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Want to go from the couch to 5k?

A new Couch to 5k course started this week offering residents the chance to take up running for free.

Supported by fully qualified volunteers, who hold Leader in Running Fitness qualifications from England athletics, the program takes you from zero running fitness to completing your first 5k in nine weeks.

Starting the week commencing the 22nd of January, anyone that wants to take up running this year are welcome at any session. There’s no need to book, and sessions are completely free:

  • Mondays: 6.30pm at The Ryland Centre Track
  • Wednesdays: 10am at the Sanders Park Bandstand
  • Fridays: 9am at Hagley Playing Fields
  • Sundays: 9.30am at Sanders Park Bandstand

The program is fully endorsed by the NHS. Participants are encouraged to do homework runs each week following the plan, where they can listen along to downloadable podcast episodes which have been designed to support new runners through their solo runs, as well as having important information accessible in a free app.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Climate Change, Cllr Steven Colella, said: “Giving residents across the district the opportunity to get active, pick up a new hobby, and become part of a community is important in creating a Better Bromsgrove for all. We are continually grateful to all the Run Leaders who volunteer to facilitate these sessions which consistently prove popular”.

Many graduates from local Couch to 5k groups go on to join local running groups, including parkrun, and continue a new healthier lifestyle.

Regular brisk exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost mood and control weight.

For more information click here or contact Sports Development

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