Blackpool ‘Couch to 5k’ Running Group

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS understands the importance and benefits of creating a healthier workforce.

As a result Hannah Corless, Healthier Workforce Project Manager has teamed up with Julie Sherwood, Ward Manager at the Hospital and accredited Run England leader to launch the “Couch to 5k” programme.

The Couch to 5k group consisted of staff from different working environments and of different ages. The group met each Wednesday and followed the 12 week programme outlined by Run England and the NHS. At the end of the 12 week programme staff were asked a series of questions regarding changes to mental and physical wellbeing

The results included:

Throughout the 12-week programme staff spoke of the appreciation, support and encouragement from one another suggesting it was down to this for their success in completing the 5k;

“It is fabulous that all ages, abilities and sizes can work together. Brilliant initiative and support, it would not have been possible without your calm and encouraging approach.”

“This programme has introduced me to some wonderful people that I will continue to stay in contact with following the completion of the 12 weeks. I will continue to run and am looking at joining a local running club as well as meeting up with other members of the couch to 5k on a Wednesday. The encouragement has made the group so much more enjoyable and I am really grateful for being able to take part in this.”

“I feel like I have achieved something fantastic”

“Thank you, 13lb lighter and feeling fab. You have encouraged and supported me throughout!”

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