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Jog Scotland Ready Steady Go Pitreavie Update 8 Dec 2020

Published on Wednesday, 30 December 2020 16:10

Despite the challenges of COVID this year, Pitreavie AAC’s Jog Scotland Group – Ready Steady Go Pitreavie (RSGP) – have taken two groups of runners through their Couch to 5K Programme (C25k) since March.  The programme is aimed at both non-runners and those who haven’t run for a while, and gets people running a full 5 k (3.1m) at the end of 10 weeks.

 

Although first group had to contend with full lockdown, the programme gave individuals a flexible option to follow at home, as well as providing some much needed positive motivation at a very difficult time.  The second group were luckily able to take advantage of new Jog Scotland group bubble training rules, allowing small groups lead by Jog Leaders.  Both groups successfully ‘graduated’ by running 5k at local beauty spot, Lochore Meadows, with experienced runners in support.

 

With even more runners coming forward from Pitreavie’s main Endurance section to become Jog Leaders, RSGP now has 12 active Jog Leaders, plus 2 more to be trained in 2021.   Because of the strength and depth of the Jog Leaders, the group have expanded their offering, holding multiple Sunday morning small group sessions across Dunfermline.  The popular sessions recently saw 55 runners attend a variety of runs, including a new C25K block, steady runs, hill sessions, mystery tours, and beginners trail runs, with the focus firmly on inclusion and fun.

 

In addition to the Sunday Jog Leader lead sessions, several RSG members have progressed to self-lead midweek training bubbles. These are modelled on the Endurance section’s mid-week sessions and are a great transition between RSGP and the Endurance section.  The integrated and inclusive approach between RSGP and the Endurance section is working very well, with membership growing to over 200 this year.  So much so, that Nicola Moriarty and Campbell Blair were asked to present their approach and experiences to Scottish Athletics, as a model of what can be achieved.

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