Clane AC joined Castletown parkrun for their c25k graduation on 2nd March 2019.
Congratulations to Clane AC c25k crew on your recent graduation. Many thanks to Caroline for her wonderful report on the journey made by the group and where they might find themselves in the future with the help of their club and parkrun too.
Clane Athletic club started their very first Couch to 5km programme back in January 2016. Since then we have seen 9 cycles of the programme successfully completed, with some of those members going on to do 10kms, half marathons and this year we even have a few of those original members signed up for the Dublin marathon.
Our first Couch to 5km programme for 2019 (our 10th programme so far) began on 8th January.
After Christmas is always the most popular time of the year with New Year’s resolutions still fresh and enthusiasm high, so it was no surprise that we had a group of 37 that signed up on that first night!!
We run our programme over 7 weeks, working off a specially tailored training programme made up by our leaders. Over the course of the 7 weeks we encountered all sorts of weather conditions but that didn’t put our members off, knowing consistency is key to success, we had great attendance, and our members soldiered on, and met every session with that ‘can do’ attitude of winners! We enjoyed lots of chats, getting to know everyone during our 40min or so twice weekly, leader led sessions.
One of the things we spoke about during our sessions with our new C25K group, was the benefit of our local parkruns. Clane AC encourage all our members, including our brand-new Couch to 5km members, to register with parkrun from Day 1.
Going to a local parkrun perfectly complements our Couch to 5km training plan. It is a safe and social way to get out and complete their Day 3 C25K session. Plus, new members get to feel what its like to run with a large group, but in a non-competitive running environment with no pressure to go faster than what they are able for.
When we spoke about a graduation run to mark the end of our programme, the leaders put out a few options for various events happening around that time for the group to choose from but Castletown parkrun, Celbridge won by a mile! Made perfect sense!
So, after a quick call to the Castletown parkrun team, the date was set for 2nd March.
The day arrived and our members were greeted with a very warm welcome and great support from the parkrun crew which was very much appreciated. It was wonderful sight to see our members being cheered along the route and coming through the finish line with big cheesy “I did it” grins on their faces. A great achievement!!
Afterwards, we went for tea/coffee in the Courtyard Café. We enjoyed a most wonderful chocolate biscuit cake (Thanks to Evelyn Andrews) and our members were presented with a “Certificate of Completion”.
We are looking forward to seeing the growth of attendance by our Clane AC members at parkrun and to also encourage our members to volunteer at all our local parkruns too, as without volunteers, there is no parkrun!