Hundreds Get Up And Running For Award-Winning Couch To 5k programme

During the summer, 250 people took part in St Helens Sports Development’s ‘Couch to 5k’ programme, over 60 of whom went on to run a full 5k at the successful St Helens parkrun in Victoria Park.

The  award-winning St Helens community sport project, which gets people off their  couch  to  completing  a  full  5k in just 10 weeks, enjoyed another successful turnout for its summer programme, with 250 people registering.

St  Helens Sports Development’s ‘Couch to 5k’ programme has seen over 2,500 inactive local people get involved in physical activity by attending weekly sessions  on Sutton Leisure Centre’s athletics track where they have slowly built up their fitness over 10 weeks.

Couch  to  5k  –  which  was  named  Community  Project  of the Year at the Merseyside  Sporting  Champions  Dinner  2016  – costs just £10 for the ten weeks,  (33p  a  session  if  attended  three  times  a  week),  and  gives participants  the  option  of  running  a  full 5k on the tenth week at the
successful St Helens parkrun in Victoria Park.

Councillor  Sue  Murphy,  Portfolio Holder for libraries and leisure, said: “Since  the  start  of the programme in 2015, feedback has been phenomenal, and  I  am pleased to say most people recording a weight loss, improvements in sleep, mental health, and general fitness”.

Sports  Development Officer, Gemma Harkness, added: “There’s no pressure at all  because  you work at your own pace in a safe and supportive atmosphere where trained staff are on hand to support you throughout the programme and keep you motivated.”

Sessions  take place every Monday and Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 9:15am  to  10am.  The  Christmas  Couch  to  5k  has just started and will commence at St Helen’s parkrun on Saturday 9 December. Why not follow their progress and join us in the New Year?

For  more  information,  or  to  register your interest in the January 2018
course, email gemmaharkness@sthelens.gov.uk

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