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Step Up Your Fitness on Council’s Winter Couch to 5K Programmes

Taking up running can feel like a scary prospect – especially for beginners – but now you can get the support and guidance you need to train up to the 5K distance on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s winter running programme.

Getting underway on Tuesday 18 January 2022, the ABC Council winter running programme provides the choice of either in-person or virtual Couch to 5K training – giving you the freedom and flexibility to build up your fitness while working around your own schedule.

At a cost of £32, the face-to-face Couch to 5K Programme will take place at Portadown People’s Park every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.30pm for eight weeks.

Participants will receive two coached sessions from qualified instructors every week and will complete a third
weekly session by themselves.

However, if you prefer the freedom of doing a programme at a time and place that’s convenient to you and at no cost, the Virtual Couch to 5K Programme is just for you.

Receiving weekly training plans, tips and inspirational messages from qualified instructors, participants will follow
the schedule by themselves.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr commented: “Council’s winter running programme is for everyone, whether you’ve never run before, or if you want to get back into being more active!

“Running can significantly improve your physical and mental wellbeing; from helping reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke to boosting your mood and supporting you to maintain a healthy weight. So, with so health benefits on offer, I would encourage you all to give our running programme a go this winter!”

At the end of the eight weeks, all participants will be able to complete a 5K or Parkrun.

Register for the Couch to 5K Programme here:

Register for the Virtual Couch to 5K Programme here:

For more information, contact Amanda Mogey on

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