group be suitable for me?
The answer to this depends on the nature of your injury and the point of your recovery phase. As general advice, we would recommend you start the beginners course and see how you get on.
If I come to the group, should I be doing any other training in between sessions?
For the Beginners RunFit programme to be successful, it is recommended that you repeat each session up to two more times within the same week although this isn’t compulsory, we understand that you can’t always get out for a run. For the Next Steps and RunFitter programme it is also advantageous to do 2 more runs in the week between sessions. As a general rule, any type of cross training to compliment your running is usually a good thing, be it yoga, pilates, strength/conditioning or any other type of sport.
How much does it cost?
The 10 week course costs £40 which enables you to enjoy and achieve in your running whilst meeting other like-minded people and thriving in a friendly and supportive group environment. The RunFitter course has an option of £5 pay as you go.
*** Please note those doing the pay as you go option will not be entitled to a medal at Graduation Run. To get the most out of what the course has to offer, we would therefore strongly encourage you to join the whole course from the outset
Can I just come along to the session or do I need to sign up?
All runners need to be registered with us first. You can register here. You then need to either book onto the course in full which you can do via the ‘locations’ tab or, if you are an improver or next steps wanting to come on a pay as you go basis, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check we have spaces
What happens at the end of the 10 week programme?
We will have a Graduation run at the end of each 10 week course and you will receive your well earned Graduation Medal! Details of the Graduation Run will be covered on week one of your course.
How can I keep up my running once the course is over?
Tri Energy is a growing running and triathlon club who aim to introduce people to sport and keep them there! We will be continuing to put on further run courses and also multisport events that you can get involved in. Sign up to the Tri Energy mailing list or like our Facebook Page to follow our news and updates.