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NBRG ‘Couch to 5k’ – Mission accomplished!

Posted on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the 'Couch to 5k' course participants at their 'graduation' parkrun, supported by many members of the group.

Back in October, on a cold, dark, Friday evening, just over 30 local residents joined members of North Bristol Running Group (NBRG) to begin their journey to become runners.

Week by week, working in small groups, supported and encouraged by a team of experienced runners, the group increased their fitness and stamina. This was achieved by following a routine of walking and jogging for set periods of time, e.g. one-minute walk, two-minute jog for a total period of twenty minutes. Each week, the group were able to increase the amount of time spent jogging and the distance covered.

Sheila Wilcox, one of the run leaders for NBRG, explained:

“It’s about the fifth week of the course when the magic happens. We see people who struggled to jog for one minute in the first week now able to continue jogging for ten minutes at a time and covering the full 5 km distance, it can get emotional.”

Sheila also described how this year’s group worked hard to succeed, not only training on a Friday evening but also once or twice during each week, adapting their busy schedules to accommodate walk/jog sessions.

On Saturday 8th December, the ‘Couch to 5k’ crew met at The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury to participate in parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5km run. This event marked the end of the eight week course, and their graduation as runners. They were awarded a medal and celebrated with a sip of well-earned Bucks Fizz!

It’s hoped that the graduates will continue with their new activity of running by continuing to attend the weekly runs that NBRG offer. Another ‘Couch to 5k’ course will be offered by NBRG in the autumn of 2019.

Photo: ‘Couch to 5k’ graduates and NBRG members at Chipping Sodbury parkrun.

• More info: ‘North Bristol Running Group’ on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local running group celebrates fifth birthday

Posted on Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 10:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of NBRG members celebrating in the mall at the Willow Brook centre.

On a cold, dark November evening, Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre was turned green by the ever-growing numbers of the popular North Bristol Running Group (NBRG).

Photo of the birthday cake created to celebrate the fifth anniversary.

The group had gathered together to celebrate five years of running in the community, and friends, families and runners met together for a slice of celebratory cake, a group photo and, of course, a run!

The local group, founded by running couple Alan and Sheila Wilcox, has over 1,000 members signed up to the NBRG Facebook page and offers weekly 5k and 10k runs as well as a ‘Couch to 5k’ course on an annual basis. The group’s members include trained leaders in running fitness, mental health ambassadors and runners of every ability.
From the early days of trying to find other runners to train with, NBRG has multiplied and has become known as ‘the green family’, in recognition of the bright green t-shirts its members wear. A highlight of the group has been the creation of a running community within the Stokes area.

Joint founder Sheila Wilcox said:

“It really feels like a community group and through our ‘Couch to 5K’ course, it’s a great way to introduce people to running … and now we have this wonderful network of local people who support each other to do something fantastic!”

One of the members has even recently set up a social coffee catch-up on a monthly basis – perfect for all members, including those taking a break from running due to other commitments or injury.

More: Group supports many charities through its running activities »

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Beginners’ running course starts this Friday (19th Oct) in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 15th October 2018 at 9:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing participants of a North Bristol Running Group beginners' course.

Many members of our community have taken up running over the past few years and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that often come with increasing your fitness and spending time in the great outdoors.

North Bristol Running Group (NBRG) is once again offering its popular ‘Couch to 5k’ course from October, and over a period of eight weeks will support you to reach the goal of completing a 5km (3.1 mile) run/jog by the time you graduate (even if you have never run before!).

The course will be held on Friday evenings at Bradley Stoke Community School from 19th October until 14th December (at 6.30pm) and the cost of the course is £10 in total. Over the eight weeks, the Run Leaders and Helpers will help you to gradually increase the distance that you run whilst following a structured training programme.

Melanie completed the course last year after seeing it advertised on the Bradley Stoke Journal Facebook page and making a snap decision to join. She told us: “I’m so glad I did! Running with NBRG has helped me overcome depression as well as improve my physical health. Best decision I ever made!”

Rachel also joined last year’s course and said: “It was an amazing eight weeks and has given me the running bug!” Rachel would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone and now loves being part of the NBRG ‘green army’.

Lyn Wilson joined NBRG as a beginner in 2016 and during the course dropped three dress sizes! Lyn now regularly takes part in parkrun, competes in 10k events and, in April this year, completed the London Marathon. Lyn now supports and encourages many of her fellow runners and is a regular Helper on the ‘Couch to 5k’ course.

Interested in joining the course? How to find out more »

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Meet the Sole Sisters

Posted on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 1:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing members of Sole Sisters Running Club at a parkrun.

You may have seen us running on the streets of Bradley Stoke and wondered who we are and what we’re about, writes club coach Leona Mills

Sole Sisters is Bristol’s first all women England Athletics affiliated running group and we have over 130 members. We run all over North Bristol using a variety of locations to keep our running routes interesting and varied. Sole Sisters has 15 active coaches taking out different groups on a Monday evening, running between 3 and 6 miles. We are an inclusive running club, we like to chat and we never leave anyone behind – front runners will run back to regroup and there will always be a coach at the back of the pack. The club runs three beginners groups a year that follow a ‘couch to 5K’ format over six weeks with many graduates of the course joining the club as members.

Running has grown in popularity over the last few years and we have really noticed a love of running and racing amongst our Sisters. We regularly have Sisters taking part in parkruns, 10ks and half marathons, as well as a growth in long distance running. In the last four years we have had over 25 Sole Sisters taking part in a variety of marathons at home and abroad as well as six Sisters taking on ultra-marathons this year alone.

This year (2018) has seen the start of the first Sole Sisters league. Twelve local runs have been put on the calendar with Sisters collecting points for taking part, being one of the first three Sisters back or placing in their age category. We have had six league runs so far and over 35 Sole Sisters have taken part – it’s been a great way to take part in some different races and challenge ourselves whilst being part of Team Sole Sisters.

We always welcome new members and would love you to come along and run with us on a Monday evening. You never know, you might catch the running bug and meet a new running ‘bestie’ along the way.

More: Next beginners course starts Monday 10th September »

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