Run into a healthier workplace!

Posted: Wed, 04 May 2016 12:00

Run into a healthier workplace!

After the success of last year's Workplace Running Groups, Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport want to offer more workplaces the chance to start Beginner Running Groups.

We provide a fully qualified and insured Run Leader to come and lead sessions in your workplace and also put an employee from your workplace on a 'Leadership in Running Fitness Course' so they can then continue to lead the Running sessions.

If you would like to find out more about how to get your workplace involved then please contact Running Activator Kim Angell – kimangell.running@yahoo.co.uk

Stephen and Hannah are both keen runners and decided to use their experience and qualifications to set up a workplace running group at Leicester City Council to coincide with the Workplace Challenge at the start of the New Year. Below Stephen tells us all about the success of the group.

"We wanted to take on 20 beginners and we were shocked when 35 applied so we had to accept those who applied first. As demand was so high we put the majority on a waiting list and directed those located further from our offices to their local running groups within their area via LRS as an alternative.

The course went really well with everyone enjoying taking part and being part of a group, they all inspired each other to complete the full 10 weeks whilst learning about the techniques of running as well as the importance of stretching before and after their run. Following completion of the course the runners all took part in a parkrun at Victoria Park. This was a fantastic way to end the course and gave them all a sense of achievement. As they finished their parkrun they all stayed to support and cheer each other along.

For Hannah and myself it has been so rewarding to see a lovely group of people progress from little or no exercise to being 5km runners. We have thoroughly enjoyed supporting our colleagues in achieving their goals and this has also helped us to put names to faces of people we work with. At the end of the course the group presented us with a lovely card each as a thank you for giving up our lunch hour and supporting them through the 10 weeks. We now have established a graduate group for those that want to carry on running so that they can progress with the support of Hannah and myself along the way."

Run into a healthier workplace!

Tags: News, Running