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Get up and running in 2018 with the award-winning Couch to 5k programme

During the tenth week of the Couch to 5k programme, participants have the option to run a full 5k on Sutton Leisure track and then take part in the successful St Helens parkrun in Victoria Park

Burn off that Christmas excess by taking part in an award-winning community sport project which gets people off their couch to completing a full 5k in just ten weeks.

St Helens Sports Development’s ‘Couch to 5k’ programme, which was awarded Community Project of the Year at the Merseyside Sporting Champions Dinner 2016, has seen over 2,500 inactive local people get involved in physical activity by attending weekly running sessions on Sutton Leisure Centre’s athletics track where they have slowly built up their fitness over ten weeks.

On the tenth week, participants have the option to run a full 5k on the track and then take part in the successful St Helens parkrun in Victoria Park which has seen three generations of the same family and several people over the age of 60 attend.

At a cost of just £10 for the ten weeks, or 33p a session if attended three times a week, runners confident enough can then progress on to one of the many local jogging groups available.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, Councillor Sue Murphy, said: “Since the launch of Couch to 5k in 2015, participant feedback has been phenomenal, with most people recording a weight loss, improvements in sleep, mental health, and general fitness.

“There’s no pressure at all because you work at your own pace and can attend as many or as little sessions as you want 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, with week one commencing on Monday 8 January, 2018.

As well as all the personal benefits of completing the programme, you’ll also receive a Community Sport technical t-shirt, which can be worn at St Helens parkrun on Saturday 17 March.

Register online: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-helens-new-year-couch-to-5k-tickets-41043021783

For more information, email gemmaharkness@sthelens.gov.uk

During the tenth week of the Couch to 5k programme, participants have the option to run a full 5k on Sutton Leisure track and then take part in the successful St Helens parkrun in Victoria Park

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