Novices up and running

Group of runners out running

by Paul Russell

The Couch to 5K (C25K) programme organised by the Dorset Doddlers running club ended successfully once again.
The runners completed their 5K run at Henstridge park run, supported along the route by many members of the Doddlers.
All participants crossed the finish line and received their finisher’s medals, and best of all, they all had a smile on their face.

In the space of ten weeks, the runners went from zero to hero.
The course is designed for those completely new to, or returning, to running. Supported each week by an England Athletics coach, and four friendly volunteers, the runners are taught how to build up their weekly running slowly and safely ready for the final 5k challenge. Over the weeks they are shown techniques to improve running technique, improving form and efficiency.

The Doddlers hold their C25K programme twice a year and it is proving popular with some great feedback from participants.
One of the runners who completed the course at Henstridge said: “I am so pleased I did it – I wouldn’t have done it without your help!”. Another said: “You guys are so positive and kept us all going each week – even when we thought we couldn’t.”
The next C25K is scheduled for January 2023 and places are already reserved.
For information on the Dorset Doddlers C25K programme, including how to register for the next free course, see

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