Beginners Group

Quakers Running Club is a friendly, community based running club in Darlington, made up of runners of all abilities. We all started somewhere, so we appreciate that taking your first steps in running is not necessarily easy.

With this in mind, we are pleased to offer a 10 week course for absolute beginners, or for those who haven’t ran for some time and wish to take it up again. Over 10 weeks, we will help you to run 5K (just over 3 miles in old money!) continuously.

You’ll start with a mixture of walking and running at first, but with the help of our friendly and supportive coaches you’ll gradually increase the amount of running you are doing.

At the end of Week 10, we’ll have a crack at a local parkrun together!

Start Date: We are pleased to announce enrolment is now taking place for our next Beginners Group which will start on Tuesday 27th August 2019, further details to be made available in due course.


The course is made up of two club sessions per week (6.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings), with a third session to be undertaken in your own time. Our last few Beginners Groups have proved extremely popular, and in order to ensure that those who sign up receive the same high quality level of coaching we have limited the size of the group on this occasion to 20. Places on the group will be allocated on a ‘First Come, First Served’ basis.

To book your place please follow the two simple steps outlined below.
If you have any questions about the training involved, please contact us at 
If you have any issues with making payment, please contact us at

Venue: We meet at Abbey Road Sports Field and will be using the streets and local parks around the area, however, as the group progresses, we will move further afield.

Cost: £10 for a 10 week course, however you will be offered the opportunity following the completion of the course to become Club Members, and your initial £10 will then be deducted from your membership fee. You can pay the course fee on-line.

How do I book a place on the next Beginners Group?

  1. Complete our Member Registration Form
  2. Make payment of £10 – once you have completed the Membership Registration Form (and thus created your Member Profile), you can pay for the Group online via your Member Profile page.

Not new to running, but want to run with others? Quakers Running Club meet every at 6.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Abbey Road Sports Field, and provide a main structured training session, alongside a number of steady run groups. Come along one night to find out more!

Please note that Quakers Running Club does not maintain a Junior Section, or offer training to Junior athletes. We are therefore unable to accept anyone under the age of 18 on our Beginner’s Groups. 

For more information, contact