Jog Into January
Twenty new beginner sessions to encourage people to get fitter by starting to jog are starting this week (Monday 12th January). Qualified Jog Derbyshire Leaders are running eight week jog/ walk programmes across the county, with specially designed training plans for complete beginners.
Jog Derbyshire Project Manager Cathy Rooney, said: “Our groups are especially set up for people who haven’t been physically active before or want to get back into jogging. Our qualified jog leaders take you gradually through a specially designed gentle run/walk programme and they’ll stay with you at all times. You don’t need to worry about how you look or your speed. It’s about taking the first steps to getting fit and at the same time making new friends and having fun.”
“We’ve helped more than 4,000 people start or return to jogging and many progress so quickly that they are running further and faster, getting fitter and starting to enter races. Jog Into January is a great way to refocus our efforts on recruiting less active people who’ve not jogged before.”
WHAT OUR JOGGERS AND LEADERS SAY:
Jog Duffield Leader Julie Corne - one of our most experienced leaders - will be running another Jog into January beginners group on Monday evenings from 12th January. She said: “I enjoy leading groups from a social point of view as well as fitness. Their achievements are more satisfying than my own! When a beginner completes a first 5k or an intermediate succeeds on breaking a time barrier, it is a proud moment.”
“Pull on your trainers - however old your pair may be! Take that first step out the door. There will be no looking back, you will be on the path to a fitter, healthier, happier you!”
Beginner jogger, Lisa Singleton, who recently started jogging with Jog Duffield, said: "I’d always seen jogging as my ‘nemesis’ – something I just couldn’t do, so there was no point in trying. I really couldn’t even jog a short distance – I’d let the bus go rather than run for it. I could hardly be prouder to say that I can now do 5km in a session...I feel invigorated and more energetic."
Chesterfield Jog Derbyshire group, The Spireites is also taking part in Jog into January this year. Leader, John Cannon said: “We have people from different jobs who come along to the sessions; the age gap is between 17 years up to 50 years old. The team spirit within the group in great and friendships are being formed. I have told them from day one they should be able to jog and talk at the same time if they cannot do that they are going too fast. I will get them fit without it being painful and without them really knowing that I am getting them fit.”
Jog Oakwood Leader, Gaynor Bickley has lost five stone in two years since taking up jogging. She said: “At Jog Oakwood, the run/walk method makes jogging doable for people. I love seeing how members progress and enjoy it. It’s the social side as well. You might have a hard day at work, not feel like getting out, but it’s the idea of meeting people, enjoying yourself, and being in the fresh air.”
Buxton Joggers Leader Emily Wilson, who ran a Jog Into January group in 2014, said: “I love seeing the joggers achieve new goals. Going out with a group means you don't need to worry about planning when and where to go, and you have company. It's free, it's good for you and it's fun.”
Beginner Jogger Dawn Cundy from Chinley, who has lost two stone since starting to jog in summer 2014 with High Peak Jog Leader Liz Stillo, said: “At first I was very scared. I thought ‘I don’t want to join any clubs because everybody will be thin and they’ll all be able to run’ so I started off on my own...where I hoped nobody would see me...Then I heard about Liz and how nice she was...and I thought, ‘You know what I’ll do it!"
Dan Coleman from Studiozone in Heanor has lost more than three stone in weight since starting to exercise and taking up jogging. He has recently qualified as a Jog Leader and is hosting The Zone Running Club for Jog into January this year.
He said: “Five years ago I was 17 stone plus, overweight, unfit and could not even walk up and down stairs without my knees giving way now and again. With some help from [my wife] Susan, I started doing some walking, then power walking, then light jogging, then before I realised I was starting to lose weight and feeling better about myself. Within the last 2 years I have entered 5k, 10k & half marathon races and just in the year alone have seen 7 new personal best times from 9 race events.”