Bournville Harriers Guide for Newcomers and New Runners

At Bournville Harriers (BvH) we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club to all runners, where personal improvement, participation and enjoyment can be allied with performance and achievement as a team.We have members with a wide range of abilities, experience and achievement – from beginners right up to European Champions, so there will be no problem in finding suitable running buddies.

Our aim is to support and encourage all members to achieve their aspirations, whether as an individual or as a member of one of our teams, and enjoy the experience of running as a club.  To help achieve this we have a number of qualified coaches and mentors and provide dedicated coaching sessions on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Experienced Runners

Experienced runners, looking for a new club and a new challenge, are always very welcome to join and support our ambitions as an improving team in the region.

Our Club training times are highlighted in our about us section.

Further details on our membership and how to join us is here

New Runners/Beginners

If you have never run before but fancy giving it a go, you might want to consider joining our popular Beginners’ Course.  This is held in the spring and caters for the complete beginner or anyone who is coming back to running after a long absence.

During the dark evenings of autumn and winter it can be very difficult for us to effectively and safely manage complete beginners.  Therefore, for anyone thinking of joining the club, we recommend a minimum requirement of being able to run/jog 4 miles, (this is our shortest club route), within 50 minutes.  This would be the equivalent of completing a 10km run in approximately 74 minutes or having a pace of about 12 minute miles.

We also have our guide to safer running offering useful hints and tips on making sure you are responsible when running.

(Please note that this minimum requirement does not apply to those joining our annual Beginners’ Course).

7 Replies to “Bournville Harriers Guide for Newcomers and New Runners”

  1. Interested in the beginners course for 2012 please let me know when it’s open.

  2. Hi, I’d like to join your 2012 beginners’ course – can you tell me when it starts and how it works? Thank you

  3. vena – i don’t think it is open for this year yet – keep an eye on the web site

  4. Hi i am interested in joining your complete beginners course. I have tried to click on the beginners course details and the link isn’t available. Could you please let me know the details.
    Thank you Vena Camack

  5. I think I left a dark blue Gortex jacket on the field, has any body seen it?