Registration is now open for the renowned Great East Run Outreach programme for inactive Suffolk residents.
Twenty-five Suffolk residents who are currently inactive are being given the opportunity to change their lives by signing up for a supported run training programme with the aim of completing the challenge of the Great East Run half marathon on September 26.
Participants will receive an extensive programme of support which will include advice and guidance by double Olympic long-distance runner Paul Evans, expert weekly coaching sessions, gait analysis and exclusive discounts on running gear at Coes in Ipswich, and physiotherapy support from Allied Health Professionals. Participants can also join Suffolk Mind for a free Suffolk’s Needs Met course to learn about their emotional needs and wellbeing.
Over four months, participants will be supported to develop their stamina, fitness and confidence to take on the 13.1mile course.
The programme developed by Suffolk’s Most Active County initiative is open to individuals over the age of 18 who do less than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.
Of those who signed up for the programme in 2019, 88% completed the Great East Run and the programme received praise from 2019 participants. One participant said: “Life Changing. I have more energy and I want to continue running. It’s also improved my mental well-being, self-belief and self-motivation.”
Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health, said: “It’s inspiring to hear about the individual and collective stories of those taking part in Great East Run challenge programme. This programme provides an incredible opportunity for 25 Suffolk residents to take that first step to an active lifestyle and all the benefits this can provide.
“We are working in partnership to integrate physical activity into as many aspects of life as possible through our ambition of becoming the Most Active County in England. Without doubt, one of the best ways to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing is to stay active. If you are considering becoming more active, but need some support and motivation, signing up for the Great East Run Outreach programme could be the perfect opportunity to help you start moving more.
“We have seen the transformational impact of mass participation events can have on individuals lives.”
The Great East Run returns in 2021 with renewed vigour following its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic and is anticipated to sell out with 4,000 runners taking the start line on September 26.
To register for the run or to apply for a place on the programme, visit www.macoutreach.com where full details of the eligibility criteria are available alongside the application form.