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Would you like to get fit and become a runner in a fun, no pressure environment? Then come and join the HAC Run Hub 0-5k beginner group.


  • Get fit with an 8 week structured 0-5k programme
  • England Athletics qualified run leaders
  • No pressure – walk/run at your own pace in a fun environment
  • Make new friends along the way and experience being part of a running group
  • Experience the “feel good factor” and all the amazing benefits that exercising brings – great for mental wellbeing, confidence boosting, improvement in your overall health to name just a few!


Our first course starts on Wednesday 2nd September at 6.30pm and will run every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Its costs just £2.50 a session and you will be fully supported by qualified England Athletics Run Leaders every week.


Hillingdon Athletics Club, 206 Bury Street, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7TJ


Find us on www.runtogether.co.uk Search for Hillingdon Athletics Run Hub Here you can book your sessions.


Heidi Smith

Having not run since school but remembering that she always enjoyed cross country races and track PE lessons, Heidi decided to take up running again. She started a run/walk routine and found each week she could run a little further. Loving the escape from everyday life and sense of achievement running gave her, Heidi decided to take it up a level and join Hillingdon Athletic Club.

Heidi has now been a member of HAC for 3 years and says her favourite running achievement is her first half marathon in Amsterdam with the HAC team in 2018.

Heidi wants to share her passion for running with members of the community; helping people get fit and get that feel good factor. Heidi will give you the confidence to do just a little bit more each week. “The sense of achievement you get from running a bit further, whether that be an extra mile or an extra metre is fantastic and I really want to help people to grow without any pressure”, says Heidi.

Heidi’s final message to anyone considering joining the scheme is “even if you’re not sure running is for you, come along and give it a go! You’ll be part of an exciting group and who knows you may even grow to love it so much that you find yourself joining HAC as a member. Each of us has walked through that door for the first time feeling nervous but you soon form great bonds with people and realise that you’re as one as a team. If someone had said I’d be running 3 half marathons in 3 years I’d never have of believed them!”

James Quinn

James has been a member of HAC for 11 years and says “If you do something you should always make it fun. When l am leading a run, I always try to bring the fun element to the group and also a real sense of achievement by the end.”

James was never interested in running, but he used to watch the London marathon on TV on a Sunday morning with a cup of tea and a bacon roll saying, “I’ll do that one day” and he did – twice.

James says his second London Marathon is his favourite running achievement after his first was a disaster (15 miles in his knee packed up and he ended up hopping the last 11 miles, only to be beaten on the line by a man in a chicken suit). So, to go back the next year, and run EVERY SINGLE STEP with the support of his friends, HAC and family was incredible!

James wants to help everyone discover the joy that fitness can bring to their life. “Making the decision to take on a 5k challenge for the first time can be a daunting experience on your own. If you’ve decided to make a difference to your life by joining the couch to 5k programme – the support of coaching, a bunch of likeminded new friends, group runs and great running tips will make it easier. YOU can do this!”