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A chance to get fit and have fun

PUBLISHED: 17:21 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 03 July 2010

TOP club athletes will be rubbing shoulders with legions of joggers in this year's East Coast Run on October 25.

A popular event in the athletic calendar for runners of all ages and abilities, the 10k run takes in the seafront and town centre.

TOP club athletes will be rubbing shoulders with legions of joggers in this year's East Coast Run on October 25.

A popular event in the athletic calendar for runners of all ages and abilities, the 10k run takes in the seafront and town centre.

Groups of friends and workmates are being encouraged to use the occasion as a chance to get more fit and active.

Starting and finishing in St George's Park, this year's event also includes a one-mile family fun run.

Olympic athlete Paul Evans is providing a training programme, starting this week in the Mercury.

Paul is also hosting a special race training evening on Monday, September 14, at the Wellesley.

Borough Council, culture, sport and leisure Manager Marie Hartley said: “The East Coast Run provides a perfect opportunity to encourage people to get active and have fun getting fit for what we hope will be a great event”.

The race is organised by Great Yarmouth Road Runners with sponsorship from Great Yarmouth and Waveney NHS. Partners include Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Active Norfolk, Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership and Greater Yarmouth Tourism Authority. The Mercury is the media partner.

Prizes will be awarded for five age categories and teams with a special memento for all finishers.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney NHS exercise referral co-ordinator Charles Allen said: “This is a great opportunity for people who may not previously considered becoming active to do so. Physical in-activity costs each PCT in Britain £3.2m each year.”

Participants can attend Great Yarmouth Road Runners training sessions every Tuesday from 6.45pm, at Cliff Park Junior School.

Beginners' sessions will also be held every Wednesday 5 to 6pm at the Great Yarmouth and Waveney NHS office, Common Lane North, Beccles.

Training Schedule

By Paul Evans

Week 3

Sunday: 5 min walk/warm up; 8 x 1 min jog with 1 min walk recovery; 5 min walk/warm down

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 min walk/warm down; 20 min jog/walk; 5 min walk/warm down

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5 min walk/warm up; 10 min jog; 5 min walk/warm down

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 min walk/warm up; 15 min jog (take a short walk if/when need to); 5 min walk/warm down

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