A New Year's Resolution for 2019: Run your first ever 5k with Born to Run

Sinead Kelleher

Now that the last of the Cadbury's Roses have been demolished, thoughts turn to New Year fitness resolutions, and Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club is on hand to help everyone reach their goal this year. 

The well-known Tralee club will be launching a new 'Couch to 5k' programme on Tuesday,  January 15, with free training sessions taking place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 6.30pm at the Aquadome carpark.

It starts with a gentle walk-jog strategy and gradually works up to running 30 minutes without stopping. By following this programme, the participants will be able to complete their first full 5k in March and will then have the option to continue to train to 10k, half marathon, marathon and even ultra-marathon level, if they so wish.

They will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of other events that Born To Run will be supporting throughout the year, including a planned trip to the UK, as well as the club's own sell-out 40-Mile Ultra Marathon in July, with its popular team relay option.

In addition, members can benefit from subsidised fitness classes.

"We would love to welcome new members to our 'Couch to 5k' programme,'" says Ann O'Shea, who will be overseeing the initiative. 

"It will be a decision that they will never regret, and they will make great friends and get fit at the same time."

The fact that nearly all of the members themselves started as 'Couch to 5k' runners also adds to the peer support and sense of camaraderie in the club, where the motto is "Nobody gets left behind."

No previous running experience is required.

For further information, you can follow 'Born To Run Tralee Marathon Club' on Facebook or visit their website on www. borntorun.ie.