We Go Again - New Beginners Take Their First Steps
Today we start our
3 mile journey but tomorrow...............The Marathon!!!!
Dudley Ladies now infamous beginners running course got off to a flying
start on Tuesday 15th April 2008 at Wombourne Leisure Centre.
Every year, club
founder, Rita Vanes organizes this very popular beginners running course for
women who have either never run before or else havenít run for some time and
it has proven to be extremely successful.
200 ladies again turned up to take their first
steps towards achieving
their goal of running 3 miles within 10 weeks, with even more additional
participants planning to come on the following Thursday
That was on top of the
existing membership of 200 plus members, so things were a bit hectic, good fun but
Rita welcomed and
addressed the thronging masses which totally filled the school theatre hall
and backed up out of the door 2 or 3 people deep.
Jackie Fellows spoke
from the heart and gave an excellent account of how she started and all the
benefits that she has got from running which would have motivated even the
most ardent couch potatoe, whilst Mary Lavender's witty speech full of anecdotes and dry humour about her
experiences again drew roars of laughter before Phil explained how he
makes himself useful and basically does everything that Rita tells him.
After the necessary
background information and preliminaries, Rita explained the basics to achieving
the 3 mile target and how they were going to do it before taking the crowd
outside to introduce them to Phil's warm-up routine and getting them to
rotate their hips before taking
their very first steps in their new sport.
It was nice to see the return of a number of old faces,
such as Helen Edwards, Janice Stanton and many many more returning from
taking time out for one reason or another. With so many hugs and
kisses, Phil must have thought he'd gone to heaven.
course which costs £25 aims to teach women everything they need to know
about running safely and includes a free medal, tee-shirt and certificate to
everyone who completes the course.
No one is ever turned away, so it's still not too late
for people to join.
If you want any further information or would like to
talk to Rita directly then you can email her on