Starting a Couch to 5K program with our running club and used the NHS program. I think it works really well. We had over 20 doing it at one point in the first 9 week program although this did start in January so due to new years resolutions not working out, weather, hangovers from Six Nations weekends (as we do it on a Sunday morning) we had about 6 or 7 complete the program. Pleased to say that 5 of them ended up joining the club as full affiliated members and all gone on to do 10k runs and considering going up to HM distance by the autumn. They also brought along a couple of friends so we've had 7 new members as a result. It looks like we'll have a similar number finishing the second program with a few doing Race for Life last weekend, and others registered with parkrun and looking to go next weekend. Hoping a couple will be interested in going further and also becoming full members.
We were going to have a break from doing couch to 5K, but due to word of mouth about the sucess of the first two programs we now have another load wanting to join! This is all in a small South Wales valley and we've now got a dozen people running regularly, about 40-50 different people turn up to at least one session, and several new members for the running club. Well worth doing if a couple of club members can spare half hour a week.
All gone quiet on here again. Done a silly amount of running events recently with 12 races / parkruns in 33 days between April 29 - May 31. Was also supposed to Beast of Bryn last Saturday but after being way off my best in the Treforest 10K and Merthyr Mawr lane 5K, I decided I'd probably overdone it (a lot rather than a bit) and need to rest a bit. Still doing parkrun tomorrow as I'm determined to get that 50 t-shirt. I'm on 40 now. Hoping to get back to regularly dipping under sub 22 runs and then work on finally beating the 6 month old 21:21 PB. Only race planned for this month is Caerphilly 10K.
Good luck to those doing the Castles Relay this weekend. We've had a bit of an influx of new members at my running club (which I've recently become chairman of) so hoping next year we'll have enough for a team.
Roy - thanks for checking but thought that was the case.
Was 31st with 36:51 in the Cwm Ogwr 5 miler which was an improvement of 1 minute 21 seconds on last year which I was very pleased and suprised with. Didn't feel too bad in Cardiff Bay 5 miler considering it was my 4th event in 7 days and managed 36:42.
My wife and I are expecting twins in a few weeks so I'm racking up the events whilst I can. Having already done 3 this month, I'm also looking at...
10th: Parkrun, 11th Stroud Trail Half Marathon, 17th Parkrun, 21st Whitford Point 5.9 mile, 24th Parkrun, 25th Treforest 10K, 28th Merthyr Mawr Lane 5K, 31st Beast of Bryn (undecided on 6.8 miler or 15 miler!)
I've heard there's no guarantees particularly for new teams entering welrh castles but assuming we could get a team together and apply as early as poss for next year then hopefully we'll have a chance.
22:36 for me and 13th place overall at my 13th different parkrun. Pomphrey Hill course was tougher than expected and mostly off road so used my trail shoes for the first time. Happy with time and second highest parkrun finish after I was somehow 10th out of 200 at Newport Parkrun a few months back. There must have been a race on that day and only fun runners there for me to be top 10!