FAQs

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Do you still run in the rain?

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Very definitely yes. The only time we don’t is if conditions are unsafe, such as ice.

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How much is it to join?

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The annual fee is just £12 per year payable in January.

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Do you have any age restrictions?

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We welcome any sister over the age of 16. The majority of our members are between 30 and 50 but we have many older and younger runners amongst our membership.

Q?

I suffer from asthma. Can I still run?

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Some of our ladies have asthma. They simply carry an inhaler to be on the safe side. If in doubt, check with your doctor.

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I’m overweight. Can I still run?

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Yes. In fact, you’ll probably find that you will lose some weight when you start running, or certainly that you’ll feel and look trimmer. Running combined with dieting is an excellent way to lose weight but, if in doubt, or if you are very overweight, you should check with your doctor first.

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What should I wear?

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A sweatshirt or T-shirt and leggings, or track-suit bottoms, are fine. You’ll also find that you’ll probably need a sports bra. In the summer many women wear shorts and a cool running vest but it’s up to you. You’ll want to buy some good running shoes eventually but just wear trainers, or similar suitable shoes, until you have decided whether running is for you or not.

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I already run, do I still have to join the Beginners’ Course?

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No. If you can run two or three miles on your own or, if you are already fit because you participate in some other active sport regularly, then you are welcome to join us at any time. Most people find that they can run much further with a group than they can alone. Just come along on a Saturday morning.

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Where do you run?

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That depends on the season. Saturday mornings, we venture out onto the footpaths and bridleways within about a three-mile radius of Cassiobury Park. In the evenings, we stick to well-lit roads and footpaths.

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How far and how fast do you run?

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We usually run for approximately three miles but some will choose to run further. These runs will take between 45 minutes and an hour and a quarter to complete. So on a Saturday morning we are generally back in the car park at about 11.00 a.m. The more experienced runners usually cover a mile in 10 to 12 minutes which is comfortable for most people.

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Is it safe?

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We believe that there is safety in numbers. The whole ethos of the Running Sisters is to stick together and look after each other so that no one ever gets left behind.