5K Running Event To Return To Ipswich Waterfront In 2019

May 2019 may still seem a long way off, however plans are already being made for the return of the successful Twilight 5k running event to Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday 12 May 2019.

Hosted at the University of Suffolk, the afternoon of athletics includes a series of 5k races based on ability including the ABP sponsored business challenge, a Daily Mile run for Suffolk primary school children and a Most Active County 2k Family run. New for 2019 will be two 800m road races for invited athletes, with the winner being able to claim a British and World Record on the roads over the distance. The main race, the elite 5k, will take place at 7pm and will be a spectacular finale to what promises to be a fantastic advert for the Ipswich waterfront.

To find out more or to enter one of the races visit www.ipswichtwilightraces.com. 

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Benefits of Running:

There are plenty of benefits from getting into running. For starters, it's an easy way of improving your physical health. 

Running requires little equipment, but a good pair of running shoes that suit your foot type may go that extra mile to keep you comfortable.

Running regularly will improve the health of your heart and lungs. It can also help you lose weight, especially when combined with a healthy diet. There's evidence that it may help to increase bone density in some people, which can help protect against bone diseases like osteoporosis. Running regularly can also be good for our mental health. It can be a great stress reliever and has even been shown to combat depression. 

Taking on challenges such as Couch to 5K could help to boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal.  

Couch to 5k:

Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5K in just 9 weeks.

Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50-something mum get off the couch and start running, too. The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.

Probably the biggest challenge a new runner faces is not knowing how or where to start. Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we're just getting started. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina. Week 1 involves running for just a minute at a time, creating realistic expectations and making the challenge feel achievable right from the start.

Couch to 5K is for everyone. Whether you've never run before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 5K is a free and easy way of getting fitter and healthier.

If you have any health concerns about beginning an exercise regime like Couch to 5K, make an appointment to see your GP and discuss it with them first.

LeisureDanielle Stewart