About 200 runners reached a new milestone last weekend by completing a 5km run at Ormeau Park.
Jog Belfast participants, who took part in a 10 week training programme, celebrated their success with Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Mairtín Ó Muilleoir, who was starting the weekly Park Run event. The Lord Mayor also ran with the new participants over the timed course at Ormeau Park and will run again tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12.30pm from Falls Leisure Centre.
It is the first time many of the runners, who included families, teens and seniors, completed the 5km target they aimed for when joining the Jog Belfast programme.
This encourages people to take their first steps in running and over 10 weeks builds their stamina sufficiently to join in weekly Park Runs which take place in parks across the city.
Graduates from South JogBelfast have come together and have set up their own affiliated Social and recreation running club with NI Athletics and Sport NI called Belfast Running Club (BRC) to build on what they have gained from JogBelfast, the Club will be open to all and aims to focus on the beginner/ social and recreational runner and not high level athletics.
Councillor Ó Muilleoir said: “I really enjoy running and I think it is great to see new people getting involved. Jog Belfast, which is supported by our Support for Sport programme, has been so successful that it is organising a new 10 week programme in January.
“This is a great way to get fit, it allows you to enjoy the fresh air, take in the environment and in events like this you get to meet new people, pick up tips and make new friends,” added the Lord Mayor
Jog Belfast is open to people of all ages and abilities, and supported by friendly & knowledgeable coaches. It operates sessions twice a week at Grove Park, Ormeau Park and Andersonstown Leisure Centre, and in east Belfast is run by Orangegrove Athletic Club.
For more information and to register, please visit www.jogbelfast.com or search ‘Jog Belfast’ on Facebook or telephone Matt Shields on 07595 269308.