Buggy Couch to 5K

Learn to Run for 5KM in 9 Weeks!

STARTED 24TH JANUARY 2022

With the support of a vastly experienced run leader to keep you motivated, you will build up your running slowly over 9 weeks. This fun and friendly FREE 9 week course of running is aimed at new runners with their little ones.

Please note that your child should be able to support his/her own head before you start running. As a result, in order to join this group, your child should be six months old. The activity is open to any age of child as long as they fit in your buggy and are 6 months + 😊

Perfect for those wanting to meet other parents/carers whilst achieving something really special as a group. You will make friends for life!

Current Program

Please meet at Be Strong HQ 10 minutes before the start time of the activity.

  • Be Strong HQ, Unit 4, Heys Lane Industrial Estate, Alan Ramsbottom Way, Great Harwood BB6 7UA

Registration is essential. Free parking is provided at Be Strong HQ along with free refreshments after each session.

Course dates:
Starts Monday 24th January 2022 and ends with our celebration run on Saturday 26th March 2022.

Times:

Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 12:30PM to 1:30PM

Join The Waiting List For A Future Program

Next program dates are still to be confirmed

Can’t make a session?

Download our very own Virtual C25K Program!

There’s no need miss out! Just choose the session you miss and complete it yourself, or with friends.

You can even use a treadmill at home or at the gym.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost?
A: It is completely FREE

Q: Why does my child need to be 6 months old to join in?
A: Your child should be able to support his/her own head before you start running. As a result, in order to join this group, your child should be six months old. The activity is open to any age of child as long as they fit in your buggy and are 6 months +

Q: Where do you meet?
A: Our meeting point is Be Strong HQ, Unit 4, Heys Lane Industrial Estate, Alan Ramsbottom Way, Great Harwood BB6 7UA.

Q: Where do I park?
A: There is a large car park at Be Strong HQ

Q: What if I can’t make the first session?
A: That’s fine, come along to the next session but try your very best to make the majority of the sessions.

Q: Can I wear headphones and listen to music whilst I run?
A: No. Headphones are not allowed at our sessions as you need to listen to instructions at all times.

Q: What if I can’t keep up with the rest of the group?
A: Everyone progresses at different rates and we all have different abilities. We manage the group during the run to more than accommodate this. Please don’t worry at all about this one :)

Q: Do I have to come to every session every week?
A: No, we realise that not everyone will be able to make all of the organised sessions. You will need to run at least 2 times per week though to keep up with the plan. You would need to make your own arrangements to complete any runs you might miss.

Q: I have never ran in my life, you say anyone can do this, can I?
A: Rick, your run leader and Be Strong co-founder, had never ran in his life until he started this plan himself in April 2013. He honestly didn’t think he could do it as he was the most unfit person you could ever meet. He completed the plan and he was also 3st lighter!

Q: Is the plan hard?
A: Yes, it will be for some people. However, just take one session at a time and don’t look ahead. Trust the plan, give 100% and you will have a great chance of completing it!

Q: How can you be so sure that I will complete the plan and run 5k without stopping?
A: If you can commit to the organised sessions each week we can almost offer a 100% guarantee that you will complete the plan. This is based on well over 15,000 wonderful people of all shapes, sizes and abilities completing it with us since 2013.

Q: You say its free, who is funding this?
A: We have received funding from East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver the program.

Q: So I won’t have to pay anything?
A: That’s correct. We will also present you with a free medal and t-shirt at the end.

Q: Are you insured in case I get injured?
A: No, as with anyone running on the roads or in the park you run at your own risk. However, we do have £5m of Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity cover.

Q: Can I bring my older children with me that are too big for a buggy?
A: Please contact us to discuss

Q: How will you know if I am fit enough to start this plan?
A: If you have any concerns at all about your fitness to participate in this plan you should consult your GP before attending. This is your responsibility.

Q: Will I need running gear?
A: Yes …but nothing fancy! You would be wise to invest in a decent pair or running trainers. Apart form that wear anything you like! We recommend gait analysis to ensure you choose the correct trainers.