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'Most of my friends are runners and I've always felt a bit like a lazy outsider that couldn't even run 10 metres. I ran 6km in my session today and would never have thought I could get myself to do this. The group and programme have helped me achieve this and I feel very proud of myself.'
'I ran previously 30+ years ago. For the last 4-5years I have wanted to run in an event, every time I started to push myself too soon and ended up sore and rapidly gave up. Extra Mile Runners has a controlled building programme were you do strengthening as well as building up slowly. It was achievable but also very rewarding, the team is incredibly encouraging. Thank you.'
'I am so happy that I found a group that is supportive and so much fun. I love this programme, it is well paced and achievable for anyone. I have learnt that if I believe it, I can do it. I was worried that I would be too old and would get injured, but the programme is well designed to build up your strength gradually.'
'Getting off the couch and managing to run 5km in 8 weeks was a real achievement after years of laziness. A fun environment that encourages you to keep going - I'll be back!"
'Extra Mile Runners is amazing, the coaches, the programme and the people are amazing. No way in a million years did I think running 5kms 8 weeks ago was achievable. Thank you so so much for everything.'
'My group of running buddies and the coaching team have really supported me and encouraged me to keep coming back. They never gave up on me and now I am finishing!'.
'Everyone at Extra Mile Runners certainly go the extra mile. Even though I committed to this I still had doubts. But if you follow this prograqmme you will definately achieve the end result. It just happens.'
'After enjoying the beginners programme with Get up to Five at the start of the year then having a break over winter, I got back into running with another cheerful, positive and enthusiastic group in spring and it has been great. The strength exercises have been a big bonus that has improved my enjoyment of running.
Extra Mile Runners provide a great environment for gaining skills with the added fun of meeting lots of nice people - thank you!'
'I’m not a runner, never believed in running unless you are being chased and even then everything is negotiable! I signed up not believing I would really “get up to 5km” and this Saturday I will! The programme is awesome no matter how slow you are, everyone starts and finishes at the same time.
7 weeks ago I didn’t think I could run for 30secs and last night I ran for 25mins straight. Follow the programme, listen to the coaches and getting there is achievable. '
'I really enjoyed the programme and found everyone very encouraging. As the programme progressed and we were running more and walking less it was a great feeling to realise I could actually run 5kms.
It was flattering to have the new Fivers telling me they admire what I am doing - that had never happened to me before.'
'Almost a pensioner I had grave doubts as to whether I could do this programme But after the first week all those doubts disappeared and I was jogging! My family couldn’t believe that I was doing this, I couldn’t believe I was doing it! If I can run 5km, anyone can…just do it!'
'The concept is great, the coaches are awesome but the big thing for me is having a system for achievement. In 8 weeks I have achieved something that I never thought was possible for me: to run. Lord knows I have tried (hard) and failed before! I have also been looking for work and that is hard but being able to achieve something worthwhile in another part of my life has been HUGE! It has kept me positive, structured and has done wonders for my confidence. Thanks guys, you make all the difference!'
'I am not a runner, I don’t like running but the programme has made me appreciate it more and has made me succeed in my goal. I find I am liking how I feel after each session and meeting with the group 3 days a week is great - you see how everyone is progressing towards the same goal I am may find myself saying “I like running” one day.'
'You just have to get out the door and go to the session!! It doesn’t matter how bad your day has been or how crappy you feel, I can guarantee you will have a smile on your face just walking towards your new friends in the group and the amazing coaches. Once you have done your session for the day you will be invincible!!'
'I was interested in the programme but really resisted the early Saturday morning starts, however I have found what a great start to he weekend they can be! I have so enjoyed the company of the other runners in the groups (yes I had breath to chat!) as well as the company along the way of such positive, helpful and entertaining coaches. Great weather, scenery and company as well as achieving a great goal t the end has made for a highly recommended programme - thank you!.'
'I have never run anywhere in my life and at 54 I thought “I couldn’t”, now I cant believe how far I and how long I can run in just 8 weeks, just by sticking to the programme. After initial trepidation, I have loved my group, the coaches are amazing and just getting outside and doing it has been enormously rewarding. The programmes are really do-able, when I did get slightly injured I was able to adjust and still get back up to the level I had been working at. I loved getting out to all the different meeting points on Saturday - anyone can do this!'
'To get from nowhere to somewhere in 8 weeks has been such an achievement for me. The programme really works. Thank you all very much for your support and guidance.'
'Over the 8 weeks I have learned to trust and believe in myself and achieve the goal I have set to run 5k without stopping - and feel great at the end of it. While appearing daunting at the beginning the programme gently takes you through in easy progressions to make it seem not so scary! The coaches and other members of the group are inspiring and very encouraging, I will be back!'
'I have been impressed with the programme, it really does work and it has been wonderful to watch all of us achieve our goal. We have had great support every step of the way.'
'I have really enjoyed this programme. The ease at which I gradually became a runner was astonishing! Seeing the progress each week was really encouraging. I loved the support of others int eh group and the fantastic coaches, I plan now to continue my running in Club10k. Thank you to Bevan and the team for doing this programme and enabling me to be successful.'
'I can’t believe how far I’ve actually come. When I first looked at the programme it seemed like an impossible task. Now I’m looking at joining Club10k!'
'My goals are to; prioritise exercise, live longer and healthier, not be the mum who sits on the sideline but one who actively participates. I had always been involved generally in sport but had never enjoyed running and choked at running 5 mins. This programme gave me an opportunity to see if I could let go of some control and give running a try. This programme was the perfect pace to help me succeed'
'I was wanting to increase my fitness so I could go tramping again and take my teenage daughter with me, I wanted to be able to be active with my daughter and share experiences together while she was still at home. I am fitter now and combined with healthier eating while on the programme I lost 8kg! Yay!'
'I only decided to do Get up to Five 3 or 4 days before it started, I got to the point where I felt sh*t after school sport was finishing and decided I needed something to do that would really challenge me. I thought I was reasonable fit but after the first 30 secs I realised I wasn’t, I doubted myself a lot but now I know I can do it and have gained so much. I feel better about myself and found out a few days ago that I had lost a few kgs..a bonus'