Unit 7, SuperValu, Carndonagh
Couch to 5K kicks off again across the Inishowen Peninsula week commencing March 27th 2017
This ten week programme has been a huge success for the past 4 years, not only does it get the peninsula moving, but it also leads to new friendships, the strengthening of communities and ignites or renews a love of fitness for many. Firmly community-led, participants will meet at training sessions in five locations: Buncrana, Carndonagh, Malin, Clonmany and Moville. These are held on different times and days to ensure flexibility for all taking part. Participants will have one goal in mind – to walk, jog or run the 5k on Friday, June 2nd. They will be mentored and supported by their coaches from Inishowen AC and The Get Fit Gym with Charlie Byrne, as well as availing of top tips on nutrition and injury prevention. Previous participants Catriona and Mary started the programme in order to “get fit and lose weight.” They said that while they are well on their way to achieving that goal, they have also found there’s a “real community aspect” to their training sessions. Catriona said: “Everyone is in it together. If you feel like giving up, someone spurs you to go on.”
The exercises in each session are built up week by week, aiming for each participant to be ‘5k ready’ by the bank holiday weekend in June. Collette McCloskey admitted she “couldn’t run the length” of herself before she joined the programme last year, but found it has really encouraged her to exercise. She said: “I joined just to get fit and for the social aspect of it. I did a bit of walking before but couldn’t run the length of myself before this. I’ve found I’m really enjoying it and I find everyone is really supportive. I’ve made so many new friends. She added: “The fact it’s built up every week and your fitness levels keep increasing really encourages you to exercise.”
Walk, Jog or Run the 5k on Friday, 2nd June 2017
Niall McGee from Inishowen AC confirms that: “The 5k is the goal but people are also delighted with how they get on week-on- week too. It’s a real group effort and there’s a strong social aspect. They don’t feel like they’re doing it on their own and no-one gets left behind.” Niall says that there is a structured programme in place since day one, with a training programme outlined from Inishowen AC. Many people who completed the programme in previous years have later gone on to complete marathons and the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.
Cost of the 10 week programme is €70 and you can attend as many training sessions as you would like.
We will also run a youth club for children aged 4+ in Carndonagh to coincide with the evening training times. We are hosting information evenings as follows: Moville in St Eugenes Hall on Tuesday 7 th March at 7pm Buncrana in The Exchange on Thursday 9 th March at 7pm Carndonagh in Spraoi agus Spórt Tuesday 14 th March at 7pm
Helen Nolan, Chairperson says “Stop putting a 5K on the long finger and get out and do it!”
Contact Tracy on 0868420203 for further information.