Frequently Asked Questions
Please give me a call or drop me an email (see Contact page) if you have any concerns or questions about coming along to Sarah's Runners and I'll be happy to have a chat with you. But before you do, here are some of the most common questions:
Is there an age restriction?
Yes. You must be 16 years or over to attend however we do allow children over the age of 12 to run with the group, provided they run with a responsible adult/parent (please note that the adult must run WITH the child at all times). We have no upper limit! we have runners well into their late 70's still going strong.
Unfortunately we cannot accept children under the age of 12 years.
Will I get left on my own or lost?
Absolutely not. The whole philosophy of Sarah's Runners is to provide a safe and encouraging environment. Sarah herself usually runs at the back and 'sweeps' the group ensuring no-one gets lost or left behind. We also have printed route maps and extra coaches and assistants to run with you. All coaches carry first aid kits and mobile phones.
What do I need to wear?
For your first few times, just wear comfortable clothes suitable for exercise and the most suitable training shoes you have. After a couple of sessions though you really need to invest in proper running shoes which have been fitted by a specialist. We have a partnership with The Running Hub in Southborough who will watch you on a treadmill and fit you out with the correct trainers - they also offer a 10% discount for Sarah's Runners. If you're female, a proper sports bra is also a must. In the winter months when running in the dark, we also insist on a fluorescent/high vis top or vest. We have a limited supply of high vis vests which you can borrow on your first session, but you need to provide your own after that.
How do I join?
Just come along when you can, there is no joining fee or membership. It costs £3.00 per week which is paid when you come. Before your first session, you must print off and fill in a questionnaire and disclaimer - please bring these with you.
Do you run in all weathers?
Yes.. apart from if it's very icy and the pavement is dangerous.
How do I get up to date information?
We have a 'members only' group on Facebook - click here to join. This is our main form of communication and the best way to keep up to date.
I can run for about 4-5 miles already, can I still come?
Absolutely! we cater for 'intermediate' runners too with the option of a 5 mile run at each session. If you can run further and faster than that, the main Tunbridge Wells Harriers running club is probably better for you.
Is the group just in 'term time'?
Thursday evenings run all year round and we just take short break at Christmas time. Tuesday morning sessions only take place during school term time. Keep an eye on Facebook group, Twitter or the homepage of this site to keep up to date.
What should I eat or drink?
Have a small carbohydrate snack such as a banana, yoghurt or piece of toast and jam around 60-90 minutes before the session. You need some energy in your body and you won't run well if you're starving. Equally, please make sure you're fully hydrated and have been drinking plenty of water prior to the session. You can bring water with you in a small handheld bottle if you wish, but avoid carrying anything too heavy as it affects the way you run and could cause injury.
I'm really unfit, is the group really for 'complete beginners'?
Ideally you should be able to walk briskly for at least 20-30 minutes without getting too breathless, and be used to walking 2-3 times per week - before you even consider starting to take up running. If you're not at that stage yet, then spend some time walking briskly and getting a little fitter before trying the group. By complete beginner we mean someone who may be able to jog for 2-3 minutes, then have a walk break and repeat for 20-30 minutes or so. Most people are surprised by how much they can manage on the first session.
Will it be painful?
Absolutely not. Running should not hurt or make you too breathless. If it does, you're running too fast or doing too much. Our style at Sarah's Runners is to gently encourage you and to provide motivation and support. We don't push people too hard or make them do anything they don't want to (apart from stretching!).