Beginners Group

The Beginners Group returns in September 2019

but don't let that put you off from coming along before hand, we always support everyone in our training sessions.

Take a look at some of our graduates from 2018/2019

We meet at Smithills Sports Centre, Smithills Dean Road Bolton BL1 6JS

Get back into running after the Summer holidays with Burnden Road Runners, new to running, returning after an injury or returning to running, then the Beginners Group is for you.

The group has began working with its latest group of runners and although it was originally set up for beginners, other more experienced runners have joined us. Each programme is designed around the needs and goals of the runners in that group,so it is unique and individualised. The initial informal 3 week period gives an opportunity for us to get to know you and find out what you would like to get out of the group; following this the formal programme will hopefully take you to your destination, whether that be a race or to simply run a set distance without stopping.

Beginners are more than welcome to attend the the monthly club meeting which takes place at Astley Bridge CC at 8.45pm and is a great opportunity to socialise and meet other club members from the main group.

All the paperwork you need to fill in can be found on this part of the Burnden website.

If you are new to the club membership of the Beginners Group will be £25 ( see below for the benefits of becoming a registered athlete), which also provides membership of Burnden Road Runners for the 2019 season and registration with UK Athletics. Those interested should contact Club Chairman Paul Christie - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Those wishing to attend should fill in the brief questionnaire below and bring it to the first session or whenever you attend for the first time. N.B. For those attending another Beginners Group - if you have already filled in a questionnaire and your details and goals are unchanged, there is no need to fill in another questionnaire

As a registered athlete you are able to access a number of benefits:

  • Entry to events exclusively available to registered athletes - under UKA Rules for Competition many competitions, particularly track and field, are only open to registered athletes.
  • Entry discounts (minimum £2) on UKA licenced road and multi-terrain events
  • ebulletins including key information on the sport and exclusive registered athlete offers. You can ensure your email address and mailing preferences are up to date at
  • The ability to have a say on how the sport is run and funded in a way that reflects your fundamental importance to the sport
  • Opportunities for you, (and at times your club or your school) to get involved in exclusive events and experiences in association with British Athletics
  • Your registration fee helps make a difference to many areas of the sport
  • Exclusive offers - We work with partners including New Balance, InterContinental Hotels Group, and AfterShokz to provide registered athletes with exclusive offers and vouchers for money off.
    Some of these can be accessed via the benefits page at Others are sent by email so ensure your contact details are up to date and you have opted to receive information!
  • Entry in the Great Run Club Challenge competition in the Great Run Events