Grantham Running Club Celebrates the 2017 Couch to 5K and 10 Weeks to 10K Graduates
Runners who took part in a Grantham Running Club supported Couch to 5K (C25K) and 10 Weeks 10K (10W210K) had a smashing time at Grantham Tennis Club on Saturday 24th June with a hog roast party to celebrate their graduation.
Building on the success of the inaugural 2016 campaign, 68 people signed up for the C25K programme with over 75%completing the ten week plan. All 14 who signed up for the 10W210K completed the course along with 14 existing members of Grantham Running Club who joined them.
Among the C25K graduates who received a commemorative technical T-Shirt from Programme Leader Penny Hodges at the end of Saturday's festivities was Grantham Tennis Club Manager Sarah Patton. Speaking at the event, Grantham Running Club's Chairman Matthew Kingston-Lee thanked the Tennis Club for being such accommodating hosts for the two programmes, held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, for ten consecutive weeks.
After the party Penny explained the objective of the C25K and 10W210K:
"Our beginners' programme is designed with the simple objective of encouraging the community to be more active and breaking down barriers to exercise. Couch to 5k and 10 Weeks to 10K is accessible to all abilities; you don't have to be fit to take part. The fundamental ethos of both plans isstarting slowly and building up gradually to make seemingly unattainable targets, realistic propositions, achievable in a relatively short period of time.
The group's progress has been absolutely phenomenal. At week one most of our C25K group were unable to run without stopping for more than a minute. Nine weeks later all those who completed the course can now run 5k continually. All of our 10 Week to 10K graduates can now run a full 10k. It's gratifying to see just how much their hard work and perseverance has paid off and I hope this is just the beginning of a lifetime of enjoying the many benefits running and exercise in general can bring.
The non-profit making scheme would not have been possible without the support of: fellow coach Gordon Geach; England Athletics qualified Run Leaders Tommy Napier, Rick Dobbs, Helen Brown, Sarah High, Martin Carter, Suzanne Angeloni, Jaime Garcia, and Adam Jacobs; the many club members who assisted, including: Paul Durham, Bev Toon, and Peter Bonner, all of whom volunteered their time each and every week with the sole aim of making running and fitness accessible to the wider community."
Grantham Running Club welcomes runners, aged 18 and over, of all abilities to join at any point during the year. Those interested can take part in a number of free sessions, obligation free, before deciding whether to join. For more information visit www.granthamrunningclub.co.uk. The next C25K and 10W210K campaign is likely to begin in spring 2018.
Photo: GRC graduates and organising team 2017.