Walk 2 Jog courses return to York


JoggingLooking to get fit and active in York? Then why not join one of the council’s Walk 2 Jog courses!

Back following high demand and huge success in 2016, City of York Council is running two Walk 2 Jog courses for residents in early February and a further two in March.

Walk 2 Jog is a ten week course that aims to build fitness from a short walk to a steady jog. Jogging is a great aerobic activity which can help weight loss and develop a healthy heart.

In February the council is running two courses for those of different abilities. Those who have previously completed Walk 2 Jog can take part in the next challenge building from 5k to a 10k course.

Beginners on the other course will work their way up from walking to jogging 5k in ten weeks.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “It is great to see the Walk 2 Jog courses returning. The courses have been well received and are a great way for people to get fitter. Jogging is popular, low cost and convenient and is an excellent way to achieve the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day. These courses offer a fun, informative and supportive approach for non-joggers who want to up their speed and stamina as part of a group.”

Both courses start on Tuesday 7 February at 6.30pm at Rowntree Park. Each session lasts between 40 and 60 minutes.

The cost is just £10 for a 10 week course. Those who complete the course will receive a free t-shirt.

For further information visit www.york.gov.uk/justjog. Places are limited, to book your place contact Hannah Higginson on 01904 553377 or email hannah.higginson@york.gov.uk. Alternatively residents can book online at https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/CityofYorkCouncilWalktoJog.

In March, for new parents who are looking to get active the council is holding parents and pram sessions. Courses start on Thursday 2March at 10am at Energise and on Monday 6 March at 9.30am at Beehive Nursery, Fulford.  For more information visit www.york.gov.uk/justjog.

Walk to jog – even further

Following in the sprightly footsteps of the Walk 2 Jog programme, City of York Council’s Sport and Active Leisure team is introducing a new course to help more people jog even further.

Walk Jog

Developed following the successful Walk 2 Jog programme which helped beginner joggers to complete a five kilometre (5k) run, this course steps up the distance from 5k to 10k.

The programme is timed to help people to run a full distance at the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All ASDA Foundation York 10K on Sunday 2 August.

A group of up to 20 participants, led by fully-qualified run leaders, will gradually increase jogging distances each week and will receive suggestions for additional exercise to complete between sessions to help achieve the 10k goal.

This longer distance course offers ideal progression for anyone wanting to increase their jogging distance and is another way in which the council is encouraging more people to undertake moderate intensity physical activity for 150 minutes a week.

Sessions start Wednesday 27 May at 6.30pm from Rowntree Park and will continue weekly for 10 weeks. The course costs £15. Everyone is welcome, but participants should already be able to jog 5k.

For further information and to book your place please contact Dean Sharp on 01904 553377 or e-mail dean.sharp@york.gov.uk