The 0-5km course is designed for people who are complete beginners that want to learn to run for the first time or are looking to get back in to running after years of not running. It is suitable for adult men and women of all fitness levels, age, shapes and sizes and there is no previous running experience needed. To date, people’s ages have ranged from age 18 to age 61.
The Clontarf course takes place on the Clontarf seafront. We meet on the Clontarf Road by the seafront across the road from Casa Pasta/Ebb&Flo etc.
The Sandymount course takes place on the Sandymount strand. We meet in the car park of the Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA club.
The Sutton course takes place on the Sutton strand. We meet opposite St. Fintan’s High School Sutton.
It is an 8 week course with 2 sessions per week, with each session being approx. 45 mins to 1 hour, which includes pre and post run stretching time.
The course costs €115 which is payable before the course starts. There is also a one week trial option of €15.
The running sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9.30am/10.30am and 7.30pm (Clontarf) and 7.30pm (Sandymount & Sutton). The morning and evening sessions run concurrently with each other, so you can switch between the morning and evening sessions whenever suits.
Most people miss some sessions during the course be it because of work, holidays, children, being sick, life in general. It is no problem if this happens as you will be given the intervals that you missed which you can do in your own time.
Each session is a combination of walking and running intervals. Each week, the amount of walking decreases and running increases gradually such that by the end of the course, everyone is running for 5km non-stop. There is no set speed for the running sessions, so everyone can run at whatever pace that they are comfortable with so no one is under any pressure to keep up with or stay back with people.
At the end of the course, the group takes part in an official 5km ParkRun race (Clontarf & Sutton, St. Anne’s Park; Sandymount, Poolbeg). This is a really special day for the group. Everyone gets such a sense of achievement when they do their first 5km run and the ParkRuns offer such a friendly environment to do it in. After weeks of training, getting to know each other, sharing stories, laughing (crying!) and egging each other on, to run your first 5km together is the perfect end to the course….and you can regale in your glory together for coffee afterwards.
The ParkRuns are at 9.30am every Saturday morning and are free to do. When you register for it, make sure that you put Coast Road Runners as your running club so that you are in with a chance to win the annual Coast Road Runner of the Year award!
The 0-5km courses take place every 6-8 weeks. See below to find out when the next course starts near you:
Wear runners that are designed for running. Regardless of the temperature, wear light breathable clothing. This applies for tops and bottoms. In winter it is better to wear light breathable layers that you can easily remove when you warm up rather than wearing heavy clothing.