Beginners Group

If you have any questions send Annette a mail (with your full name) and course number you want, we will get back to you as soon as possible


Milton Keynes is a 2020 European City of Sport, so a perfect time to start your running journey with Redway Runners, the club have pledged to deliver 20 beginners’ courses in 2020

The New Year Redway Runners beginners’ groups start from on the 11 January 2020 and at the end of the course you will take part in the free Milton Keynes 5K parkrun at Willen at 9am on Saturday 21 March 2020, so do put this date in your diary for graduation.

Details of the courses are below, the courses are free, but you will need to be a Redway Runners member (membership is just £5).

To join, click here once you have joined, in your on-line profile, select ‘events’ then beginners courses and ‘more’ and then the course you wish to attend. If you are already a member just log in to your Redway Runners Love Admin account, click here and select ‘events’ then beginners courses and ‘more’ and then the course you wish to attend. Once registered you will get a mail confirmation from us.



  • Saturday Morning
  • Sunday morning
  • Monday Morning
  • Tuesday evening Newport

Once you have completed the booking of the event then you will get a booking confirmation mail, try to bring this with you for week one, or a copy of the mail.

NOTE If you sign up for these courses your membership will last to the 31 March 2021

Please also sign up for club information and news at:

Redway Runners Running Expo

On Wednesday 22 January 2020 from 6pm to 9pm we have an Running Expo for you at Woughton Leisure centre in Milton Keynes, pop in anytime on the evening to see the range equipment for running, plus experts on niggles.

We will also have club run leads along to talk about the course, and anything about the club, plus will have samples of club kit for you to try on before you order on-line.

Course locations:

David Lloyd, Livingstone Dr, Newlands, Milton Keynes MK15 0DL

Mercedes, Delaware Dr, Tongwell, Willen, Milton Keynes MK15 8BA (enter the second entrance to training centre)

Splash n Play, Willen Lake new car park near cafe

Woughton Leisure Centre, Rainbow Dr, Leadenhall, MK6 5EJ

Campbell Park, Silbury Boulevard at roundabout junction with Overgate, next to canal

Willen Pavilion, 28 Portland Dr, Willen, Milton Keynes MK15 9JP

Wolverton House, Stratford Rd, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5NZ

Giffard Park Local Centre, 1-3 Knebworth Gate, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes MK14 5QD

Body Limits Clinic & Gym, 99 Wolverton Rd, Newport Pagnell MK16 8HX

If you are thinking of signing up – have a look at some feedback from our runners from the autumn 2019 groups, click here, and the press release for the group that graduated at the MK parkrun in March 2019 click here and feedback from the group  click here.

This could be you, so do not delay and sign up now.

Tell me more

These are 10-week courses, that you need to commit to, plus doing ‘extra’ sessions as homework and undertaking the free Milton Keynes 5km parkrun for the final graduation run.

Can under 16’s take part?
England Athletics do not recommend that children under 13 run as far as 5k and therefore our beginners courses may not be suitable for your child. The club has a under 16s section (more info click here) with an experienced coach who will use age appropriate distances for under 16s wanting to run. If you do decide you would like to bring your under 16 to a beginners or run with the club please check that the run lead is happy to take them before the run.

We are now offering a trial beginners group with limited spaces for 13 to 18 year olds apply as above but select the Tuesday 18:00 group (number 113)

I want to register two places on the course?
Both people need to join and register in their own name, so we know who we have on our courses

I would like to attend two courses, should I register for both?
Just register for the course that you will attend on for the first time, then we usually suggest that the other courses are available for homework sessions so you can get more than one run a week

I cannot attend the first week, can I still take part?
It is always best to attend the first week as we cover a lot of general information about the course, but if you really cannot attend the first session still register for the first session, then come along week two and make sure you introduce yourself to the run leader before the start of the run

Have they been held before?
The first beginners course hosted by Redway Runners began on 21 Feb 2012. There have been many courses since then, hosted by a number of our run leads and on a range of different days, both during the daytime, weekends and in the evenings.

Who is it for?
The course is aimed for those who haven’t run before or haven’t run for a while. For other runners have a look at our weekly runs, more info click here

How far should I be able to run at the start of the course?
You don’t need to be able to run at all before the course and it is suitable for almost anyone. You will work at your own pace and build up very gradually. Please note that there should be no medical reason which would make running dangerous for you and if in doubt please ask your GP before attending.

What will be involved?
Everyone can run at their own pace, starting off with a warm up and then moving into a mixture of running and walking that will build up over the course.

How far will I have to run?
The sessions are usually measured over time rather than distance and the run/walk intervals build up following a plan to prepare you for the 5km parkrun at the end!

How long will it last?
The course are 10 weeks, and about an hour each week. To get the most out of this course, you need to be able to set aside a couple more 1-hour sessions per week, but hopefully the running bug will last a lifetime!!

How much?
The course is free, but to take part you need to be a Redway Runners member, membership is just £5 and lasts to the 31 March

What do I need?
A pair of running trainers, some comfortable trousers, a drink and a stopwatch if you have one. If the weather is bad you will need appropriate clothing to keep you warm/dry.
For courses taking place in the evenings during October to February, you are strongly advised to have small torch or head torch.

At the end what can I hope for?
Hopefully you will be able to complete the free Milton Keynes 5km parkrun that is held on a Saturday morning (at 9am by Willen Lake) more details on this and to register click here Remember to put your club as ‘Redway Runners’.

How do I book?
If you are not a member, then click the join link above and join instantly on-line, once joined in your on-line profile click events, then select the course you wish to book.

If you are already a member, login to your Redway Runners profile and select events and then the course you want
Any general information about the club please use the ‘contact us’ tab on the main menu.

Sharing your journey

At Redway Runners we like to share details of runs and progress being made so we will often take pictures, sometime videos, to share on our social media and newsletters, so if you do not want this then this course might not be right for you.

Anything else I should be aware?
You should have a look at our runners guidelines and what happens on our runs for some general information, click here.

Steve Ashman created a great video form our January 2019 beginners groups graduatiing at Milton Keynes parkrun on Saturday 30 March 2019