How long does it take to get someone fit to run 5 kilometres (approx. 3 miles) in one go, if you had little or no training at all? For 15 women and one man, aged 13 to 60, it only took them six weeks, thanks to Bridport Runners and their first beginners group ‘From couch to 5K’. The great success has encouraged Bridport Runners to offer another beginners session in spring 2014. The running club had started … their first beginners’ group back in October, with a weekly training session of 60 minutes every Wednesday. All novices (of whom some already had running experience) received a gentle introduction into running and were not only trained in finding the right running style but gaining endurance and speed, as well. For the last session, they were all invited to go for the 5k parkrun in Weymouth, which is organised every Saturday in Lodmoor Country Park. After crossing the finish line, all participants received a certificate for successfully completing their six weeks’ running programme.
Bridport Runners members Brian and Clive, who led the training and were supported by other members of the club, were very impressed: “The beginners really pushed themselves and all seemed pleased with the session and enjoy it.” Clive, who took the group to Weymouth, commented: “I was very impressed with their times and their improvement throughout the course. We’d be delighted to welcome as many as possible of them into the club in the future.”
It seems as if the programme for the novices was the right thing to do. Lucy, one of the beginners, posted on the Bridport Runners Facebook page: “Thanks Bridport Runners for a fab six weeks of running for beginners! I especially enjoyed the run in the park at Weymouth with the rest of the group – so motivating! Looking forward to the next one!” And another beginner, Sarah, said: “The best aspect of the course was getting it into our heads that we can do it and we will improve.”