A NEW beginners running course organised by Mums on the Run is being launched at Stratford Park in Stroud.

The 10-week couch to 5k course is being held every Thursday from January 5, 11.30am to 12.30pm, aimed at women looking to lose weight, get fit or learn to run.

No running experience is necessary.

Stroud Mums on the Run began one year ago and has helped more than 60 women learn to run.

They were all complete beginners and, throughout the year, have run distances from 5K to Stroud Half Marathon.

For more information contact Sabrina Pace-Humphreys on info@stroudmumsontherun.com or visit the group's Facebook page by searching Stroud Mums on the Run.

Registration required before attending.