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Dudley Ladies Beginners Course 2018

This years Beginners course started on 17th April 2018, from Wombourne Leisure Centre, Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BJ and it's still not to late to join.

Around 80 ladies turned up eager to begin their new journey to become proficient runners

The evening started with Rita doing all the introductions, giving some background to the club and explaining what they would be doing and what to expect before allowing Phil the rare opportunity to speak in public

After the talk, the real work began when the group were taken on to the field for the first time and shown the Dudley Ladies way of warming up and stretching which will become their mantra over the coming weeks

Following the warm-up, the running proper began, starting off with Rita walking the group before slowly introducing longer and longer periods of running which everybody did with big smiles on their faces

So if you are just starting out and are interested in learning to run with other like-minded women, then Dudley Ladies "Official" 10 week course for absolute beginnersí is just the thing for you.

Women of all ages, sizes and abilities are there; some who are happy to take responsibility for them bring their kids, whilst the oldest lady is nearly 70. The smallest lady is size extra small and the largest being extra extra large

Everyone progresses at their own rate ...and some of last yearís beginners even went on to do the Great North Run and the London Marathon, so you're bound to fit in somewhere.

One of the reasons that the club is so successful is because it is women only which means you can just be yourself without any pressure to run faster or further than you want to or bother what you say or look like.

You will make loads of new friends and once you get involved, youíll never look back.

Beginners will meet at Wombourne Leisure Centre, in Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, WV5 8BJ on Tuesday's and Thursdays and LEAVE the centre at 7.00pm, so get there early if it's your first time.

You can either come Tuesday's or Thursday's or both Tuesday and Thursday it's entirely up to you.

We will also meet on a Sunday morning at 9.00am a bit later on if you want to do a bit extra.

When you come, park on the Ounsdale school car park next door to the Leisure Centre and then ask anyone wearing a blue Dudley Ladies tee shirt where to find us but Iím normally in the school dining room if you're stuck.

So just come along and try a session, there'll be no pressure on you or any obligation to join.

After that, if you think we're the club for you, you simply pay your £25 subs, join the club and get stuck in.

If you need any more info, check out our www.dudleyladies.co.uk website, the Official Dudley Ladies Facebook Page or email rita@dudleyladies.co.uk

Anyway, hope to see you there

PS/ If you can't make it just yet, then don't worry, people join the group all the time and when you see how the course is structured you'll understand why it is so easy for anyone of any ability to join


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Rita Vanes was the first to create and organise Beginner's Courses for women that wanted to learn how to run and this eventually set the benchmark against which other clubs are now judged.

Last year, about 100 ladies turn up to take their first steps towards achieving their goal of running 3 miles within 10 weeks , the youngest was about 14 years old and the oldest was over 70 with the smallest lady being size extra small and the largest being extra extra large

Rita, who carried the Olympic Torch in 2012 as well as receiving the Mayor's Award for all the work she has put into women's running has been organising these courses since 1996, first at Dudley Kingswinford where she established their beginners group and now at her own Dudley Ladies group based at Wombourne. 

Dudley Ladies Running Club has grown to become the largest ladies only road running club in the Midlands and following a number of high profile articles in various national running magazines and newspapers, Rita has been inundated with requests to set up ladies running clubs and beginners courses in areas as far a field as The Outer Hebrides, The Isle of Wight, Wales and Norwich. 

Rita says:-

ďThis beginner's course is the full monty where we start people off from absolute scratch and get everyone up to running 3 miles or over within 10 weeks. 

On top of that we show them all the basics of stretching, warming up and warming down, what shoes, bra and clothes to wear etc. 

The course is basically aimed at people who have either never run before, haven't run for some time or simply can't run for a bus and we teach them all the basic things that they need to know. 

During the course we have various people come in to give talks or demonstrations or promotions etc just to keep things fresh and interesting. 

On the physical side, I start them off with a little bit of walking and a little bit of running around the football field. 

This is so that they are not running on hard surfaces to start with and it gently eases you into running and builds you up slowly..

When I'm satisfied that everyone can cope with the field, we then take them out on to the Wombourne Railway walk to do an out and back type run. 

This is where I get them to run out for a certain number of minutes before turning around and running straight back. 

Over the weeks, I increase the amount of time until everyone either reaches or exceeds the one and half mile turn around point to achieve their 3 miles. 

Some of the runners will of course go on and do a lot more in the allotted time but believe me; everyone does it in the end. 

The beauty of this system is that no one ever finishes last or feels silly or that anyone is waiting for them and of course you progress up to doing the 3 miles in your own time at your own rate without anyone standing over you telling you that you've GOT to do this that or the other. 

I've been using this system for several years now with beginners and people will tell you that it works very well, hence the very low drop out rate. 

But having said all that, if youíre a runner who can already run about 3 miles regardless of the speed and want to run with the established group then just come along and join us whenever you can and see how you get on. 

You donít have to come twice a week because I try and make things as flexible as possible because I know the way things are for a lot of people but obviously, the more often you run then the fitter you will become. 

You don't have to pre-register or pay up front when you first come, unless you are certain that you want to make the commitment, you just turn up and then if you think that we're the club for you then you pay your subs in the second week.

We cater for women of all ages and abilities from absolute beginners up to seasoned marathon runners, so if the beginner's is too basic for you, as I said, I'll integrate you in to the main group and you can carry on from there."

So if you are a beginner that wants to join in with the fun and learn to run or you're an established runner that would like the safety and companionship of running within a large group, you can get further information by emailing Rita on rita@dudleyladies.co.uk


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Click on a thumbnail below to see pictures of a previous years group

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