What is Athena?
Athena is a women's running group in St Albans! In partnership with St Albans Half Marathon the Athena Project has been designed to provide a community where ladies can feel comfortable to meet up and motivate one another to take small steps together towards their running goals!
Athena groups cater for women of all ages and abilities. Whether you are a complete beginner who needs help getting started or a regular runner who is struggling to increase their distance, we have a group for you!
How does Athena work?
Athena has two aspects, the beginners groups and the development programme.
Beginners 0-5K Groups
These groups are designed for ladies who have little or no experience running and want a regular group of ladies they can meet with to learn to run 5K comfortably. The groups have a set start date and run for 8 weeks. They are instructed by a qualified UKA Run Leader and we are known for having a really friendly and sociable environment as we want you to enjoy the experience of learning to run. We also celebrate each run with a bag of jelly babies – it’s become an Athena tradition!
All groups meet at Abbey View Track Building and we provide somewhere safe to lock away any valuables. Groups are charged at a one off registration fee of £35.
Please note: The groups do require 2 x homework runs a week in order to reach our goal as a group. These will be emailed to you weekly.
All ladies on beginners groups are welcome to also attend our Athena Social Run Night which is held every Monday – 7pm meet for 7.15pm run. This is great for meeting up with the other ladies to do one of your homework runs.
Our Winter Beginners Group does cross over the xmas period! This does mean the 8th session will run until after xmas (28th) however, I understand that a few ladies may be busy or go away at this time, if so please don't worry we will make sure we reach your 5K goal by week 7. We can discuss this and see what suits each lady in the early sessions of the group!!