Paula wanted to get into running as she wanted to get more active and lead a healthier life but wanted Ella (her dog) to come along for the journey! 

This is Paula’s story. 

“I saw a poster in the YMCA advertising a Couch to 5k Programme consisting of a 10 week Programme held at Fairhaven Lake.

I decided that this would be good for me but also to encourage non-running friends to join too. I wanted to get fitter & also run with my dog and what could be better than to run around the Lake.

Everyone in the group was happy to welcome me & my dog & I mentioned it to other friends & announced the group at church. Each week our group expanded in numbers & it became a very friendly supportive group with folks exercising at all different levels from brisk walking to steady jogging. The climax was when everyone completed the 5k at Lytham Hall & gained a certificate. The programme was really well run & Scott (community sport activator) was encouraging & supportive of everyone whatever level they were at. Despite having finished the Programme our group still continues & we want to welcome more members to join us. I can thoroughly recommend the Couch to 5K.

I have managed to go sugar free whilst doing the Programme & have lost over 1   1/2 stone which has helped the running & I am now wanting to progress to running 10 miles then a half marathon. I will still attend the group as I have found it great fun!!

Thank you again to Scott for leading the group, long may it continue!!”

for more information about the Your Move FREE Get Active Community Sessions please click here.

Or to specifically check out what our Couch to 5K programme is about click here.

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The YMCA on the Fylde Coast is very unique. As well as having our own health and fitness centres, we work in partnership with Wyre and Fylde Borough Councils and have been commissioned by Lancashire County Council and Fylde and Wyre CCG, to ensure all members of our community have access to superb facilities and programmes, so we can all enjoy and benefit from an active lifestyle.

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