Saturday , 14 December 2019

Are you up for the couch to 5K challenge?



Glasgow FrontRunners, the city’s LGBTI running club, is set to run a new beginner’s programme.

The club, which is the largest LGBTI sports club in Scotland, is introducing the programme – known as Couch to 5K (C25K) – in a bid to entice more people into the sport.  Running is a great way to get fit, it’s cheap (compared to alternatives such as joining a gym) and highly sociable.

The Couch to 5k has been designed for anyone who hopes to get fit through running. It doesn’t matter about level of fitness, weight, or age as the club is willing to help any enthusiastic new runners.

Jason Bohan, the president of Glasgow Frontrunners, told KaleidoScot: “We are a friendly LGBT social running club that supports runners of all abilities – everybody from beginners right through to long distance runners. C25K is for absolute beginners, so it doesn’t matter about your current level of fitness, weight, or age, we will help you get fit and in 9 weeks you will run 5K – you can run!

The main goal of Glasgow Frontrunners is to promote health and fitness in all section of the LGBT+ community and to combat homophobia and discrimination in sport.

One of the club’s former “graduates”, Robert Wilson, explained to KaleidoScot the difference joining a running club has made in his life. he said: “When I joined Glasgow FrontRunners I had never ran before but with the help and encouragement of the club’s jog leaders and members I managed to go from nothing to 5k in 9 weeks.

“I’ve gone from strength to strength and have just completed in 2015 my very first half marathon. I’ve made great friends and am now fitter than I’ve ever been.”

The 9-week C25K course is supported by jogscotland qualified jog leaders, who hope to take you “from the sofa though jogging to finally having to ability to complete your first 5k run”. The course will be paced to participants’ individual abilities – all you need is suitable shoes and a willingness to try something new.

Bohan explained how it works: “The good thing about starting out on a beginners programme is that the terms ‘walk’ and ‘rest’ are used quite a lot! We will begin with a mix of walking and jogging over very short distances. Over the weeks, as your stamina improves, we will build up the distance and you will find yourself running more than walking! On the final day of the programme, you’ll be able to complete a 5K run and we will take part in a Saturday Park Run. They are tremendous fun and you will be joined by your jog leaders and fellow club members.”

C25K starts on Thursday 7th January at 6.15pm at the Arc Gym (Glasgow Caledonian University). The cost is free with a £16 club membership (£10 concession) or £1 per run.

More information on the club and the course can be found on the Glasgow Frontrunners website or its facebook page.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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