Fun Runners get going next week

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JANUARY sees the start of the Leighton Fun Runners’ beginners’ sessions on Monday evenings that will be running for the next nine weeks.

It gives novice runners a chance to start a structured training system based on the ‘Couch to 5k’ programme pioneered in the USA and recommended by the NHS Live Well Initiative.

The weekly sessions begin on Monday, January 14 – meeting outside the Cricket Club at Bell Close at 7.30pm, and involve a mix of walking and running, designed as a safe and manageable start to a new fitness routine.

The course costs £10 and this will be donated to SERV, the charity that supplies volunteer motorbike riders to transport blood and organs around the country.

Couch to 5K is for everyone. Whether you have never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active, Couch to 5K is a cheap and easy way of getting fitter and more healthy.

There are plenty of benefits from getting into running, not least the fact that it’s an easy way of improving your physical health.

Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet.

Perhaps the unexpected side-effects are the mental benefits from running. Taking on the challenge of Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief as proof that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal.

The Couch to 5k is a great way to make new friends in a well established club with more than 100 members. The Fun Runners have members of all running standards and no matter what your ability, you will find great support and encouragement. They have a full calendar of events, including social outings, group runs and races.

This is fourth time that the Leighton Fun Runners have held the programme and its success has encouraged novice runners to go on through the club to complete half marathons and even full marathons!

See for more details on how to join and get involved.