Paul is one of our amazing running leaders - this week we welcomed a new group of runners along to our Learn to Run course. Paul is here to tell you a little about how the course is going:

Our run leaders Robyn and Paul after their Christmas Eve run

I am delighted to announce that last Sunday, on a cold and windy, although gloriously bright morning, 7 Rainham harrier chicks (our running group is called the Rainham Harriers - so our Learn to Run group are the chicks!) successfully hatched at RSPB Rainham Marshes.  Rainham is a fantastic nest site for young harriers; providing a safe, supportive, welcoming and awe-inspiring environment in which to learn to fly (run).  The brood will be fed on a plentiful diet of coaching, guidance and encouragement, which it is hoped will enable them to build up the strength and confidence required to fledge within 12 weeks.
We are often visited by harriers who have previously fledged from Rainham, and on this occasion it was fantastic to welcome back Anne, who has been spotted as far afield as Wat Tyler Park (that’s 13 miles!), since being raised on the marshes. Anne joined us on a previous Learn to Run course - it was great to see you Anne!  This must surely provide the current crop with the inspiration and belief that they can achieve their own goals.
Now that the chicks have had an initial introduction to the nest site, and started to stretch their wings, I am confident that we will have much to report of their progress over the coming weeks.




There is still time if you would like to join our Learn to Run - Sofa to 5km course!

The course runs every Sunday until 25 March, 9.30-11 am.

If you would like to learn to run join our friendly group - with the bonus of lots of fantastic scenery and wonderful wildlife!

With a training programme designed for your needs and pace, with a guide/ running expert to show and help you the whole way, this opportunity is specifically aimed at those who are new to running outdoors. We will build you up gently from walking to jogging, and then to running.

Carefully developed training plan to accommodate complete beginners and by the end you will be able to run 5km without stopping!

Price includes up to 12 weeks guided course tuition, and outside course support.

We will all end the course with a celebratory group Park Run, and there is our regular social running group the Rainham Harriers!


The Rainham Harriers is a regular Social Running Group.

Tired of your busy road slog? Join us for a Sunday morning (9.30-10.30 am) run in an amazing place - with some great people! All running abilities welcome!

Fancy running in a nature rich environment, with birds of prey swooping overhead and amazing scenery? Well you can join us on Sunday's from 9.30 - 10.30am.

Varying distances ranging from 5km up to 12km depending on demand.