Improvers’ courses: motivating, friendly, fun

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New improvers’ running courses start in January, April and September 2023. Classes take place on Wimbledon Common on Mondays 9.30-10.30am (level 3), Tuesdays 8.30-9.30am (level 1), Tuesdays 7-8pm (mixed ability) and on Thursdays 10.30-11.30am (level 2).

Each class will have a maximum of 12 runners and all runners must complete a health form.

Running course details

If you can run steadily for at least 30 minutes but would like to run for longer, faster or to keep fit, then this is the course for you.

  • We guide, support and advise you on how to increase your running time progressively and safely
  • We review technique, pace, breathing, injury prevention, stretching and rest and recovery
  • We include some speed, hill and endurance work in a light-hearted and encouraging atmosphere
  • We encourage you to do other runs and exercise throughout the week as part of an overall fitness plan
  • All classes are coached by Caroline Dunleavy, an England Athletics run coach and technique coach.

Before starting this course, you’ll need to be running about twice a week for a minimum of 30 minutes continuously as this will aid your enjoyment and progress. However, you don’t need marathon ambitions to join, only a desire to get up and run and enjoy the beauty of Wimbledon Common! Please see how to prepare for your course.

Class levels: Level 1 (about 10-12 minute mile pace); Level 2 (about 9-10 minute mile pace); Level 3 (about 8-9 minute mile pace); mixed ability (varying paces within the class)

Booking a running course

Our improver running courses must be booked in advance. The 13-week spring/summer 2024 courses cost £169 (class only) or £195 (including weekly social run on the Common on Fridays at 9.30am). Evening courses cost £169 as there is no social run on offer.

All course attendees are entitled to discounts at The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in Wimbledon,  Sporting Feet (in Putney & Richmond),  Sweatshop (locations throughout London), Sweaty Betty (Wimbledon) and Up & Running (East Sheen), Proviz (online), (online). More discounts to follow.

For more information about our improver courses please contact Caroline on 07810 486286 or email

“Although I could run steadily for about 45 minutes, I wanted to improve my speed and stamina and these classes have helped me to achieve this. They are small, friendly and good fun and set in the beautiful Common which is a real bonus.” Yvette, mum/IT project manager, Wimbledon. Read more reviews