0-5k Beginners Courses

New Beginners’ Course April 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to take up running, get fit, find a new hobby or just meet new people, then we may have just the thing for you.  Newent Runners are running a new 0-5k beginners’ course starting on Weds 15th April 2018.

See this page for further information.

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016
The graduates, leaders and mentors from our 2017 course

Weds 28/02/2018 Training Cancelled

Due to the weather conditions, tonight’s training session on the astro is cancelled.  Please pass on the message to anyone that doesn’t check the website or Facebook, and take care out there!

Training will resume as usual next week (7th March) – depending on snow!


Run for Mandy

In January this year, we sadly lost a dear friend and founding member of Newent Runners, Mandy Whittington, after a short illness.  Mandy was very generous with her time and dedicated many hours to our club and local parkrun, so we would like to use this opportunity to fund-raise for a cause that she supported.

Our team of runners includes:

Andrew Callard, Yvonne Featherstone, Ruth Hayden-Cox, Clive Jones, Jonathan Miles and Emily Trenwith tackling the marathon (first one for the three ladies!)  

Chris Barber, Liza Barber, Katie Cook, Dermot Kelly, Helen Kelly, Lynn Latham, and Maggie Pettit all running the 10k event.

We all have mental health – just like your physical health, you probably only notice it if something is not right.  Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, and Mind believe no-one should have to face that alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Please donate whatever you can to this very worthwhile cause, it will be greatly appreciated.

Events Social Events

Members’ Social Event: Golf Sunday 6th August

We are running a golf event at 1pm on Sunday 6th August – address TBC.

Car sharing from Newent is encouraged, you can find each other in the Official Members’ Group on Facebook.

Cost is £20 per person to include coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf, and ham, egg and chips afterwards.   (Please let Kerry Cawkwell know any dietary requirements.)  If you have your own clubs please feel free to take them, if not they will lend you some for free. However you must let us know in advance if you need some. 

£10 deposit is required to secure your place and the balance is to be paid on the day.  Deposits and dietary/club requirements to be given to Liza Barber, Chris Barber (who will be your contact on the day), Lynn Latham or Kerry Cawkwell.

Because of the number of people interested in this we are keeping it as a members only activity, but please do not fret, we have lots of exciting things planned that partners and kids can attend. Watch this space!!

Chris has kindly written a suggested framework for the session, please click here to open or download for details.

Please send us your pictures of the day afterwards – you can upload them in the Facebook group or send them to Emily Trenwith.


Social Runs

July Sunday Social Runs

July is a good month to get some miles in for longer races in the autumn, so we are going to base our Sunday road runs at Costa for July.  We will aim for 8 am starts to get the miles in, but also loop back to collect others that will do at least 30 minutes less (there is the option to do/miss out more distance at the end of the run as well) and pick up shift 2 that start later at 8.30 am.

  • 9th July – 8 am starters 100 minutes, 8.30am crew 70min
  • 16th July – 120 minutes, 8.30 crew do 80 minutes
  • 23rd July – 8 am starters 140 minutes, 8.30am crew do 90 minutes
  • 30th July – 8 am starters 150 minutes, 8.30am crew do 100 minutes

The Costa route is flat to allow progression and adding on more distance for training for half marathons etc.  All sessions are non-coached but fab company! [Clive’s words 😉 ]

All abilities welcome, we will look after everyone.

Trail options will be posted once available.

0-5k Beginners Courses Social Events

0-5k Graduation June 2017

We had cause for a celebration this week, when our latest group of 0-5k runners completed their 5k run to graduate.  Considering they did it on the hottest June day for 40 years, they did particularly well!

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016
Our latest group of graduates

There was a great turnout of club members to run with the group and cheer them on, then we all retreated to the shade of the Sports Bar afterwards for a well deserved cold drink and celebration, plus of course one of Liza’s delicious cakes!

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016
Helen and Kerry

Many thanks to Helen and Kerry, who did a fantastic job of running this course – despite a broken ankle immediately before it started!!  Thanks also go to all the mentors who helped out on sessions and homework runs, and all the club members involved.  Click on the pictures below to see more – I couldn’t get shots of you all receiving your certificates as you’re just too fast already!!

Events Social Events

The Big Lunch

Newent Runners at The Big Lunch

Newent had its annual Big Lunch today, with a Hawaiian theme.  There were drinks, ice creams, a raffle, several stalls to browse and lots of music from various groups from the local school.  Newent Runners had a stall, with a competition to win a lovely kite by guessing the number of shoelaces in the jar!! Winner to be contacted shortly…


Social Runs

Sunday Social Runs Apr 2017

9th April – We are going to see Gwen and Vera and see what their daffs are like again. We follow Horsefair Lane to join the old canal route, all way down to head towards Dymock Woods, do a quick loop of the woods and back. Fields

16th April – We are joining the 5-10k group at Costa (St Oswald’s, Gloucester) for a 10k graduation run

23rd April – We are going for a 90 minute run at the Toby Carvery (Over roundabout) (fondly named the ‘Tony Christmas’ run -the famous 60’s singer…lol). We need to start this at 8am at the Toby.

30th April – Back to Newent for a local 100 minute run – back to 8.30am

All runs are non-coached, and meet at Newent Lake at 8.30 am unless stated otherwise.


Wednesday Night Training Apr-Jun 2017

Please see below for the next few weeks’ training plans.  As always, it’s a good idea to check the Facebook group in case of any last minute changes.

12th April Andy & Von – Newent School, bottom field

19th April  Chris & Lynn – Meet in Newent School car park

26th April Matt & Kerry – Newent School, bottom field

3rd May Steve & Claire – Newent School 1k, plus the start of the next 0-5k group which will run for 8 weeks, led by Helen and Kerry

10th May Von & Matt – Dymock Woods (meet at Newent School for lifts or directions)

17th May Chris & Russ – Newent Lake

24th May Lynn & Von – Newent School, bottom field

31st May Claire & Andy – Newent School, bottom field

7th June Steve & Russ meet at school

14th June Matt – Newent School, to do the parkrun route as part of the 0-5k group finish night

Social Runs

January Social Runs

Monday Shuffling

Led by Chris, meeting at 18:30 in Newent Community School car park.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session at a steady pace between 10 and 11 minute miles. There will be stopping points at the tops of hills, at gates and road junctions, to regroup.  Routes for the next few weeks are:

  • 9th Jan – Route – Watery Lane, Tythings, Bradfords Lane, Boulsdon Lane, concrete path to Moat farm.Right turn onto the path to Kents Green, then at the gatehouse, do a U turn and head back the way we came. Culver Street, Foley Road, Onslow Road, Gloucester Street, through the town, Watery Lane, then back to the school.  Please see Facebook for a more in depth explanation!
  • 16th Jan – Route 6 (Based on Newent nine)
  • 23rd Jan – Route 1 (off road, stallion hill, in reverse)
  • 30th Jan – Route 3 (the long one, 8 miles)
  • 6th Feb – The first shuffle for to the 5-10k group homework

The sessions for the 5-10k group are where I will appreciate help from other LIRF’s and previous 0-5k mentors, probably more than on a Wednesday evening.

Tuesday Trotters

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, usually led by Dave and/or Sally.

Training on Wednesday

Back on the Astroturf at Newent Community School, meeting at 18:10 for an 18:20 start.  Led by our Leaders in Running Fitness, £1 for members and £2 for non-members.  Please bring a drink and look on the Facebook group for any special runs/locations (road runs will require hi-viz and head torch).

From 1st February we will be running a 5-10k “intermediates” course on Wednesday nights – please see our Courses page for details.

Thirsty Thursdays

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, with rumours of meeting in Cobbler’s for a drink afterwards…

Parkrun Saturdays

Please support your local parkrun and come to walk, jog, run, or volunteer to support our runners.  A free, timed 5k event starting at 9:00 am at Newent Community School, with cake and chat afterwards.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated – please see the Newent Parkrun Facebook group.

Sunday Socials

2017 brings you two options for Sunday Socials – Classic or Trail!

Clive is back to lead the Classics!  Meeting every Sunday from 8th January, at 8:30 am at Newent lake for around 70 minutes of gentle jogging in a non coached session, routes often have options to do shorter distances if needed.   Everybody welcome. We will post runs for the first 3 months over the next week, and are planning for one run a month to go “on tour” to different places to keep it fresh – May hill, Robinswood, Cirencester etc. Details will be posted once we have them.

New for this year are Sunday Social Trail Runs, meeting at 8:30 am at Newent Community School.  Led by Chris, these will be social runs so a conversational pace – trail shoes, and drink are essential, there is likely to be mud!  Details of the runs will be posted on the Facebook group – Sunday 15th January will be a May Hill run, 8-9 miles on challenging terrain.

If you have any questions, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.  Please note that Wednesday is the only coached session. All other events are informal social runs (often led by a qualified leader, but not always) and, as such, you participate at your own risk.