Woodthorpe Huffers and Puffers

The Friendly Running Club

 
 

When is the next Learn 2 Run Course?

The Learn 2 Run Course (L2R) is an important part of what the club does.  Details of the next course will be posted in the Beginners section of this website. 

The L2R group always runs on a Wednesday at 6.15pm and does not run on any other evening.

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I cannot make the Learn 2 Run Course on Wednesdays / I cannot wait until your next L2R – but I want to learn to run!

In the Beginners section of this website there is a ‘Learn 2 Run’ guide which you can follow yourself if you want to teach yourself to run two miles.  You will see that it has ‘homework’, which are short pieces of exercise that we suggest you do if you attend the Learn 2 Run Course.  Just coming along to the weekly sessions would not be enough in itself for you to be able to run two miles without stopping after ten weeks; you will need to do your homework!  The weekly session provides the motivation to keep you going as well as an opportunity for you to measure your development/improvement and to be part of a group where everyone is of a similar level and shares the same goal.

We hope that at the end of the L2R that you will want to join Woodthorpe Huffers and Puffers.

The Learn 2 Run course includes instruction on a ‘warm up’ before each run and a ‘cool down’ after each run – it is important that before each run that you prepare your body for exercise and after each run that you take time to stretch – this will reduce the risk of injury and improve your flexibility which will help improve your running.  There is information about warming up and cooling down on the UKA website and on YouTube.

If you have an existing medical condition or have not taken part in physical activity for some time, we recommend you consult your GP or practise nurse BEFORE YOU TAKE PART in Huffers and Puffers sessions. If you have any medical conditions, disability, allergy (to penicillin), special needs requirements or any allergy then please provide full details when running with Huffers.

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I can already run two miles - can I join the Huffers?

If you can already run two miles then please come down on any of the evenings that Huffers meet to see if we are the right running group for you – either Wednesday at 6.15pm or Monday at 7pm– we suggest that you avoid Saturdays as we sometimes meet earlier if we are doing an ‘away run’. 

The group was set up to be inclusive to encourage people to take up running as a fun exercise.  Huffers encourage runners of all abilities – come along to meet the Huffers there is no need to email for permission, simply turn up and make yourself known to someone as a new runner.  Huffers is a friendly group, we can all remember how difficult it is to turn up as the ‘newbie’ so we will be kind and understanding!  We will pair you up with someone to run with so that you will not be left behind or be left running by yourself.  We are happy for people to run with us a couple of times before committing to joining the group.   If you are training for a specific event there are a number of members in Huffers who have the ‘Leadership in Running’ from UK Athletics so we can offer advice to support your race preparation.

If you can consistently run a sub nine minute mile and want to improve your pace you may find that we are a little slow for you.  If you are lucky enough to be able to run at that pace then there are plenty of local clubs who may better suit your needs - details are available at www.UKA.org.uk We do have runners who can run sub nine minute miles so do not be put off if you are speedy – come along and run with us!

Whatever your pace you are very welcome to come along to run with us; we run a variety or routes and distances and change the routes each quarter.

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I am not sure if I can run or two miles without stopping/ I can run two miles but I get overtaken by other runners when I am out running and think that my pace might be a little slow for a running club

We are more concerned that you can run two miles without stopping than the pace at which you run.  So we suggest that you try to run two miles on a flat road at a sedate pace at which you can still comfortably speak to someone – the idea is not to get out of breath but for you to be able to maintain the activity of running/jogging over a two mile distance.   Do not be concerned with the pace of other runners (or walkers!).  What is important is that you can keep going no matter how slowly – your pace will develop with time.  Huffers is about providing a safe environment to support people learn to run, a supportive environment to enable people to develop as a runner and to have fun.

The runner in our club who best shows the Huffers spirit runs at a modest pace.  During her three years membership she has develop her stamina and has run many 10km races, the Great North run and the Robin Hood Half Marathon all at her own pace.  Each year through her dedication she has improved her pace.  So you do not have to be able to run a ten minute mile to join Huffers.

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Can I just come along before committing to joining Huffers?

There is no need to contact Huffers for permission to join us for a run or to notify us that you intend to come along – at this point I should point out that there is no difference between running and jogging and so if you are a jogger please come along and you can jog whilst we run beside you!  We do ask that you can run (or jog) two miles without stopping;  we are not bothered about your speed/pace!  So if you can run two miles without stopping then come along to Thackeray’s Lane Recreation Park – we suggest Wednesday at 6.15pm, this is the night when the whole club runs together and so there is the biggest cross section of running ability.  If Wednesday is not convenient then please come along on a Monday at 7pm.  We will make sure that there is someone to run with you so that you will not get lost!

There is parking available in Thackeray’s Lane Recreation Park as well as on the surrounding roads; sometimes the car park gets full as other people use the park; please be considerate to other park users.

You will need a decent pair of running shoes, loose stretchy clothing, water and, if a woman, a sports bra!  If you do not have bright clothing then we can loan you a hi-viz vest for the evening. 

If you have an existing medical condition or have not taken part in physical activity for some time, we recommend you consult your GP or practise nurse BEFORE YOU TAKE PART IN Huffers and Puffers sessions. If you have any medical conditions, disability, allergy (to penicillin), special needs requirements or any allergy then please provide full details when running with Huffers.

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I am thinking about doing the Race for Life/10km/Robin Hood Half Marathon can Huffers help me prepare?

A number of the runners at Huffers have attended the ‘Leadership in Running Course’ provided by UK Athletics.  We do not offer a personal trainer service; however, we can give you advice as to how to prepare for your race, what other training might be useful and we can discuss with you what goals you may want to meet along the way to achieving your goal. 

We offer a varied programme of running: our routes change each quarter; and the routes clearly explain where to cut short your run to adapt it to your needs.

If you have an existing medical condition or have not taken part in physical activity for some time, we recommend you consult your GP or practise nurse BEFORE YOU TAKE PART IN Huffers and Puffers sessions. If you have any medical conditions, disability, allergy (to penicillin), special needs requirements or any allergy then please provide full details when running with Huffers.

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Is there a minimum age?

We cannot allow children to run with the club even when accompanied by an adult.  Woodthorpe Huffers and Puffers is an adults running club and those leading the runs have not been CRB checked which would be necessary for children to run with us.  So adults only!

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