Acorns AC launch new ‘Couch to 5K’ [C25K] initiative in Mid Ulster

A running club in Mid Ulster has launched a new initiative to get people off their couches and into a pair of trainers.

Acorns AC

Acorns AC in conjunction with Magherafelt and Cookstown District Councils, and the Public Health Agency, are delighted to announce that they will host a Couch to 5K (C25K) running programme aimed at complete beginners who have never run before.

The programme will be run over a 9 week period at Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt and Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown (MUSA) and Best of all it’s FREE to take part!

Timings are for this new programme are: Cookstown Tue and Thur at 6.30pm, and Magherafelt Monday & Wednesday from 7-8pm.

Acorns AC are leaders in running fitness, and will deliver the C25K programme in a structured, controlled, and safe environment, which is designed to get you to the point where you can run 5k / 30 minutes at a slow, relaxed pace. It’s a simple program beginning with more walking than running. As the weeks progress, it will evolve into more running than walking. Participants will complete two sessions with Acorns AC and then be given a third workout as ‘homework’ to complete on their own.

Once you are able to run 30 minutes nonstop, you can decide on your next step. You might simply want to continue running 30 minutes at a time, two or three days per week. Research has shown that this can help you lose or maintain weight and has many health benefits such as cholesterol, blood pressure and insulin response. The first 30 minutes is the hardest you will ever run. Once you have reached this level of fitness, it’s fairly easy to do more. You simply have to budget the time, be patient and disciplined with training.

Acorns AC formed in April 2014 with the aim to promote athletics to the people of Mid Ulster and this aim has been fundamental to the growth of the club in its short history to date. The message is simple, promote athletics, promote health & wellbeing, forge friendships and help the local community. With the assistance of Cookstown and Magherafelt District Councils along with the Public Health Agency, the aim is to reach a much wider cross section of the community. Our motto is “mighty oaks from little acorns grow” meaning that from small beginnings great things happen.

This could be you!