Love to Run!
Our free*, fun running programme to take you from 0-5k in 10 weeks
Takes place annually January - April
For those currently running with Love to Run, the training plan for weeks 6-11 is available to view or download here.
Eton Manor AC's 0-5K running programme that has got hundreds of local people running and reaching their goal. It aims to take you from any level of past or recent running experience - even no running experience at all - to completing a 5K distance in 10 weeks.
Who is it for?
The programme is suitable for anyone aged 16+ who is not currently able to run 5K, whether a complete beginner or returning to running. If you can comfortably run 5K, consider joining our regular club training sessions instead.
Love to Run offers the opportunity to run in a safe and sociable environment while running/jogging with others of similar abilities, led by qualified Run Leaders and volunteers from our club. How fast you can run is not important - no one is too slow!
How does it work?
The Love to Run programme is based on running three times a week. Two of those are offered as led group sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm for up to an hour. Your third session should be run independently, but often can be coordinated with other runners from the group to run locally together.
If you're only able to attend one of the led sessions each week, or even only attend occasionally for led support, but are able to follow the programme and complete sessions independently, don't worry - you're still welcome to join. The training programme will be given to you to follow, with advice available from our leaders and other runners whenever you need it.
Each week, the runs will progress to extend your endurance by running for slightly longer periods of time and distance. Your 5K target run event will take place at the beginning of April. The parkrun location will be agreed with the group at the beginning of the programme, usually at a local parkrun event where you can take part together.
Is it free?
Yes - we work hard to keep Love to Run free of charge each year, but due to high demand, have introduced a deposit scheme.
Places are limited for Love to Run, so from those who can, we ask for a £10 deposit to guarantee your place, all sessions, support and your 5K run event. We'd love for you to stay with us after completing the programme, so your deposit is redeemable against membership of Eton Manor AC to help continue your running from April onwards.
If you don't want to join the club after completing Love to Run, your deposit can be refunded to you, or donated to us or a charity on your behalf.
If you don't complete the programme through regular attendance and completion of the 5K event, you may lose your deposit.
We'll only ask for your deposit after you've attended your first session.
How do I book my place?
The next edition of the programme will be open for registration from January 2020.
Love to Run is supported by London Borough of Waltham Forest, Better (GLL) at Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre and England Athletics through Run Together.