Start New Year with new running programme

Runners at the start of the 2013 Wycombe Half Marathon

Runners at the start of the 2013 Wycombe Half Marathon

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

BURN off some of your Christmas excesses by joining in with a free running programme in High Wycombe.

Start off the New Year with a new challenge and get involved with the Handy Cross Runners, who this week are kicking off a ten week programme with the Run England Bucks campaign.

'From couch to parkrun' is the name of the scheme, which encourages residents to get back in shape by running - regardless of age, ability, aspiration, background or location.

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones said: "Running is a great way to improve your health and fitness. Joining a local Run England group can provide a great New Year challenge and will help to keep you motivated through 2014. The best thing is, anyone can have a go - all you need is a pair of trainers."

Three separate classes are being run by the Handy Cross Runners and their coach Mike Hickman, who is a qualified Level 3 England Athletics Coach and Run England Leader.

'From couch to parkrun' takes people with little or no running experience through a gradually increasing ratio of running to walking, to a stage where they will comfortably be able to take part in a weekly 5k parkrun at Wycombe's Rye Park. It starts on Saturday January 4 at 10am and each Saturday thereafter, meeting outside The Lido.

'Walk 2 Get Fit 4 Running' is for adults who would like to build up their fitness more gradually in preparation for running. This starts on Wednesday January 8 at 6pm and takes place each Wednesday thereafter, meeting in the bar of the Wycombe Judo Centre, Barry Close, Booker.

Finally the Handy Cross Runners Beginner’s Group is a more intensive course for adults with little or no running experience to a stage where they can run for three or four miles when they are then able to graduate and join the club’s Improver’s Group. It starts on Wednesday January 8 at 7pm at the Judo Centre.

For more details about any of the courses contact Mike Hickman on 07947 309923 or

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