Taking up running can feel like a scary prospect – especially for beginners – but now you and all the family can get the support and guidance you need to train up to a 3K or a 5K distance on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s summer running programmes.
With our Family Couch to 3K and our Virtual Couch to 5K Programmes both getting under way on Monday 19 July 2021, you have the choice to pick a training programme that best suits you, your family and your schedule!
A fun variation of the well-known Couch to 5K, our Family Couch to 3K costs £5 per person and will see qualified coaches support the whole family on their journey to running a 3K.
Running for five weeks every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm at Lurgan Park, the programme is suitable for young people aged four and above, and will conclude with a graduation run at Lurgan Junior Parkrun.
But for those looking to up the distance or would prefer the freedom to do the programme at a time and place more convenient to you, then our Virtual Couch to 5K is just the ticket. Running for eight weeks, this free training programme is open to everyone and involves three sessions per week leaving from your own front door on the days and times that suit you best.
Qualified instructors will help keep motivation levels up by sharing training plans, tips and inspirational messages on a weekly basis.
Encouraging everyone to give the programmes a go this summer, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr said: “Offering so many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease, type two diabetes, boosting your mood and more, running is a fantastic activity for all the family to get involved in!
"With the guidance and encouragement from our qualified coaches, you will be supported step-by-step on your way to a 3K or 5K run; and I would encourage everyone to check it out and get running this summer!"
Please note an adult must accompany any child under the age of 16 participating in the Family Couch to 3K Programme.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is working in partnership with Athletics NI to deliver these programmes.
To register for the Family Couch to 3K Programme please click here.
To register for the Virtual Couch to 5K Programme please click here.
For more information about these programmes, please contact Amanda Mogey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.