The idea behind Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme
If you want to get fitter and healthier, run socially with others or feel better in yourself, then perhaps this is for you.
Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to progressively build up running ability so that you can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.
Couch to 5Km training courses are widely available, and so this is a tried and tested method widely accessible to everyone.
You might be aware that 5Km is generally the distance of all Parkruns, which are running events all over the UK and beyond that are free and take place on each Saturday morning.
This programme will condition you for running these regularly should you wish to do so, and our local Parkrun is in our very own Reigate Priory (as well as Banstead Woods, Denbies, Tilgate Park, Horsham, etc.)
Our current intention for the 10th week is for Couch to 5K graduation to take place for this course on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Riddlesdown Parkrun, but of course this relies on the availability of the event.
Above you can see the Couch to 5K graduation day from our last course, held in Reigate Priory.
The date of the next programme
The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K training programme is from Saturday 25th September to Saturday 27th November 2021 at 10:30AM each week.
Meet location is in front of the Reigate Priory by the Sunken Garden.
This programme is open to absolutely anyone (aged 18 or above) as long as you do not have a health condition that excludes you from the course. If you do have a medical condition, then please see the Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5km Training Programme information and Registration Form for more details.
While participating on this course, we will all need to follow the current government guidance towards each other and all users of Priory Park.
The schedule for the programme
The programme lasts for 9 weeks. There is a schedule that you will receive with three activities per week, starting with gentle walk / run exercise, and ending with continuous running.
On the Saturday of each of these weeks you will be expected to join a communal training session in Reigate's Priory Park at 10:30AM, led by leaders and coaches of Reigate Priory AC.
For the other two sessions within each week, you need to follow the schedule in your own time, and we advise all participants of the programme to not exceed the training programme during the week.
On the tenth week, you will be invited to take part in a 5km run.
After the tenth week, you may wish to join Reigate Priory AC to take part in our running, which includes a Saturday Social running group that runs at 10:30AM in Priory Park.
The cost of the Couch to 5K Training Programme
The cost of the programme is £15, payable once you have submitted the registration form. This amount will be deducted from your first membership fee should you decide to join Reigate Priory Athletic Club.
Other than this, there are kit requirements, so you need suitable running shoes, a watch or phone to track your time (device with GPS or heart rate monitor not necessary), you'll need high-vis clothing and a torch if you will be running during hours of darkness, and for female participants, a good fitting sports bra is recommended. See the Information and Registration Form for more details on these kit requirements.
About Reigate Priory AC
We are a well-established local running club with a history back to the 1970's. While we do perform in competition to a high level, we pride ourselves in being a running club for all ages and abilities. While we encourage our members to take part in competition (and we do have competition for all ability groups) the primary objective is to enjoy the participation within the club.
Further details and contacts
If you have others who are interested you can distribute our Couch to 5K poster.
The couch to 5km course is limited to 12 places. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
We are looking forward to seeing you!