Letters: Many people have found running in a group both supportive and motivating
It was great to read the article in the Telegraph last week (January 9) describing some of the runs available in South Yorkshire from 5K to half marathon.
For people who have never run 5k there are also many good ways to get started including the popular Couch to 5K program which is described on the NHS website. Before long runners could try one of the free 9am Saturday morning 5K Park Runs, part of an incredibly popular national organisation.
There are six of these every Saturday in Sheffield alone, and it’s great to join a larger group all running for fun, and simple to enter. Register on line, get a number, turn up. There’s always a briefing for first timers, and by 10am you’re a runner, and done for the day!
Many people including myself have found running in a group both supportive and motivating.
There are several friendly running clubs in our area Clubs such as the Steel City Striders to take you on from 5K.
The Striders meet for different events most nights of the week somewhere in Sheffield and offer a progressive 5 to 10 K program and then the possibility of group running at a variety of paces beyond that if you wish.
More details at www.nhs.uk/livewell/exercise, www.parkrun.org.uk, and www.steelcitystriders.co.uk
Roger Purkiss, Runner