Training programme for Womens Cancer Challenge 5K

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This year’s Womens Cancer Challenge will take place on Saturday 16th May, starting at Lews Castle College at 12pm.

This will be the 9th year of the event, which raises funds for the award winning Lewis branch of Cancer Research UK. It is the largest sporting participation event in the Outer Hebrides.

Organisers Tony and Kirsty Wade are encouraging as many participants as possible to follow the NHS ‘Couch to 5k’ training programme – this is a nine week plan designed to enable everyone who follows the programme to be able to confidently take on the 5k distance. “This is a great innovation” said Kirsty, “As it means that you can be a complete novice at the beginning, never having run before and it gives a structure to follow – there are even podcasts you can download to motivate you while you train!”

The programme means that you only have to train three times per week, which makes it manageable for most people to find the time.

“Each week, try and spread out your training so you have a rest day in between each run” advised former Olympic athlete Kirsty. “We look forward to seeing everyone out on the roads, in the Castle Grounds and in the gym getting ready for this year’s event!”

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Check out this week’s Stornoway Gazette to see the nine-week training schedule.