ABERGAVENNY residents who have resolved to get fit and get moving as part of a New Year drive could be running 5 kilometres in just nine weeks as part of a new social running endeavour.

The Couch to 5k (C25K) programme aims at getting participants from the sofa to the streets of the town and ‘Run With Us Abergavenny’ organiser, Alison White has been amazed by the turnout so far.

Alison states, ‘We advertised our C25K on social media and locally around Abergavenny and 96 people turned up for the first session.

‘We decided to offer a C25K program to encourage anybody in Abergavenny who was thinking of taking up running to give it a go.

‘The C25K programme is a nationally recognised programme that has been designed to get just about anybody from the couch to running 5K or 30 minutes in nine weeks.

‘Individuals are expected to run up to 3 times a week, one of which would be the organised run guided by Run With Us Abergavenny.

The programme is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up.’

The Group are currently meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesdays outside the main gates of Abergavenny Leisure Centre. Anyone interested in getting involved can find full details by visiting the group’s Facebook page at ‘Run With Us Abergavenny’.