Project Description

Organisation delivering project

Run4Life (Bristol City Council Sport & Physical Activity Team)

What is it?

Build physical activity into your weekly routine with our 4 week Walk to Jog course. We have one weekly group session where you get to meet others to join your journey with the support and guidance of our qualified Run Leader. They will get you walking for up to 30 minutes and introduce a few mobility exercises and stretches and encourage you to try some short jog sections, starting with 15 seconds. We encourage you to repeat this twice before the next session. Over the 4 weeks, slowly building up these jog sections and doing your homework imbetween we will take you to trying 30, 45 and 60 second jogs.

Once you have established this three times a week habit, if you are interested we encourage you to join Part 1 of our beginners course: Zero to 35, where again you will keep with 3 activity sessions a week slowly building up the amount you can jog for, achieving 8 minutes of jogging – twice, by the end of the course. If you now have the bug then you are welcome to star Part 2 which will take you all the way to 35 minutes of running over the next 6 weeks.

Who is it for?

Can you walk for 30 minutes but would like to build a routine, to meet others, to get fitter, have some fun and achieve goals you never thought you could? Have you not exercised since school, but would like to start now? Activities are for anyone aged 13 plus, so feel free to bring your son or daughter with you!

What will I do?

You will join a group who will start with a walking warm-up followed by some mobility exercises to improve how you move, then there will be a 15 minute walking section where you will introduce short gentle jogs, this is followed by some slower walking and some stretching. We will provide you with a schedule, so that you can go out twice more during the week and try out the session. Sometimes people arrange to meet up with others in the group to try these sessions. We have a Facebook group that we encourage you to join for support and to answer questions you might have.

How much is it?

Our courses are Free.

How long will it last?

On the 4-week Walk to Jog course session last between 40 and 60 minutes.

On the two 6-week parts of the Zero to 35 course the sessions last 60 minutes.

What will I achieve from being part of the project?

Fun, a support network, feeling fitter, healthier and stronger, goals you may not have achieved in a while.

What happens after the project?

After the Walk to Jog you may wish to join Part 1 of our Zero to 35, you may then wish to join Part 2. Following this we encourage you to join our graduation at a local parkrun and then to continue running either with buddies you have made on the course, or joining one of our social run groups or local partner Improver groups.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more on our Run4Life page.

New courses start January, April and September with sign-up from 3 weeks before the courses start.

What do I need to bring?

Comfortable and loose clothing, supportive trainers for running.

Is this a group activity or individual activity?

This is a group session.

Where does it take place?

Knowle West Health Park, Downton Rd, BS4 1WH

The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Rd, BS13 9JN

Netham Park, Avonvale Rd, Netham, BS5 9RZ

Locations may change, but will stay within the three Core Cities Geographical area: Filwood, Hartcliffe, Lawrence Hill