1. Skip to content

New beginners running courses launched to help Norfolk people get active in 2018

Posted: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:30

New beginners running courses launched to help Norfolk people get active in 2018

After the success of a number of set-term running courses in 2017, which saw participants go from relative inactivity to running road races in just 10 weeks, Active Norfolk is pleased to announce the launch of a number of beginners running groups to meet demand across the County.

We are blessed, here in Norfolk, with a wonderful natural habitat to run around in. Which is one reason why, perhaps, the popularity of beginners running groups across the county is reaching fever pitch. In 2017, two beginners running groups, aimed at adult women who were generally inactive in Norfolk, enjoyed unprecedented levels of success with participant numbers increasing week on week. By the end of the 10-week course the vast majority of participants completed a 5km road race. Most admitted this would have been an unthinkable achievement when they first signed onto the course.

One runner, Tracy, who attended the This Girl Can running group at City Academy in Norwich said: "I saw this advertised so came along. It's the first experience of running I've done at all so I was a bit nervous. But the group's great they are so friendly and inclusive." Tracy now regularly takes part in weekly 5km Park Run events in Norwich.

Following on from the success of these courses, Active Norfolk is pleased to announce it has set up four new beginners running groups across the county for both men and women of all ages to get into running. Regular physical activity has proven to have a long-term positive impact on quality of life, social deprivation and physical health and these running groups, priced at just £1 per session, are part of the government's commitment to improving people's health in Norfolk.

The groups are fixed-term courses which encourage social interaction while keeping fit and healthy. The courses start in January 2018 in Great Yarmouth, Attleborough, City Academy in Norwich and in Heartsease.

Double Olympic runner and Active Norfolk Project Officer, Paul Evans, said: "We've been blown away by the popularity of these beginners running groups and it's great when you come down here to see everyone taking an interest in their own health and fitness and making friends at the same time.

"It's because the ones we put on last year were so well-attended that we wanted to offer more of the same in different areas of the county."

For more information or to book, follow the relevant link below:

1) Attleborough (Men and Women)

2) This Girl Can, City Academy, Norwich (Women only)

3) Great Yarmouth (Men and Women)

4) Heartsease, Norwich (Men and Women)

Tags: Beginners Running, Running, This Girl Can