Introduction to Running

Welcome to our introduction to running page, thank you for taking the first step towards Fairlands Valley Spartans.

Whether you are totally new to running or have run a bit in the past we are here to support you on your running journey.

Simple – We have a team of England Athletic qualified coaches to break everything down for you, we also have monthly ‘talkabout’ sessions to help your knowledge develop.

Never run before? – We have groups designed for all abilities right from complete beginners to elite athletes – most of our coaching team started in our ‘Starter group’ 

We are affiliated to UK Athletics and the Association of Running Clubs.

We’ve been going since 1984, so have almost 40 years of running experience.

For some of us just running for 30 seconds is an achievement to begin with, but some of our Starter group have gone on to complete marathons – what’s important is that you are taking the first step.

We are a friendly bunch, you’ll always have someone to talk to even if you come by yourself. We will introduce you to one of our coaches who will introduce you to other members and help you make new friends.

Worried about cost? – For up to 6 coached sessions a week and free access to an athletics track, membership to England Athletics (with lots of discounts attached), regular socials, winter and summer club races, access to expert advice on your running and over 300 members to support you – the annual fee is just £43 a year (please note that is a YEARLY total not a monthly one!!)

To join us, just email us at and we will start you on your journey.