Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Couch to 5k programme starting in Ballyvolane in Cork City on Tues 5th Sept 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Couch to 5k programme starting in Ballyvolane in Cork City on Tues 5th Sept 2017

The Wibbly Wobbly Wonders in Ballyvolane in Cork City have been holding beginners classes for a number of years now. Their next Couch to 5k programme starts on the 5th of September 2017 and it's absolutely free!

From the Wibbly Wobbly Wonders...It's our 8th 'Couch to 5k' to date! So far, we have had 611 people over the first 7 couch to 5k programmes with over 60% still running regularly with club and have gone from never running to running 10k, half marathons and full marathons or even a few ultra-marathons. One guy has gone from never even walking and has now done 9 marathons.

It has just been success story after success story and leaves us scratching our head at times such is the pride we have in our graduates and newly formed runners.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 in Dunnes stores in Ballyvolane on the North Side of Cork City. The new couch group will meet also at these times doing 8 weeks of slow build up at their own pace. A session is also done on Saturday mornings around 9.30 pm.

We promise to have them running 3 miles after these 24 sessions or 18 (if they can't make them all) and then after that they can progress into one of any of our different 6 paced groups. They can go as far or advance as fast as they want.

After 8 weeks if there is a local 5k we make that their graduation race and we have a big day out. If there is no race that suits then we use Macroom or Ballincollig parkruns.

It's all totally free and run by volunteers who themselves have come through the programme.

We specifically target people who have never done it and are afraid to try. We just give them the encouragement and confidence to give it a go and make a difference mentally and physically to their lives. Most of all we always keep it fun during the 8 weeks and they make friends for life.

Just give it a go we ask and see how it goes. Everyone from 18 to 80 is welcome to give it a go.

Venue : Dunne Stores, Ballyvolane, Cork City

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